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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January Print

The President's Message

January 2019


Hank Cullinane

The 2018 calendar year has ended.  I hope you all had a good one.  We are half way through the CT ASHRAE 2018-2019 year and we have had some great meetings and events so far.  I am looking forward to the following topics we will be covering in 2019:

  • Energy Star and Energy Simulation Aided Design for Buildings
  • Humidification
  • Acoustics
  • Design, Bid, Build
  • Chilled Water vs DX Panel discussion
  • Variable Air Volume
  • Integrated Building Design


There are also plans for some social events:

  • Annual YEA vs TOYS softball game
  • Wolfpack Hockey game
  • Annual Memorial Weekend Golf Tournament
  • Comedy show fundraiser


As always if you have any ideas or concerns please feel free to reach out and I will do the best I can to accommodate.

Hank Cullinane


Chapter President

[email protected]



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Meeting Announcement


January 2019 Dinner Meeting

Introduction to ENERGY STAR & Energy Simulation Aided Design for Buildings

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: Advanced Building Energy Modeling - ASHRAE Standard 209

Tech Session Description:The technical session will focus on the recently released ASHRAE Standard 209-2018: Energy Simulation Aided Design for Buildings. Topics will cover describing the development, format, intent, benfits, implementation challenges and applications of the standard. Several project case studies will be presented demonstraing the standard's logic. The presentation will briefly cover historical usage of energy modeling applications and the future trends.

Tech Session Speaker: Nick Allen-Sandoz, Senior Energy Engineer – Karpman Consulting (KC)


Dinner Presentation:ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager - Overview and Score Updates

Dinner Presentation Description: ENERGY STAR is a voluntary U.S. environmental protection agency (EPA) program that delivers environmental benefits and financial value through superior energy efficency. This presentation will provide an overview of ENERGY STAR tools and resources for commercial buildings and industrial plants, which can be leveraged by building operators and service providers to advance their energy efficiency efforts. It will also provide details on the ENERGY STAR scores, including an explanation of the updates that were launched in August 2018, and the resulting implications for scores. 

Dinner Session Speaker: Sara Lisauskas, Principal – Energy and Sustainability Programs – ICF





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Calendar of Events


Mark your calendar for the 2018-2019 year! 

01/10/19 - January Dinner Meeting

2/7/19 - February Dinner Meeting

3/11 to 15 - HVAC Design Training in Hartford

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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Special Events

HVAC Design Training: Levels I and II, Hartford March 2019

ASHRAE offers HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials March 11–13 and HVAC Design: Level II – Applications March 14–15 at the Marriott Hartford Downtown, 200 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, Connecticut.


HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials

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

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



Fee Covers: Course admittance, course materials, publications, break refreshments, and lunches. Click Here for Rates

Company Discount Fee: Enroll 3 or more participants from the same company at the same time and save. Email Gabrielle Gaston ([email protected]) for group registration assistance.



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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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Young Engineers in ASHRAE


YEA Leadership Weekend Recap: Portland, Maine

 Evan Benoit

Evan Benoit, Flow Tech, Inc.

I was given the opportunity to participate in the Youth Leadership Weekend, hosted by ASHRAE in Portland Maine this past month. It was a fantastic weekend with many lessons and ideas I hope to bring back to Flow Tech and use to help better myself and my company. We began with a few ice breakers, one of which I believe was very useful in my current position. We split into teams of 4-5 and were given the roles of contractor, project manager, engineer, and construction manager. You were only allowed to talk to the person one step higher or lower than you on the “food chain”. It was a great exercise on the struggle we face in the industry as it relates to communication. Hopefully I can use this to better understand how miscommunications begin and evolve.

We next went on a scavenger hunt throughout Portland with our team. We were given a list of riddles, with a part of the city corresponding to each one. We had to take a picture with our team at each spot and make it back before time was up! This brought us closer together as a group and allowed us to think in a way many of us don’t on a daily basis when solving these riddles. We finished the day with a delicious meal and local beers from the area.

Saturday was spent mostly in our seminar. We went over YEA as a whole and the roles within it. Then the floor was turned over to our speaker who gave a fantastic seminar on personality traits. We reviewed our own personalities based upon a test we took prior to YLW and what they say about our strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies. On top of this, we also learned how to identify and interact with those who have different personalities than ourselves. I think this was the most valuable part of the weekend, as it gave me insight into something I had barely even considered in the past. I have already applied this new knowledge in my position and will continue to employ it in all facets of my life going forward. I wouldn’t have had this opportunity without YEA and am very thankful for the opportunity to attend YLW. I look forward to applying for YLW 2.0!

Click Here for the Slide Show! 


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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] or 678-539-1178.


Interested in YEA? Contact Kevin Wixom at [email protected]




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Student Activities


Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the CT ASHRAE Winter Conference Sponsorship, Justin Simko (University of Hartford). Justin will be attending the Student Program in Atlanta as well as participating in other events at the conference. We look forward to reading about his experience in an upcoming newsletter! If you have any advice for Justin or want to be a friendly face for him at the conference please contact [email protected] so that we can put you in contact with him.

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.


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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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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!



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Massachusetts Releases Comprehensive Energy Plan

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources recently released its Massachusetts Comprehensive Energy Plan Commonwealth and Regional Demand Analysis. This is part of the efforts there to comply with Governor Charlie Baker's (R) Executive Order in 2016 which requires this plan to include reasonable projections of the Commonwealth's energy demands for electricity, transportation, and thermal conditioning.  The report notes that the vast majority of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Commonwealth derive from the use of energy. Reducing GHG emissions from the energy supply is necessary to achieve their environmental goals and mitigate climate change. The CEP also includes strategies for meeting these demands in a regional context, prioritizing meeting energy demand through conservation, energy efficiency, and other demand-reduction resources in a manner that contributes to meeting the Commonwealth's greenhouse gas emissions limits set by the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) of 2008.  Click here to view the plan in its entirety. 

Congress Passes Farm Bill

Congress has passed a five-year reauthorization of the Farm Bill that supplies nearly $900 million for agriculture programs. The bill also has a few energy provisions including funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) which provides financial assistance for recipients to "purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements to non-residential buildings and facilities, use renewable technologies."  President Trump signed the bill.


Hank Cullinane

GAC Committee Chair




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History Report


The AHR Expo has deep roots! Check out some of these advertisements from the 1932 AHR Expo! Stop by our booth B1638 next month at the 2019 AHR Expo in Atlanta.

Click This Link to See ASHRAE's Carousel of Progress!


International Heating and Ventilating Expo

ASHVE (ASHRAE)’s booth from the 1932 International Heating and Ventilation Exposition (AHR Expo). 

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Diamond Power Specialty Corp.

York Air Conditioning


American Air Filter Co., Inc.



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Membership News


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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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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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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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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