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

Dear Members,

Our October meeting was a very special one. We were honored to have Mrs. Pam Ruth and her two sons with us to honor the life and accomplishments of Frank Ruth. ASHRAE Members, including ten former Presidents, had some moving and inspirational stories to share about their time with Frank. He inspired us to give back to others, both within ASHRAE and in other areas of our lives. He was committed to ensuring that other ASHRAE members had valuable and memorable experiences, and that ASHRAE was doing its best to reach out to others in the community. We remember and honor him for that.

Thanks to Todd Giddings for a very interesting presentation at our meeting. Todd gave us some interesting ideas on how to simplify geothermal heat pump system design with boreholes for each classroom and individual room heat pumps with built-in ERVs. He also discussed drilling techniques and the differences between using PEX and HDPE pipe. With growing interest in geothermal systems, his insight into creative solutions was a quite popular topic of conversation.

Our November 9th meeting will be led by one of the most popular ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturers: Jullian DeBullet. Jullian will speak on variable refrigerant flow systems (VRF), including new applications with ducted indoor fan coils and water cooled applications. He’ll also compare energy savings between VRF and other, more conventional systems.

Also don’t forget about our Professional Development Seminar, Building Commissioning: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, on November 18th 8:00-12:30 at Trane, 3909 TecPort Drive in Harrisburg. We’re trying a unique format for this event: a panel discussion with an Owner, and Architect and an Engineer – all giving their thoughts and experience on their roles. Should be lively and also a great way to earn PDHs!

Finally, I’d like to make an appeal to all ASHRAE Technical Committee Members: please contact me! We’d like to keep track of your efforts and also invite you to share with the Chapter some of the things you’ve worked on. We plan on carving out a few minutes of our future meeting for TC updates.

Keep having a great month – and see you at the PDS and at the November meeting!

Andrew Odell

Employment Opportunities

Carel USA

Carel USA has an immediate full-time opening for an Application Specialist - Innovative Technologies

The candidate will provide application support for energy-efficient control systems that are promoted in the HVAC, Commercial Refrigeration and Retail markets by performing the following key duties:

  • Provides insight and support on thermodynamics and compressor envelope management to the sales force and customers.
  • Coaches the sales force with technical know-how and expertise on refrigeration circuit and components.
  • Assists in formulating product marketing strategies and objectives.
  • Acts as a liaison with the overseas R&D group to create a domestic competence center for cross-market products.
  • Creates technical papers and case studies.
  • Engages in comparative research of competitive types of technologies, inclusive of hands-on product tests.
  • Assists customers in applying company’s technologies.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, the candidate must have a thorough understanding of refrigeration systems.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or similar technical degree with HVAC/R experience; any laboratory work is a plus. Computer literacy required.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: The candidate must be fluent in English.

REASONING ABILITY: High degree of technical aptitude.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: HVAC/R, or ASHRAE certifications / registrations a plus.

TRAVEL: 30% travel ability outside the local area.

Fax, email or mail your resume with salary history and cover letter in confidence to: Please reference job title. CAREL USA is an EOE.

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 - Donor Recognition & Membership Promotion Night

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 @ Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA 17101

PDH Certificates are Available for this Presentation

5:00-6:00 Social Hour
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:00 Presentation: Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems

ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer
Julian R. de Bullet
Director of Industry Relations
Diakin/McQuay International

The seminar will discuss the concept of multiple outdoor inverter driven compressors serving numerous indoor units while varying the refrigerant flow to meet individual zone requirements. The concept has been successfully applied for more than 20 years in Europe and Asia and is rapidly gaining acceptance in North America. A typical VRF system uses ductless indoor units, but new applications can apply ducted indoor fan coils and even water cooled applications. A comparison will be made between simple chilled water systems and VRF hybrid applications. Finally, energy savings will be compared to more conventional systems.


Julian R. de Bullet has over 40 years experience in the HVAC industry. His career has concentrated on the applied use of Chilled Water and All-Air systems as a manager of applied equipment sales and as a manager of a service/performance contracting operation.

He is the Director of Industry Relations for Daikin/McQuay International, based in Washington D.C. He is responsible for assisting McQuay customers and McQuay sales representatives in energy efficient HVAC&R system design and specification. He is a member of numerous industry associations concentrating on energy efficiency and responsible refrigerant use. He is a Board member of the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy (ARAP), a member of the AHRI Government Affairs Committee, International Committee, Education Committee and the Chiller Engineering Sub-Committee. He represents McQuay International at both the Montreal Protocol and Climate Change proceedings as an NGO participant.

As ASHRAE Vice President (2001/2003), he served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee and was Chair of Member Council and Publishing Council. He is Past President of the National Capital Chapter and was Director and Regional Chair for ASHRAE Region III. He is an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer with over 250 Seminars delivered around the world with topics including “Responsible Refrigerant Use”, “Sustainable HVAC Systems”, “Variable Primary Flow System designs” and “90.1 and LEED”. He is a member of ASHRAE TC 8.2 Centrifugal Chillers and has co-authored numerous ASHRAE Handbook chapters. He chaired the Professional Development Committee, (Responsible for the ASHRAE Educational programs), was a voting member of the Publications and Education Council and the Society Advocacy Committee. He has co-authored ASHRAE Position Documents on Energy Efficiency, Natural Refrigerants and Ozone Depletion. He is a Life Member and holds the Exceptional Service Award

He presently serves on both the Honors and Awards Committee and the Nominating Committee.

He is a Graduate of the London University system in England, where he obtained an Electrical Engineering degree and a Diploma in Marketing.

Online or or 717.232.9743 ask for Alyssa Adams
Deadline: Monday November 7th, 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 9 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Donor Recognition & 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.

November 18 -

Harrisburg Trane
3903 TecPort Drive
Harrisburg 17111

Professional Development Seminar

the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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

Feburary 9th Professional Development Seminar
ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Dru Crawley

Getting from AEDGs to Zero-Energy Buildings.

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



Professional Development Seminar

the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


Location: The Trane Company
3909 TecPort Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Join us for a focused panel discussion on the benefits of building commissioning, with case studies relating both good and not-so-good jobs.

Led by Daniel J. Acri, TBE, CxA
Flood & Sterling, Inc.

Panel members:
Frank DeHaut -- President of QA+, Building Performance Consultants, Mechanicsburg, PA
Jim Magee -- President of Facility Commissioning Group, Lexington, KY
Doug Grubb -- Director of Facilities, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA

The Commissioning (Cx) process is a “quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying, and documenting that the performance of facilities, systems, and assemblies meet defined objectives and criteria.” (ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005 The Commissioning Process)

The panel will discuss issues related to:

  • Why is Cx necessary? Isn't the Contractor responsible to ensure that equipment and systems are installed and operating as intended?
  • What is the cost/benefit ratio for Cx? Why should the owner pay more for what he expected to get in the first place?
  • What are the steps in the Cx process?
  • Who should hire the Cx agent? The Contractor? The Owner?
  • What is the value of design phase Cx? Isn't the Design Professional responsible for that?
  • Is the Cx Agent responsible to verify that all open issues have been resolved?
  • What is required for contract documents?
  • How do we get all parties to "buy in"?
  • How does the contractor "cover" his costs in a bid?
  • At what part of the process does the Cx Agent become part of the team?


Online or (please include name, company and telephone number).
Deadline: Friday November 11th, 2011. This seminar will fill up quickly so register early!

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

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

Seminar Schedule:

07:45 – 08:30 am Registration, continental breakfast
08:30 – 10:30 am Seminar
10:30 – 10:45 am Coffee/Soda Break
10:45 – 12:30 pm Seminar

Member News

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Mark Lloyd of Harrisburg Trane and formerly with JCI/York. We do not have further information at this time, but will include any information when we re-send the Pennant throughout the week.

Donor Recognition

We would like to recognize those who have contributed towards ASHRAE Research during the 2010-2011 ASHRAE Research Campaign. We will be presenting coins to the Silver and Bronze donors and certificates to the other Major Donors and Honor Roll Donors at the November meeting.

2010-2011 ASHRAE Research Campaign

$13,963 raised for ASHRAE Research by the Central PA Chapter in 2010-2011

Major Donors - Silver ($1000 - $2499)

  • McClure Company

Major Donors - Bronze ($500 - $999)

  • H.C. Nye Company
  • George A. Keller

Major Donors ($250 - $499)

  • Air Management Technologies, Inc.
  • Dr. Kenneth W. Cooper
  • William F. McQuade, PE, LEED AP

Honor Roll Donors ($100* - $249) *$150 for businesses

  • Alyssa A. Adams
  • Michael L. Bahn
  • Dr. William P. Bahnfleth, PhD, PE
  • Seth Bilger
  • Thomas F. Brown, Jr.
  • Carlisle Syntec Systems
  • Centerpoint Engineering Inc.
  • Bengt A. Dalemar
  • John T. Dawson, Jr.
  • Enginuity, LLC
  • Mark M. Graybill, PE
  • H&H Sales Associates Inc.
  • Kenneth E. Hickman
  • Kenneth Hutchison
  • HVAC Distributors
  • JDB Engineering Inc.
  • Vasant H Jethwa
  • Keller Equipment Sales Inc.
  • Leach Wallace Associates Inc.
  • Thomas M. Long, PE
  • Robert E. Miller, Jr.
  • NRG Controls
  • Andrew Odell
  • Nathan L. Potteiger
  • Mark A. Tome, PE
  • Trane
  • Daniel E. Wyrick

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

From the previous meeting

Our October meeting was a very special one. We were honored to have Mrs. Pam Ruth and her two sons with us to honor the life and accomplishments of Frank Ruth. ASHRAE Members, including ten former Presidents, had some moving and inspirational stories to share about their time with Frank. He inspired us to give back to others, both within ASHRAE and in other areas of our lives. He was committed to ensuring that other ASHRAE members had valuable and memorable experiences, and that ASHRAE was doing its best to reach out to others in the community. We remember and honor him for that.

Mrs. Ruth is pictured above right with Chapter President Andrew Odell

Ten chapter past-presidents attended the annual Past President's Night. Pictured from left to right are: Robert Miller, Mark Graybill, Dan Wyrick, Gil Freedmen, Tomas Long, Tom McKay, Carl Courtney, Mark Tome, Fred Craft and Todd Postlethwait.

Past Pres

Region & Society News

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.

Society Press Releases

  • ASHRAE Presidential Member Bellenger Remembered
    Oct. 20, 2011
    ATLANTA— Immediate past ASHRAE President Lynn G. Bellenger, who served as the first woman president in the Society’s 116 year history, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19. She was president for the 2010-11 Society year, with her term ending in June 2011
  • New Guidance Released to Help Schools Earn Top Marks in Energy Efficiency
    Oct. 13, 2011
    ATLANTA—Inefficient lighting, uncontrolled plug loads and poorly insulated roofs are just few of the factors that can contribute to a failing grade in energy consumption for K-12 school buildings.
    Fortunately, guidance is available to help design teams constructing K-12 school buildings cut annual energy use by 50 percent or more using off-the-shelf technology.
  • ASHRAE Introduces New Liquid Cooled Datacom Environmental Classes
    Sept. 27, 2011
    ATLANTA – A new whitepaper that serves as the first vendor neutral thermal guideline for liquid cooled data processing environments is available for free download from ASHRAE.
  • ASHRAE is Supporting Sponsor of Solar Decathlon 2011
    Sept. 23, 2011
    ATLANTA—ASHRAE is proud to once again shine a light on the key role solar energy will play in the development of net-zero energy buildings as a supporting sponsor of the Solar Decathlon 2011.
  • Alternative to ASHRAE Standard 62.1 Ventilation Rate Procedure Proposed
    Sept. 23, 2011
    ATLANTA – Public comment is being sought on the proposed allowance of an additional default value to the ventilation rate procedure in ASHRAE’s indoor air quality standard.
  • ASHRAE, AHR Expo Return to Chicago for 2012 Winter Conference
    Sept. 20, 2011
    ATLANTA—Registration is open for ASHRAE’s 2012 Winter Conference in Chicago where attendees have the chance to discuss and examine the latest topics in the building industry, such as high performing buildings and integrated design, as well as participate in technical tours; attend ASHRAE Learning Institute courses; earn professional credits; and obtain ASHRAE certifications.

Invitation from CREEDA


Secretary WalkerPA Government Perspectives for CHP

  • Secretary Alan Walker
    PA Department of Community & Economic Development

  • Jim Cawley
    Pennsylvania Lieutenant
    Governor (invited)

PA Business Perspectives for CHP

  • Alex Fried
    Procter & Gamble

Advantages of CHP & Keys to Successful Deployment

  • US DOE Mid-Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center

Panel Discussion: Future Steps Needed to Foster CHP Growth in Pennsylvania

  • Panelists / Attendees

CHP Case Studies

  • Registration: 7:30 - 8:30 AM

  • Conference: 8:30 - 3:00 PM

  • Breakfast / Lunch Provided


Best Western Premier
Hotel and Conference Center

800 E. Park Drive
Harrisburg, PA




Who Will Attend

Industrial, Commercial, Institutional & Governmental Facilities

  • Executives & Energy Managers from Large & Mid-Sized Energy Users

Government Policy Makers

  • Legislators, Energy Policy Makers & Economic Development Executives

Key CHP Suppliers

  • Utilities, Developers, Design Firms, Contractors, Equipment Suppliers, O&M