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Froilan Garma

Froilan Garma

Todd Strand

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February 2020 Meeting

February 13, 2020
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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The Plaza Club
900 Fort Street Mall, 20th Flr
Honoululu, HI 96813


Come join us for the 5th monthly meeting of the ASHRAE Hawaii Chapter

This is Membership Promotion Night so bring a non ASHRAE friend.


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 Meeting Agenda


Registration - 5:30


Technical Presentation - 6:00


Dinner - 7:00


Main Program - 7:30


Adjournment - 9:00



Technical Presentation


Topic: Do's and Don'ts of Building Commissioning


Although commissioning is becoming more commonplace now that it is incorporated into the code requirements, there are still many ways the engineering and construction community can improve upon the process.  The presentation will encourage an interactive dialogue between the presenter and the audience; highlighting lessons the presenter learned while leading the Cx process and discussing ideas for improving the process delivery.

Mr Negele has been working in the HVAC industry since his early teens - where he started as a coil cleaner and filter changer for his father's HVAC company in the New Jersey/New York area.  He studied mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech before returning to NJ to continue his life as a contractor.  In 2007 Adam relocated with his brother to Hawaii where he spent the next 10 years as a design-build project manager for one of the state's leading design-build mechanical contracting firms.  Since then, Adam has earned a CxA certification with the ACG and has lead the commissioning process on close to 50 projects. 

Hawaii Energy introduction and presentation


Presenters: Keith Block




Main Program


Topic: Efficient HVAC Design, Installation, Commissioning, Operation & Maintenance


Presenters: Thiam L. Chen

Designing efficient HVAC systems encompasses a holistic approach covering both the arts and sciences of HVAC as expounded by ASHRAE. However, the best designed and installed HVAC system will only last until the end of the Defects Liability Period if there is no proper commissioning, operation and maintenance regime in place.

This presentation aims to assist HVAC designers, installers, commissioning specialists, operators and maintenance staff in their regular routines by highlighting some of the DO’s & DON’Ts in the practice. 

TL Chen is CEO of Primetech Engineers, an engineering consultancy practice in Malaysia. He graduated with a 1st Class Honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds, England, and has been in the building services industry for over 35 years. His project portfolio includes the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the Kuala Lumpur Central Train Station, the Kuala Lumpur Convention & Exhibition Centre, and award winning Energy Efficient and Green buildings. 

Chen has authored articles and papers on Fire Protection, Smoke Management, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration, CFC issues, Energy Issues, Intelligent Buildings and Sustainable Buildings. He served as an expert consultant to develop the National Energy Efficiency Master Plan for Malaysia, the National Mega Science Framework Study for the Energy Sector, the National CFC & HCFC Phase-out Master Plans, and sat in the National Steering Committees on ODS, BIPV and Energy. Chen was instrumental in drafting the National Uniform Building Bylaw on Energy Efficiency and contributed to the development of various Malaysian Standards. He is renowned for his innovative and daring design work, which culminated in his award winning designs for the New Securities Commission HQ Building and the ‘Diamond Building’ in Malaysia. Chen works with and encourages local manufacturers to carry out R&D in conjunction with his ideas to successfully manufacture new HVAC products.  

He led the development of Malaysia’s Green Building Rating System – the Green Building Index (GBI) in 2009. Since then he has continued to develop new rating tools for other categories of buildings while spearheading the green movement inMalaysia.  

Chen served as president of the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM) 1999-2001; Institution of Fire Engineers Malaysia 2003-5; ASHRAE Malaysia Chapter 2007/8; Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation 1999-2001; and  is the Advisor to the Malaysia Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Association (MACRA) since 2001 and the newly formed BAS Association of Malaysia (BASAM) 2017. He also serves in the statutory Board of Engineers Malaysia in various portfolios including Professional Examination Committee and Disciplinary Panel. In recognition of his contribution to the engineering fraternity, he was honored with the ACEM Gold Medal Award in 2010.


$0.00 Student Registration

$45.00 Member Registration
$55.00 after 05:00 pm February 13

$50.00 Non-Member Registration
$55.00 after 05:00 pm February 13


Future Meetings

April 09, 2020

April 2020 Meeting

April 09, 2020
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Plaza Club
900 Fort Street Mall, 20th Flr
Honoululu, HI 96813

Building Wellness Panel

May 08, 2020

ASHRAE 33rd Annual Golf Tournament

May 08, 2020
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Ewa Beach Golf Club
91-050 Fort Weaver Road
Ewa Beach, HI 96706

Come prove your handicap at the ASHRAE Hawaii Chapter's 33rd Annual Golf Tournament

May 14, 2020

May 2020 Meeting

May 14, 2020
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Plaza Club
900 Fort Street Mall, 20th Flr
Honoululu, HI 96813

UHM Presentation

June 11, 2020

Installation Banquet - Officers and BOG Banquet

June 11, 2020
5:00 PM

Plaza Club Ballroom - 20th Floor
900 Fort Street Mall
Honolulu, HI 96813

Installation Night


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