About CT ASHRAE's Newsletter

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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Our Editor


Blair Richardson, PE, CEM
BL Companies 
e-mail: newsletter@ctashrae.org


April 2018 Print

The President's Message

April 2018


Derek Bride

I would like to thank all of those that made it out last month. We had another great technical presentation from one of our past presidents Barry McGuiness of Buckley Associates. He gave a great presentation of the Kitchen Exhaust and Makeup Air. We also had a good presentation by Peter Levitt on Dust collection. 

This month we have we have a special meeting as it is a join meeting with ASPE and will be held at Eli’s on Whitney in Hamden CT. The dinner topic will be present by Rodd Hyatt from HTP Comfort solutions. He will be discussing Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems and Applications. This should be a good presentation for all to come. I hope to see everyone there. 

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

April 12th Dinner Meeting

 Joint Meeting with CT ASPE

Eli's on Whitney
2392 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518


Order of Events:


Registration & Networking: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Dinner: 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM

Presentation: 7:15 PM to 8:30 PM


 Dinner Presentation: 

Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems and Applications

The following topics will be discussed...

- How it all flows

- Overview of three projects

- How we make it flow

- What we have learned through monitoring

- Sizing

- Should plumbers follow the drawings

- What about pools

- How the sun works for us

- Flat plate or vacuum tube collectors

- Installing and mounting collectors


Dinner Session Speaker: Rodd Hyatt, Full-product-line Trainer for HTP Comfort Solutions

Rod travels throughout the country to teach technology-driven classes primarily for engineers and contractors. He focuses on the actual numbers to help those in his classes properly size equipment for CH (central heating) and domestice-hot-water applications, including connected infrastructure such as plumbing, pumps and controls. One of Rod's classes titled, "To Tank of Not to Tank, That is the Question," is designed to help students understand the technology and product choices that improve efficiency and drastically lower project costs - a 100% turn-around from industy norms of just five years ago.

Rod's specialities: Domestic and space water heating combined with solar-thermal technologies, system design, installation and technical training.

Rod's objectives in the world of efficiency and renewable energy include:

1. Train installers, contractors, engineers, architects and other professionals to design and install real-world, functional water heating systems.

2. Assist contractors and other sales professionals as they analyze design plans to create accurate quotes.

Professional History

Rod is a professional trainer and consultant for Solar Skies and HTP. He has conducted basic and advanced courses for thousands of professionals in 45 states and Canada. Dozens of his classes were hosted by major plumbing reps and served as continuing ed classes for the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). This included a tech-ed session at the 2010 ASPE Convention & Engineered Plumbing Expostion in Philadelphia.

Before joining HTP in 2008, Rod owned In Hot Water Heat & Power, Inc., Utah's then-largest solar business and Utah's first completely off-grid commercial and manufacturing enterprise. Its many projects included solar thermal systems for the Utah State University, Utah House, Gunnison City Pool, the Zion National Park Visitors Center and IKEA.

Rod worked with HTP to create new innovative startups susch as Sun Hydronics and Solar Spectrum. The chief accomplishment of these endeavors was Rod's SunStation kit design, which won Best New Prodeuct at ISH 2006.

When he's not traveling from coast to coast to conduct training, Rod works from his home in a rural community in northern Utah.


Register Now!



Wine & Beer Raffle Sponsor: Emerson Swan, Inc.

Appetizer Display Tray Sponsor: Emerson Swan, Inc.

Vendor Table Sponsor(s): Emerson Swan, Inc., still 2 available

Click here to purchase a sponsorship.


Dinner Menu:  


Cheese and Fruit Tray

Soup Du Jour

Garden Salad

Penne ala Vodka

Pan Seared Salmon with Tomato & Basil Chutney

Chicken Parmesan

Chef's Choice Vegetable and Starch 

Rolls and Butter 

Ice Cream Fudge Roll with Chocolate Sauce, Coffee and Tea

Cash Bar

*Gluten-free meals and desserts available upon request.



$35.00 Connecticut ASHRAE & Connecticut ASPE Member Ticket
$45.00 after 5:15 PM April 6th

$45.00 Nonmember (Guest)
$55.00 after 5:15 PM April 6th

$10.00 Student Nonmember Ticket
$15.00 after 5:15 PM MApril 6th

April 5, 2018 - YEA Indoor Rock Climbing Social

May 10, 2018 - Past Presidents' and Student Night Dinner Meeting

May 25, 2018 - Annual Golf Outing

June, TBA - YEA vs TOY Softball

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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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2018-2019 Year

CT ASHRAE 2018-2019

We've started planning for next year and we need your help!

Vote for the 2018-2019 Officers and Board of Governors

The time has come to cast your vote for the 2018-2019 CT Chapter Officers and Board of Governors! Please download the ballot, cast your vote and follow the instructions to send back to Bill dunn by 5/9/18 at 5 PM. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.


Contact Bill Dunn, 860.290.6977, bdunn@airequipmentllc.com.

Call for 2018-2019 Dinner Presentations

With only a couple dinner meetings left in the 2017-2018 year, we’re beginning to plan the 2018-2019 calendar! We’d love to hear what our members are interested in learning about next year.

If you or someone you know is interested in presenting at a dinner meeting or tech session, or if you have a topic idea, please contact Jason Urso (2017-2019 Programs Chair and President-Elect) at 413-572-3226. Presentations do not need to be complete at this point. We’re currently looking for presentation ideas and/or topics.

We are specifically looking to fill at least two meetings with consulting engineering firms showcasing one of their designs from a recent project. A field trip to the project location or a presentation of the project would be great!

We’re also considering booking a few offsite tours and/or venues. Please contact Jason Urso with possible tour locations or interesting venues too!


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Membership News

Membership News 

New Members

Please join me in welcoming the following new members: 

Joseph Masucci (Associate Member) – Buckley Associates

Kevin Bergeron (Affiliate Member) – RST Thermal

Mary Riemenschneider (Member) – Dadanco

Patrick Hafner (Member) – CT Army National Guard


Membership Battle is Back!


Attend our May 10th meeting to see who the winners are for the 2018 Battle! 

Become a member at www.ashrae.org and receive a $20 gift card or 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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Young Engineers in ASHRAE

YEA Update

Rock Climbing Networking Event

Join us on April 5th in Glastonbury for a fun night of networking and indoor rock climbing. Details and registration can be found here.

Kevin Wixom's Experience at YEA Leadership Weekend in Seattle


I had a really great time at the Young Leadership Weekend (YLW) in Seattle, Washington. This is an event that I think all young professionals should take part in. It gave me a chance to learn about myself and how I interact with others. It also gave me time to reflect on my growth within the HVAC industry and how I communicate with others.

The weekend started off with some interesting ice breakers. We were put into groups of 4 (architect, engineer, vendor and end user) and asked to create an identical Lego structure that was built by the facilitators of YLW. The architect could talk to the engineer, the engineer could talk to the vendor and the vendor could talk to the end user (builder), in that order only. If the vendor had a question, they had to send an RFI down the line and wait to get an answer. This was not only a great way to get to know people but it also showed how information gets passed through the chains of command in the construction industry, and how important it is to communicate effectively.

Next we were put into groups of seven, given a list of riddles and tasked with taking pictures of different landmarks and monuments in downtown Seattle. We had to make sure that our team item and everyone in our group was in the picture. We had to work together to figure out the riddles while also getting to see all the different areas of downtown Seattle. After we got back to the hotel, we put our pictures on a computer and then went to dinner. Both scheduled dinners were located at different breweries with great beer and really cool atmospheres.

The most beneficial day was Saturday. We really dug into our personality profile survey to see why we act the way we do and how we convey information to others. We took time to pick apart the idea of an extrovert and an introvert and why we need both to be successful in our industry. The biggest takeaway for me was understanding the personality areas I am lacking in and how I can work on them to be a more, well-rounded, young professional in the HVAC industry. I also learned better ways to communicate with others that do not have the same personality as me.

I feel like this was such a beneficial weekend for me. I would like to thank CT ASHRAE for allowing me to attend this weekend and Flow Tech Inc. for giving me the push I needed to attend. I hope I get the same opportunity to attend YLW 2.0! If any other YEA members are offered the opportunity to attend a future YWL event, I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the offer!

YEA Scholarship for HVAC Design Essentials Training

Presented by the ASHRAE Learning Institute, the HVAC Design Essentials Training allows attendees to gain the fundamentals and technical aspects to design, install and maintain HVAC systems.

To encourage attendance by young professional ASHRAE members, YEA offers attendance scholarships to the HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials training. The full cost of registration to Level I of this workshop will be covered by ASHRAE. Any additional costs, such as airfare or hotel, are not covered by this scholarship.

The next round of applications will open in May 2018.

Criteria: All applicants must be ASHRAE members and 35 years of age or younger as of July 1, 2018 (student members are not eligible). Applicants will be reviewed based on contribution to the industry, ASHRAE involvement and career goals.

If you have any questions, please contact Rhiannon Masterson at rmasterson@ashrae.org or (678) 539-1178

Young Members' Guide to Getting Involved in ASHRAE Technical Committees

Getting involved in ASHRAE technical committees allows you to help determine the future of our industry. When you google your name what comes up? Become a TC member and get your name added to the search results!

Being on a committee is a lot easier than you might think!

Finding a Technical Committee: Browse ASHRAE.org, attend Society conference technical programs, ask ASHRAE staff and other committee members! Use the Society resources to find a TC of interest to you.

Volunteer:You don’t have to be a voting member to participate. Offering to help with committee activities allows you learn about the TC and gets your name before the committee as someone who is interested in advancing its objectives.

Capitalize on Your Strengths:Offer to help update, improve sites, develop navigational tools, develop on-line mechanisms to support committee activities.


  • Actively correspond with committee leadership and/or assigned mentor
  • Offer to support web updates
  • Offer to provide updates to ASHRAE groups outside of TC (consider YEA, SA, regional membership, CTTC, etc.)
  • Offer to participate in any web-based meetings or events
  • Become a corresponding member. A list of corresponding, or non-voting, members is generated at the winter conferences.
  • Ask the TC secretary to add your name and contact information so you can receive email announcements and minutes to stay informed.
  • TCs have unlimited corresponding members!


Read the full guide here YEA Technical Committees Guide

Check out the Full List of Technical Committees


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A Word from the Editor

Hi, everyone,

CT ASHRAE is looking for someone interested in taking over as the Monthly Newsletter Editor!

Benefits of this role:

- Perfect introductory role to CT ASHRAE, or a great way to become further involved

- Option to attend the monthly board meetings

- Interface with board members and industry engineers

- Be in the know of CT ASHRAE happenings

- No set hours, work of the newsletter at your own convenience

Position Start Date:

August 2018, the first newsletter will go out in September of the 2018-2019 Year.

Are you interested?

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming the Newsletter Editor please contact me or the board to get more information.

Thank you,

Nichole Petersen


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Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight

Become the next member spotlight!

In the Member Spotlight section of the newsletter you'll learn a little more about the member being highlighted from information such as their current job position, how many years they've been in the industry, and fun things like their favorite food. We'd greatly appreciate your help with this section. Please take a couple minutes to fill out the survey/questionnaire to be included in an upcoming Member Spotlight (please note, for CT ASHRAE Members Only). I'd also greatly appreciate if you could email me a picture or two of yourself to include in your month's spotlight.

Complete the questionaire here!

Please note, once you click the above link it will direct you to the member sign-in page. Once you enter your login credentials and enter the member area, click on "Surveys" in the left sidebar menu under "Member Area". The previous link was not working, but it has since been corrected.


Nichole Petersen, ASHRAE CT Chapter Newsletter Editor  



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Special Events


Is advanced technology alone solving the case for energy efficiency?

Delivering meaningful energy efficiency in buildings often requires debunking myths about building products, performance and solutions. This webcast will focus on strategies and policies that dive into deep efficiency goals. Featured ASHRAE speakers will address myths and realities they've discovered through real life experiences. Viewers will learn how a practical design approach can help achieve optimum energy performance in commercial and high-rise residential buildings across the globe. With varying climates and economies, one must consider a holistic approach when assessing a building and its systems.

  • Take advantage of the two week On Demand period (April 20-May 4) and schedule your viewing of the webcast around your time zone and schedule


  • The On Demand player has fast forward and rewind capabilities — allowing you to view all or part of the program with your members


  • Plan a lunch or dinner meeting with your Chapter to view the webcast


  • Utilize the resources online to supplement the webcast program


  • Earn 3 FREE PDHs


  • Chapters who register to view the webcast will earn 100 PAOE points



Visit www.ashrae.org/Webcast for additional information about the program, continuing education credtis, speakers, and registrtion.

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Become a Sponsor

2017-2018 Sponsorships 

Golf Sponsorship Opportunities

The 2018 Golf Outing will be held Friday, May 25, 2018!


Drink Cart Sponsor: $1,200

  • Limit 1.
  • Logo on signage on Drink Cart or Drink Stations
  • Firm name mention in golf communications, newsletters and on meeting webpage.
  • Podium recognition during dinner


Golf Cart Sponsor: $500

  • Limit 1.
  • Logo on all golf carts
  • Firm name mentioned in golf communications, newsletters and on meeting webpage.
  • Podium recognition during dinner.
  • Sponsor hs exlusive rights to provide giveaways for each golf cart, if desired.


Closest to the Pin Sponsor: $350

  • Limit 1.
  • Logo on signage at putting green.
  • Firm name mentioned in golf communications, newsletters and on meeting webpage.
  • Podium recognition during dinner.


Longest Drive Sponsor: $350

  • Limit 1.
  • Logo on signage at putting green.
  • Firm name mentioned in golf communications, newsletters and on meeting webpage.
  • Podium recognition during dinner.



Tee Sponsors: $250

  • Limit 18.
  • Logo on signage at a tee on the course.
  • Firm name mentioned in golf communications, newsletters and on meeting webpage.



To purchase visit the Sponsorship Catalog!


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. 


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 


Committee Chair Position Available

Chapter Regional Conference

Derek Bride - Delegate / Hank Cullinane - Alternate


Jason Urso

Golf Outing/Special Events

*Brandon Bradley  860.488.0384

Grass Roots Government Activities

*Hank Cullinane  860.528.0081


Richard Melo 203.706.1841

Honors and Awards

Bill Dunn 

Membership Promotion

*Jason Urso  413.572.3226


Bill Dunn 


*Nichole Petersen  860.221.0880


*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

Webmaster/Electronic Communications

*Mike Davis  860.221.0887


*Blair Richardson  203.683.6930

Evan Benoit 860.221.0876

Kevin Wixom 860.221.0888



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ASHRAE Social Media

Follow ASHRAE on Social Media 

Want to stay up-to-date with all the latest and greatest news to hit the HVAC&R industry? Start following ASHRAE National on one of their many social media channels!

Facebook: ASHRAE

LinkedIn: ASHRAE

Twitter: @ASHRAENews

YouTube: ASHRAEvideo

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