Omaha Section Meeting

Energy Efficiency Driving Resiliency in Design and Operations with Darren Dageforde P.E.

ANTHONY'S STEAKHOUSE (Buffet: $18), 7220 F St

Tuesday, December 10th; check-in starts at 11:30 a.m.

In this presentation, we will look at the many steps that have been implemented at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to cut energy consumption and how the results impact resiliency, redundancy and future design planning.  We will discuss how these actions affect occupant comfort and system safety, including both direct and indirect consequences of significant design and operational decision.  We will close out with a discussion of why this is important to the customer and clients of the HVAC design and equipment supply community. 

Darren Dageforde P.E. is the Executive Director of Utilities and Energy Optimization for the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.  At UNMC, he is responsible for the central generation, distribution, control and utilization of chilled water, steam, hot water, emergency and normal power.  He leads the building automation, design engineering and sustainability teams on the UNMC campus.  From 2010 to 2015, his teams at UNMC have reduced campus total energy consumption by 25% and peaks by over 28% while increasing campus building area. In 2014 he was awarded an ASHRAE first place Technology Award in recognition, on an international scale, of outstanding achievement in the design and operation of energy efficiency buildings.  He and his wife Karen reside in a net zero energy and net zero waste home that they designed and built south of Blair, Nebraska.

Lincoln Section Meeting

Lincoln Public Schools Operations with Steve DeGarmo and Dan Wild

VALENTINO'S BUFFET (Buffet: $15), 70th & Van Dorn

Wednesday, December 11th; check-in starts at 11:30 a.m.

This presentation will be an overview of the Operations department of Lincoln Public Schools.  It will cover an Owner's perspective of maintenance, repairs, capital planning and day to day operation.

Steve is a second generation native of Lincoln, Nebraska and a product of Lincoln Public Schools. After attending the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, he completed a four year apprenticeship program with the International Sheet Metal Workers Association. While supervising HVAC projects for local contractors, Steve received an offer to enter the administrative side of HVAC industry as an estimator/project manager. In 1995, Steve obtained his City of Lincoln Master Heating License and began a career with Lincoln Public Schools as the HVAC Superintendent. 

Dan earned an associate’s degree in air conditioning from SCC Milford.  He worked as a sheet metal fabricator / installer and HVAC serviceman for a local residential contractor.  He then learned pneumatic and DDC controls with a local control contractor.  While there, Dan worked in various roles from installer, service, programmer, application engineer and project manager over 32 years.  He currently is the Operations Technology coordinator for Lincoln Public Schools.

Past Meetings

Omaha and Lincoln November Meeting

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Upcoming Nebraska ASHRAE Meetings and Events



(Topics subject to change)

 September 10th: Energy Codes

October 8th: Modern Kitchen Ventilation Design

November 5th: CEU Day

November 12th: Testing and Balancing

December 10th: Panel on Effective Building Operations

January 14th: ASHRAE Standard 62.1

February 11th: Sustainable Plumbing Design

March 10th: Distinguished Lecturer

April 14th: Omaha Mechanical Inspector

May 12th: Facebook Building Tour

June Golf Outing


(Topics subject to change)

 September 11th: Energy Codes

October 9th: Modern Kitchen Ventilation Design

November 5th: CEU Day

November 13th: BIM and Future of Sustainability

December 11th: Panel on Effective Building Operations

January 15th: ASHRAE Standard 62.1

February 12th: Building Moisture Control

March 11th: Distinguished Lecturer

April 15th: Lincoln Fire Inspector

May 13th: Capitol Building Tour

June Golf Outing

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