Meeting/Event Information

March 2019 Dinner Meeting



Chilled Water vs. Direct Expansion vs. VRF

Panel Discussion

Thank you to our sponsors:

Triple Threat: Aercon Corporation

Aercon Corporation

Food Tray: Aercon Corporation

Aercon Corporation

Beer/Wine Raffle: Aercon Corporation

Aercon Corporation

Vendor Table:

ebm papst

Aercon Corporation

Aercon Corporation

                     One more still available!


Order of Events:

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Tech Session (1 PDH pending)

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 Presentation (1 PDH pending)


Tech Session:

Fan Energy Index for ASHRAE 90.1, IECC, and Appliance Regulations

(1 PDH - pending)

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

Tech Session Location: Berlin Room

Tech Session Description:

Fan Energy Index (FEI) is replacing Fan Efficiency Grade (FEG). Preview the ASHRAE 90.1-2019 fan efficiency requirement and learn how this wire-to-air metric helps fan specifiers to understand and communicate the design intent. Previous fan efficiency metrics were not suitable for ensuring energy savings. Fan selection determines the fan power consumption rather than fan peak efficiency. FEI will encourage more efficient fan designs, use of more efficient motors, and direct drives. Learn how fan suppliers use ANSI/AMCA 207 and 208 to support building energy standards, codes, and even appliance regulations.


Dinner Meeting:

Chilled Water vs. Direct Expansion vs. VRF

Panel Discussion

(1 PDH - pending)


Dinner Session Duration: 7:15 PM to 8:30 PM

Dinner Session Location: Cromwell Room

Dinner Panel Discussion Description: 

Chilled water or direct expansion (DX)? VRF or chilled beams?  Which system is more efficient?  Which is best for schools or multi-tenant buildings?  Does building size play a role?

These are some of the questions that will be discussed at CT ASHRAE’s next meeting. Please join us on March 14 for our first (in recent memory) panel discussion on the popular topic of which system is best for my application, chilled water, VRF, or DX systems?  We will start the meeting with three 10-minute presentations, one on chilled water, VRF, and direct expansion.  Seven local industry experts will field your questions for the remainder of the meeting in a panel discussion type forum. 

Sharpen up your pencils and come prepared with your questions that you’ve always wanted to know about chilled water, VRF, and DX systems.  General questions or technical questions, 1 year experience or 30 years’ experience….nothing is too big or too small for our industry experts and no matter where you are in your career, this will be a learning experience you don’t want to miss!


Tech Session Speaker: 

Armin Hauer

Manager of Regulatory & Government Affairs - EBM-Papst

Armin has served EBM-Papst in the roles of sales and project engineering, product management, and regulatory and government affairs. He presently chairs AHRI’s Blowers, Fans and Motors Section, ASHRAE’s Fan Technical Committee 5.1, and the fans working group of ASHRAE’s 90.1 Mechanical Subcommittee. He was voting member in two recent working groups of the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committees. As a volunteer in several AMCA committees and one Home Ventilation Institute task group he has first-hand knowledge about the most recent fan energy standards and regulations in the HVAC field. He is an ASHRAE member, has a degree in mechatronics, and earned two AEE certificates.



Dinner Session Speakers: 

Chilled Water Presenters

Cary Mandeville, LEEP AP

System Account Manager - Trane

Cary Mandeville, LEED AP, is a System Account Manager for Trane primarily focusing on the consulting engineering community.   He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineer from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Cary has worked at Trane for 24 years, and spent time in both the CT and TN markets.  He has worked on chiller plants that have shipped to several different countries though out the Western Hemisphere, and is recognized nationally as a leader in chiller system design, with total chiller shipments in excess of 120,000 Tons. 

Peter Anderson, P.E.

Sr. Mechanical Consultant II - van Zelm Heywood & Shadford, Inc.

Peter Anderson has spent the past 12 years as an HVAC / PFP engineer working in the commercial industry throughout New England.  Projects involved commercial offices, data centers, manufacturing facilities and schools. Prior to that he spent 7 years as an application and sales engineer for York International.  Peter graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology in 1986.  He has a professional engineer’s license in Connecticut and New Hampshire.  In his spare time, he is a volunteer fire fighter for the town of Glastonbury, he enjoys home remodeling and spending time with his family and being outside.

Steven Babin

Territory Manager - Emerson Swan Canada

Steven Patrick Babin, Territory Manager Emerson Swan Canada; currently supports the Engineering, Contractor and all stake holders in the design and implementation of hydronic systems in Toronto. Former Mechanical Contractor in Metro NY, Boston and Northern New England. Numerous local and national ASHRAE Presentations on Hydronic Systems and Components. A career spanning more than four decades focused on commercial hydronics: The True Green Solution from the 1800’s.

Steven Lamica

Lead Applications Engineer - Dadanco

Steve graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2012 with a Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering.  He started working at Dadanco immediately afterwards and has been there ever since.  Steve started as an applications engineer and now leads his department.  He is also heavily involved in other technical aspects of the company such as product development and testing.  

Direct Expansion & VRF Presenters

Zach Koch

Commercial Area Manager - Mitsubishi Electric Trane

Zack Koch has worked in the Commercial HVAC industry for the past eight years and spent the last five with Mitsubishi Electric Cooling and Heating. His main focus is on the design and application of ductless splits and VRF products in the Albany, Western Mass, and Connecticut markets. He graduated from Clarkson University in 2011 with Bachelors of Science in Engineering and Management, and also completed his Masters of Science in Engineering Management degree from Clarkson University in 2015.  In his free time he enjoys playing guitar, golfing and spending time with his wife and dog. 

Tom Lennon

Regional Sales Manager - Aaon, Inc.

Tom has over 40+ years in the HVAC equipment business with manufacturers such as York, McQuay, Honeywell, and since 2015, AAON. A Graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, Tom has spent almost his entire career managing Sales and Service organizations throughout the North East, US selling and servicing all types of equipment from PTACs up  to 5,000 ton centrifugal chillers.

James Bates

Regional VRF & Ductless Split Sales Manager - Johnson Controls HItachi

James Bates is a Regional Sales Manager VRF & Ductless for Johnson Controls Hitachi since 2015.  His focus is recruiting new business partners to represent the Hitachi brand of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology. He builds and manages sales teams throughout the east coast.  James has been involved with VRF since its introduction into the US market back in 2004. He has been in the HVAC industry over 30 years with companies such as Mitsubishi, York International and Johnson Controls.  James has a degree in Nuclear Technology from the University of the State of New York and is a veteran of the United States Submarine Service.

Meeting Sponsors:

Wine/Beer Raffle Sponsor: 1 Available

Appetizer Display Tray Sponsor: 1 Available

Vendor Tables: 3 Available


Dinner Menu:

Starter 1: Caesar Salad

Starter 2: Tomato Basil Soup

Entrée 1: Baby Spinach, Roasted Red Peppers & Asiago Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast

Entrée 2: Sliced Sirloin with a Roasted Garlic Au Jus


To avoid a $10 late fee, please register by 3/13/2019.


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$40.00 Connecticut ASHRAE Member Ticket
$50.00 after 6:00 pm March 14

$50.00 Nonmember (Guest)
$60.00 after 6:00 pm March 14

$10.00 Student Nonmember Ticket
$15.00 after 6:00 pm March 14

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