Ronald E. Jarnagin
Staff Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
P.O Box 734
Richland, WA 99352-0999
United States
(509) 430-4113
Region: XI
Honorarium: None
Mr. Jarnagin has been involved in energy-related research and development activities for over 35 years. His background is diverse, including work in the areas of fluid flow, power plants, automotive and transportation systems, HVAC systems, energy use in buildings, smart grid activities and energy standards development. Mr. Jarnagin has served on numerous utility, government and business advisory boards, lending his expertise to solving their respective energy problems. He served on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida for 10 years, and has been with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the past 20 years. Mr. Jarnagin is active in standards development activities, both nationally and internationally. He chaired ASHRAE’s Standard 90.1 committee for 4 years, providing the leadership to successfully complete a comprehensive revision to that standard in 1999. In addition, he chaired the International Standards Organization (ISO) TC 205, Building Environment Design. He chaired a multi-disciplinary team made up of members of four organizations that produced the first Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) for Small Offices which won 3 national awards from sustainability organizations in the U.S. In addition, he served as chair or vice chair of 3 additional AEDGs. Mr. Jarnagin is active in ASHRAE, having served on the Board of Directors as a Director-at-Large, and served as an ASHRAE Vice President as well. He also served as the Chairman of ASHRAE’s Technology Council, which has stewardship for all of ASHRAE’s research, standards, and technical committees. Mr. Jarnagin chaired the Sustainability Roadmap Ad Hoc committee that developed ASHRAE’s Sustainability Roadmap and the Sustainability Oversight Committee charged with managing the implementation. He chaired ASHRAE’s Vision 2020 Committee and served on the Strategies for a Global Environment Committee in addition to leading the ASHRAE Building Energy Labeling Committee. He is a member of the ASHRAE Headquarters Renovation Committee that undertook a multi-million dollar renovation of the headquarters building in Atlanta with the goal of achieving a LEED-EB Gold rating as well as making the headquarters a Living Laboratory showcase that can be utilized by the members. Currently Mr. Jarnagin was part of a U.S. delegation to China, assisting the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology in planning for a Hydrogen Economy in China. As one of the activities in support of the Chinese effort, Mr. Jarnagin participated in the design of an innovative, renewable energy based hydrogen refueling station that was constructed to serve the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Mr. Jarnagin has also worked with the Chinese Association of Refrigeration representing ASHRAE to help in the development of HVAC product standards for China. During his career at PNNL, Mr. Jarnagin has worked extensively in the Building Energy Standards and Commercial Equipment Standards programs, and managed the Building Energy Standards Program for a number of years. He has served as a Technical Group Leader, Business Team Leader, and has lead several teams preparing bids for large government solicitations. Mr. Jarnagin has received the Distinguished Service Award from ASHRAE, was recognized as the 2004 NSPE Engineer of the Year in Tri-Cities, WA, received 2003 AEE Special Recognition award for service to industry and 1999 Presidential Award from IESNA. He holds graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and Accounting from Louisiana State University. He is also a decorated U.S. Navy veteran of Vietnam having served with the river patrol forces there.
Advanced Energy Design Guides – Going Beyond Minimum Standards

The Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) series of documents is one of the most popular in ASHRAE’s history with well over a 500,000 copies in circulation.  Focused on providing clear guidance for achieving 30% and 50% energy savings in smaller commercial buildings, the AEDGs meet the need for a large number of projects where project budgets and design professionals might be in short supply.  The presenter chaired the initial AEDG for Small Offices as well as 3 additional guides and will offer perspectives on the partnership that contributed to the guides, the intent of the guides and how practitioners can apply the guides.

Sustaining ASHRAE Through Leadership

As a volunteer organization, the future of ASHRAE will be determined by the leadership shown by its members.  This presentation will focus on the distinguishing characteristics that define leaders and discuss the characteristics of leadership.  The presentation will also look at the nature of the different generations that make up ASHRAE members and provide insights into how we can begin developing the future leaders of our Society today.  Strategies for leadership development will be explored as well. The presenter focused on this topic during his Presidential year in ASHRAE and has a great passion for leadership.

ASHRAE’s Headquarters Renovation – What Happens When the Leaders Try to Do it Right

ASHRAE recently dedicated a complete renovation of its headquarters building in Atlanta.  The renovation targeted achieving LEEDTM NC Gold as well as LEEDTM EB Gold levels of performance.  The renovation project also sought to create a sustainable building that demonstrated various HVAC technologies and also served as a Living Laboratory for the use of its members.  The presentation will focus on the design and construction process, the systems installed in the building and preliminary building performance results.  We will also take a look at what worked as well as looking at where some of the major surprises occurred. This presentation provides you with all the facts as well as the actual energy usage of the renovated building.  The presenter served on the owner’s representative committee for the project.

ASHRAE’s Building Energy Labeling Program, the Building Energy Quotient (bEQ)

ASHRAE’s Vision 2020 report called for the initiation of a building labeling program to provide information on the energy efficiency of buildings to owners and tenants of those buildings.   To implement this recommendation ASHRAE launched a Building Energy Labeling program that was approved by the Board in June, 2008.  ASHRAE partnered with the U.S. EPA’s Energy Star program for buildings to ensure that the program would avoid market confusion in building energy labeling. ASHRAE also worked with EPA to help strengthen the Energy Star requirements while producing a labeling program that works globally as well.  This presentation will focus on the aspects of the bEQ labeling and show how members can benefit from offering this service as part of their portfolio. The presenter served as the chair of the committee that developed the initial recommendations for the Building Energy Labeling program.

Standard 90.1- Past, Present and Future
Standard 90.1 is ASHRAE’s flagship standard focused on energy efficiency in commercial buildings. The standard is cited in U.S. federal energy legislation and forms the basis for many of the state and local building codes. This presentation will focus on the evolution of Standard 90.1 from its inception in 1975 through the current version. The presenter will then turn attention to development of the 2010 version of the standard targeted at saving 30% more energy than the 2004 version of the standard. Insights into the standards development process will be provided as well the perspective on standards of a previous chair of the 90.1 development committee. The presenter served as the Chair of the committee that wrote the 1999 version of Standard 90.1. (Note: the presentation can address the most recent version of 90.1 which was released in 2013 should the chapter desire this)