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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Blair Richardson, PE, CEM
BL Companies 
e-mail: [email protected]


May Print

The President's Message

May 2019


Hank Cullinane

The April meeting had a great discussion on Acoustics and how to control sound in fan terminal units.  Who knew you could mitigate the sound transferred to the room by making an alternate sound to deflect it?  I always learn something in these meetings.  May’s meeting is our Past Presidents and life member celebration.  Last year 14 past presidents attended the event that was started 37 years ago in 1982 by then President Joe Giannnone.  Please come out and thank these individuals for their past service. Jason has a great program set up for us; Chuck Gulledge soon to be society President will be speaking on the challenges and barriers to providing a truly integrated building design.  I’ve met Chuck a couple of times at the CRC and winter meetings.  He’s a very personable person and interesting speaker. 

This will be our last membership meeting of my tenure and I wanted to thank you for letting me serve.  I wanted to thank all the board of governors and committee chairs.  It has been a fun, educational and eventful year.  I look forward to continuing with the organization and working with the great group of officers who are slated to follow.  Thank you again.

Hank Cullinane


Chapter President

[email protected]


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Meeting Announcement


May 2019 Dinner Meeting

ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Society Treasurer, & Future Society President

Chuck Gulledge III, PE, HBDP, LEED AP
Design Build & Integrated Building 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

Free Admission for all Chapter Past Presidents and Life Members

Tech Session: Series vs Parallel Fan Powered: Which is more Energy Efficient?

Tech Session Description:  Built solutions rely on numerous participants to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain.  This program takes a whimsical look at real world traps that can/do occur and offers a lessons learned perspective on how to mitigate/avoid recurrence.  Content covers the following topics:

  • The Design Disconnect
  • The Construction Disconnect
  • The O&M Disconnect


Dinner Presentation: The quest of successfully providing a truly integrated building design (IBD) continues to challenge our industry and the built world.  This program looks at these challenges, identifies barriers to success, and explores solutions to promote and achieve holistic IBD.  Content covers the following topics:

  • What is IBD?
  • Project delivery techniques
  • Design team structures
  • Design discipline cross-links and coordination
  • Hidden barriers
  • How do we make IBD work?




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Calendar of Events


Mark your calendar for the 2018-2019 year! 

5/09/19- Design, Bid, Build & Integrated Building Design Meeting

5/15/19 - YEA vs TOY Softball Tournement (Slow pitch, fun for all!) 

5/23/19 - YEA Go-Karting Event! 

5/24/19 - Annual Golf Outing



We are in process of scheduling next years presentations and topics but would like to hear from the members if there is any particular topic of interest or desire to present.  Please reach out to Eric Fontaine any topics or suggestions or presenters!



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Special Events

2019 ashrae softball game

Please join us for our -annual ASHRAE softball game!!!  All skill levels are welcome. 

Team YEA (Young Engineers in ASHRAE - members 35 years old and younger) will be squaring off against Team TOY Slide-rules (Too Old for YEA - members over 35 years old) for a friendly game of slow pitch softball. 


DATE:  Wednesday, May 15th 2019.
TIME:  Pizza at 5:15 pm, game begins 5:45 pm. 
LOCATION:  Wickham Park - Manchester, CT.


2019 annual golf outing

Start Memorial Day Weekend the right way - with a fun day on the golf course with CT ASHRAE!

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019

Location: Keney Park Golf Course, 171 Windsor Ave., Windsor, CT 06095


Raffle Tickets: Arm's Length (20 tickets) $20, Foursome Bargain (100 tickets) $80

Click Here for More Information!

Registration Includes:

- Golf Cart and Course Fees

- Breakfast Refreshments

- Open Grill for Lunch

- Appetizer and Buffet-style Dinner from Dish Restaurant Group

- Open Bar during Dinner

- Prize for Longest Drive

- Prize for Closest to the Pin


Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Golf Cart Sponsor: Aercon Corporation

Aercon Corporation

Drink Cart Sponsor: Flow Tech, Inc.

Dinner Sponsor: THREE AVAILABLE!

Lunch Sponsor: AVAILABLE!

Breakfast Sponsor: AVAILABLE!

Closest to the Pin Sponsors: AVAILABLE!

Longest Drive Sponsor: Carrier Enterprise

Tee Sponsors:

  • Carrier Enterprise 
  • Macri Associates
  • RST Thermal/RenewAire
  • Victaulic
  • Buckley Associates
  • Environmental Systems Corporation




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Membership News

Welcome to our new members!

  • Kobina Intsiful & George Holman


Membership Battle is coming to an end...

... Launch a suprise attack and take the lead!

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)   

Support ASHRAE membership within your firm and win the,

CT ASHRAE Leading Membership Award!!!

The company in each size category with the most ASHRAE members belonging to the CT Chapter by April 1, 2019 will receive the CT ASHRAE Leading Membership Award! Firms not able to compete with larger firms within their size category will receive the HonorableMention CT ASHRAE Membership Award if all employees are ASHRAE members (excluding clerical staff).


Click Here to learn more about the benefits of ASHRAE Membership!

Contact Tom Ruggiero for more information on becoming a member!



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Young Engineers in ASHRAE


Click HERE to Reserve Your Spot at the Starting Line!



YEA Connection

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.

Click HERE for the Current YEA News Letter!

Interested in submitting an article? Submit your article here.


Panos Bakos

Panos Bakos

Why did you decide to apply for an ASHRAE certification?
The firm I currently work for wanted to get more involved with Energy Benchmarking projects required by the City of Chicago. One of the Ordinance's requirements was to demonstrate having certain qualifications/credentials in order to be able to participate. That was when I decided to become BEAP-certified.

At this stage in your career, why is it important to get ASHRAE certified? 
As in any stage of my career, I believe it is important to illustrate the knowledge I am gaining through my exposure in various projects and tasks. Getting certified is the best way to demonstrate your experience is acknowledged as well as differentiate yourself from the rest of the working professionals.

How important is ASHRAE certification to your employer and clients?
There are certain clients that require a particular skillset for their projects as well as employers that want to make sure the project's quality is assured. Therefore, ASHRAE certifications provide good experience metrics that are valuable to both the employers and the clients.

Learn more abour ASHRAE Certifications 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]




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Student Activities

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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.



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Technology Transfer


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.

Interested in an ASHRAE Certification? Click here for more information!

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)


The Connecticut Chapter of ASHRAE would like to recognize and congratulate the following CT ASHRAE members for obtaining ASHRAE certifications:

Maria Karpman (BEMP) - Karpman Consulting

Michael Walsh (HBDP) - Consulting Engineering Services

Juan Perez (CPMP) - Southport Engineering Associates, INC

Richard Bialecki (BCxP) - Innovative Engineering Services

Mark Miller (CPMP) - Colliers International

Luca Petracca (BEAP) - Earth Core Energy Services

Thomas Massaro (BCxP) - Innovative Engineering Services LLC


Congratulations to all!

Jason R. Urso, PE

CTTC Chair



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Annual Conference


2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference

Kansas City, MO | June 22–26, 2019


The 2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference will be held in Kansas City, June 22–26, 2019. The Technical Program along with Committee meetings, Registration, Bookstore, and Speakers Lounge will be held at the Kansas City Marriott and Kansas City Convention Center.



The 2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference technical program is comprised of eight tracks, selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership. 

1. Systems & Equipment in the Built Environment: Selection of equipment and systems is paramount to HVAC&R design. Papers and programs in this track will assist designers, engineers, and operators in the design, selection, and operation of HVAC&R systems and equipment.
Track Chair: Kimberly Pierson
[email protected]

2. Fundamentals and Applications: Fundamentals are the foundation for understanding applications in engineering. Key components of ASHRAE fundamentals include thermodynamics, psychrometrics, fluid and mass flow. This track provides opportunities for papers and presentations of varying levels across a large topic base. 
Track Chair: Gary Debes
[email protected]

3. Optimization in HVAC&R: This track seeks programs focused on using models to inform decision-making for design and operation of HVAC&R and High Performance Buildings. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: novel optimization techniques and their application to HVAC&R, optimization of heat transfer surfaces, component optimization, system optimization, optimization of high performance buildings, model-predictive control and other methods focusing on minimizing first and operating costs of these systems.
Track Chair: Vikrant Aute
[email protected]

4. Commissioning New & Existing Buildings: With low energy and zero energy buildings becoming more prevalent, there are many issues that arise with installation, startup, commissioning and O&M. This track will address an array of topics including lessons learned, improvement of process and team communications and effort to improve the installation, startup, O&M and commissioning of HVAC systems.
Track Chair: Raul Simonetti
[email protected]

5. Occupant Health & Safety: Indoor air quality has become a vital consideration during all phases of a building’s life as it is closely linked to comfort, occupant satisfaction, productivity and health. Topics including (but not limited to): filtration, change-overs, best practices for maintainability, fire ratings/dampers, detection and ventilation for toxic gases, operator safety in equipment rooms, OSHA requirements, industrial and hazardous spaces, and many other design aspects directly related to occupant health & safety.
Track Chair: Christine Reinders
[email protected]

6. Modeling Throughout the Building Life Cycle: The demands of energy efficient operation brought about the need for modeling of part-load operation for a variety of off-design conditions.  Presentations and papers are solicited related to all aspects of building modeling, with a particular interest in successful applications that have extended modeling into operational phases of the building life cycle.
Track Chair: 
Nivedita Jadhav
[email protected]

7. Professional Development: This track is designed to allow those professionals an opportunity to develop in the areas of presentation skills, leadership, team-building, understanding various business operations, interpersonal skills, etc. In short, the Professional Development Track will cover all aspects of business outside of engineering/technical applications and lends itself to interactive session types such as workshops and forums.
Track Chair: Rupesh Iyengar 
[email protected]

8. Research Summit: Active research, and the exchange of those research findings, are critical to the development of our HVAC&R industry and built environment. 
Track Chair: Bing Liu
[email protected]

9. Radiant Heating & Cooling Mini-Track: As more and more jurisdictions and building owners are answering the call to establish higher energy-use standards for their construction projects, design teams are looking beyond traditional HVAC solutions to provide energy efficiency while maintaining occupant comfort and safety. Track Chair: Devin Abellon
[email protected]

For more information click here!



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ASHRAE Senior Officers Meet with Government Officials

On April 2–4, ASHRAE President Sheila J. Hayter, President-Elect Darryl K. Boyce, and Treasurer Chuck Gulledge attended a series of meetings in Washington, D.C. including meeting with Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy, the Architect of the Capitol, and Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO-07).

L–R: President Sheila J. Hayter, Acting Architect of the Capitol Christine Merdon, Treasurer Chuck Gulledge, and EVP Jeff Littleton

L–R: Treasurer Chuck Gulledge, President Sheila J. Hayter, Assistant Secretary Daniel Simmons, and EVP Jeff Littleton


U.S. Congressional Activities


Congress Continues to Focus on Climate Policy

  • On March 26, the Senate voted on the Green New Deal resolution, which failed 0 to 57 with 43 Democratic Senators voting "present" on the legislation. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Angus King (I-ME) joined all the Republicans in voting against the resolution.
  • The same day, Senate Republicans blocked an attempt from Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) to officially form a Special Committee on the Climate Crisis that mirrors the one created in the House. However, Schumer decided to move forward in creating this committee, which will be comprised of ten Democratic Senators. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) will chair the committee.
  • A group of House Republicans are working to gather signatures for a discharge petition in the hopes of forcing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to bring the Green New Deal to the floor for a vote. The petition is unlikely to get the 218 signatures needed.
  • On April 3, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) introduced the "Green Real Deal" resolution to address climate change. The resolution would identify climate change as a national security risk and call on the United States to "support green energy innovation, modernize the electric grid and increase generation from hydropower and nuclear energy resources." The resolution does not set timelines for reducing carbon emissions.
  • On April 4, the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced H.R. 9, which would commit the U.S. to remaining in the Paris Climate Agreement with a 29 to 19 party-line vote. The bill headed to the Foreign Affairs Committee to be marked up on April 9.

Democrat's Unite for Clean Energy Tax Extenders


On April 4, over 100 Democrats sent a letter to Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) in support of clean energy tax credits such as those "encouraging energy efficiency, including performance-based tax incentives for new and existing homes and commercial buildings (which account for 40 percent of emissions), such as 25C or 179D." 179D is a tax extender that cites ASHRAE 90.1 – More information can be found here.


ASHRAE Sends Letter Regarding Funding for NIST's Physical Infrastructure and Resilience Programs


ASHRAE sent a letter with 15 other organizations to the Appropriations Committee in the House and Senate expressing concerns with the President's FY2020 budget request for NIST. The President's proposal would reduce funding for the Physical Infrastructure and Resilience program, which would eliminate important programs that help the buildings industry, their occupants, and owners. This would include eliminating "work on developing and deploying advances in science and technology to markedly improve building energy efficiency and occupant safety in the U.S." including the "elimination of work at the net-zero energy, high-performance building facility, as well as embedded intelligence in building control and operation." 

Congressional Hearings, Briefings and Events!


Congressional lawmakers are set to hold several hearings related to climate policy:

The following hearings have also been held:


Hank Cullinane

GAC Committee Chair




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2018-2019 Year

CT ASHRAE 2018-2019 Officers and Board of Governors

President: Hank Cullinane, Clover Corporation

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President-Elect: Jason Urso, Tighe and Bond

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Treasurer: Eric Fontaine, van Zelm Engineers

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Secretary: Michael O. Davis, P.E., Flow Tech, Inc.

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Board of Governor: Jason Bessette, Emerson Swan

Board of Governor (Past President): Derek Bride, CES

Board of Governor: Tony Cammilleri

Board of Governor: Evan Cohen, Aercon

Board of Governor: Daniel Cowan, NEMSI

Board of Governor: Bill Dunn, Aire Equipment

Board of Governor: Ashley Keller, CES

Board of Governor: Tom Ruggerio, AKF Group

Board of Governor: Kevin Wixom, Flow Tech, Inc.



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Newsletter Sponsors



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



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Become a Sponsor

2018-2019 Sponsorships 


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. 

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 Scott Teller with the sponsorship committee for more information, or with questions.



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Contact Us

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


 Hank Cullinane



 Jason Urso



 Eric Fontaine



Mike Davis


Committe Chairpersons 2017-2018 


Committee Chair Position Available

Chapter Regional Conference

Hank Cullinane- Delegate /  Jason Urso - Alternate


Eric Fontaine

Golf Outing/Special Events

Brandon Bradley  860.488.0384

Grass Roots Government Activities

Hank Cullinane  860.528.0081


Hank Cullinane

Honors and Awards

*Bill Dunn 

Membership Promotion

*Tom Ruggiero 


*Bill Dunn 


Blair Richardson  203.683.6942


*Kevin Wixom


Daniel Cowan  203.701.6165 

Research Promotion

Derek Bride


Scott Tellar

Student Activities

*Ashley Keller 860.632.1682

Student Advisor

University of Hartford Professor C.C. Yavuzturk  860.768.5554  [email protected]

Student Advisor

University of New Haven Professor Stephen Ross  203.932.7148  [email protected]


Eric Fontaine  860.284.5064 

Technology Transfer

Jason Urso 

Webmaster/Electronic Communications

Mike Davis  860.221.0887


*Kevin Wixom 860.221.0888



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