November 2014
Volume 50, Issue 3
President's Message
Government Affairs
Speaker Bio
YEA News & Event
Seminar and Dinner Presentation
Seminar Description
presented by
Dinner Presentation
Gordon Sharp
Design on the Delaware
Aircuity, Inc.
Corporate Sponsorship
Future City 2015
2014-2015 Programs
CTTC Article
New Members
Click here to Register for the Seminar
Member Advancement
Certificates of Attendance will be available.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
“A Holistic Overview of Technologies and Strategies
to Achieve Deep Energy Reductions in Laboratories”
Fees are based on online
reservations and prepayment.
Philadelphia Chapter
ASHRAE Members Non-Chapter Members:
Non- ASHRAE Member:
Life Member:
No Charge
Young Engineers
(35 & under):
5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Social Hour/Cash Bar
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
“Making Laboratories and Commercial Buildings Smarter to
Maintain their Energy Efficiency Entitlement”
Click here to Register for the Dinner/Presentation
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See page 3 and page 4 for more information on the presentations and speaker.
The Wyndham
400 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
For Directions: click here
YEA Bowling Night
November 13, 2014
See page 3 for details.
2014- 2015
President’s Message
Mike Witkowski, PE
Hello everybody and welcome to our November newsletter!
Ashley Lester, PE, LEED AP
I would like start by thanking SMCA for a fabulous event this past month at the Hyatt. The
discussions on fire and smoke dampers were eye opening, as we learned both the
requirements for testing the dampers and the surprising lack of enforcement. As a
community, we need to continue our efforts to inform the responsible parties about these
issues and make our voices heard. As you may be aware, in the past several years Society
has asked the local Boards to start taking action in government affairs. As we develop this
grassroots committee, we will continue to inform our members when opportunities are
available for them to voice their opinions. On this page below you will see a new bill in PA
that is being proposed. Please take some time to review it and let us know where you
Vice President
Casey Younkins, PE
Jeff Crozier, PE, CEM, LEED AP
Mike Radio, PE
Senior Governor
Jared Johnson, PE
Michael Calabrese, PE, CEM, LEED
Brian Dail
Justin Mazur, PE
Mike Radio, PE
Newsletter & Website Editor
James Piscopo, PE, LEED AP
Chapter Technology
Transfer Committee Chair
Chris Gale
Research Promotion Chair
Gary Debes
Basic School Coordinator
James Lill, PE
Brian Dail
Membership Promotion Chair
Michael Calabrese, PE, CEM,
Student Activities Chair
Erik App
Program Committee Chair
Ashley Lester, PE, LEED AP
Chapter Historian
Brian Dail
Young Engineers in ASHRAE
Jeffrey Pisarek, PE
Public Relations
Jared Johnson, PE
Grassroot Government Activities
Casey Younkins, PE
Golf Outing Director
Tim Reinking
Position Highlight – Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) - Most of us can remember
attending one of our first meetings and not knowing the other members. In an effort to help
break the ice for our younger members, Society created a committee to help younger
members transition into our organization. For the past several years, Jeff Pisarek has given
his time to create fun and exciting events to help ease this transition. Jeff has used his
diligence and attention to details to create fabulous events. The events are a great
opportunity for new members to expand their network. This year Jeff is also undertaking a
new task to create a scholarship for an outstanding YEA member. I am also happy to
announce that Eric Feinschil has joined the YEA committee and will be assisting Jeff in his
efforts. Eric has been attending events for several years and this past September attended
the YEA leadership weekend in Washington, DC. Jeff and Eric are a great team and I am
grateful to have Jeff leading these initiatives for the Board. Next time you see Jeff at a
meeting, please take the time to recognize him for his efforts.
Mike Witkowski
Philadelphia Chapter President
[email protected]
Pennsylvania Legislature Considering
High Performance Building Standard Act
Pennsylvania House Bill 34 is an Act requiring the design, construction and renovation of
certain State-owned or State-leased buildings to comply with specified energy and
environmental building standards. The bill passed the State House last year and has now
been referred to a Senate Committee. The final version of the Act may include references
to ASHRAE Standards 90.1 and 189.1. The full context of the bill can be found here:
The Philadelphia Chapter Board of Governors wants to know your thoughts on the matter
so that an appropriate response to this Act can be issued. Please contact Casey Younkins,
Government Affairs Chair, at [email protected] with your thoughts / opinions.
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Speaker’s Bio
Gordon Sharp
Aircuity, Inc.
Mr. Sharp is the chairman of Aircuity, Inc. and has over 25 years of wide-ranging entrepreneurial experience and more
than 25 U.S. patents in the fields of energy efficiency and laboratory controls. As founder, former president and CEO of
Phoenix Controls, he led the development of this world leader in laboratory airflow controls that was acquired by
Honeywell in 1998. The technologies invented by Mr. Sharp at Phoenix Controls are today saving over $1.5 billion
annually in energy use. In 2000, Mr. Sharp founded Aircuity, which was spun out of Honeywell and is a smart airside
energy efficiency company.
Mr. Sharp is a graduate of MIT with bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering. He is Executive Vice
President and a member of the board of directors of I2SL (International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories), the nonprofit foundation that operates the Labs21 conference. He is also a member of two important standards on ventilation:
the ANSI/AIHA Standard Z9.5 Committee on Laboratory Ventilation and the ASHRAE SSPC 170 Committee on
Ventilation of Health Care Facilities. He is also a voting member of ASHRAE technical committee TC9.10: Laboratory
Systems and TC9.11: Clean Spaces/Cleanrooms.
Mr. Sharp is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on the topics of energy efficiency in buildings
and indoor environmental quality and has testified before the US Congress on the topics of climate change and energy
YEA Bowling Night
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Sponsored by Blankin Equipment
The YEA Fall Social will take place at Lucky Strike Lanes in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, November 13, 2014
from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The bowling alley is located at 1336 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Appetizers
and soft drinks will be provided. Please contact Jeffrey Pisarek at [email protected] for any questions or to receive
the invitation.
Also, the Delaware Valley Engineers Week is fast approaching. We encourage YEA members to attend the Young
Engineers Social on February 24, 2015 for a happy hour type event where young engineers can have an opportunity to
meet engineers of all disciplines from around the region. Enjoy a buffet dinner or heavy appetizers as you network and
socialize in an informal setting. Registration for this event will be coming soon at
http://www.dvewc.org/events/social/. Stay tuned.
YEA Scholarship
We are asking that working professionals nominate young engineers at your firms for a YEA scholarship. These
individuals should have shown outstanding performance in the HVAC&R industry and show an active involvement and
interest in ASHRAE. We will be providing criteria to judge the nominees, and a winner will be selected to receive an
award. Nominations should be sent to Jeffrey Pisarek at [email protected] More details to come.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Seminar Presentation
“A Holistic Overview of Technologies and Strategies
to Achieve Deep Energy Reductions in Laboratories”
As we strive to build more energy efficient laboratories and vivariums, the most impactful approach is often to reduce
the outside airflow. In the last few years new design approaches such as demand based control of lab air change rates,
chilled beams (hydronic cooling), and VAV exhaust fan control have been successfully employed to safely reduce these
lab airflows to as low as 2 ACH to cut energy consumption significantly. Although these concepts may been discussed
individually in the past, this talk provides a detailed holistic discussion of how these and other energy saving
technologies such as heat recovery can be combined to create a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. A
sophisticated lab energy analysis tool that can determine potential energy and capital cost savings will be used to both
examine, quantify, and then compare the relative contributions of different energy savings approaches for a typical lab
building in some representative climates. Several case studies will be provided including a large near net zero lab
project in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Finally, building HVAC systems naturally can degrade and building energy use can rise over time with maintenance
staffs often lacking the time to analyze building performance. One solution that will also be discussed is the use of
intelligent agent systems and monitoring based commissioning. These systems can be used to automatically analyze
lab building energy and IEQ data, often using approaches like dashboards to help ensure long term energy savings and
a healthier indoor environment.
Dinner Presentation
“Making Laboratories and Commercial Buildings Smarter
to Maintain their Energy Efficiency Entitlement”
Many highly sustainable commercial buildings as well as complex facilities such as laboratories often use sophisticated
control systems to increase their energy efficiency. Unfortunately facility maintenance staffs are often overtaxed and don’t
have time to analyze building system performance. As a result control systems degrade and building energy use typically rises
over time. This talk will describe the use of intelligent agent systems to analyze a wide range of real time building data
including HVAC system performance and indoor environment data to alert operators to system degradation and problems that
cut energy efficiency. Sometimes referred to as real time or monitoring based commissioning, these analytical systems often
use dashboards and other very graphical visualization methods. The result is a practical and simpler means to ensure
buildings realize their energy efficiency entitlements and provide a healthier indoor environment not just for when the building
is opened, but over the full life of the building.
Design on the Delaware
November 12-14, 2014
Design on the Delaware is a collaborative conference that examines the issue and opportunities of the built
environment. This year's conference, on November 12-14, features 45 continuing education programs and tours
offering multi-discipline perspectives on projects, processes, technologies and important issues facing the design and
building industries.
Registration is open for the 12th Annual Design on the Delaware Conference & Trade Show. The three day
conference offers 45 CES approved professional education programs for architects, landscape architects, planners,
LEED AP professionals and engineers. Go to www.designonthedelaware.com for a full schedule of events as well as a
description of programs and tours.
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Don’t Miss the Chapter’s New Website!
The new Philadelphia Chapter of ASHRAE website is now live! The old URL will redirect you to our new home at
www.ashraephilly.org but please make sure to update your bookmarks.
As part of this upgrade we have migrated to a new meeting registration system that is fully integrated into the website.
The new system requires each member to create a login which will allow you to register for events at member pricing
and provide access to material that we may want to make available to members only.
You should have already received a welcome email with instructions on how to setup your account. If not, please check
your spam/junk filters for any messages from [email protected]
If you have any issues with the new system or any suggestions, please email us at [email protected]
ASHRAE Philadelphia Corporate Sponsorships Available
The Philadelphia Chapter invites your company to join as a Corporate Sponsor for the 2014-2015 year. Your firm’s
participation in this program would enable us to make a wonderful donation to ASHRAE Research Promotion which
includes over $ 1.5 million in local research funding.
Corporate Sponsors are listed on our web site, in our newsletter, and in our annual directory. They receive free copies
of our directory and recognition at all of our events. With the ease of one payment, you may get all this, as well as free
dinner tickets good for our monthly meetings, and make a valuable contribution to ASHRAE Research at the same time.
Since not all companies have the same financial capabilities or quantity of employees, we offer a few different levels of
corporate sponsorship. Each level will receive the same types of benefits, with some differences in quantities and
We hope you will decide to join us as a Corporate Sponsor. If you are interested, please email us at
[email protected] The Board of Governors thanks you for your continued support of ASHRAE. We hope
that this year is successful for your firm.
Membership Advancement
If you are currently an ASHRAE Associate Member, becoming a full Member is easier than you think!
See page 9 for details.
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Future City 2015
Happy October from Future City Philadelphia! The program is going strong with 46 schools registered. Here is the
current list of schools that need mentors:
Beverly Hills Middle School
East Norriton Middle School
Hill Top Preparatory School
Mount Aviat Academy
Orchard Valley Middle School
Penn Wood Middle School
Radnor Middle School
Serviam Girls Academy
Seven Generations Charter School
St. Aloysius Academy
St. Andrew School
Stratford Friends School
Thomas Holme Elementary School
Upland Country Day School
Upper Darby, PA
Norristown, PA
Rosemont, PA
Childs, MD
Sewell, NJ
Darby, PA
Radnor, PA
New Castle, DE
Emmaus, PA
Bryn Mawr, PA
Drexel Hill, PA
Newtown Square, PA
Philadelphia, PA (Torresdale)
Kennett Square, PA
Our greatest need at this stage of the competition is for mentors. Think of a project in your past – did it ever change for
the better because someone on your team asked the right questions at just the right time? As a mentor, you can be
that person asking the questions to get the team back on the right track. Just 1 or 2 hours a week can make a big
difference in how students approach their project. Please let me know if you are interested in working with any of the
schools above and I will get you in touch with the team’s teacher. If you’d like to be a mentor but don’t see a school in
your area, send me an e-mail and I’ll keep you posted as schools register. We will continue to see schools sign up until
registration ends on October 31.
Please visit our website at www.futurecityphilly.org and “Click here to sign up as a Volunteer” on the top left of the
page. There you can register to be a mentor, judge, or general volunteer.
Any questions please contact me via e-mail or phone. Please feel free to share this information with your friends,
co-workers, and technical society members.
Jennifer Wetzel
Philadelphia Regional Volunteer Coordinator
Director, Design & Construction
University of Pennsylvania
Facilities and Real Estate Services
Office: 215-573-3935
Mobile: 215-768-6164
[email protected]
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Philadelphia Chapter Programs Calendar 2014-2015
Wyndham Hotel
Seminar: “A Holistic Overview of Technologies
and Strategies to Achieve Deep Energy
Reductions in Laboratories”
By Gordon Sharp
Dinner Meeting: “Making Laboratories and
Commercial Buildings Smarter to Maintain their
Energy Efficiency Entitlement”
By Gordon Sharp
Union League
The ASHRAE Building Energy Labeling
Program by Dr. William Bahnfleth, PE
Research Promotion
Wells Fargo Center
Flyers vs. Vancouver
Dave & Buster’s
Seismic Restraint and Intro to SMACNA's
Duct App by Eli Howard
Student Night and YEA
Wyndham Hotel
Data Center Energy Efficiency by
Don Beaty, PE of DLB Associates
Fisher's Tudor House
Trade Show
Student Night
Golf Outing
Past President's Night
Program calendar is tentative and subject to change. Please refer to ASHRAE Philadelphia Website for up to date information.
Advance registration and pre-payment are required before the meetings.
We need your attendance!
If we are below our guaranteed level for attendees at our meetings, our treasury could be negatively effected.
ASHRAE Winter Conference
January 24-28, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
Click here for more information.
The New 2014-2015 Directory is Available!
The latest edition of the Directory of Associations, Consulting Firms, and Manufacturers’ Representatives
in the Philadelphia Area is now available. It sells for $23 each.
Send your check to Emily Albert, ASHRAE, 994 Old Eagle School Road, Suite 1019, Wayne, PA 19087.
If you prefer to pay by credit card, please call Emily at 610-971-2169 or email her at [email protected]
Order your copy today!
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Please submit articles highlighting novel HVAC technologies to Chapter Technology Transfer Committee Chair
Chris Gale ([email protected]) for consideration in future newsletters.
Did you know there are free design guides available on the ASHRAE web site? The regular technical article is not the only place to
get great free information each month. Take a few minutes to log on and see the variety of design guides available to download at
no cost. The design guides can be located by using the link below.
Building Energy Quotient (bEQ)
ASHRAE’s Building Energy Labeling Program
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm a building owner. How can I find someone to conduct a bEQ rating assessment?
Only qualified practitioners can complete bEQ. In Operation assessments must be performed by an ASHRAE certified
Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) or a PE licensed in the jurisdiction where the project is located. As
Designed evaluations must be conducted by an ASHRAE certified Building Energy Modeling Professionals (BEMP) or a
PE license in the jurisdiction where the project is located.
What is the advantage to a Certified Provider?
ASHRAE's Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) and Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP)
certification requires that candidates meet eligibility requirements and pass an examination that tests understanding of
the needed body of knowledge. Certified Providers have demonstrated they have the knowledge and experience
necessary to conduct a bEQ rating. Find a professional here.
I'm a building assessor and/or modeler. How do I become ASHRAE-certified?
Steps to obtain a Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certification can be found here. Steps to obtain a
Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) certification can be found here
What's the cost to submit for a rating and what will the owner receive?
The registration fee to receive a bEQ rating is $500. This fee, which typically will be included among the fees charged by
the qualified practitioner, covers registration and program administration, will enable the assessor to provide the building
owner with:
1. Completed bEQ In Operation Workbook
2. bEQ Certificate
3. bEQ Dashboard
4. Graphic file for preparing a bEQ Plaque for public display showing the designated rating
When is the bEQ registration fee paid?
The registration fee for bEQ is paid by the qualified practitioner when the bEQ workbook is submitted. There is no fee to
download Workbooks, but Workbooks are only allowed to be submitted for review by ASHRAE staff after payment of the
bEQ registration fee.
Does bEQ registration fee include the professional services fees of the qualified practitioner?
No. The cost of conducting the ratings, including the ASHRAE Level 1 Walk-through Energy Audit for the In Operation
rating, or the modeling work for the As Designed rating, is separate and will be determined by you and the qualified
practitioner you select.
How long does a bEQ assessment usually take?
Example Time Requirement Estimates to Perform bEQ Ratings:
(click here to read the entire article)
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New Philadelphia Chapter Members
New Members
John Dolph
The Philadelphia Chapter
of the
American Society of Heating,
Refrigerating and Air
Conditioning Engineers, Inc.
994 Old Eagle School Road
Suite 1019
Wayne, PA 19087-1866
P 610-971-2169
F 610-971-4859
our web site at:
Rabin Balkishun
Michael Ferguson
Craig Richard Yung
Justyne Neborak
Bibin Alexander
Amir Haghighat
William Scaggs
Muhammad Shahid
Tejinder Singh
Timothy Cleary
Republication of material
contained herein is expressly
Membership Advancement
forbidden without official Chapter
authorization. The Chapter does
not speak or act for the Society.
Any member with material to
submit for inclusion in the
If you are currently an ASHRAE Associate Member, becoming a full Member is easier
than you think! The following count toward the required 12 points to advance to full
membership status. You must update your ASHRAE online biography and send an
email to [email protected] to advance.
Climate can send the information
Hope Silverman
P 610-971-2169
[email protected]
Material can include letters to the
editor, member news, upcoming
events, comments on chapter
programs or issues, etc.
Non-accredited degree = 4 points
Accredited degree = 6 points
PE = 4 points
Industry experience = 1 point/year