Engineered Air Balance’s History with ASHRAE

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is the technical organization dedicated to HVAC&R building systems, sustainability and energy conservation. The society sponsors research, publications and technical programs to enhance the overall industry. In addition, many ASHRAE Standards are adopted as code documents for government regulation. 

EAB involvement with ASHRAE began with the founders, Walt Lipski and Jim Reid (read more about our company’s history here). Originally, they were active to further professional growth and advance technology within the industry. As the industry of Testing and Balancing was formed, Walt Lipski worked with others in the society to form the first technical committee in ASHRAE for Testing and Balancing, TC 9.7. Originally TC 9.7 was a task group formed to write a chapter in the ASHRAE Handbook for Testing and Balancing. Once formed, TC 9.7 (which was later changed to the current TC 7.7) began developing awareness for Testing and Balancing and ultimately published the industry consensus standard, ASHRAE Standard 111, in 1988. Since the original formation, EAB has maintained a voting member presence on the committee with Walt Lipski, Gaylon Richardson, Justin Garner and Tom Schlachter serving as past chairs of the committee over the years.

In addition to TC 7.7, EAB team members have been active in various other committees over the past decades. Most notably, Gaylon Richardson served on TC 5.6 (Smoke Control) and was appointed to serve as an ASHRAE liaison to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standard 90A committee (Standard for Installation of Air Conditioning and Ventilating Systems) which had responsibility to update UL standard 555 on fire and smoke rated damper testing. It’s no wonder that EAB was selected to perform smoke control system testing on high profile projects such as the Bexar County Jail and the Alamodome. Gaylon also served on the Technical Activities Committee (TAC), Standards Committee and other governing committees within the society. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award and admitted to the College of Fellows among other accolades.

Currently, EAB Team members are active in TC 7.7 (Testing and Balancing), TC 7.9 (Building Commissioning) and TC 9.10 (Laboratory Systems).  Currently, Jason Hauska is the Secretary of TC 7.7. Justin Garner is the Secretary of SSPC 300, the oversight committee for all ASHRAE Building Commissioning related Standards and Guidelines, is a voting member of SSPC 202 (Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems) and Guideline 0 (The Commissioning Process). Justin was recently appointed as the liaison between SSPC 300 and SSPC 90.1 (Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low Rise Residential). Kit Brockles is the Vice Chair for Guideline 1.1 (HVAC&R Technical Requirements for The Commissioning Process) and is also involved in SSPC 202 and GDL 0 committees. 

Not only is EAB’s involvement in ASHRAE a way to influence and guide the industry, but it also keeps our team at the forefront of industry standards and emerging technologies.

Check out a few photos of our team at recent ASHRAE events below.

Gaylon Richardson presenting at the 2022 AHR Expo
Gaylon Richardson presenting at the 2022 AHR Expo


Tim Zacharias with Cougar USA at the GRUNDFOS booth at the 2022 ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo. 
Justin Garner, Vice President of EAB, and Tim Zacharias with Cougar USA at the GRUNDFOS booth at the 2022 ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo.


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