March 7, 2017 | Posted in | By firstname.lastname@example.org
Ever since the Montreal Protocol meetings began regulating CFCs in the 1980s, refrigerant rules and acceptability continue to evolve. Since then, there has been an increased focus and accelerated timing on regulations for all fluids that are being used today in the HVAC industry. This persistent churn generates confusion — what's in, what's out, and what's coming? At the same time, the market has been demanding equipment, design strategies and control methods that result in the highest levels of efficiency — will the new fluids hinder or enhance that efficiency? The next-generation of fluids represents new challenges for providing the highest performing HVAC equipment; besides efficiency they may also challenge the industry’s expectations for safety and flammability. This presentation explores the rapidly changing regulatory landscape, and discusses why, when, and how the industry will face the coming refrigerant transitions.
Mike Patterson Product Manager, Centrifugal Chillers Trane Commercial North America, Ingersoll Rand Mike Patterson is the Centrifugal Chiller Product Manager for Trane. He works closely with product planning, product support, engineering, manufacturing, and other groups focused on continuing the growth of Trane’s centrifugal portfolio. Since joining Trane, Mike has held several positions: Marketing Engineer with Trane’s C.D.S. group, Instructor in Trane’s Graduate Training Program, and CenTraVac Product Support Team Member. Prior to his current role, he was a Strategic Chiller Systems Engineer with the Applied Chiller Systems Team supporting customers throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East. Mike graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics. He continued his education at Regis University with a Master’s in Business Administration. Outside of Trane, Mike has been a member of ASHRAE since 2007 and currently is a non-voting member of SSPC 90.1 Energy Efficient Design of New Buildings and a voting member on the ECB Sub-Committee. Previous to Trane, Mike spent 10 years in the Air Force as a pilot. He grew up outside of Fort Worth, Texas, but now calls La Crosse home with his wife and daughter.