Central PA ASHRAE Newsletter November 2010
Board and Committee Chairs
In This Issue
Mark Graybill, PE
Andrew Odell
Vice President
Nathan Potteiger
Alyssa Adams, LEED AP
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 PDS Announcement
Employment Op's Society News
Program Tickets Invitation R3 Dinner
Member News

President's Message

Greetings ASHRAE Members,

Friday was Trick-or-Treat in the town where I live. My wife and I carved pumpkins to look like faces and put candles inside of them. More than thirty children and some teenagers came past our house looking for candy. Our toddler was dressed like a strawberry and enjoyed seeing everyone’s costumes. Some were dressed as princesses or pumpkins while others had fangs or looked like skeletons.

For some reason, it made me think about ASHRAE’s Mission. ASHRAE does not wear a mask; they do not have a hidden agenda. ASHRAE’s Mission is “to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.” Also, during this time of elections, I am glad to serve as part of a non-partisan organization dedicated to science and humanity. ASHRAE does not endorse any particular political candidate or manufacturer.

I want to thank everyone who came to last month’s tour and lunch meeting. For a meeting in the middle of the day, we had an excellent turnout. We had a great tour of the Burnham plant in Lancaster as well as a good meal. We look forward to having a few lunch meetings in the future.

Please join us for our next dinner meeting on November 10 at the Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg. The topics are “DDC Controls – Challenges and Best Practices” and “Smart Grid – Where We Are and Where We Are Headed.” We will also be honoring our past chapter presidents. Do not forget that 1.5 professional develop hours are available for attending the meeting.

Mark M. Graybill, PE

Employment Opportunities

Construction industry trade association seeks Project Manager/Technical Services & Research Engineer.

Be on the edge of developing sustainable energy practices and in advancing new efficiency practices. Project Manager/Technical Services & Research Engineer will have opportunity to shape industry standards and be a force within the green building movement. Responsibilities include:

  • Develop new and improve existing sustainable construction standards
  • Assist association members regarding their technical projects and goals
  • Represent association members at industry related events
  • Respond to technical inquiries from the building construction/design industry
  • Present information on technical standards to various industry related groups including seminars to large and small groups and providing industry standards updates to association committees.
  • Perform other related tasks as required

Candidates should be familiar with the building construction process from both the contractor’s and designer’s perspective. Knowledge specific to HVAC&R or architectural sheet metal preferred. Other desired qualities include the ability to be a team player, self motivated, exercises sound judgment, and has the ability to react to constantly changing technical, business, and political environments. Candidates must be proficient in English and with Microsoft Office® products.

A degree in Mechanical Engineering is preferred. Other engineering degrees or equivalent technical experiences are also acceptable.

Respond to P.O. Box 221230, Chantilly, VA 20153-1230, Attn: Human Resources or

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

Building Automation and Smart Grid – Tomorrow’s Buildings
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 @ ABC, Harrisburg
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA  17101

5:00-5:30 Social Time
5:30-6:00 DDC Controls – Challenges and Best Practices by Dave Hebel, CEM
6:00-7:00 Recognition of Past Presidents and Dinner
7:00-8:00 Smart Grid – Where we are, where we’re headed by Brian Paleveda, PE, CEM


DDC Controls – Challenges and Best Practices

  • What is a control system?
  • Overview of a modern DDC / ATC system
  • Integration – What is it?
  • Challenges and lessons learned

Smart Grid – Where we are, Where we’re Headed

  • What exactly is a Smart Grid and Demand Response
  • Why smart grids need smart consumption
  • The benefits of leveraging Smart grid and local programs
  • Establishing a practical plan to prepare your buildings for smart grid

Dave Hebel, CEM
Dave an account executive with Siemens Industry, Building Technology Division in Mechanicsburg PA. Prior to joining Siemens, He held various sales, engineering, and service positions in a 20 year career with Danfoss Incorporated.

Brian Paleveda, PE, CEM
Brian is an operations manager in charge of energy engineers for Siemens Industry, Building Technologies Division. Brian worked as a consulting engineer for 10 years designing HVAC and plumbing systems before joining Siemens as an Energy Engineer in 2006. As an energy engineer, he is in charge of developing energy savings projects for the performance contracting group. Brian performs energy audits, calculates energy savings, performs payback analysis, and is responsible for the measurement and verification of guaranteed savings.

Online or or 717-939-3600 ask for Andrew Odell
Deadline: Friday November 5th, 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.

Professional Development Seminar Announcement

Sustainability: Undefined Success in a Defined World

by ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer E. Mitchell Swann, P.E., LEED AP

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 @ HVAC Distributors, Harrisburg
110 Agnes Street Harrisburg, PA 17104

12:30-1:00 Registration
1:00-4:00 Seminar

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 3 Professional Development Hours.

The marketplace is abuzz with the call for and surge in sustainable or green building projects. Not only is there a demand generated by market forces, there is also an increasing regulatory landscape driven by building codes, zoning requirements or tax incentives. High performance is the yardstick that is used to measure green building performance and measurement is becoming a more common marker of success. But in going head first into a world of high performance measurement are there higher risks associated with the new targets? This program focuses on the risk management aspects of green building design, construction and operations and illustrates where those risks align with traditional project risk and more importantly where they differ. The program will point out the key risk areas associated with third-party certified green buildings, how those risks can manifest themselves on projects and what they can mean to designers, contractors and operators (a la the Northland Pines High School LEED certification appeal; and the class action suit against USGBC filed by a New York contractor). The program will also outline some risk mitigation strategies which can be used to reduce the probability of poor outcomes and limit the damage if a bad result comes along.

E. Mitchell Swann, P.E., LEED AP
Mitchell is a consulting engineer with MDC Systems, a project and construction management consulting firm, based in Paoli, PA. Mr. Swann has over 25 years of extensive experience on both domestic and EM Swanninternational projects in the areas of management consulting and problem solving, engineering design, project and construction management, forensic engineering and construction claims analysis. Mr. Swann’s career includes the analysis, evaluation and design of complex systems across a wide range of industries and buildings types including commercial, institutional and industrial facilities, hospitals, laboratories, pharmaceutical manufacturing, microelectronic operations and data centers. Mr. Swann has chaired technical committees within national and international organizations and been a contributing author and editor for a number of technical publications and journals. He is a frequent speaker both nationally and internationally and is a listed member of the speakers’ bureau in the Distinguished Lecturer program of ASHRAE. He has presented on Green Building issues in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Delhi, Hanoi, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, New York City and Washington, DC. He is a contributing author to the ASHRAE “Green Guide – The Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable Buildings” and co-author of the ASHRAE Survival Guide to Design/Build Project Execution.

Online or (please include name, company and telephone number).
Deadline: Monday November 15th, 2010. This seminar will fill up quickly so register early!

Cost: $30.00, which includes coffee/soda break.

Payment by credit/debit card and PayPal will be accepted through the online form: PDS Payment. Only cash and checks will be accepted “at the door”.

10-11 Schedule (revised 10/29/10)

Print/PDF Version
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 14 11:00am-2:00pm

11:00 Burnham Plant Tour
12:15 Lunch @ The Symposium
1:00 Presentation - Boiler Applications

Burnham Plant Tour

Presentation: Commercial Boilers and Best Piping Practices

November 10 – 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Past Presidents/History Night

DDC Controls -- Challenges and Best Practices
Smart Grid -- Where we are, Where we're Headed

November 18
Harrisburg, TBD

Professional Development Seminar
Green Design and Sustainability -- Undefinable Success in a Defined World by ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Mitchel Swann

December 8 – 5:00pm-8:00pm

Four Seasons

Refrigeration Night

Four Seasons Produce Tour Produce Refrigeration 101 and Presentation on Four Season's Ammonia/Glycol Hybrid System

January 12 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Research Promotion Night

The Role of Mechanical Designers in the Building Information Modeling Process (BIM) by John I. Messner, Ph.D., PSU

February 9

Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

The Latest in Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS) by ASHRAE Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Stanley Mumma, PhD

March 9

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Membership Promotion Night

Hydronic Balancing in a Variable System by Bill England, FDI Hydronic Training Manager

April 14

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Student Activities Night

Student Presentations

April 21 - 1:00-4:00 PM
ASHRAE Webcast
Ground Source Heat Pump Systems – Putting the Earth to Work for You
May Family Night - Local Baseball
July Annual Golf Event



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. Craig Campbell -- JCI
  • Mr Gregory P Fink -- PSU
Have information to share? New hires, promotions, retirements, etc.
Put it in the Pennant!
Society News

  • ASHRAE IAQ Conference to Focus on Creating Healthier, Infection-Free Environments
    October 26, 2010
    ATLANTA – The 2003 SARS episode, the H1N1 pandemic and avian flu have transformed the built environment landscape, raising not only significant public health concerns but also economic implications on a global scale. Recognizing the challenge of controlling the spread of infection, ASHRAE hold its IAQ 2010 Conference series in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov. 10-12, 2010 ...
  • Standard 90.1-2007 Available as Free Download
    October 25, 2010
    ATLANTA –In order to move the industry forward toward more energy efficient design, ASHRAE is making it easier than ever before to access its flagship energy standard, 90.1, available as a free download for a limited time ...
  • ASHRAE Publishes 2010 Editions of Refrigerant Safety Standards
    October 14, 2010
    ATLANTA – The 2010 editions of ASHRAE’s major refrigerants-related standards have been published as a package with 14 new refrigerant blends added ...
  • Take the Leap: Earn Your BEAP from ASHRAE
    October 7, 2010
    ATLANTA – With the growing emphasis on energy consumption reduction and cost savings, there is a recognized need for credible information to help in the assessment and modeling of energy use in buildings ...
Public Review Draft Standards

45-Day Public Review Period from October 1, 2010 to November 15, 2010

  • BSR/ASHRAE Standard 188P, Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems (First Public Review Draft)

45-Day Public Review Period from October 15, 2010 to November 29, 2010

Invitation to Region III Dinner -- Winter ASHRAE Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada

September 28, 2010

Dear Region III Members:

I have the pleasure of inviting you to attend the Region III Winter Meeting Dinner. It will be held on Monday, January 31, 2011 at Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas, 4510 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89169. (702) 740-7888.

You are cordially invited to join other members from Region III for an evening of delicious food, drinks and fellowship.

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas is just a few blocks from the Las Vegas Hilton. We will meet in the hotel lobby for a short cab ride to the restaurant. continued...