The President's Message
Jason R. Urso
CT Chapter of ASHRAE Members,
Have you ever wondered how the ASHRAE Handbooks and Standards are created and who is involved in the process? These valuable resources are created by our OWN ASHRAE MEMBERS through involvement in Technical Committees (TC) and Standards Committees. There are over 100 committees, ranging from fundamentals (TC Sections 1.1-1.13), Building Performance (TC Section 7.1-7.9), Building Applications (TC Section 9.1-9.12), to Refrigeration Systems (TC Section 10.1-10.8). There are many members from our Chapter who help create today’s standards and technical resources.
Matt Mullen, P.E., BEAP, LEEP AP, CBCP from EMCOR Services New England Mechanical will be giving us an introduction to what a technical committee is before our dinner meeting this month. Matt first joined ASHRAE in 1982 and has been an active member of our Chapter, including Chapter President in 2008-2009. He is a current member of the following technical committees,
TC 7.8 – Owning and Operating Costs, current Research Chair and past Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary
TC 7.2 – HVAC&R Construction & Design /Build Technologies
TC 7.3 – Operations and Maintenance Management (corresponding member)
MTG.EBO (adhoc) – Multi-disciplinary Task Group Existing Building Operations
I hope you can join us for our December 12th meeting and happy holidays!
Please visit https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/technical-committees for more information on technical committees and learn how you can get involved!
Not a member? Join today at https://www.ashrae.org/membership/join.
Jason R. Urso, PE, LEED Green Associate
Connecticut Chapter President
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.
December 2019 ASHRAE DINNER MEETING
Panel Discussion: Building Efficiency Programs and Interface on HVAC Design
Order of Events:
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Tech Session
5:45 PM to 6:45 PM - Registration, Networking & Cocktail Hour
6:45 PM to 7:15 PM - Dinner
7:15 PM to 8:30 PM - Dinner Session
Tech Session: Well Building Standard
Launched in October 2014 after six years of research and development, the WELL Building Standard is the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health and wellness.
Dinner Presentation: Dinner Panel Discussion
Panel discussion on current building design standards, Living Building Challenge, WELL, Passive House and LEED and how each influences, good and bad, the design of HVAC systems. Industry expects will participate to discuss and answer your questions on each of these building rating systems, how they affect the HVAC design and engineering. Please come prepared with questions related to these current practices and building design programs.
Tech & Dinner Sessions Speakers:
Chris Schaffner, PE, LEED Fellow, WELL AP. Founder and CEO, Owner of The Green Engineer:
Chris Schaffner, PE, LEED Fellow is founder and CEO of The Green Engineer, Inc. a sustainable design consulting firm located in Concord, MA, and a Lecturer at Northeastern University in their Sustainable Building Systems program. Chris has over 30 years of experience in the design of building systems with a focus on energy efficiency, sustainability, and human health. His portfolio includes more than 200 projects that have achieved LEED Certification and several of the first WELL Certified projects in North America.
Chris serves as volunteer and 2019 Chair of the USGBC’s LEED Steering Committee. He is also a WELL AP, a member of the IWBI’s WELL Comfort and Air Advisory, and. a member of the WELL Faculty. In addition, he is a member of ASHRAE, which certified him as a “High Performance Building Design Professional”, and a “Building Energy Modeling Professional”.
Leonard Wyeth, AIA, Principal, Wyeth Architects:
With more than 40 years of experience, Leonard has worked on a broad array of project types including houses (new, adaptive re-use, renovations, and restorations), interior design, landscape design, space planning, site planning, campus planning as well as institutional, retail, corporate and urban design. He has a long history of bringing varied and complex projects together efficiently to meet the client’s expectations on schedules and budgets.
Leonard is the president of Connecticut Passive House, which promotes the world’s most rigorous energy standard for all building types.
Todd Holland, P.E., Tighe & Bond:
Todd Holland is a mechanical engineer and specialist in energy efficiency at Tighe & Bond in Westfield, Mass. Design and project management experience includes solar energy, cogeneration, envelope improvements, air-source heat pumps, controls upgrades, variable speed drives, and replacing boilers and chillers.
For the past 15 years he has been analyzing, implementing, and managing projects for facilities departments at five local colleges. At Hampshire College he was on the team that successfully certified the RW Kern Center as the world’s 17th Living Building.
He brings a creative approach to solving complex problems in a cost-effective manner, tempered by real-world experience to ensure constructability and operability.
Dinner Meeting Sponsors
Calendar of Events
12/12/2019 - December Dinner Meeting – Building Efficiency programs and interface on HVAC Design (Panel Discussion)
1/9/2020 - January Dinner Meeting – High Performance Heat Pump Chiller Design
2/13/2020 - February Dinner Meeting – Pumps and Code Changes
3/12/2020 - March Dinner Meeting – High Efficiency Laboratory Building Tour and Panel discussion with Owner, Engineer, Architect
4/9/2020 - April Dinner Meeting – TBD
5/14/2020 - May Dinner Meeting – ASHRAE DL: Time Management and Workplace Dynamics
Welcome New members!
Ashtie Kanhoye, Triumph Integrated Systems
YEA Member Spotlight!
Mike Couillard, Mechanical Designer
Current Employer: BL Companies
CCSU, Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2019
- What do you do for fun, outside of work?
- I love fishing, any season, any water. I enjoy being outside, hiking and spending time with my dogs.
- What do you think of the industry so far?
- Not quite what I expected, I never really knew what this field had to offer. At school there is such a focus on mechanics and machine design that this industry never really came up.
- What brought you to HVAC?
- I had an internship with BL Companies and worked part time during my last year at CCSU. I really like seeing my design installed. Seeing something go from paper to something that benefits society is really rewarding. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed designing HVAC systems.
- What’s the worst part of your job?
- Definitely the repetitiveness of projects. Its nice when we get different types of projects, changing things up keeps it exciting.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- Licensed engineer, taking ownership of my designs, hopefully being a Project Engineer. I am taking the EIT in February. For now, I am going to ride the wave.
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)
Hartford Wolfpack Hockey Game!
Please join us on Friday, January 24th, 2019 at the XL Center for a Hartford Wolfpack vs. Bridgeport Soundtigers game at 7:15 pm. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Children age 2 and under are free, but must sit on a parent's lap.
All Friday games for the Wolfpack have $1 hot dogs and $2 beers up until the end of the second period.
$5 raffle where 2 winners will be able to ride the zamboni between the second and third periods, minimum age is 13. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the chapter RP fund.
Please note, we have a maximum of 25 tickets, so please register early so more tickets can be reserved if needed. Registration deadline is January 22nd at 5:00 pm.
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!
Young Engineers in ASHRAE
In recognition of National Scholarship Month, we encourage you to apply for the HVAC Design Essentials Training scholarship. The scholarship covers the cost of registration for either Level I or II of the HVAC Design training and five scholarships will be award for use between July - December 2019.
Learn more and apply: https://bit.ly/2W5c5GJ
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.
The YEA Connection newsletter is a member benefit received by all YEA members. If you are not receiving the newsletter please make sure [email protected] is added to your safe list.
Interested in submitting an article? Submit your article here.
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]
the WISE sponsoring societies select outstanding engineering students from among their members to participate in the nine-week WISE program in Washington, D.C. Students discover how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues, while also learning how engineers and scientists can contribute to the legislative process and regulatory decision-making.
WISE can be a life-changing experience, if you make it so. The knowledge and skills you acquire will help you succeed in your personal and professional life if you are willing to work hard and be open to new and unexpected learning opportunities. The program opens your eyes to non-traditional career paths and alternative ways of productively using your engineering education. The contacts you make with your fellow WISE Interns, your faculty advisor and mentors, and Washington decision-makers provide a valuable network if you use them effectively. The key to success in the program is personal responsiblity and professional curiosity.
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.
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.
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.
ASHRAE Certification Program
The Building Commission Professional (BCxP) and Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certifications have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as meeting the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines (BBWG). DOE recognition of these two ASHRAE certification programs positions the employers of BCxPs and BEAPs to compete for federal, state, and local government body contracts calling for the services provided by these certified professionals.
Enhancing ASHRAE’s reputation for quality certification programs, the following are ANSI-Accredited Personnel Certification Programs – under ISO/IEC 17024 (#1139):
- Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP)
- Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP)
- Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP)
- High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP)
Other available certifications:
- Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP)
- Operations & Performance Management Professional (OPMP)
- Certified HVAC Designer (CHD)
- Commissioning Process Management Professional Certification (CPMP)
2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference
Orlando, fl February 1-5, 2020
Join over 3,000 buildings-related engineers, architects, contractors, students, and other industry professionals for this 5-day event packed with technical sessions, education, industry-advancing committee meetings and social events. Your conference badge will provide entrance to the AHR Expo, the world’s largest HVAC&R marketplace.
The 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference technical program is comprised of eight tracks, selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership. The track focus areas include HVAC&R fundamentals and applications, systems and equipment, refrigeration and refrigerants, and other specific topics including novel approaches to HVAC&R systems and buildings for contemporary concerns and analytical techniques to economically automate buildings.
"The 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference will feature a strong technical program including presentations and discussions on best design practices and standards, incorporation of innovative technologies, and cutting edge approaches applicable to a wide range of buildings-related engineers, architects, and professionals," said Conference Chair, Melanie Derby.
For more information click here!
GOVERNMENT ADVOCACY COMMITTEE
Global Government Affairs
U.S. Congressional Activities
State and Local Government Affairs
DEEP Integrated Resource Plan Available For Review And Comment
Recently the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) published a “Notice of Revised Scope, Updated Schedule, and Opportunity for Public Comment” regarding the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which is an assessment of and plans for the future electric needs of the state. The IRP is “integrated” in the sense that it considers both demand side resources like energy efficiency measures, as well as supply side resources like power generation and fuel sources, etc. Section 4 of the IRP will consider establishing a Thermal Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) for Connecticut. While “traditional” RPS programs focus solely on electricity generation, a thermal RPS would incorporate renewable thermal power for heat generation into the RPS, which would likely include solar thermal and geothermal, among other technologies. Per their notice, DEEP is contemplating several opportunities for input, review and public comment on the various aspects of the IRP, including the potential for a thermal RPS, and anticipates releasing a final complete IRP in Fall of 2020.
Connecticut Ranks #10 in Energy Efficiency
According to a recent report an analysis by the popular financial site WalletHub, Connecticut ranks #10 in Energy Efficiency. This overall ranking was comprised of measures of Home Energy Efficiency (#16), Vehicle-Fuel Efficiency (#15), and Transportation Efficiency (#8). The analysis for Home Energy Efficiency was done by calculating the ratio of consumption to heating degree days. Neighboring New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island all also ranked within the top 10, while Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina were among the bottom 10. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that adopting energy-efficiency measures in the home can have a measurable reduction in a family’s utility costs. As part of DEEP’s ongoing work on the 2018 Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) for Connecticut, potential pathways to a goal for a zero-carbon electric grid include considerations and assessment of energy efficiency measures. This was a goal recently outlined by Governor Lamont as part of Executive Order Number 3.
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.
Become a Sponsor
ASHRAE reaches 475+ members and 250+ firms...
ASHRAE promotes professional growth, networkign, and experience...
ASHRAE provides education and technical contributions...
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