Central PA ASHRAE Newsletter September 2009
2009-2010 Board and
Committee Chairs
In This Issue
D. Todd Postlethwait, PE, LEED AP
President's Message Meeting Announcement
09-10 Schedule Program Tickets
Student Activities Member News
Region III News Society News
Upcoming Events Employment Op's
Mark Graybill, PE
Vice President
Andrew Odell
Nathan Potteiger
President's Message

Greetings ASHRAE Members:

Welcome to what promises to be another great year for the Central Pennsylvania ASHRAE Members & Chapter.  I am very excited about this year’s programs and look forward seeing you all there. 

For our first program Andy Persily will be giving an overview on the proper procedure for calculating the minimum Outdoor Air Ventilation rates using Standard 62.1.  This Technical Session is perfect for new designers/engineers and good review on something we use almost every day.  For the main program portion of the meeting, Andy will be giving an overview of ASHRAE’s IAQ Design Guide.  This will also provide valuable information to use in our every day designs.

Also, in the coming months we have a factory tour at PoolPak, a program meeting on grants and incentives which is a hot topic these days, an air lab tour at Johnson Controls, and many other programs, so please check your ASHRAE program schedule for future events and mark your calendars.  I hope you all can take advantage of this year’s quality programs and join your peers to share your own ideas and solutions. 

I look forward to seeing you soon.

D. Todd Postlethwait, PE, LEED AP

John Hayden, PE
Rachel Smith
Rebecca Thompson, PE, LEED AP
Mark Tome, PE, HFDP, LEED AP
CTTC (Programs)
Mark Graybill, PE
Education Committee
Thomas Long, PE
Student Activities
Rachel Smith
Research Promotion
Robert Miller
Nathan Potteiger
Andrew Odell
Publicity (Web and Newsletter)
Mark Tome, PE, HFDP, LEED AP

Employment Opportunities

Building Systems Analyst @ Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Requisition Number: 23371
Facilities Central Plant
Full-Time (80hrs per pay period)
Day Shift

Job Details:

Responsible for the development and implementation of building automation control systems to improve energy strategies and efficiencies. Identify, develop and coordinate the implementation of major energy system improvement strategies for existing systems. Provide leadership for utilities and energy strategies that will identify improvements, develop solutions, and implement conservation projects and programs in collaboration with the maintenance staff, engineers, consultants and contractors. Recommend and participate with new construction and renovation project teams, developing and implementing control systems, energy savings, and other related project reviews.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Five (5) plus years experience with building controls, HVAC, mechanical system repair, and maintenance/operations
  • Project review and management experience
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and Word, building automation, and CMM’s
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to collect and analyze technical data and to convert into an organized format that can be readily applied for the intended purposed

Fluency with Microsoft Power Point and the ability to skillfully present at all organizational levels.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce. EOE-AA-M/F/D/V.

Click Here to Apply Online

Central PA ASHRAE will publish employment opportunities in the Pennant at a cost of $50/month.  The Pennant is distributed twice each month (September through April) to approximately 500 people.  Contact Mark Tome (717) 845-7654 to have employment opportunities included in the Pennant


Meeting Announcement

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA  17101

5:00-6:00 Tech Session: ASHRAE Standard 62.1 rate calculations
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:00 Program: ASHRAE IAQ Design Guide

Tech Session-ASHRAE Standard 62.1 rate calculations (Andrew K. Persily, Ph.D.)

ASHRAE Standard 62.1 has been the preeminent ventilation and indoor air quality standard since it was first issued in 1973.  As our understanding of indoor air quality issues has increased, as new HVAC technology has been developed and in the face of various trends in the building and HVAC industries, the standard has continued to evolve over the years, with the latest release designated as ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007.  The 2009 International Mechanical Code incorporates ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2004 into the code and will therefore become a part of Pennsylvania’s building code by the end of the year.  The Tech Session will go over rate calculations for those not familiar with Standard 62.1 and will serve as a refresher course for those who are familiar with the Standard.

Program-ASHRAE IAQ Design Guide (Andrew K. Persily, Ph.D.)

The Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning is designed for architects, design engineers, contractors, commissioning agents, and all other professionals concerned with IAQ. This comprehensive publication provides both summary and detailed guidance on best practices for all aspects of IAQ building design, commissioning and construction, including designing for maintainability.  This publication will be available on or before October 30, 2009.  This program will give an introduction to this upcoming publication.

Andrew K. Persily, Ph.D.
Dr. Persily works for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and is intimately involved with indoor air quality and ventilation in commercial and residential buildings. His work includes the development and application of measurement techniques to evaluate airflow and air quality characteristics in a variety of building types, including large, mechanically ventilated buildings and single family dwellings. He is also involved with the development and application of multi-zone airflow and contaminant dispersal models. He is past chair of ASHRAE SSPC 62.1, responsible for the revision of the ASHRAE Ventilation Standard 62. He is a past chair of ASTM Subcommittee E6.41 on Air Leakage and Ventilation Performance and vice-chair of subcommittee D22.05 on Indoor Air Quality.  He has a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics, a M.A. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

RSVP: or (717) 285-2228 for Mark Graybill
Deadline: Thursday September 3, 2009

Chapter Members: $30.00
Non members: $40.00
Retired: $5.00

Note to all Chapter Officers and Committee Chairs: Chapter Officers, Board Members and Committee Chairs have standing reservations.  If you do not RSVP by the deadline, you will be billed for the fun time you missed.

09-10 Schedule (revised 8/25/09)

Date & Location


September 9 – 5:00pm-8:00pm
Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Andy Persily presenting
Standard 62.1 rate calculations
ASHRAE IAQ Design Guide

October 14 – 5:00pm-8:00pm
Poolpak Technologies
3491 Industrial Highway, York

PoolPak factory tour
Natorium Design Program

November 11 – 5:00pm-8:00pm
Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Past President/History Night
Grants & Incentives
Federal, State & Utility

December 9
Location TBD 



January 13 – 5:00pm-8:00pm
Johnson Controls
631 S. Richland Ave, York

Research Promotion Night
Johnson Controls Air Lab tour

February 10 – 5:00pm-8:00pm
Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Membership Promotion Night

Giant Center

Family Night
Hershey Bears Game

April 14 – 5:00pm-8:00pm
Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Student Activities Night
Student Presentations

Carlisle SynTec
Carlisle, PA


Carlisle SynTec PV Tour


Golf Outing



Program Tickets

Buy a year of ASHRAE Programs and SAVE!

Sample Program Ticket

Purchase a Program Ticket for $210 (cost of 7 programs), attend the 8th meeting for free, and bring two guests during the year.  $300 Value.  Pass it around your office!

Order by emailing Nate Potteiger

Annual baseball outing, golf event, and professional development seminars are not included. 

Ticket holders shall register for each program.

Student Activities

Penn State Wins Second Place in ASHRAE’s 2009 Student Design Project Competition!
Please join us in congratulating Kaylee Damico, Calvin Douglass, Nicole Dubowski, Justin Herzing, Pavel Likhonin, George Slavik, and adviser William Bahnfleth of the Penn State Student Branch. The team was recently awarded second place in the Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD) Category of the 2009 ASHRAE Student Design Project Competition. There were 32 (all categories) schools that made it to the regional level. Ten of the 32 schools competed in the ISBD category.

The award includes a trip for one team representative to attend ASHRAE’s Winter Meeting in Orlando in January 2010.  The award includes travel and hotel for two nights. The team representatives will attend the ASHRAE Student Program on Sunday morning January 24, 2010 for recognition. The team will also bring a 24in. x 36in. poster of their project to the program for display.

Great job Penn State ASHRAE!


Penn State Team Information
Contact: Jeffrey R.S. Brownson
110 Technology Center Building
University Park, PA 16802-3377
Phone: 814-865-8473
Team Web site

Member News

The Chapter congratulates the following people who are new to ASHRAE membership:

Mr James Souffrant
Mrs Andrea VanCampen, PE
Mr Todd W Walter
Mr Stewart C Cluck
Mr Michael S. Davignon
Mr Donald George Stafford
Mr Jay R Barninger
Mr Joseph D Zimmerman
Mr G Dean Scheurich

Congratulations to Becky Thompson and Kirby Sleer for earning the LEED AP credentials. 

Katie and Andrew Odell are proud to announce the birth of Samuel Odell, born 20 July 2009,  8lb, 1oz, at Lancaster Woman’s and Babies Hospital.  Samuel is their third child.  The other two are enjoying their new little playmate!


Mark and Jessica Graybill are proud to announce the birth of Lilly Graybill.  Lilly is Mark and Jessica's first child, and she came May 1st.  6lbs 15oz and 19in. 


Region III News  -- Regionaire

The Central Pennsylvania Chapter would like to congratulate Kevin Fallin.  Kevin started his three year term as Director and Regional Chairman in July.  We look forward to working with Kevin and thank him for his devotion to ASHRAE. 

We also recognize Dan Pettway and Dan Wyrick.  Pettway just completed a three year term as Director and Regional Chairman and Wyrick completed a three year term as Region Vice Chairman, Research Promotion.  Thank-you for your service to ASHRAE

2009 Chapter's Regional Conference

On August 13th to 15th, the National Capital Chapter hosted the Region III CRC. The conference kicked off with a total of nine technical sessions including a free session titled "Rebuilding the Pentagon -- the Phoenix Project" by Allyn Kilsheimer.

The business of the region began Thursday evening with the Caucus. Mark Tome was the delegate from Central PA, and Todd Postlethwait served as the alternate. The purpose of the Caucus is to nominate members for regional and society positions and awards. Unfortunately, it is a closed meeting and details cannot be shared.

The business of the region continued on Friday with an open business meeting. During this meeting, each chapter in the region reports their overall status and each chapter has the opportunity to make motions that get forwarded to members’ council. Problems caused by a down economy was a common theme in the chapter reports. 

Friday evening, the National Press Club was the site of the welcome reception. Those
who attended enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, socialization.  Also, Stephen Ayers, AIA gave a short presentation of The "Greening" of the U.S. Capitol

The final day of the conference was spent on training. Chapter officers and really
anyone who wished to attend received training from the regional officers and a
Dale Carnegie trainer.

The highlight of Saturday was the awards luncheon. Each year, chapters report points to the Presidential Award Of Excellence system.  Based on this system and other metrics, the region and society awards the chapters. Central PA received several awards: Star (met par for each of the five categories in PAOE), Honor Roll (for obtaining minimum points in four of five categories for four consecutive years), Full Circle (each chapter officer contributed to ASHRAE Research at the Honor Roll level), Chapter Investor (met par in Research Promotion category).  Additionally, Todd Postlethwait and Nick Romeo received awards for outstanding performance in CTTC and Membership Promotion categories.  Every aspect of the CRC was excellent and we are looking forward to CRC 2010 in Delaware!


Society News

ASHRAE Announces Newest Distinguished Lecturers for 2009
August 24, 2009

ATLANTA – ASHRAE has named 13 new Distinguished Lecturers who provide Society chapters with noted authorities who speak on relevant topics that impact the HVAC&R industry ...

ASHRAE Assists College Students with Tuition through Scholarships
August 17, 2009
ATLANTA—In order to reduce the financial strain on engineering students across the country, ASHRAE will award over $80,000 in scholarship money for the 2009-2010 school year ...

ASHRAE Research Targets Tying Together BIM, Energy Efficiency
August 5, 2009
ATLANTA – Ensuring that a common language of “energy efficiency” is spoken by both building information modeling software used by architects and energy analysis and simulation software used by engineers is the goal of new research funded by ASHRAE ...

New York State, ASHRAE Team to Slash Data Center Energy Use
July 27, 2009
ATLANTA – Two free workshops focused on thermal guidelines for data processing, datacom facility energy efficiency, high density data centers and contamination in datacom environments are available to those who work with data centers in New York ...

Congressional Briefing: Improving Performance of Buildings through "Smarter" Operation
July 21, 2009
ATLANTA – The energy efficiency of high-performance buildings has the potential to go even higher through a proposed national “smart” electric power grid being developed by the U.S. government and leading industry groups ...

On June 15th, ASHRAE launched its full services Career Center for ASHRAE members and HVAC hiring authorities. The reception has been magnificent as the number of job seekers, resumes, and employer job postings have risen each week.
Upcoming Events

American Ground Water Trust
Ground Source Heating & Cooling for Residential and Commercial Properties:

Latest Technologies, Economic Advantages, 
Environmental Impacts and Regulations

Thursday, September 17, 2009
8:00am - 4:45pm

Holiday Inn-Harrisburg East ~ Harrisburg, PA

Sponsor/Exhibit Opportunities

Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers
2nd Annual Golf Outing & Membership Drive
Thursday September 24, 2009

Join The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers for its annual golf outing. The day’s events will be held at Felicita Garden Resort and SPA located in the Fishing Creek Valley just North of the State Capital. The Golf Club at Felicita is one of the most beautiful and challenging courses you will ever experience. The course itself was originally set by William and David Gordon and has been spotlighted in many different publications over the years for its spectacular layout and challenging fairways. Modeling Augusta, every hole is a garden. 

Bring your clubs, appetite and a guest. After the round of golf a catered luncheon will be served course side and will feature NY Strip Steaks . The annual outing is also a membership drive so bring along a prospective member. Be an event sponsor and let your organization gain recognition while supporting the growth of AEE CPA. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities exist.