Central PA ASHRAE Newsletter January 2012
Board and Committee Chairs
President's Message
In This Issue

Dear Members,

Happy New Year! I hope this year brings you many blessings in your lives, with your families, and at work.

We had a unique meeting in December, touring AFS Energy Systems and hearing about bio mass systems from Dr. Ned Greene from Bloomsburg University and Mr. Paul Lewandowski of AFS. I’m impressed by the community aspect of this type of application. When a facility, like Bloomsburg or Donnelly Printing, installs a bio mass system, they are often very willing to help others make similar decisions. Unique, cutting edge technologies often spur on this type of information sharing. Companies are excited to share their successes with others. ASHRAE brings together people and gives a forum for this type of discussion. Dr. Greene was happy to share that his bio mass/gas hybrid boiler system has saved $186,000 per year in energy costs – projecting about a 10-year payback. He pointed out other benefits as well - including less maintenance and fewer emissions. He pointed out his willingness to share more details to those considering such a system. I love how ASHRAE facilitates a forum for this type of shared discussion.

I’ve mentioned before that our chapter hopes to increase our outreach to students – helping them understand the important role of the HVAC engineer. We’ve become involved with the Future Cities Jan 21st event at the State Museum in Harrisburg. Middle school kids form the area come together to design the best “future city,” complete with models, essays and presentations. We need judges for this event. This is great way to get involved with students and help out with a great activity. Perhaps you’d like to bring other kids to see this and learn from it! Please let me know right away if you’re interested.

I’m excited about our January 11th meeting – tour and presentations at GEA-Flat Plate in York. We’ll see a state-of-art heat exchanger manufacturing operation, and also learn about heat exchanger selection, as well as unique applications for various heat exchangers. We’ll be starting at 4pm, and will have dinner and presentations on site. Look forward to seeing you there!

Andrew Odell

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

Wednesday, January 11th, 2011 @ GEA Heat Exchangers, 100 GEA Drive, York, PA 17406

4:00-5:00 Tour GEA Heat Exchangers manufacturing facility
5:00-5:50 Presentation - Specifying Heat Exchanger Performance in a Free Cooling Application
5:50-6:10 Dinner, 50/50 and Announcements
6:10-7:00 Presentation - Cooling Tower Bypass Loops for Maximum Cost Effectiveness"

PDH Certificates are Available for this Presentation

Join us for an exciting tour of a cutting edge heat exchanger plant! Jon Paulos of GEA (manufacturer of heat exchangers), will discuss Heat exchanger basics – including when to use which type of heat exchanger. He’ll also cover using Cooling tower bypass loops for maximum cost effectiveness. In designing free cooling systems, buildings sometimes have “more cooling” than they need, and running it all through the heat exchanger can needlessly drive up first and second costs. In this presentation they will discuss exactly what happens in this situation, and talk about a possible solution. We’ll also hear about specifying heat exchanger performance in a free cooling application. There is a generally accepted practice in specifying performance of the heat exchanger used as a cooling tower isolator. But is it the best practice? In light of the nationwide call to all ASHRAE members to improve building energy efficiency, they’ll present a design alternative to consider.

Online or or 717.232.9743 ask for Alyssa Adams
Deadline: Monday January 9th, 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
January 11 - 4:00pm-7:00pm
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

February 9th – Location TBD Professional Development Seminar
ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Dru Crawley

Getting from AEDG's 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

March 16

Giant's Center

Family Night

Save the date for a fun and relaxing evening cheering on the Hershey Bears. Details to follow.

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
July 22nd Annual Golf Event
August 10-11th



Member News

New to ASHRAE membership:

  • Jinghao Liu, PhD
  • Duane Breneman
  • Brian Seip
  • Mark Tice

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

Professional Development Seminar

Getting from AEDGs to Zero-Energy Buildings


Location: Holiday Inn East
4751 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Join us for a presentation by ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer --

Director, Building Performance Products Bentley Systems, Inc.

Dr. Crawley leads the team responsible for developing a new generation of building performance software for energy and sustainability at Bentley Systems, including AECOsim Energy Simulator, AECOsim Compliance Manager, Open Mechanical, Hevacomp Simulator, Hevacomp Mechanical Designer, and Bentley Tas. AECOsim Energy Simulator is a BIM-based, full featured interface for the U. S. Department of Energy’s flagship EnergyPlus building simulation program. AECOsim Compliance Manager eases the documentation and submission of all the data required for LEED.

With more than 30 years of experience in building’s energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability, he has worked in government research and standards development organizations, as well as building software, design and consulting companies. A registered architect, he also has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering on the topic of building simulation as a policy tool from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

He is active in ASHRAE (Chair of Standard 169 Weather Data for Building Design Standards, member of SSPC 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, member of SSPC 140 Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs, member of the Technical Activities Committee, former member of the Research Administration Committee, and former chair of TCs 2.8, 4.2, 4.7, and 7.1). He was made an ASHRAE Fellow in 2009, received an ASHRAE Distinguished Service award in 2003 and a 1999 Symposium Best Paper Award for “Which Weather Data Should You Use for Energy Simulations of Commercial Buildings?”

He is also active in AIA, IBPSA, USGBC (former member of the Research Committee and the Energy & Atmosphere TAG), and serves on the editorial boards of three international Journals. He has written more than 100 papers and articles and made more than 300 presentations on energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy topics throughout the world.

Getting from AEDGs to Zero-Energy Buildings

Buildings account for nearly 40% of U.S. energy use. ASHRAE, IESNA, USGBC, AIA, and DOE have collaborated on a series of Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs) for at least 30% energy savings beyond Standard 90.1-1999. The guides provide prescriptive packages for each climate zone to reach the 30% energy savings. The AEDGs are accepted for points toward LEED-NC certification (instead of simulation). Recent studies have shown that it is possible today to achieve a zero-energy building but they are costly. This presentation provides an overview of the AEDG process as well as examples of packages and case studies from each guide. Also presented are examples of today's zero-energy buildings and a number of activities to aggressively move buildings to substantial energy savings over the next few years.


Online or (please include name, company and telephone number).
Deadline: Monday February 6th, 2012. This seminar will fill up quickly so register early!

Cost: $40.00, which includes continental breakfast.

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

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance documenting 4.0 Professional Development Hours.

Seminar Schedule:

07:45 – 08:30 am Registration, continental breakfast
08:30 – 10:30 am Seminar
10:15 – 10:30 am Coffee/Soda Break
10:30 – 12:30 pm Seminar

2012 ASHRAE Webcast


Sponsored by:


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Hear leading experts discuss the role of Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems in the overall HVAC system and describe various DOAS equipment configurations, characteristics, and applications.  This webcast will identify common design and operational pitfalls, and cover challenges unique to DOAS.

This free webcast is brought to you by the Chapter Technology Transfer Committee and sponsored by Valent Air Management Systems, Rotor Source, Inc., Engineered Air, and Heat Pipe Technology.

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.


The Regionaire, a semi-annual newsletter from the officers of Region III, has been published, and is available at this link.