Central PA ASHRAE Newsletter May 2010
Board and Committee Chairs
In This Issue
D. Todd Postlethwait, PE, LEED AP
Mark Graybill, PE
Vice President
Andrew Odell
Nathan Potteiger
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
President's Message Meeting Announcement
09-10 Schedule Member News
Employment Op's Society News
Upcoming Events Prof. Development Seminar

President's Message

Greetings ASHRAE Members:

This is it. We are at the final ASHRAE program of the year so please don’t miss it. Our last meeting will be a combo meeting with the Central Pa Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers on May 12th at Carlisle SynTec. The program includes a tour, presentation, dinner and of course great company so come on out.

This has been a great year for the Central Pa ASHRAE Chapter and it has been my privilege serving this year as president. I want to thank everyone for coming to the meetings and I hope to see you all regularly at next year’s meetings. I also want to especially thank all of this year’s officers, governors, volunteers and advisors. Without all your help the meetings would not be possible.

Thanks again for a great year and I hope you will join me in supporting Mark Graybill as next year’s President in what promises to be another successful year for only chapter.

D. Todd Postlethwait, PE, LEED AP

Employment Opportunities


Nationally recognized green building consulting firm seeks environmentally motivated individuals to join our team. 7group is a small, growing company who helps our clients to design and build more environmentally benign commercial and residential projects.

Commissioning Authority

Commissioning Authority sought for projects focusing on energy efficient, sustainable, and green buildings. We are willing to teach a qualified candidate the process of commissioning. Prefer mechanical engineering degree or equivalent. Experience in design and/or construction, practical knowledge of building control systems a plus.

Position Responsibilities: Review and optimize building control systems, analyze mechanical systems, oversee functional testing, review construction documents, interact with client staff and client principals, develop written reports that convey both technical and non-technical information.

Technical Skills: Candidate will gain; a thorough understanding of HVAC, electrical, building automation and controls, and the building construction process; experience at auditing existing energy consuming equipment and diagnosing problems; troubleshooting complex mechanical systems and controls; analyzing field data and energy consumption data; develop a thorough understanding of construction drawings and specifications; develop a broad understanding of building systems including envelope, lighting, and systems integration.

Business Skills: Self-motivated and able to work in teams. Ability to actively work on and manage several projects at once. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

This position requires some travel and occasional out of town overnight stays. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience. We offer health insurance and a retirement plan in a casual work environment. E-mail resume and cover letter to, or mail to Brian Toevs, 7group/BETA Engineers, PC, 36 West Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. 717-697-6300

Energy Engineer for Green Buildings

Engineer sought for projects focusing on energy efficient, sustainable, and green buildings. Prefer a mechanical engineer with some commercial mechanical design or analysis experience but will weigh sincere interest in sustainable design equal with experience. A broad understanding of building systems including envelope and lighting and how systems integrate is an important component of the work we do. Experience with energy modeling software, particularly DOE2 and Energy10, and other green building analysis tools (CFD, daylighting, LCA, etc.) a major plus.

Duties may include: energy modeling and analysis, energy audits, establishment of building performance goals, load calculations, measurement & verification projects, post-occupancy evaluations, renewable energy system analysis, preparation and review of LEED documentation materials, review of LEED Certifications, daylighting analysis review, conducting training programs, and overall project management.

Positive attributes include: Open-mindedness; good work ethic; flexibility; strong desire to challenge conventional thinking; ability to manage multiple projects; good writing and communication skills; and a sincere interest in promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy, and environmentally benign solutions. LEED AP and BS in mechanical engineering preferred.

Salary and benefits negotiable and commensurate with experience. Flexible work schedule in a casual work environment. Send resume and cover letter to: Marcus Sheffer, 7group/Energy Opportunities, Inc., 1200 E Camping Area Road, Wellsville, PA 17365, 717-292-2636,

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 May) to approximately 500 people.  Contact Mark Tome (717) 845-7654 to have employment opportunities included in the Pennant

Meeting Announcement
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at Carlisle SynTec
Technology Center, Carlisle Construction Materials Campus 1555 Ritner Highway Carlisle, PA 17013

1:30-3:00 Optional Tour of Carlisle SynTec Manufacturing Plant
3:00-3:30 Registration and Networking
3:30-4:30 Tour of Carlisle Solar Demonstration Center
4:30-5:00 Networking
5:00-5:30 Dinner
5:30 Speaker Presentation

Part 1: Optional tour of Carlisle SynTec’s EPDM manufacturing plant
The optional tour of Carlisle SynTec’s EPDM (single-ply) roofing manufacturing plant will include the material mixing area, the two automatic production machines that form the single-ply membrane, the vulcanizing machines, the area for application of the factory-applied tape and other manufacturing and support areas. The tour will last about 1 hour and will take place prior to the main tour of the Carlisle Solar Demonstration Center. Tour hosts will be employees from the manufacturing plant. Please wear closed-toe shoes and other clothing suitable for a plant tour. Safety glasses and hearing protection will be provided, or you can bring personal safety gear if you prefer. (Tour is limited to 25 people.)

Part 2: Tour of Carlisle’s Solar Demonstration Center
Attendees will tour the Carlisle Solar Demonstration Center, installed by Carlisle Energy Services, on the roof of Carlisle SynTec Plant #4. (A stairway to the roof was installed as a part of the Solar Demonstration Center, so attendees will not have to climb any ladders.) The Solar Demonstration Center has about 200kW DC of solar electric (photovoltaic) systems installed using three different solar technologies. The solar installations also illustrate a variety of roof mounting techniques on a variety of roofing membrane materials. (Tour is limited to 60 people.)

Part 3: Dinner and Presentation: “The Roof, a New Energy Platform”
For the dinner presentation, Richard (Dick) Gillenwater will discuss “The Roof – a New Energy Platform”. Roofs of the future will no longer be limited to only weather protection – they will also become platforms for energy production. Dick will present an overview of the solar industry, the commercial solar roof market, industry trends, various solar technologies appropriate for a commercial roofing application, design factors and considerations for both PV systems and “solar-ready roofs” and current economics regarding commercial solar.

About the Speaker
Richard J. Gillenwater is currently the PV Technology Development Manager in Carlisle’s Research and Development department. For the past 30 years Dick has developed new technologies, processes and products for Carlisle Construction Materials. His contributions include the process to manufacture a reinforced EPDM membrane, the development of a mechanically fastened EPDM roof system and the creation of the Sure‐Weld TPO and its manufacturing line. He also played an integral role in adding green products such as vegetative roof gardens and the introduction of the molded skylight product line. Since 2005, Dick’s focus has been on the PV industry investigating technologies which led to the formation of Carlisle Energy Services, Inc.

Online or or (717) 285-2228 ask for Mark Graybill
Deadline: Friday April 30, 2010

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 04/25/10)

Date & Location Event
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 Tour
3491 Industrial Highway, York
Dinner @ Heritage Hills Conference Ctr
2700 Mt Rose Ave, York, PA 17402

PoolPak Facility Tour

Presentation: "Indoor Pool Considerations" by Charles Munchel

November 11 – 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Past Presidents/History Night

Grants & Incentives Federal, State & Utility
J. Michael Love, President & CEO of EAPA

November 16 - 8:30am-12:30pm

Sheraton Harrisburg Hereshey Hotel
4650 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA

Professional Development Seminar
Integrated Building Design

Seminar & Panel Discussion lead by
ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer
Charles E. Gulledge III, PE, CSI, MAI

December 9 – 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

"Cool Thermal Storage in the Era of Sustainability"

by: William P. Bahnfleth, Ph D, P.E.
ASHRAE VP, Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer

January 13 – 5:00pm-8:00pm

Johnson Controls
631 S. Richland Ave, York

History Night

Johnson Controls Air Lab tour

February 24 – 5:30pm

Pennsylvania State University
113 IST Building
University Park, PA 16802

Presidential Visit

"Sustaining Our Future by Rebuilding Our Past"

By: Society President Gordon Holness

March 10 – 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Membership Promotion Night

Is Fibrous Insulation Along the Airstream Surface in HVAC Compatible with a Healthy Building?

By: Philip R. Morey, Ph.D., CIH

March 19
Dinner: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
7:00pm Face-off

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

April 20 – 7:30am-12:00pm

HVAC Distributors
110 Agnes St., Harrisburg

Professional Development Seminar

Pennsylvania Act 129
Links to prestation files:

Allegheny Power First Energy PECO PPL
April 21 - 1:00pm-4:00pm

Harrisburg Trane
3909 Tecport Dr., Harrisburg

ASHRAE Webcast
Right from the Start -- Commissioning for High Performing Buildings
May 12

Carlisle SynTec
Carlisle, PA

Joint Meeting with AEE
Carlisle SynTec PV Tour
July 23

Armitage Golf Course
Camp Hill, PA

Annual Golf Event



Member News

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

  • Mr. Jason DeGraw -- Penn State Univ.
  • Mr. Christopher Markstein -- Schneider Electric
  • Mr. Christian Rudio -- JCI

Society News