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: newsletter@ctashrae.org


November Print

The President's Message

November 2018


Hank Cullinane

I was a little nervous when I saw the topic of last month’s meeting...  Infectious diseases aren’t generally the best dinner conversation, so I was pleasantly surprised when most of the talk centered around custom air handlers.  Thanks to Jason for setting up another excellent meeting and Flow Tech for getting the speaker. 

The November meeting will be a tour of the Belimo factory in Danbury.  Make sure you sign up early so you are guaranteed a spot.  We have invited members of the Bistate chapter to attend as well.  They toured the facility recently but a number of their members missed the event so we thought a joint meeting would benefit us both.

I’d like to ask one favor from all members who attend meetings.  I would like each of you to talk to one attendee who you haven’t talked to before.  Specifically look for individuals who are wearing red guest badges.  These are people who are not members.  Please introduce yourself and let them know why you joined and the benefits you get out of being a member. As we look to grow our chapter why not start with the people who are coming to meetings. 

Lastly, I would like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving.  As the temperature drops and we all continue with our busy schedules please take a little time to be thankful for the family and friends we all have around us.  Work can get busy at times, but what’s the point of working so hard if we can’t enjoy the time we have with our loved ones. 

Looking forward to seeing you all at the next meeting.



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.



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Meeting Announcement


November 2018 Dinner Meeting

Offsite Tour at Belimo! 

PDH Credit Available!


BELIMO Aircontrols
33 Turner Road
Danbury, CT 06810

Guided tour of the new Belimo facility, products, and HVAC systems.

Order of Events:

4:00-5:00 – Technical Session - Hydronic Control Valve Specification, Sizing & Technologies (1 PDH)

5:00-5:45 – Social "hour"

5:45-6:30 – Dinner

6:30-8:00 – Belimo Factory Tour (1 PDH)




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Calendar of Events


Mark your calendar for the 2018-2019 year! 

11/08/18 - November Dinner Meeting

12/13/18 - December Dinner Meeting/Holiday Social

01/10/19 - January Dinner Meeting

2/7/19 - February Dinner Meeting

3/14/19 - March Dinner Meeting

4/11/19 - April Dinner Meeting

5/09/19- May Dinner Meeting

5/24/19 - Annual Golf Outing



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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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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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Code Update

Here’s an update on the progress of the following proposed codes:

Pennsylvania Adopted Model Codes (First time in 10 year!)

This is exciting news for anyone working in the tri-state area! 

The commonwealth of Pennsylvania has updated its Uniform Construction Code for the first time in a decade. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission voted Sept. 13 to adopt almost all of the provisions of the 2015 International Building Codes (I-Codes), and the changes became effective Sept. 29 upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Codes and Standards Enforced Under the UCC (click link for more information)

As noted above, the codes applicable to work for which a construction permit is sought on or after October 1, 2018, are the 2015 International Codes issued by the International Code Council (ICC),  and the provisions amended by the UCC Review & Advisory Council (RAC). Only these codes as first published and their errata are applicable in Pennsylvania.

Please note the following exceptions to the statement made above about the applicability of the 2015 ICC Codes:

If a design or construction contract for the proposed work was signed prior to October 1, 2018, the 2009 International Codes and Chapter 11 and Appendix E of the 2015 International Building Code and the accessibility provisions of the 2015 International Existing Building Code are applicable and shall be complied with.


Connecticut Adopted Model Codes

The 2018 Connecticut State Building Code is based on the International Code Council’s widely-adopted 2015 International Codes and references the ICC A117.1-2009 standard for accessibility, and applies to projects with permit applications filed from October 1, 2018.

The 2018 SBC adopts the following model codes:

  • 2015 International Building Code
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code
  • 2015 International Residential Code
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2017 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)
  • 2009 ICC A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings & Facilities


For more information, please visit the code adoption web page, where you will also find the latest timetable and the drafts of the codes.



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Membership News


Please help us welcome a new member!

  • Ben Powell with Harry Grodsky & Co


Membership Battle is Back!

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).

Stay tuned for an email next week with more information.

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)   


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



The YEA committee has teamed up with the RP Committee to give you the opportunity to direct your RP Campaign support directly to YEA programs. Society level YEA programs that will directly benefit from your campaign contribution include:

  • YEA Leadership Weekends – helping YEA members grow personally and professionally in a small group setting
  • Leadership U – creating a mentor relationship between YEA members and Society-level leaders at the Annual and Winter Conferences
  • HVAC Design Scholarship – giving YEA members the essential training in the fundamentals and technical aspects to design, install and maintain HVAC systems
  • YEA Introductions to Technical Committees – helping YEA Members become involved in the technical committees, the driving force behind all of ASHRAE’s programs and research


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.


Click Here for more information!


Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Committee: 2017-2018


The Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Committee enhances member benefits for young professional ASHRAE members, 35 years old and younger, by identifying activities and services focused on their needs.

Join us at the Winter Conference in Atlanta to meet your YEA Representatives!


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 training will be covered by ASHRAE. Any additional costs, such as airfare or hotel, are not covered by this scholarship.

Applications are open until December 17, 2018. Additional information can be found on the application form.

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.


Upcoming YEA Leadership Events

YEA Leadership Weekend 2.0
Clearwater, Florida – February 8-10, 2019

YEA Leadership Weekend 2.0

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 Monday, September 24, 2019 at 12:00pm/Noon Eastern. 

Please contact Rhiannon Masterson with any questions at rmasterson@ashrae.org or 678-539-1178.


Interested in YEA? Contact Kevin Wixom at yea@ctashrae.org




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Student Activities


The ASHRAE Winter Conference Student Sponsorship Application is available for CT ASHRAE student members on November 1st.  This Sponsorship is set in place to reimburse the recipient up to $1500 for expenses related to attending the ASHRAE Winter Conference and Student Program.

The Student Program includes special activities including a mixer, technical talks, a design competition session, student congress, and a tour. You are also encouraged to attend various technical sessions and other ASHRAE events while at the conference.

For additional information on the ASHRAE Winter Conference and the ASHRAE Winter Conference Student Program please visit 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference - Atlanta and 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference Student Program.

If you or someone you know may be interested please visit the CT ASHRAE Student Activities Webpage or contact StudentActivities@CTASHRAE.org.



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A new Student Membership Scholarship is available on the  CT ASHRAE Student Activities Webpage on November 1st. 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 StudentActivities@CTASHRAE.org for additional information.

The deadline for ASHRAE National Scholarships and Grants is November 15, 2018.

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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History Report


ASHVE (ASHRAE) researchers wore cloth body suits, which could be saturated with water, to test the reaction of the human body to "wet-bulb" conditions. 

Their findings may have contributed to ASHRAE Standard 55.2: What not to wear!


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Annual Conference


2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo

Atlanta, GA | January 12–16, 2019

2019 Winter Conference

The 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference will be held in Atlanta, GA! The Technical Program along with Committee meetings, Registration, the Bookstore and Speakers Lounge will be at the Omni CNN Center and the Georgia World Congress Center. 

The AHR Expo will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center, Monday, Jan. 14 – Wednesday, Jan. 16.

For more information click here!


Some of the most inventive and original products, systems and technologies that will be on display at the 2019 AHR Expo in Atlanta have been announced as winners and finalists for the annual AHR Expo Innovation Awards. Ten AHR Expo Innovation Awards winners, as well as 26 finalists, were selected in industry-related categories. The "Product of the Year," selected from the winners, will be announced at an awards ceremony during the 2019 AHR Expo. A panel of ASHRAE member judges selected the winners based on innovative design, creativity, application, value and market impact. The 2019 AHR Expo will be held Jan. 14–16.

For more a full list of the winners click here!




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EWeek Set for February 17-23, 2019

Engineers Week (EWeek), an annual recognition of the contributions engineers make to human comfort and safety, will be celebrated February 17-23, 2019.  EWeek promotes a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering as a career. EWeek has been celebrated for over 50 years and advances the importance of a high level of math, science, and technology literacy. This annual event encourages youth to pursue engineering careers in order to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce. A sample letter and proclamation ASHRAE Chapters can use with Governors, Mayors and other elected officials are posted on the ASHRAE Website at ashrae.org/eweek2019.  


International Energy Agency Releases its Annual Report on Energy Efficiency

The International Energy Agency (IEA) released its report titled Energy Efficiency 2018: Analysis and outlooks to 2040. The report showed that the world's energy intensity fell by 1.7% in 2017, resulting in the smallest improvement to energy efficiency in over a decade. IEA attributes the decline to a slowdown in the implementation of energy efficiency policies and says more can be done. The 174 page report provides analysis for buildings and appliances and highlights that "two out of three countries lack mandatory building energy codes and 60% of the energy use for appliances is not covered by standards." 

Read the full report here. 


Supreme Court Denies Appeal for HFC Case

The Supreme Court denied an appeal by manufacturers and environmentalists to rehear Honeywell v. Mexichem Fluor, a case that struck down an Obama-era EPA rule requiring the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC). The case, which was last ruled on in 2017 by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, allows for the continued use of HFCs that have high global warming potential (GWP). 


DOE Announces Research Funding for Solar Generation Projects that Increase Resiliency 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $46 million in research funding for solar generation that will help advance "holistic solutions that provide grid operators the situational awareness and mitigation strategies against cyber and physical threats." The funding will be used over the next 3 years on 10 projects to support critical infrastructure.

Learn more about the application topics and deadlines here.



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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

Connecticut Chapter Officers 2018-2019

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  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

Jason Urso 

Webmaster/Electronic Communications

Mike Davis  860.221.0887


*Kevin Wixom 860.221.0888



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ASHRAE Social Media

Follow ASHRAE on Social Media 

Check out the NEW CT ASHRAE page on Linkedin! 


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!

Linkedin: ASHRAE

Facebook: ASHRAE

Twitter: @ASHRAENews

YouTube: ASHRAEvideo



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