Next Greenville Meeting


Program: Selecting Pumps for Ultimate Owner Satisfaction

There is a fundamental shift in the way we design, construct, maintain and operate a building being driven by ASHRAE Standards becoming code, DOE Efficiency Mandates and Hydraulic Institute piping guidelines. The Owners are expecting us to still provide pumping systems that satisfy their demands for the Best LCC Pump Life Expectance, the best System Efficiency Operating Cost and other needs.

This presentation will examine a few of the key design decisions and their impact on the owner’s true requirements.


Chris Edmondson - ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer

Chris Edmondson received his B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1967. During his summers, he worked at Barber Coleman and Jay Johnson Controls. After graduation, he spent four and a half years as a salesman with the Trane Company. In 1971, he came to work for the James M. Pleasants Co., Inc. (Manufacturer's Representative for the ITT Fluid Handling Division) He worked as an Outside Salesman until 1978, when he was promoted to Vice President and Sales Manager till 1987. From 1987 to 2010, he has served as President of the Pleasants Company. Chris is currently CEO of James M. Pleasants Company.

Chris has served many years in the ASHRAE organization, holding positions such as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President and President of the North Piedmont Chapter. For the fiscal year, 1985-86, Chris received the Rudy Ferguson Memorial Award (Presidential Award of Excellence). In 1985, he became a Technical Speaker to various ASHRAE chapters and he is a Distinguished Lecturer for ASHRAE. He spoke at ASHRAE's CRC Region VII meeting in 1992, Region III CRC Technical Speaker 2013 Bethlehem PA, ASHRAE 2014 NYC lecture series, ASHRAE Region IV CRC 2015 Raleigh NC, Birmingham's Region VII Meeting and many other ASHRAE events as a Technical Speaker. He held the position of Educational Activities Vice Chairman for Region IV from 1992 to 1994. In 1995 he was the Chapter Program Chairman for Region IV. He has served as Region IV DRC and on the ASHRAE Board of Directors. He has also served on the ASHRAE nominating committee. He is also an approved instructor on many USGBC GBCI LEED Presentations. During 1980 through 2015, he has presented seminars to various engineers on the following subjects:

• Basic Primary/Secondary Variable Volume Pumping
• Chiller Plant Piping
• Air Control Systems
• Plumbing Piping Systems
• Cooling Tower Piping
• Basic Steam Piping
• Condensate Return Systems
• Hot Water Recirculation
• Basics of Hydronic Balance
• Plumbing System Design

His principal areas of interest are energy savings, primary/secondary variable volume systems, hydronic balance, heat transfer, hydronic systems, plumbing piping systems and central chilled water plant design.


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