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Our Newsletter is published on monthly basis from September-June. It is emailed to our members and non-member mailing list. In each issue we feature information about our montly dinner meetings, membership, special events, ASHRAE news, event photos, member spotlights and more!

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April 2017 Print

The President's Message

April 2017

Brandon Bradley

Thank you to those that attended our March meeting. We had a packed house that was treated to an engaging conversation centering on controls optimization. We are continuing the energy discussion during April with guests from Eversource. David Bebrin will cover all the major details and components related to the rebate programs offered by Eversource. We will have that discussion during the tech session. For dinner we will cover the economic incentives related to the New Construction Energy Efficiency Program. Jordan Schellens will be featured during the dinner presentation.

April will also be a joint meeting with the CT chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. Registration will continue to be done through the CT ASHRAE website for ASHRAE members, non-members, students and guests. We are very excited about this joint meeting and we look forward to a stellar attendance.

The CT ASHRAE Golf Outing will be held on May 26th 2017. It will be at Tower Ridge in Simsbury again this year. We have had great success with this location and the team there is excited to host us again. Sponsorships are currently available and will fill up fast. Registration is currently open. Thank you all for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you at the April meeting.


Brandon Bradley

CT ASHRAE President, 2016-2017

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Calendar of Events

April 13, 2017 Dinner Meeting

Joint Meeting with AEE CT!

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


Technical Session: Submitting a Custom Project for Incentive to Energize CT Efficiency Programs

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

This Technical Session will cover the basic program rules and requirements for submission of projects for rebates with the Energize CT Efficiency Program. It will answer a few common questions...

  1. What projects we can and cannot consider.
  2. How to deetermine the proper baseline for costs and energy calculations.
  3. What information to submit.


Tech Session Speaker:

David J. Bebrin, CEM, CDSM, BEP, CSDP -  Eversource Energy

David Bebrin is a Senior Engineer for Eversource Energy. He has 28 years of experience working in energy efficiency and load management. Dave has knowledge of all aspects of the energy efficiency industry from program planning, design, implementation, and quality control/ quality assurance to evaluation and project contact arranger. For nearly eight years, Dave led NU's nationally recognized "Energy Conscious Program" and "Tailored HVAC Program." His specialties include energy analysis of new technologies, chillers and school construction.

Before entering the energy field, Dave was an instructor of engineering at The University of Connecticut. He has a MS in Mechanical Engineering specializing in dynamics and controls, as well as a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He has been active in community service coaching baseball, soccer and basketball, as well as a Wolcott Schools Building Projects committee member. Dave also has a Patent Pending for an artificial Christmas tree storage container. 


Dinner Presentation: Energy Rebates

6:45 PM to 8:30 PM

This session will discuss the New Construction Energy Efficiency Programs offered by the Energize CT program for new commercial building in the State of Connecticut. It will go over the process and programs offered to the end user. This session will also highlight the economic incentives and how to get into the program. 


Dinner Session Speaker: Jordan Schellens, Eversource Energy

Jordan is an Energy Efficiency Consultant for Eversource Energy. She is the team lead for the commercial new construction program. Jordan has 8 years of experience working with energy efficiency. Her career started at NYSERDA working on design and implementation of the existing facilities program. In 2011, she moved to New York City to work on the NYSERDA new construction program with a focus on hospitals and colleges and universities. Jordan started with Eversource in June 2015 focusing on new construction energy efficiency, program design, and program growth. Jordan has a BA in Environmental Policy from Union College.

Register Now!



Wine & Beer Raffle Sponsor: 1 Available

Appetizer Display Tray Sponsor: Eversource

Vendor Table Sponsor(s): Eversource and Frank I. Rounds, Co. (1 still available)

Click here to purchase a sponsorship.


Dinner Menu: 

 Roasted Red Pepper & Gouda Soup

Spinach & Walnut Salad

Orange Glazed Pan Roasted Salmon

Pork Loin with Bacon & Mushroom Demi and Melted Fontina

Chef's Choice of Vegetable and Potato or Rice

Rolls and Butter

Chef's Choice of Dessert 

Coffee and Tea






All late registrations (after 5:00 PM, April 12th), or walk-ins incur a $10 late fee. Students incur a $5 late fee.

Register Today! 

 Save the Dates!

May 11, 2017: Dinner Meeting - Acoustics, Past Presidents' & Student Night

May 26, 2017: Annual Golf Outing

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Newsletter Sponsors


If you'd like your personal or business card to appear here, please contact the Sponsorship Committee today!


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ASHRAE Golf Outing

Please join us for the

2017 CT ASHRAE Golf Outing!

Proceeds go to ASHRAE Research.


Location: Tower Ridge Country Club, 140 Nod Road in Simsbury Connecticut


Date: Friday, May 26, 2017


Time: 10 AM Shotgun Start


Cost: $140 (single player) $560 (foursome)




  • Pre-round refreshments
  • Open Grill for lunch
  • Open Beverage cart during play
  • Appetizer and buffet-style dinner with carving station
  • Open Bar during dinner
  • Raffle prizes
  • Prize for longest drive
  • Prize for Closest to the Pin



Raffle: $20 - Arm's length, $80 - Foursome Bargain (5 Arms' Length)


Sponsorship Opportunities:


  1. Tee Sponsors (15 available, 1 per tee): $250
  2. Closest to the Pin Sponsor (1 available): $350
  3. Longest Drive Sponsor (1 available): $350
  4. Golf Cart Sponsor (1 available): $750
  5. Drink Cart Sponsor (0 available): $1,200 - Sold Out!


You can purchase your sponsorship when you register for the outing, or through our online catalog.


 Thank you to our Sponsors:


Flow Tech, Inc. - Drink Cart Sponsor


Mechanical Services - Tee Sponsor


RA Novia - Tee Sponsor


RenewAire - Tee Sponsor


RST Thermal - Tee Sponsor

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Membership News

Membership News 

New Members

Please join me in welcoming the following new members:


Steven Tiernan (Associate Member) – Harry Grodsky & Co.


Rachel Basso (Associate Member) – Consulting Engineering Services


Luca Petracca Jr. (Associate Member) – Earth Core Energy Services


Sean Dwyer (Associate Member) – Automated Logic


Craig Parker (Associate Member) – A/Z Corporation


Paul Tangredi (Associate Member) – Clearesult Consulting



Member Referral Program

The CT Chapter will be rewarding members who refer new members with a $20 Visa gift card! All new members can choose between a $20 gift card or a free meal at their first dinner meeting (a $40 value)!

All new members and referring members will also be entered in a drawing to win an Amazon Fire HD10 Tablet and a Fire TV Stick!!! Receive one drawing entry for every member that you get to join our Chapter. The more people you refer, the more entries you will have!!!!!!

Click here to learn how to participate.


Thank you,

Jason Urso

Membership Promotion Chair 





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ASHRAE Learning Institute


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Research Promotion


CT ASHRAE Research Promotion

The RP campaign is an annual fundraising campaign benefitting the funding of numerous ASHRAE programs:

  • ASHRAE Research
  • Scholarships for undergraduates
  • YEA Leadership Training


2016-2017 Goals

  1. Raise $13,480 for RP by June 30, 2017
  2. Raise $250 for scholarships by November 15, 2016

 Donate here...

 RP Focus - what your donation is doing:


1083-RP, Chemical Off-Gassing From Indoor Swimming Pools

The old adage “keep your head above water” may not be the best advice when it comes to swimming in indoor pools. Currently, little is known about the chlorine-based chemicals used to treat pools and their off-gassing rates into the surrounding air, which is inhaled by both spectators and swimmers. This project will ensure the proper amount of ventilation is used to remove or dilute those pollutants is being conducted. Standard 62 requires .5 cfm (cubic feet per minute) of outdoor air per square foot of pool and deck area or 15 cfm/person. Because little or no data exists on the chlorine-based chemicals, it is unknown whether the amount of ventilation air supplied to the pool enclosure is sufficient to remove the pollutants emitted by the water. With little or no knowledge about the pool water chemistry, it is virtually impossible to design a ventilation system that addresses all pollutants generated in an indoor pool environment. A ventilation system that cannot respond to the actual source of pollutants is not acceptable. Designers need information about the pollutants in pools, how they can be eliminated and what effect they have on occupants. The project will identify the major pollutants, which may represent a health hazard and classify that hazard to human exposure.

Curious about the research projects in your area?


So far this year the donations are still doing well as we remain ahead of where we were last year, but we still have a lot of work to do. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the CT members who have already come through with donations for the 2016-2017 campaign, please consider joining them:

Mr Ronald R Beliveau

Mr Michael P Patton

Mr Jason R Urso, PE

Mr Matthew E Mullen

Ms Juliette N Williams

Mr Mark E Kent

Mr Joseph L Furman

Mr Brandon Z Bradley

Mr Sean J Pringle

Mr Robert M. Andel

Mr Henry T Cullinane

Mr Charles N Aungst

Ms Nichole Petersen

Mr Michael Davis

Ms Julia G Weatherby, PE

Mr Dumitru T Petrescu, PE

Mr. Derek T Bride

Mr. John L Altieri

Mr. Jeremy N Rapoza

Mr. Matthew S. Cole

MJ Daly

George A Green, Inc.

Mr. James Falcetti

Mrs Paula Saaf

Mr David P Brown

Mr Robert W Paul

Mr Allan K Brown, PE

Mr Frederick F Wajcs, Jr

Belimo Aircontrols (USA)

Mr Pasquale M Maturo

Please consider joining this list by making your donation now.


Thank you,

Charles Aungst

RP Chair, CT Ashrae

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Annual Conference

2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo
The future of net-zero energy buildings is already here. Stay in the forefront by attending ASHRAE's 2017 Annual Conference June 24-28, in Long Beach, CA. Early bird registration is now open.
  • An exciting Welcome Party held at the Aquarium of the Pacific, complete with otters!
  • An inspiring, world-renowned keynote speaker, Derreck Kayongo, Founder of the Global Soap Project.
  • Nine tracks that address design strategies for net zero energy buildings, various forms of commissioning, extensive fundamentals and applications programs, and others.

Start planning your itinerary for the 2017 ASHRAE Annual Conference in Long Beach, Calif. Technical Program Tracks focus on resources to design, build, control, commission, and operate highly efficient facilities. Eight Conference Tracks Include:

  • Building Life Safety Systems NEW
  • Commissioning: Optimizing New and Existing Buildings and their Operation
  • Controls NEW
  • Fundamentals and Applications
  • HVAC&R Systems and Equipment
  • Net Zero Energy Buildings: The International Race to 2030 NEW
  • Refrigeration
  • Residential Buildings: Standards Guidelines and Codes NEW

61 Seminars | 8 Workshops | 7 Forums | 2 Panels | 3 Debates

26 paper sessions consisting of 71 Conference Papers and 19 Technical Papers

P.S. Easily request employer support using templates from our Conference Justification Toolkit.


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Young Engineers in ASHRAE

YEA Member's Experience at ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo

Your Sponsorship Dollars Went to Good Use!

The 2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference held in Las Vegas this past February was a great experience. It was a great opportunity to network with people working in the same industry and learn about what engineers are currently working on, and the challenges they face. One of the courses I attended was geared towards the challenges of BIM and Revit. One of the things that I took away from that course was that the industry or more specifically the software engineer’s use, lags behind conventional engineering wisdom and is not capable of differentiating some aspects of the design and modeling. This was useful to me because I have long relied on software to ease some of my calculations but what I found out was that it may not be as accurate as I think it is. However, starting a dialogue about issues such as these within the engineering community goes a long way in helping to improve the tools engineers have to work with. Using the conference as a forum to get the word out is a great way to resolve issues.


Along with the ASHRAE conference, the AHR Expo provided me with an eye-opening perspective on the sheer size and scale of equipment that an engineer typically specifies. Going on tours and visiting booths allowed for a more in-depth view of how the equipment actually works as well as the advances that are coming.


I encourage anyone interested, to attend future conferences and participate in their local ASHRAE chapter. Whether you are a student, up and coming engineer, or have been in the business for years, I recommend everyone to attend ASHRAE sponsored events as this is one of the best ways to meet new people and learn more about the industry. Thanks to YEA for sponsoring me for this trip and thanks to all the sponsors and contributors that help support YEA. I ask that you continue to contribute and support our Connecticut chapter as it will benefit an engineer much like it benefited me.


Thank you,


David Bardales




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Available to anyone who needs reference material.

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News from ASHRAE



Chapters Making a Difference with State Legislators

Article ImageASHRAE chapters are staging "A Day on the Hill" events to reach out to local legislators as part of a larger push to make ASHRAE the "go-to" source for information on essential issues such as energy efficiency. And, they are making a difference.  Find out how

Watch the video about Georgia's Day on the Hill event here.

Take Control of Building Operations Using Analytics

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 Industry experts will explore how to have better building operations through improved controls and analytics in a webcast on April 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. EDT. Viewers will learn key elements of controls and analytics for building operations, and will be able to identify steps required to deploy analytics in building projects, including commissioning.  Register Here


 Growing ASHRAE's Leadership

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"Who is next to lead ASHRAE?" To answer that question, ASHRAE is launching its first Leadership Academy to help its leaders grow their skills. The three presenters for the academy share their strategies for success in ASHRAE.


Read more

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A Word from the Editor

 A Note from the Editor


Hi everyone!

Happy Spring!

Today's member spotlight worked out very well for this month. He is actually the speaker for this month's dinner and tech sessions! If you'd like to get to know more about our speaker, David Bebrin, then read on in this month's member spotlight!

~Nichole Petersen

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Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight 


David Bebrin

What is your job title?

Senior Energy Engineer


What company do you work for?

Eversource Energy


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

University of Connecticut


What was your first job after school?

Instructor of Engineering


What was your first job in the HVACR industry?



How many years have you been in the HVACR industry?

27 years


What do you do now and what are you planning for the future?

QA/QC of energy efficiency projects.


How do you unwind from a busy day at work?

I like to watch sports.


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

I build guitars, stain glass and enjoy woodworking.


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

Dave Jackson


What is your favorite genre of music?



If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be and why?



Rules to live by in business?

Credibility is everything.


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

Outlaw Josey Wales


If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead) who would it be and where would you go?

Neil Young

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Become a Sponsor

2016-2017 Sponsorship Opportunties

By becoming a 2016-2017 sponsor, your firm will be exposed to decision-makers from major engineering, design, construction and contracting firms at programs and social events throughout the year. Our membership includes 550+ members made up of owners, principals, senior associates, business developers and more!



2017 Golf Outing Sponsorships


 Save the Date for Friday, May 26, 2017!

Please visit the online catalog for a full listing of associate benefits.


2017 Golf Tee Sponsor: $250 (18 available, 15 left)

2017 Golf Closest to Pin Sponsor: $350 (1 available)

2017 Golf Longest Drive Sponsor: $350 (1 available)

2017 Golf Cart Sponsor: $750 (1 available)

2017 Drink Cart Sponsor: $1,200 (sold out)

Custom options available



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


  1. Display Tray sponsor: $100 per meeting

    1. Choose between a fruit and cheese, or hummus and veggie appetizer display tray

    2. Complete with company name/logo included on meeting-specific communications, meeting webpage, that month’s newsletter, cocktail hour slides and display table signage

    3. Verbal recognition during podium time

  2. Wine/Beer raffle sponsor: $100 per meeting

    1. Benefits Student Activities Fund

    2. Complete with company name/logo included on meeting-specific communications, meeting webpage, that month’s newsletter, cocktail hour slides and registration table signage

    3. Verbal recognition during podium time

  3. Vendor Table sponsor: $100 per meeting

    1. Complete with display table, company name/logo included on meeting-specific communications, meeting webpage, that month’s newsletter, cocktail hour slides

    2. Verbal recognition during podium time

  4. Triple Threat Package: $250 per meeting

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

      Digital Sponsorship Opportunities:


  1. Digital business cards displayed on website and monthly newsletter: $200 Sept-June

    1. Logo displayed in rotating slideshow on right side bar of website and on sponsorship page

    2. Business card featured in monthly newsletters (September-June)

  2. Classified Ads: $100 per month

    1. Ad posted both on CT ASHRAE website and in newsletter


2017 Directory Ads

Directory Ad submission is now closed. Thank you to our advertisers. Be on the lookout for the 2017 Membership Directory to be released this spring!

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 2016-2017

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


Brandon Bradley


President Elect


Derke Bride





Hank Cullinane





Jason Urso



Committe Chairpersons 2016-2017 

Golf Outing

*Brandon Bradley  860.488.0384

Grass Roots

*Hank Cullinane  860.665.3286


Richard Melo 203.706.1841

Honors and Awards

*Stillman Jordan 203.375.5228


*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

Charles Aungst 203.380.3339


*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

Charles Aungst III  203.370.3339


*Mike Davis  860.221.0887


*Blair Richardson  203.683.6930 

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