Central PA ASHRAE Newsletter September 2011
Board and Committee Chairs
President's Message
In This Issue

Dear Members,

We are just about to begin the 2011-12 ASHRAE season what a great time of year! We had a hugely successful 2010-11, with meeting attendance averaging 41 -- way up from previous years! Clearly we have a vibrant chapter. At our meetings, you will see our members sharing experiences, growing friendships and improving skills that make them more effective in their professional lives.

Thanks to those who attended the annual CRC regional meeting in Scranton. The Central PA Chapter and our 2010-11 President Mark Graybill were honored as a leading, "High Honor Roll" chapter. Individual recognition went out to Bob Miller for exceeding our Research Promotion goal by bringing in $13,863 and to Alyssa Adams for excellence in Student Activities. Mark Tome was honored with the Chapter Service Award. Congratulations!

Also thanks for all those sponsors and participants of the July Golf Outing at Armitage Golf Course. We had 90 golfers, and despite the crazy heat, we had some great fun!

ASHRAE has added many educational topics on their e-learning site: and also check out the free downloads of the new Advanced Energy Design Guides:

We have a very exciting schedule of events for the year see below. Our first topic is particularly interesting. The Department of Energy has launched three Energy Innovation Hubs across the nation focusing on 1) Fuels from Sunlight, 2) Nuclear Energy and 3) Energy Efficient Buildings. FreihautLabWe will learn from Dr. James Freihaut, Director of the DOE Energy Innovation Hub, about the HANDS-ON accomplishments and on-going work of the Energy Efficient Buildings segment of this high-profile effort.

This year's goals are to make sure we 1) have engaging meeting topics, 2) provide valuable industry information and news for our members, 3) provide members a venue for camaraderie and discussion, and 4) that we continue our important traditions of supporting industry research and increasing student involvement.

SEE YOU at our first meeting, Sept 15th, 5pm at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg!

Andrew Odell

Employment Opportunities

McClure Company
Mechanical Engineer

McClure Company, a PPL Energy Services Company and the region's largest mechanical contractor, is seeking a mechanical engineer to support growth in the energy & engineered services business.

Position Description: The daily activities of the position will include any combination of the following:

  • Conduct field surveys to assess existing conditions, customer needs and begin problem analysis.
  • Perform design calculations using sound engineering practices and experience.
  • Prepare equipment or material specifications for purchasing.
  • Interpret submittals, architectural, structural, piping/plumbing and mechanical drawings.
  • Design and layout of HVAC, Plumbing/Piping systems on commercial, institutional, pharmaceutical and healthcare projects using AutoCAD Software.
  • Work with internal resources to estimate project cost.
  • Communicate directly with field construction personnel, customers and equipment vendors.
  • Coordinate project execution with construction management, field personnel and subcontractors.

Applicant Requirements and Skills:

  • Experience in commercial HVAC and plumbing design using AutoCAD version 2005 (Building Systems or MEP experience a plus).
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with the A-E design process as well as a general knowledge of the construction process.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and MS Project.
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or related technical degree.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience required (PE License a plus).

McClure Company provides a full benefit package, including medical, prescription, vision and dental for all employees and their dependents at no cost, as well as a 401k/profit sharing plan.

Please forward resume and cover letter to:

Human Resources Coordinator, McClure Company
PO Box 1579
Harrisburg, PA 17105-1579
Or e-mail to:

Company website:, No phone calls please.

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

Thursday, September 15th, 2011 @ Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA 17101 add to calendar

5:00-6:00 Social Hour
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:00 Presentation, Transforming the Building Industry: DOE Innovation Hub for Energy Efficient Buildings

Transforming the Building Industry: DOE Innovation Hub for Energy Efficient Buildings
Jim Freihaut, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Architectural Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA. 16802

U.S. building systems operations account for approximately 40% of all annual primary energy use by the national economy and 70% of all electrical power generated. The principal primary energy source of U.S. regional electric power generation networks is fossil fuel, with coal accounting for over half of the fuel utilized in electric power generation. Consequently, relative to the transportation and industrial manufacturing sectors, the building sector accounts for a disproportionately large fraction of U.S. greenhouse gases and other airborne pollutants. In relation to manufacturing and transportation sectors, in the last several decades there has been little reduction in the specific fuel consumption indices associated with buildings operations. Minimizing non-renewable fossil fuel utilization while improving building indoor environment performance metrics are the key sustainable characteristics a new or building retrofit design should realize. It follows that minimizing use of grid generated electricity in building operation is essential for sustainability improvements. Given the rate of building stock turnover, efficient retrofit technologies must be a key focus of the building sector if it is to realize significant energy and emission reductions are to be realized in the next several decades.

Factors are discussed that have contributed to the stagnant performance of building systems: the fragmented nature of the building development industry; the diverse nature of technology utilized in building systems; the serial design-build -handoff process; difficulties in establishing either data-based enforceable energy efficiency regulations or incentive programs for improving the existing building stock. The building sector development and delivery process is considerably more complex than the vertically driven manufacturing and transportation product sector industries. Innovations in building design and technologies, business models and value propositions, public policy and public awareness must be made for any significant reductions in building energy efficiency can be realized. Radical advances in building performance will ultimately depend on incentivized development of technical advances in materials, components, subsystems and integrated, dynamic controls. An overview of the recently awarded DOE grant to the Department of Architectural Engineering of Penn State University to "transform the building industry" into a systems provider of efficient buildings will be discussed. The program is a 5year project operated in the Philadelphia Navy Yard and consists of a collaborative effort by a combination of 22 industrial and university members and over 90 partners.


JAMES D. FREIHAUT is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He serves as Director of DOE Mid Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center, the Ben Franklin Center for High Performance Building Systems Research and Technical Director of the DOE Energy Innovation Regional Center for Energy Efficient Buildings at the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Prior to joining Penn State University, Jim worked for 22 Years at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) of United Technologies Corporation. His research and management activities at UTRC included research in low emission coal, natural gas, jet fuel combustion; photo-catalytic oxidation indoor air quality control systems; high effectiveness factors energy recovery ventilation designs; manufacturing site remediation technology; physics based modeling of combustion for low emissions combustion systems; indoor air quality control technology for building and aircraft systems; and high performance building system design.

Jim's current research interests include energy efficient commercial building designs, combined heat and power system design implementation; dispersion properties of viable and non-viable indoor particulates with specific activities in the UVGI deactivation of viable aerosols in ducted systems; surface-to-air aersolization of allergen containing particles; inhalation exposure pathways leading to allergic sensitization and asthma disease development; low allergen, low energy residential building designs.

Jim received his Philosophy/Chemistry Bachelors degree from Christian Brothers College (1966). He earned his masters at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1972) in Nat. Sci./Physical Chemistry. Jim achieved his Ph.D. in Fuel Science from the Pennsylvania State University (1980).

Online or or 717.232.9743 ask for Alyssa Adams
Deadline: Tuesday September 13th, 2011

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.

2011-2012 Schedule

Date & Location Event
September 15 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Transforming the Building Industry: DOE Innovation Hub for Energy Efficient Buildings by Jim Freihaut, PhD, Penn State University

October 12 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Past Presidents/History Night

Todd Giddings, PHD
Hybrid Geothermal/Water Source Applications

November Professional Development Seminar


November 9 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Membership Promotion Night
ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Jullian DeBullet

presenting Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems with a look at multiple outdoor inverter driven compressors serving numerous indoor units.

December 14 - 3:00-5:00 Tour and 5:00pm-8:00pm Presentation

Presentation @ Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Biomass Boiler Manufacturing presentation by Paul Lewandoski, AFS and Bloomsburg University Case Study by Nathaniel Greene, Professor at Bloomsburg University

January 11 - TBD
York, PA

GEA Flatplate Manufacturing Tour

February 8- 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Research Promotion Night
ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Dru Crawley

presenting Advanced Energy Design Guides and Future Trends in Buildings and Energy Simulation

March Professional Development Seminar
March 14 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Refrigeration Night ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Tom Werkema

presenting International Fora, Domestic Implementation, Politics and Science with a possible ABC Brewery Tour with focus on refrigeration storage

April 11 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Student Activities Night

Student Presentations

April 19 - 1:00-4:00 pm
ASHRAE Webcast
Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems
Panel: Tim McGinn, Stanley Mumma, John Murphy
May Family Night - TBD
July Annual Golf Event
August 10-11th



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Member News

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

  • Mr Andrew Strausner
  • Mr Joshua Browm
  • Mr Richard Munkittrick
  • Mr Zachary Hawk
  • Mr David Wolf
  • Mr Daniel Izer
  • Mr Christopher Kelly
  • Mr Ken Wood
  • Mr Parker Keller
  • Mr Matthew Rooke
  • Mr Mark Stevens
  • Mr Michael Kiner
  • Mr Rajesh Dixit
  • Mr Ronan Sarsfield
  • Mr Brendon Burley
  • Mr John Panico
  • Mr Thomas Wise

jciThe Central Pennsylvania ASHRAE Chapter would like to thank Johnson Controls for becoming the newest ASHRAE Research Platinum Circle Donor. We greatly appreciate their support of ASHRAE Research and our local chapter.

Congratulations to Kayla Gavin, Adam Barnardo, and Daniel Wiggans of the PSU University Park Student Branch. Their entry into the 2011 ASHRAE Student Design Project Competition was selected as the third place winner in the HVAC System Selection Category.

ASME Susquehanna Section is offering a PE Exam review course. Classes are on Tuesdays, from November 8, 2011 to March 20, 2012 (18 sessions), 6:30 to 10:30 PM Sign-up Deadline: November 1, 2011. Register early, since class space is limited! Location: Johnson Controls - York Campus, 631 South Richland Avenue, York, PA 17403 Fee: $550 (includes 600+page theory and problem notebook and instructional materials) More information is available in the Course Overview or at the section's home page.

The Johnstown chapter has extended an invitation to their Shooting Clays event which benefits ASHRAE Research. If you are interested in attending please see the invite from more details.

FirstEnergy Utilities' Residential HVAC Program Update
Pennsylvania residential customers of Met-Ed, Penelec and Penn Power (FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania utilities) are now eligible for increased rebates of $60 for a standard HVAC tune-up and $75 for a tune-up with an ECM fan replacement. Be sure to mention the change in rebate amounts to your customers this cooling season! For more information, please visit or call 1-866-498-1409.

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

Region & Society News

Region III

The Region III 2011 Chapters' Regional Conference (CRC) was held on August 12-13 at the historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton, PA. It is an annual meeting of the 12 chapters within our region with the purpose of reviewing the past year, learning from other chapters' experiences, training new officers, handling regional ASHRAE business, and recognizing outstanding members and chapters. Those who attended the welcome reception had a chance to explore the Steamtown National Historic Site and the machinery used to build and repair steam locomotives.

Our chapter received a number of awards at the awards luncheon on Saturday. In a friendly points competition between chapters called PAOE (Presidential Award of Excellence), our chapter ranked second highest among the chapters. Alyssa Adams received the "Flicker of Light Award" for her Student Activities work. Mark Tome received the Chapter Service Award for his dedication to our chapter over the years.

Region III Dinner at ASHRAE Winter Meeting

Looking ahead to the ASHRAE Winter Meeting, a dinner for Region III members has been organized for Monday, January 23, 2012 at The Rock Bottom Brewerey, 1 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. If you are interested in attending, return the form by January 16, 2012.

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