Mick Schwedler, PE, FASHRAE, LEED® AP BD+C
Applications Engineer
Trane
3600 Pammel Creek Rd.
La Crosse, WI 54601
United States
608.782.3910
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Honorarium: None

Professional

Mick has been active in the development and support of HVAC systems for Trane since 1982. As an applications engineer his areas of expertise include system optimization (in which he holds patents) as well as chilled water and water source heat pump system design. His primary activities include assisting designers in proper application of products and systems in buildings, and writing system application manuals and newsletters. In addition, he has presented technical information to tens of thousands of engineers through Trane’s Engineers Newsletter Live series, and ASHRAE webcasts. Mick has given technical seminars throughout North America, as well as in the Far East and South America, and published articles within the industry. Prior to his work with Trane, Mick received his MSME from the University of Wisconsin Solar Energy Laboratory and BSME from Northwestern University.

He is an ASHRAE Fellow, recipient of ASHRAE’s Exceptional Service, Distinguished Service, and Standards Achievement Awards, and was Chair of SSPC 90.1-2010. Mick also served as Chair of the Advanced Energy Design Guide Steering Committee and was on project committees for the 50% Hospital and Office Buildings AEDGs.

Mick chaired the USGBC LEED Technical Committee, served on the LEED Steering Committee and is a past member of several USGBC technical and education groups. He also authored portions of the original ASHRAE Green Building Guide, and served on technical groups for the New Buildings Institute.

Personal

Mick and Jen have three children -- Ben (married to Mandi, grandson Ian), Caroline (married to Aaron, grandson James) and Karl -- who are all blessings to them. Jen and Mick are quite active at First Evangelical Lutheran Church where Jen is an organist. Mick loves to sing in barbershop quartets, and golfs when work and volunteer activities allow. Raised 30 miles from Green Bay, WI in the 1960’s, Mick is an avid (or is that rabid?) Packer fan.

Topics
Upgrading Existing Chilled Water Systems

Existing chilled water systems provide the capability to cool buildings efficiently. Yet there are often ways that these existing systems can be upgraded and improved to increase efficiency, better serve building occupants and use existing infrastructure to keep projects cost effective.

This presentation:

Recommended audience: Facilities managers, consulting engineers, contractors, and students.
High Performance Chilled Water Systems

Chilled water systems have been used for more than 80 years. During that time, there has been a consistent effort by manufacturers and system designers to develop equipment, design strategies and control methods that result in the highest performing chilled water systems possible.

This presentation discusses system configurations, design parameters and system control techniques that can help owners and design teams reduce chilled water first costs, system operating costs and environmental impact.

Recommended audience: Consulting engineers, contractors, facilities managers, and students.
Advanced Energy Design Guide Overview

Since 2002, ASHRAE, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), USGBC, and AIA, with support from the Department of Energy, have collaborated on a series of Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs) that result in significant energy savings in the built environment beyond what is expected by using only ASHRAE Standard 90.1. The AEDG series of documents is now one of the most popular publications in ASHRAE’s history with over 600,000 copies in circulation.

This presentation gives a broad overview of all the developed Advanced Energy Design Guides, the processes used to develop those guides, and examples of technologies, tips, systems and other recommendations in the AEDG Series to reduce building energy consumption by 30% to 50%, and also covers information on the newest Zero Energy guides.

Recommended audience: Building owners, consulting engineers, contractors, facilities managers, and students
Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings – Achieving Zero Energy

Since 2002, ASHRAE, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), USGBC, and AIA, with support from the Department of Energy, have collaborated on a series of Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs) that result in significant energy savings in the built environment beyond what is expected by using only ASHRAE Standard 90.1. The AEDG series of documents is now one of the most popular publications in ASHRAE’s history with over 600,000 copies in circulation.

This program provides a brief history of the AEDG Series, and then focuses on the newest group in the AEDG series – Achieving Zero Energy. The first volume in this new series is for Zero Energy K-12 School Building Design, and the program will highlight the major steps and integrated, systematic approach for achieving Zero Energy in schools.

Recommended audience: School Boards, administrators and Principals, teachers, consulting engineers, contractors, facilities managers, and students.
The Advanced Energy Design Guide for Hospitals – Reducing energy consumption by 50%

Since 2002, ASHRAE, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), USGBC, and AIA, with support from the Department of Energy, have collaborated on a series of Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs) that result in significant energy savings in the built environment beyond what is expected by using only ASHRAE Standard 90.1. The AEDG series of documents is now one of the most popular publications in ASHRAE’s history with over 600,000 copies in circulation.

This program provides a brief history of the AEDG Series, and then focuses on the 50% Large Hospital AEDG which will be covered in detail including examples of recommendations, case studies, technologies, systems, and controls to reduce energy use by 50% or more (compared to ASHRAE 90.1-2004).

Recommended audience: Hospital facility managers and environmental directors, ASHE members, consulting engineers, contractors, facilities managers, and students.
Chilled Water Systems for YEA Members: What the Baby Boomers and Gen Xers Have Done WRONG!!! (Part I)

Mistakes lead to “experience” – that is, knowing what you never want to have happen to you again. It’s a lot less painful to learn from other people’s “experience.”

This seminar, originally presented at an ASHRAE annual conference, covers common chilled water system mistakes; and more importantly how to avoid or mitigate them. Chilled water systems covered include new, retrofit, conversion/addition, and replacement. In addition, control options are also discussed.

Whether novice or experienced, come shake your head, laugh a bit, and learn together.

Recommended audience: Students, consulting engineers, contractors, facilities managers, and anybody else who wants to learn from others’ mistakes!
Chilled Water Systems for YEA Members: What the Baby Boomers and Gen Xers Have Done WRONG!!! (Part II)

Ah, yes, mistakes continue to abound and warrant a sequel.

Part II, a follow-up of the original, was delivered at a more recent ASHRAE winter conference. It delves more deeply into the topic and expands the scope by sharing further mistakes as well as questioning past design philosophy.

Whether novice or experienced, come shake your head and laugh a bit more as we all learn together.

The two “YEA Member” presentations work well together – for example one in a technical session and the other during the main meeting.

Recommended audience: Students, consulting engineers, contractors, facilities managers, and anybody else who wants to learn even from others’ mistakes!
Chilled Water System Decisions

This presentation covers many common chilled water system decisions, benefits and adverse effects of those decisions, and reasons a design team may want to choose a particular option.

The chapter will get to pick approximately 7-8 topics from the following list in this fast-paced presentation.

Recommended audience: Students, consulting engineers, contractors, and facilities managers
Variable Primary Flow (VPF) Systems

When we consider a chilled water system configuration, such as VPF, it is beneficial to examine and compare the new system with conventional systems. While VPF systems have now been in use for over 20 years, the system still must be designed and operated properly to provide the expected benefits to the building owner.

This presentation covers: Recommended audience: Consulting engineers, contractors, facilities managers and students.
Ethics Case Studies

Developed by TC 1.07 (Business, Management & General Legal Education), this interactive session has participants break into small groups and discuss ethics cases that have been adjudicated by the NSPE (or by State Boards). Due to the interactive nature of this seminar, you will have the opportunity to engage in spirited debate in a small group setting, present “your findings,” and not just listen to the presenter talk about ethics.

Three to four cases will be presented, along with the final outcome. Real cases are used because they have generally reached an official conclusion that has been published, along with the reasoning behind the outcome. You’ll discover that there are nuances and also surprises as you consider responsibilities and ethics.

Recommended audience: Anybody in the construction industry: Project managers, consulting engineers, contractors, facilities managers and students.
Building Decarbonization

“Decarbonization” has become a hot topic. But what is it, how do we estimate emissions reduction and how can HVAC systems be designed to reduce emissions? This presentation focuses on reducing emissions due to design choices, building operation and from the electric grid providing building power. Subjects include decarbonization definition, goals, example calculations of emissions, key HVAC components and effects, and a few system solutions. The presentation does not cover subjects such as embodied carbon or carbon emitted during construction. Consult materials available from the ASHRAE Task Force for Building Decarbonization for much more information.

Recommended audience: Engineers, architects, contractors, facility managers, educators, students, sustainability coordinators