In this issue
The President's Message
Jason R. Urso
CT Chapter of ASHRAE Members,
I’m very excited for our March meeting, which will take place on March 19th, one week later than our normal schedule. Eric Fontaine, our CTTC Chair, organized a tour of the Amherst Science Center, a high efficiency laboratory building at Amherst College. The Science Center is a 230,000 square foot facility, constructed in 2018. The lab building achieved an EUI 76% lower than the national average for a laboratory building. This project received the AIA COTE Top Ten Award in 2019, an award for sustainable design excellence. The tour will start promptly at 5:00, so please plan to arrive by 4:45 pm. Following the tour, we will break for a social hour and a panel discussion with the Owner, Architect, and Engineer will follow.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Michael Davis for his role as our Vice President and Sponsorship Chair. Mike has done a great job at raising funds to support our Chapter and events. Thank you to all of the local businesses and individuals who support our Chapter! We cannot have a successful Chapter without your support.
Last, but not least, ASHRAE design training is coming to Hartford from April 27 – May 1 at the Hilton Hartford Hotel. You can register for the event here:
This home page is maintained by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. P.O. Box 143 Cromwell, CT 06416. ASHRAE chapters may not act for the Society and the information presented here has not had Society review. To learn more about ASHRAE activities on an international level, contact the ASHRAE home page at http://www.ashrae.org.
March 2020 DINNER MEETING - CANCELLED
Due to the recent concerns with the potential spread of the COVID-19 and precautions, the Amherst College has issued new policy effective immediately that will unfortunately cancel the tour on campus next week. CT ASHRAE will be working with the College to reschedule the tour and dinner program to a later date. We apologize for this but we understand the precautions and situation our local Colleges and Universities are dealing with. We will work with each of you for a refund of registration fee for this months program. CT ASHRAE will keep you updated on the status of next months program where we will be back in Cromwell.
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Calendar of Events
Mark your calendar for the 2019-2020 year!
3/12/2020 - March Dinner Meeting – High Efficiency Laboratory Building Tour and Panel discussion with Owner, Engineer, Architect
4/9/2020 - April Dinner Meeting – BMS Basics for Consulting Engineers and ASHRAE Guideline 36
4/27-5/1/2020 - HVAC Design Training: Levels I and II in Hartford, CT - Click Here for More Infomation!
5/14/2020 - May Dinner Meeting – ASHRAE DL: Time Management and Workplace Dynamics
Check out the 2020 Energy Efficiency Fair sponsored by the AEE Connecticut Chapter!
Welcome to our new members!
Robert Hauk, Encon
Michael Trubia, Zachry Nuclear Engineering
Daniel Cruz, Macri Associates
Nicholas Chiasson, Altieri Sebor Wieber
Andrew Thompson, Blake Equipment
Scott Bolling, Gibbs & Cox
Douglas Look, Automated Logic
Timothy Gardner, A/Z Corporation
Scott Degler, Honeywell
Welcome to the Logo Merchandise Store!
From hats and polos to car magnets and tumblers, we have all the gear you need to show off your ASHRAE pride. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] or Click Here ASHRAE Merchandise Store
Welcome to the ASHRAE Book Store!
ASHRAE BOOKstore in Partnership with techstreet
ASHRAE Books provide important information for engineers, architects and other users covering HVAC&R design and application as well as cutting-edge topics such as sustainability, building performance and commissioning, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality.
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Membership Special Events!
Membership Battle is Back!
Support ASHRAE membership within your firm and win the CT ASHRAE Leading Membership Award!!!
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)
Membership Referral Program
The membership referral program is still around! If you refer a member and they pay the CT chapter dues, both you and the new member will be given a $20 Visa gift card.
Click Here to learn more about the benefits of ASHRAE Membership!
Contact Tom Ruggiero for more information on becoming a member!
Your ASHRAE History Report...
The largest contributors of high Global Warming Potential chemicals have historically been developing countries. These countries are in the heart of their insudtrial revolutions. But what happens when everyone stops working? What happens when the factories close for a few days, weeks, or months?
In the wake of the COVID-19 or Corona Virus outbreak in China we have seen what happens when factories shut down...
In the wake of China's shutdown of public transportation, businesses, and flights in/ out there has been a significant improvement in local air quality. These before and after pictures show the Nitrogen Dioxide levels in the atmosphere, as measured by NASA and ESA satelites.
Young Engineers in ASHRAE
JANUARY 2020 YEA AXE THROWING HOLIDAY EVENT
Thank you all who came out to release the inner Lumber Jack/ Jill!
We had a GREAT turnout for the YEA Holiday Axe Throwing event. Check out the pictures from the event here!
YEA Leadership Weekend
Minneapolis, Minnesota – May 15-17, 2020
Are you interested in expanding your knowledge, meeting fellow engineers and having some fun along the way? Look no further than YEA Leadership Weekend! YEA Leadership Weekend is an opportunity for you—the future leaders of ASHRAE—to learn more about Society, develop soft skills and network with other young professionals. Over 600 YEA members have already taken advantage of this great opportunity…will you be next?
YEA Leadership Weekend 2.0
Palm Springs, CA – May 1-3, 2020
YEA Leadership Weekend 2.0 (YLW 2.0) is designed to provide additional, more advanced resources to YLW alumni. For this continuation of YLW, we bring back Ralph Kison to facilitate and expand on the skills he taught at the existing YLW event. As YLW alumni, you’ve had the opportunity to use the resources and connections you gained at YLW to not only grow your professional careers, but develop your participation within ASHRAE. The purpose of YLW 2.0 is to continue that growth and development, and hopefully inspire even further leadership skills and aspirations!
This event is open to any current ASHRAE member who has previously attended a YEA Leadership Weekend event and has not already attended YLW 2.0. Attendance is limited to 20 people and registration will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Registration will open on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 12:00pm/Noon Eastern.
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 training. The full cost of registration to Level I or II of this training will be covered by ASHRAE. Any additional costs, such as airfare or hotel, are not covered by this scholarship.
Criteria: All applicants must be ASHRAE members and 35 years of age or younger as of July 1, 2019 (student members are not eligible). Applicants will be reviewed based on contribution to the industry, ASHRAE involvement and career goals.
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Please use the online gift form and select the “YEA Programs” option. This will help ensure that YEA Society level activities continue to expand the opportunities for professional and personal growth of members like you.
Interested in YEA? Contact Kevin Wixom at [email protected]
Building a Strong Future through Student Branches
Student Branches offer student members the opportunity to interact and 'network' with members of the local ASHRAE Chapter, to participate in technical tours, learn from guest speakers, present technical papers, and to interact with other students with the same career interests. If your educational institution does not have an ASHRAE Student Branch then you may be interested in forming one. Establishing a student branch is easy and the rewards are great. All you need is a minimum of 10 student members, a faculty member who is interested in being the Student Branch Advisor, and the support of your local ASHRAE chapter and Region.
If you have a Student in your life that could benefit from ASHRAE check out these easy steps for starting an ASHRAE Student Chapter! Click Here for more info!
ASHRAE Society Scholarships
ASHRAE Chapter Scholarships
A new Student Membership Scholarship is available on the CT ASHRAE Student Activities Webpage. This new scholarship aims to aid our active CT ASHRAE student members by covering their membership fee +more. We have 10 available scholarships of $100 for our student members. The applicant must be a current student member in active status and fill out the application. That’s all! Please visit the Student Activities Webpage or contact [email protected] for additional information.
Undergraduate Program Equipment Grants
Graduate Student Grant-in-Aid Program
If you or someone you know may be interested please visit the Student Zone at ASHRAE.org to learn more about ASHRAE’s Scholarship and Grant Programs.
Putting the "R" in ASHRAE
Carbon dioxide and propane have been gaining popularity lately for use as refrigerants, mainly due to their low global warming potential (GWP) ratings.
- Carbon dioxide, Refrigerant 744, has a GWP of 1
- Propane, Refrigerant 290, has a GWP of 3
Compare that to....
- R410A’s GWP is 2088
- R134A’s is 1430
- R32’s is 675.
Historically propane has been an unpopular refrigerant in the US due mainly to its flammability. In 2011, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved propane as a refrigerant for standalone retail refrigerators and freezers, and within the last two years, installations of such systems in supermarkets and other food retail establishments have been gaining popularity.
The performance of propane as a refrigerant is similar to R-22 in terms of pressure and refrigeration capacity.
In the early days of refrigeration, carbon dioxide was in common use as a refrigerant along with ammonia. Carbon dioxide required extremely high pressures with a high compressor outlet temperature to work in a refrigeration cycle. With the discovery of R-12 with its considerably lower operating pressures, it took over as the refrigerant of choice. With the current popularity of heat pumps, the disadvantage of carbon dioxide’s high required pressures becomes an advantage: the associated high temperature can be used to easily produce hot water. Carbon dioxide also has a low critical point of 88°F. Above this temperature CO2 is a transcritical fluid, meaning it does not condense as heat is removed from it. If condenser temperatures are above 88°F, condensing will not occur and condenser operation will be less efficient. Thus, CO2 refrigerant systems are not well suited to high ambient temperature areas.
The high pressures and density lead to high heat transfer in the heat exchangers; this combined with low compression ratios create an efficient refrigeration cycle. With modern construction and design tools, carbon dioxide systems are being successfully installed. Several CO2 based heat pump water heaters are commercially available, and interest is growing in CO2 refrigeration.
Matt Andel, Refrigeration Chair
We are looking to increase the exposure that refrigeration gets at the CT level, and are looking for help. If you know of any contacts that could help us find possible presenters for refrigeration themed monthly meetings or tours, or if you have any other suggestions for the refrigeration committee, let us know by e-mail: [email protected]
HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials
Level I – Essentials April 27 – April 29, 2020
ASHRAE’s HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials training provides participants with instruction that accelerates their transformation into effective members of a design, construction or facilities maintenance team. Developed by industry-leading professionals selected by ASHRAE, the training provides attendees with the fundamentals and technical aspects of HVAC design. Attendees will gain practical skills and knowledge to design and maintain HVAC systems that can be put to immediate use.
In addition to gaining in-depth knowledge and understanding, attendees will receive real-world examples of HVAC systems based on the renovated ASHRAE Headquarters building. The training also teaches a systematic approach to guide a design team to a solution that optimally meets the client’s expectations. Engineered drawings of the ASHRAE Headquarters renovation will also be discussed so participants are exposed to plan reading and visual understanding of system design.
Who Should Attend
- Engineers new to the HVAC industry, including recent engineering graduates lacking practical experience
- Facilities managers involved in new construction or major renovation projects
- Technicians who would like to gain design knowledge
- Architects who want to understand HVAC system design
- Sales engineers and HVAC equipment suppliers who want to gain a broad knowledge of HVAC systems
HVAC Design: Level II – Applications
Level II – Applications April 30 – May 1, 2020
ASHRAE’s HVAC Design: Level II – Applications training provides participants with instruction on HVAC system design. The training is tailored for engineers with advanced experience in the HVAC design field, or those who have completed HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials. Developed by industry-leading professionals, the training provides advanced information that allows practicing engineers and designers an opportunity to expand their exposure to HVAC systems design procedures for a better understanding of system options to save energy.
Who Should Attend
- Engineers with HVAC design experience (3–10 years)
- Participants who attended the HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials
- Architects who want an in-depth understanding of HVAC design
- Facilities managers involved in new construction or major renovation projects
- Technicians who would like to gain thorough design knowledge
- Construction project managers involved with mechanical systems
ASHRAE certification programs were founded to meet industry need and today provide value to 1,000s of built-environment professionals, employers and building owners.
For the past 100+ years ASHRAE has worked hard to earn and maintain a worldwide reputation for being the leader in HVAC&R design. ASHRAE certification programs serve to reinforce that reputation.
2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference
Austin, TX | June 27–July 1
Step out of the office this summer and surround yourself with engineers, architects, designers and professionals in a city that strives to stay weird. ASHRAE is heading to Austin, Texas, June 27-July 1 for its 2020 Annual Conference and plans to help keep it weird with out-of-the-box technical sessions, batty tours and lively social events.
The conference will primarily take place at the JW Marriott Austin with additional meetings at the Austin Convention Center.
GOVERNMENT ADVOCACY COMMITTEE
On January 29, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Annual Energy Outlook for 2020. The report provides projections of U.S. energy production and use and estimates that electricity generation from renewables is expected to double between 2019 and 2050. Energy-related carbon dioxide is expected to decrease over the next decade, but thereafter will increase due to growth in transportation and industry usage. The report and supporting information can be found here.
Request for Participation: Field Validation of Zero Energy and Zero Energy Ready (ZE/R) Buildings
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is issuing a Request for Participation to identify ZE/R buildings with technologies and solutions that contribute to achieving ZE/R status. The objectives are to leverage the expertise of the Department of Energy's National Laboratories to conduct in-depth analyses on field data related to the energy performance, costs, and human impact of innovative ZE/R technologies and solutions. These analyses will inform best practices for long-term operation and maintenance and determine pathways for widespread adoption. Through this request, NREL is soliciting building owners, facility managers, and designers to submit candidate commercial ZE/R buildings for evaluation. To learn more,
- Visit NREL's Request for Participation posting
- Register for NREL's informational webinar that will be held on February 19, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST
- Complete this form if you wish to be considered for participation
DOE Funds Geothermal Technology Research
The Department of Energy has made a series of announcements regarding geothermal technology:
- $25 million to promote the advancement of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) technologies and techniques. The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), entitled Wells of Opportunity (WOO), supports research and development (R&D) that complements DOE's Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE).
- $18.8 million toward the research and development of innovative subsurface geothermal technologies. DOE's Geothermal Technologies Office will fund up to six projects focused on two topic areas.
- $3.25 million for the American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize. This prize is designed to address manufacturing challenges fundamental to operating in harsh geothermal environments. "This prize further supports the ability of the geothermal industry to reach the target of 60 Gigawatts electric of geothermal capacity by 2050 as outlined in the recently released GeoVision study."
Department of Energy Invests $74 Million in Building and Construction Technologies and Innovations
On February 10, the Department of Energy announced that they are providing $74 million to 63 selected projects to "research, develop, and test energy-efficient and flexible building technologies, systems, and construction practices to improve the energy performance of our Nation's buildings and electric grid." To learn more about the awardees, click here.
U.S. Mayors and Cities Respond to Climate Change
In January, the Alliance for a Sustainable Future released a report detailing actions mayors and local communities are taking to address climate change. The report includes four detailed case studies from Los Angeles, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; Chicago, Illinois; and Detroit Michigan. The full report can be found here.
For additional information on government affairs issues visit: www.ashrae.org/govaffairs
Hank Cullinane Chair, Blair Richardson, Co-Chair
COMMERCIAL TERRITORY REPRESENTATIVE CT AND WESTERN Mass
Representing Quality Heating, Plumbing and HVAC Products & Solutions to Wholesalers Across New England
The Walter Morris Company is hiring for a Commercial Territory Rep to cover CT and Western, MA. This position is responsible for influencing Engineers and Mechanical Contractors on our Commercial product lines. Ideally this candidate would have 5+ years experience in the field communicating with Engineers and Mechanical Contractors and understands the process from Specifications to the Sale. Please contact Kyle Tasse @ [email protected] with inquiries. Engineers and contractors should consider this opportunity to move into sales.
Immersed in your project beginning with consultation and concept, you can count on Aegis to maintain the same level of responsiveness and commitment through to construction, completion and beyond.
Due to continued strong growth in the clean energy industry, Aegis Energy, a subsidiary of EDF, a worldwide player in the energy industry, has an immediate opening for a Project Engineer. The chosen candidate will primarily work out of our Holyoke, Massachusetts office. The opening is for a degreed Mechanical Engineer to work on designing systems, assisting in the installation process, and providing technical support for our field technicians and our sales force.
Responsibilities will include designing, building, testing and overseeing the installation of new cogeneration systems into existing facilities, designing work flow and procedures, coordinating projects, vendor selection, troubling shooting problems both at the plant as well as on-site. This engineer will work very closely with our Electrical Engineer(s) and will also need to learn electrical engineering concepts and principles. There will be frequent day travel to the New York City area and as well as other sites in the Northeast. Some overnight travel will be involved. The selected candidate will also work very closely with our sales force in helping to develop relationships with prospective customers and deal with the technical side of sales with values over $250k and ROI of 3–6 years.
For more than 30 years, Aegis has been providing Combined Heat and Power systems (CHP) that generate usable heat and electricity using clean, efficient, natural gas-powered engines. These modular CHP systems (also known as Cogeneration Systems) will reduce a facility’s dependence on expensive utility power, reduce energy costs, and reduce a facility’s carbon footprint. Aegis focuses mainly on medium-to-large commercial facilities such as High-Rise Apartment Buildings, Hotels, Nursing Homes, Schools, and Industrial Manufacturing Plants.
Requirements for this position are a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, minimum one year’s engineering experience, the ability to work independently and in a team environment, the ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form, and computer skills involving knowledge of AutoCAD design software, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. First-hand knowledge of Thermo Dynamics and Heat Transfer are a definite plus.
Send resume with salary expectations to the attention of John Geoffrion in the Human Resources Department (413) 536-1156: [email protected]
CT ASHRAE 2019-2020
Officers and Board of Governors
President: Jason Urso, Tighe and Bond
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President-Elect: Eric Fontaine, van Zelm Engineers
Vice President: Michael O. Davis, P.E., Flow Tech, Inc.
Treasurer: Hank Cullinane, Clover Corporation
Secretary: Ashley Keller, P.E., CES
Board of Governor: Jason Bessette, Emerson Swan
Board of Governor: Tony Cammilleri
Board of Governor: Hank Cullinane, Clover Corporation
Board of Governor: Evan Cohen, Aercon
Board of Governor: Blair Richardson, BL Companies
Board of Governor: Bill Dunn, Aire Equipment
Board of Governor: Andrew Dana, Victaulic
Board of Governor: Tom Ruggerio, AKF Group
Board of Governor: Kevin Wixom, Flow Tech, Inc.
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So – Become a Sponsor today to ensure these programs continue!
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!
Golf Sponsorship Opportunities:
Sponsorship Opportunities to be announced in January 2019.
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.
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Please note chairpersons with * in front of their names makeup the chapter's Board of Governors
Committee Chair Position Available
Chapter Regional Conference
Jason Urso- Delegate / Eric Fontaine - Alternate
*Hank Cullinane 860.528.0081
Golf Outing/Special Events
Grass Roots Government Activities
*Hank Cullinane 860.528.0081
*Blair Richardson (Chair) 203.683.6947
Honors and Awards
*Blair Richardson 203.683.6947
Daniel Cowan 203.701.6165
*Hank Cullinane 860.528.0081
Eric Fontaine 860.284.5064
Eric Fontaine 860.284.5064
Mike Davis 860.221.0887
*Kevin Wixom 860.221.0888
Daniel Cowan 203.701.6165
University of Hartford Professor C.C. Yavuzturk 860.768.5554 [email protected]
University of New Haven Professor Stephen Ross 203.932.7148 [email protected]
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This home page is maintained by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. P.O. Box 143 Cromwell, CT 06416. ASHRAE chapters may not act for the Society and the information presented here has not had Society review. To learn more about ASHRAE activities on an international level, contact the ASHRAE home page at http://www.ashrae.org