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October 2017 Print

The President's Message

October 2017


Derek Bride

I would like to thank all those who came out to our September meeting. We had both a great Technical and Dinner session. I would like to also thank our speaker from last month, Greg Kaufman of Honeywell Analytics, for taking time out of his schedule to visit with us. 

This month we have another great program lined up. The Technical Session will be presented by our own Fred Wajcs on the upcoming 2015 IECC, and the Dinner Session will be presented by Frank Stamatatos discussing the Methods for Capturing Airborne Contamination and Pathogens in Hospitals. Since this month’s Technical session is on the upcoming codes, and it's Membership Promotion and Student Night, I would encourage everyone to invite some of their coworkers that might not have been to an ASHRAE meeting recently. As many of you know these meetings are very educational as well as a good place to network with your peers. Plus everyone who brings a guest gets a free ASHRAE fidget spinner!

Lastly, I would like to invite anyone who wants to get involved with the CT ASHRAE Chapter to discuss with any of the Board members about the open Committee Positions. These positions are a great way to get involved and don’t take up a tremendous amount of time. I look forward to seeing everyone at this month’s meeting. 


Derek Bride

CT ASHRAE President, 2017-2018

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Calendar of Events

October 12th Dinner Meeting

Methods of Capturing Airborne Contamination and Pathogens in Hospitals

Student & Member Promotion Night!

CT ASHRAE would like to welcome new and returning student members for our first Student Night of the year! Students attend for free. All students, members and guests will receive an ASHRAE fidget spinner!


The Courtyard by Marriott
4 Sebethe Drive, Cromwell, CT 06416


Technical Session:

Significant Changes to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code

Tech Session Duration: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Tech Session Location: Berlin Room

The presentation will cover the significant changes to the commercial provisions of the mechanical and service water heating sections of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). There are changes to performance requirements and the equipment/systems covered. The 2015 IECC is proposed to be the energy portion of the 2018 Connecticut State Building Code. There will be a public comment period on the proposed code, including a public hearing later this year, and it is anticipated that the code will be effective in the second quarter of 2018.

Tech Session Speaker: Fred Wajcs

Tech Session Speaker Bio: Fred Wajcs is a Professional Engineer and an Energy Code Constultant in South Windsor, CT. He has over 45 years of experience in design, construction, administration, and utility efficiency programs. He is a former member of the ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 committee and the ASHRAE HVAC Commissioning Guideline committee. He is a current member of Connecticut's Codes and Standards Committee, the Connecticut Chapter of ASHRAE and American Institute of Architects, Connecticut.


Dinner Presentation: 

Methods of Capturing Airborne Contamination and Pathogens in Hospitals

Dinner Session Duration: 6:45 PM to 8:30 PM

Dinner Session Location: Cromwell Room

The dinner presentation will explore the relationship between infection, complications and indoor air quality, and provide a review of current air purification technologies available to hospitals. The main portion of the dinner presentation will describe a novel method for capturing airborne contamination and inactivating dangerous pathogens, as well as, the clinical impact of the implementation of these methods.


Dinner Session Speaker: Frank Stamatatos - President of SecureAire, LLC

Dinner Seesion Speaker Bio: Frank brings more than 28 years of international management experience to the SecureAire executive team. Most recently, he was Director of Business Development for StrionAir, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Carrier Corporation a United Technologies Company (NYSE, UTX). Prior to its acquisition, StrionAir was a Venture Capital backed startup, which was turned around by the executive team. Prior to StrionAir, Frank was Vice President of Business Development for Willis Group Holdings (NYSE, WSH) in New York City. Frank also spent 16 years with Pall Corporation (NYSE, PLL), culminating as Senior Vice President of New Business Development and Strategic Marketing.

In his sales and marketing efforts, he developed mutiple new markets and product lines for the company, growing businesses from zero to as much as $250 million. He has turn-around experience and has worked extensively in Europe and Asia. Frank holds a MBA in Finance from Hofstra University and a BEE in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University.

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Student: Free

Member: $40

Non-member: $50

All late registrations (after 5:00 PM, October 11th), or walk-ins incur a $10 late fee. Students incur a $5 late fee.

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Upcoming Events

November Dinner Meeting: Thursday, November 9, 2017

December Dinner Meeting: Thursday, December 14, 2017

January Dinner Meeting: Thursday, January 11, 2018

February Dinner Meeting: Thursday, February 8, 2018

March Dinner Meeting: Thursday, March 8, 2018

April Dinner Meeting: Thursday, April 12, 2018

May Dinner Meeting & Past Presidents' Night: Thursday, May 10, 2018

Annual Golf Outing: Friday, May 25, 2018


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ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo

ASHRAE Shaping Tomorrow's Built Environment Today
This is one event you don't want to miss! Register now to attend the 2018 Winter Conference & AHR Expo in Chicago. The 2018 Winter Conference will be held January 20-24, at the Palmer House Hilton. The AHR Expo will be January 22-24, at McCormick Place. Your ASHRAE Winter Conference registration badge will provide entry into the AHR Expo. 
Register Now
The AHR Expo hosts more than 2,000 exhibitors and attracts crowds of 65,000 industry professionals from every state in America and 165 countries worldwide. There are three distinct product sections within the expo show floor: the Building Automation and Control Showcase, the Software Center, and the Indoor Air Quality Association Pavilion. In addition to exhibitor presentations, demonstrations and seminars, the AHR Expo Innovation Awards will honor the most inventive and original products, systems and technologies showcased at the Expo.
The Winter Conference includes eight tracks featuring more than 200 presentations and 300 speakers. In addition to the tracks below, a Refrigerant mini-track and a Residential mini-track will be presented at the AHR Expo. Additional Technical Program information will be coming soon. Conference Tracks include:
  • Systems and Equipment
  • Fundamentals and Applications
  • Standards, Guidelines and Codes
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Transportation IAQ and Air Conditioning
  • Tall Buildings
  • Modeling Throughout the Building Life Cycle
  • Heat Exchange Equipment
Saturday, January 20 | 3:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker Debbie Sterling is Founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, an award winning company on a mission to "disrupt the pink aisle" with toys, games, and media for girls. Debbie is an engineer, entrepreneur, and one of the leaders in the movement toward getting girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. She was named TIME's "Person of the Moment," Business Insider's "30 Women Who Are Changing the World," and was recently added to Fortune Magazine's prestigious "40 Under 40" list. 

ALI will offer 4 full-day, and 16 half-day seminars during the conference. Courses include: The Commissioning Process in New & Existing Buildings; High-Performance Building Design: Applications & Future Trends; Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems: Design & Application; and 78 Designing Toward Net-Zero Energy Commercial Buildings. New and updated courses include:
  • Optimizing Indoor Environment: Increasing Building Value (NEW)
  • Understanding and Designing Chilled Beam Systems (NEW)
  • Designing High-Performance Healthcare HVAC Systems (NEW)
  • Complying with Standard 90.1-2016: HVAC/Mechanical (NEW)
  • Humidity Control I and II: Principles & Applications (UPDATED)
Apply by December 20 to sit for an ASHRAE Certification exam in one of these key fields: Commissioning l Energy Assessment l Energy Modeling l Healthcare Facility Design l High Performance Building Design l Building Operations.  
The Welcome Party 
Saturday, January 20 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Cost: $55

Meet up with old friends and make new ones at the traditional Saturday night Welcome Party. The Welcome Party will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center, a few walkable blocks from the Palmer House Hilton.

Presidents Luncheon 
Monday, January 22 | 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Cost: $45

Attend this Luncheon to hear 2017-18 ASHRAE President Bjarne Olesen provide an update on his presidential theme, "Extending Our Community." Major contributors to the ASHRAE RP Campaign will be recognized.

Members' Night Out
Tuesday, January 23 | 6:15 p.m. Reception, 7:15 – 10:00 p.m. Dinner - Cost: $55

Feeling lucky? Join us for an evening of fun with a Chicago "back room" action casino party. Here's the deal, come and test your skills or enjoy being serenaded by a local rat pack-inspired band. Dress to impress!
Check out the Tours scheduled during the conference and include your tour tickets during registration. Five (5) Technical Tours will take place at: Gas Technology Institute (GTI) Lab, Method Home Soap Manufacturing Plant, 340 On The Park, and The Plant. Four (4) General Tours are also scheduled for: Chicago Neighborhoods, Chicago Highlights 101, Chicago's Southside Hidden Highlights Tour, the Moody Tongue Brewery Tour and the Gold Coast Tour.
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ASHRAE Launches Global Training Center in Dubai


ATLANTA (Sept. 19, 2017) – ASHRAE celebrated the grand opening of its new Global Training Center in Dubai with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception today. The Global Training Center will serve ASHRAE members and other building systems professionals in the Gulf Region and surrounding areas.


"ASHRAE and our members are working tirelessly toward our goal of extending our global community to better embrace our industry's shared needs and objectives," said 2017-2018 ASHRAE President Bjarne W. Olesen, Ph.D. "Dubai was an intentional and obvious location to establish the ASHRAE Global Training Center. In doing so, we hope to ensure the technical guidance we produce for all members continues to strengthen through global diversity. This center will empower our members in the Middle East with the knowledge they need to better serve the needs of their local communities."


The focus of the ASHRAE Global Training Center is to make curricula-based training conveniently available on a regular schedule. The training offered in the center is customized and scalable based upon climate, culture, suppliers, energy sources, prices, codes and construction practices. The center's instructors are engineers familiar with the intricacies of the Middle East.


To commemorate the opening, ASHRAE hosted a day of events, including a ribbon cutting ceremony, media tours of the facility, and presentations from key ASHRAE members, including some of the center's course instructors. 


"The education and training ASHRAE provides is critical to advancing sustainable technology for the built environment," said Walid Chakroun, Ph.D., and former chair of ASHRAE's Publishing and Education Council. "The ASHRAE Global Training Center will bring the Society's industry leading resources together with highly respected instructors to the Middle East, where robust economic activity and challenging climatic conditions are creating an ever-increasing demand for ongoing training."

Also in attendance at the Global Training Center grand opening was Ahmed Alaa Eldin, Ph.D., Assistant Regional Chair, ASHRAE Region-At-Large, and a course instructor at the Global Training Center. Dr. Ahmed spoke about the importance of having the training center located in the Middle East market.


"ASHRAE established this center to be an unparalleled resource for building systems professionals in the Gulf Region and surrounding areas," said Dr. Ahmed. "The Global Training Center will allow ASHRAE members, engineers, and other professionals to access much needed training and education on the many intricacies required to operate more efficient buildings in the Middle East." 


The Global Training Center held its inaugural training from Sept. 10-13. The course, "HVAC Design Essentials" provided participants with practical skills and knowledge to design and maintain HVAC systems. Participants received real-world examples of HVAC systems based on the renovated ASHRAE Headquarters and on buildings in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region. The training leaders for this course were Walid Chakroun, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, and Donald Brandt, BEAP.


Courses are scheduled through the remainder of 2017 with the next available training opportunities to be held in October. 


"Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems: Design and Applications," on Oct. 15, will provide an overview of variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology, including equipment and system types, heating/cooling operation, heat recovery, and the benefits of VRF systems. Also described is the VRF design process, including load profile analysis, unit sizing, ventilation air strategy, refrigerant piping design, and system monitoring/controls. Refrigerant safety considerations are explained, including a discussion of ASHRAE Standards 15 and 34. The course concludes with a focus on human comfort and sustainable design featuring example buildings, ventilation systems, and VRF system layouts. It will be taught by Hesham Safwat, Ph.D., Member ASHRAE.


"Air-to-Air Heat Recovery Fundamentals & Applications," on Oct. 16, will feature guidance on one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to recycle waste energy and create superior indoor environments. This course reviews real-world examples of where and how air-to-air energy recovery technologies are integrated into some of the most common, commercially available systems. A variety of different dedicated outdoor air systems, neutral air systems, and enhanced dehumidification strategies will be examined in detail, along with the advantages and important considerations for using air-to-air energy recovery in many different applications. Hassan Younes, Member ASHRAE, will provide the training.


All courses are eligible for Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Credits correspond to the hours of instruction. These credits are recognized by the ASHRAE Global Training Center for Building Excellence. 

For more information and a complete list of upcoming courses, please visit www.ashrae.org/globaltrainingdubai.   



About ASHRAE ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow's built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.  



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Membership News

Membership News 

New Members

Please join me in welcoming the following new members: 

Scott Mussmann (Associate Member) – Consulting Engineering Services

Concetta Misiti (Associate Member) – Progressive Engineering, Inc.

Ronald Okonkwo (Associate Member)

Francis Ingraham, III (Associate Member)

Allison Cote (Associate Member)


Membership Battle is Back!


Support ASHRAE membership within your firm and win the,

CT ASHRAE Leading Membership Award!!!

The company in each size category with the most ASHRAE members belonging to the CT Chapter by April 1, 2018 will receive the CT ASHRAE Leading Membership Award! Firms not able to compete with larger firms within their size category will receive the Honorable Mention CT ASHRAE Membership Award if all employees are ASHRAE members (excluding clerical staff).

Size Categories
Small Firms 10 employees or less
Medium Firms 11 40 employees
Large Firms Over 40 employees


CT ASHRAE Leading Membership Award

  • • Award plaque presented at the May meeting.
  • • Recognition in the membership directory, CT ASHRAE website, and newsletter.


CT ASHRAE Honorable Mention Membership Award

  • • Award certificate presented at the May meeting.
  • • Recognition in the membership directory, CT ASHRAE website, and newsletter.


Become a member today at www.ashrae.org and receive a $20 gift card or a free meal at our monthly meeting!!! (Must pay CT membership dues to be eligible for the gift card or free meal) 

Thank you,

Jason Urso

Membership Promotion Chair  


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A Word from the Editor

 A Note from the Editor


Hi everyone!

Happy Fall! If you have any ideas to contribute to our monthly newsletters please be sure to send them my way. Also, if anyone has any interest in getting involved with the newsletter I welcome the help!

For now, sit back, relax and get to know more about our 2017-2018 CT ASHRAE President, Derek Bride. Derek is October's Member Spotlight!

Thank you,

~Nichole Petersen


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Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight

Derek Bride

Mr. CT ASHRAE President


What is your current job title?


What company do you work for?

Consulting Engineering Services

Derek and Jason Urso looking daper at the September PWC Higher Ed Program.


What university/college/technical school did you attend, if any?

Central Connecticut State University

What was your first job in the HVACR industry?

Facilities Engineering Intern at Pratt and Whitney

Derek and Brock Graham from September's CT ASHRAE Meeting.


How many years have you been in the HVACR industry?

12 years

What is your ultimate dream job?

What I currently do.

Did or do you have a mentor who has helped shape your career and who you are I business? If so, who?

They know who they are.

Derek and his lovely wife Erin during the CT AHSRAE 75th Anniversary Gala.


How do you unwind from a busy work day?

I try to go home and relax with the family. I also try to watch as many Boston Sports teams as possible.

What are your hobbies, or things you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy fishing, boating and watching sports.

Derek and his foursome at the 2017 CT ASHRAE Golf Outing.


What is your favorite genre of music?


If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

Vegas. This has always been my favorite place to visit.

What is your favorite book or movie (can name both)?

I don't read many books, but my current favorite movie is Suicide Squad.


Who doesn't love our CT ASHRE buffets?


What is your spirit animal (an animal you identify with) and why/

I have no clue.

If you won the lottery what would be the first extravagant thing you would buy?

A new boat


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Become a Sponsor

2017-2018 Sponsorships 

Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities (55+ avg. monthly attendees): 

Display Tray sponsor: $100 per meeting 

    • Choose between a fruit and cheese, or hummus and veggie appetizer display tray
    • Complete with company name/logo included on meeting-specific communications, meeting webpage, that month’s newsletter, cocktail hour slides and display table signage
    • Verbal recognition during podium time 

Wine/Beer raffle sponsor: $100 per meeting 

    • Benefits Student Activities Fund
    • Complete with company name/logo included on meeting-specific communications, meeting webpage, that month’s newsletter, cocktail hour slides and registration table signage
    • Verbal recognition during podium time 

Vendor Table sponsor: $100 per meeting 

    • Complete with display table, company name/logo included on meeting-specific communications, meeting webpage, that month’s newsletter, cocktail hour slides
    • Verbal recognition during podium time. 

Triple Threat Package: $250 per meeting 

    • Purchase a Display Tray, Wine/Beer Raffle and Vendor Table for the same meeting and receive $50 off!


Digital Sponsorship Opportunities: 

Digital business cards displayed on website and monthly newsletter: $250 Sept-June 

    • Limit to 10 firms.
    • Logo included on all 2017-2018 CT ASHRAE meeting announcements, newsletters and sponsorship emails.
    • Logo displayed in rotating slideshow on right side bar of website and on sponsorship page.
    • Business card featured in monthly newsletters (September-June). 

Classified Ads: $100 per month 

    • Ad posted for 30 days on CT ASHRAE website.
    • Ad will appear in that month’s newsletter. 


Custom Opportunities: 

We are more than happy to discuss creating a custom sponsorship opportunity for you. The CT Chapter frequently hosts YEA events that are also available to sponsor. Contact us today to start the discussion. 


Golf Sponsorship Opportunities: 

Save the date for Friday, May 25, 2018 for our Annual Golf Outing. Sponsorship Opportunities to be announced in January 2018. 


Have Questions or Want to Purchase Your Sponsorship? 

To purchase a sponsorship via credit card, please visit our sponsorship catalog. Contact Mike Davis, or Nichole Petersen with the sponsorship committee for more information, or with questions.


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Contact Us

Connecticut Chapter Officers 2017-2018

Please note chairpersons with * in front of their names makeup the chapter's Board of Governors


Derek Bride


President Elect


Hank Cullinane





Jason Urso






Eric Fontaine



Committe Chairpersons 2017-2018 

Golf Outing

*Brandon Bradley  860.488.0384

Grass Roots

*Hank Cullinane  860.528.0081


Richard Melo 203.706.1841

Honors and Awards

Open Position


*Jason Urso  413.572.3226


*Nichole Petersen  860.221.0880


Doug Rothmann 


*Hank Cullinane  860.528.0081


*Mike Davis  860.291.8886 

Programs, ASPE Liaison

Anthony Carosielli  203.230.9007

Programs, Code & Utilities

David Bebrin 860.665.5010


*Nichole Petersen 860.221.0880


Daniel Cowan  203.701.6165 

Research Promotion

Brandon Bradley 203.325.9000


*Mike Davis and Nichole Petersen

Student Activities

Ashely Keller 845.240.0890

Student Advisor

University of Hartford Professor C.C. Yavuzturk  860.768.5554  yayuzturk@hartford.edu

Student Advisor

University of New Haven Professor Stephen Ross  203.932.7148  SRoss@newhaven.edu


Eric Fontaine  860.284.5064 

Technology Transfer

Hank Cullinane  203.370.3339


*Mike Davis  860.221.0887


*Blair Richardson  203.683.6930 


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