Central PA ASHRAE Newsletter September 2010
Board and Committee Chairs
In This Issue
Mark Graybill, PE
Andrew Odell
Vice President
Nathan Potteiger
Alyssa Adams
David Bender
Michael Conchilla, PE
Daniel Hanley
D. Todd Postlethwait, PE, LEED AP
CTTC (Programs)
Andrew Odell
Education Committee
Thomas Long, PE
Student Activities
Alyssa Adams
Research Promotion
Robert Miller
Nathan Potteiger
D. Todd Postlethwait, PE, LEED AP
Publicity (Web and Newsletter)
Mark Tome, PE, HFDP, LEED AP
President's Message Meeting Announcement
10-11 Schedule Member News
Employment Op's Society News
Region III News Program Tickets
Golf Event

President's Message

Greetings ASHRAE Members,

Summer will soon fade into Fall. Fall is my favorite time of the year with moderate temperatures and many wonderful activities. It also marks the beginning of another year of programs and activities with the Central Pennsylvania ASHRAE Chapter. We have an exciting line-up of programs this year. Merle McBride, an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, will be presenting at our September 8 program on ASHRAE Standard 189.1 - Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings.

There is now an additional benefit for attending chapter meetings and seminars. The continuing education requirements for professional engineers in Pennsylvania has now gone into effect for the 2009-2011 renewal year. Our chapter meetings and seminars qualify for professional development hours and we will hand out certificates at the end of each meeting and seminar. Please visit the Pennsylvania Department of State website for more information on the Continuing Education requirements

Our golf outing in July was a great success and raised $6,000 for ASHRAE Research. Thank you to all of the golfers, sponsors, and volunteers. It is an honor for me to serve as president of this chapter. I look forward to this year and hope to see you at our events.

Mark M. Graybill, PE

Employment Opportunities

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) 814-8237 to have employment opportunities included in the Pennant

Meeting Announcement
ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Merle McBride, Standard 189.1

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA  17101

5:00-6:00 Program Part I: ASHRAE Standard 189.1 -- What is New and What is Important
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:00 Program Part II: ASHRAE Standard 189.1 -- What is New and What is Important

ASHRAE Standard 189.1 was developed as a collaborative effort with representatives from ASHRAE, USGBC and IES. It was written in code language and contains the minimum acceptable criteria for high-performance green buildings. The criteria covers six broad categories: Site Sustainability, Water Use Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Building’s Impact on the Atmosphere, Materials, and Resources, and Construction and Plans for Operation. Each category contains a statement of scope, compliance paths, mandatory provisions, prescriptive option and a performance option. This overview will help you understand the new requirements, how they impact your business, and highlight what technical expertise, skills and knowledge will be needed to apply this standard.

Merle F. McBride, Ph.D., P.E. has been with Owens Corning for 34 years and is a Senior Research Associate. He received his degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University and is a registered professional engineer in Ohio. His technical focus has been the energy performance of residential and commercial buildings which he has used in the development of U.S. energy codes and standards. Dr. McBride has been an active member in ASHRAE at the national level since 1976, has served on several Technical Committees, was a contributing author to handbook chapters and served ten years on the Standards Committee. His current committee appointments include: Standards 90.1, 90.2 and 189.1. He has been on all six of the ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide committees. Dr. McBride has published 46 technical papers, was awarded two U.S. patents, and received multiple awards from ASHRAE and industry.

Online or or (717) 285-2228 ask for Mark Graybill
Deadline: Friday September 3, 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.

10-11 Schedule (revised 08/23/10)

Date & Location Event
September 8 – 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Merle McBride presenting Standard 189 - what is new and what is important.
October 13 – 5:00pm-8:00pm

Burnham Plant Tour

Burnham Plant Tour

Presentation: "Commercial Boilers and Best Piping Practices"

November 10 – 5:00pm-8:00pm Past Presidents/History Night

Todd Giddings, PHD
Hybrid Geothermal/Water Source Application

December 8 – 5:00pm-8:00pm Refrigeration Night

Four Seasons Produce Tour and Refrigeration Presentation

January 12 Research Promotion Night

Topic TBD

February 9 Membership Promotion Night

Topic TBD

March 9

Topic TBD

April 20 Student Activities Night

Student Presentations

April 21 ASHRAE Webcast
Geothermal Heat Pumps
May Family Night - Local Baseball
July Annual Golf Event



Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers
3rd Annual Golf Outing & Membership Drive
Thursday September 23, 2010

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.

For more information contact Rich Madeira at

RSVP Deadline September 13th

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 online!

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

Ticket holders shall register for each program.

Member News

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

  • Mr. Harley L. Felton, Associate -- TranSystems
  • Mr. John Bade, Associate -- JCI
  • Mr. Michael S. Mohutsky, Associate -- Geisinger
  • Mr. Gary Tucker, Member
  • Mr. John Kalnasy, Member -- TAC
Congratulations to chapter members Rachel and Damon Smith on the birth of their daughter, Claire Jane -- born June 20th. 7lbs, 6 oz and 21 inches.

Positions Available

wantedThe Chapter is currently looking for volunteers to fill these positions:

Representative to the Future Cities Steering Committee, Student Activities
and Publicity Committee members. If you are interested in the Future Cities
or Student Activities positions, contact Alyssa Adams. Persons interested in
the Publicity Committee should contact Mark Tome.

Have information to share? New hires, promotions, retirements, etc.
Put it in the Pennant!

Society News

Region III News

2010 Chapter's Regional Conference

On August 12th to 14th, the Delaware Chapter hosted the Region III CRC. The conference kicked off with technical sessions on Thursday.

The business of the region began Thursday evening with the Caucus. Todd Postlethwait was the delegate from Central PA, and Mark Graybill 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. Several motions were passed to improve the process for applying for Technology Awards.

Friday evening, the Wilmington Blue Rock's Stadium was the site of the welcome reception. Those who attended enjoyed a buffet, stadium food, and socialization.

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, Rachel Smith was recognized for increasing Student Activities Points by 200%.  Every aspect of the CRC was excellent and we are looking forward to CRC 2010 at the Anthracite chapter!


Golf Event


mcclureThe 2010 William C. McClain and Thomas E. Deardorf Memorial Golf Outing Benefiting ASHRAE Research was held Friday July 23rd at Armitage Golf Course. With 100 golfers attending and over $6,000 raised, the event was a huge success! Thank-you to all who attended and survived the hot weather. A very special thanks to Glenn DiEsposti for organizing the event and McClure Company for sponsoring the course! We look forward to another successful event in July 2011 and hope for even more success! Again T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U to all who supported this event!