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

Dear Members,

Past President’s night was a huge success! Ten of our chapter’s past president’s attended October’s meeting and shared some of their favorite ASHRAE stories from over the years. While many stories focused on the comical antics of Gary Debes, one underlying message seemed to be repeated over and over again: ASHRAE has enriched each past president’s life at both a professional and personal level.

What a great message and segue for November’s meeting, which will focus on Research and Membership promotion – two keys to a healthy, sustainable ASHRAE organization. Do you know any co-workers or colleagues that would benefit from being a member of ASHRAE? If so, please bring them to the next meeting. Central PA ASHRAE will provide a free dinner meeting for all new members who sign up at November’s meeting. We will also be recognizing our chapter’s research donors and share this year’s ASHRAE research fundraising goal.

Our next meeting will be held at Gilligan's Bar and Grill in Harrisburg on November 7th. Dr. William Bahnfleth, current ASHRAE Society President Elect, will be giving a presentation on Building Energy Labeling. We are proud and excited to have back our fellow chapter member who is making such a profound impact to our society as he prepares for his presidential term.

The professional development seminar, held the following morning (November 8th), will continue the building labeling discussion. Ke Xu, a PhD student from Penn State, will show how ASHRAE’s building Energy Quotient (bEQ) labeling system works and how it was applied to the Philadelphia Navy Yard office buildings. We are expecting a large crowd for both presentations, so please sign up early!


Alyssa Wingenfield, President, Central PA ASHRAE

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

Research & Membership Promotion Night

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 @ Holiday Inn, Harriburg East

4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111

3:30-5:00 Board Meeting @ Harrisburg Trane
5:00-5:45 Cocktail Time
5:45-6:30 Dinner and Announcements
6:30-7:30 The ASHRAE Building Energy Labeling Program

William P. Bahnfleth, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor and Director of the Indoor Environment Center
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA


Whether voluntary or mandatory, the rating of the energy use and indoor environmental quality of buildings is a growing trend worldwide. In 2009, ASHRAE introduced its own "Building Energy Quotient" (bEQ) labeling program for new and existing buildings and is now in the process of piloting it in a number of locations around the U.S. It is an ambitious program comprising not only the development of an energy use performance scale, but also tools and procedures for performing ratings and certification of the qualified energy modelers and building assessors needed to implement it. This presentation will provide an overview of the bEQ program, describe its relationship to other building certification programs in the US and elsewhere, identify the potential benefits of certification, and summarize the current state of implementation of the program and plans for the future.

William Bahnfleth is Professor and Director of the Indoor Environment Center in the Department of Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in University Park, PA, where he has been employed since 1994. Previously, he was a Senior Consultant for ZBA, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH and a Principal Investigator at the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, IL. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, where he also earned an undergraduate degree in music (pipe organ performance), and is a registered professional engineer.

At Penn State, Dr. Bahnfleth teaches undergraduate courses in HVAC fundamentals and controls and graduate courses in chilled water systems, hot water and steam systems, and indoor air quality. His research interests cover a wide variety of indoor environmental control topics, including chilled water pumping systems, stratified thermal energy storage, protection of building occupants from indoor bioaerosol releases, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation systems, and others. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 technical papers and 11 books and book chapters. He consults regularly on the design of chilled water thermal energy storage systems and has been involved in more than 20 projects world-wide.

Dr. Bahnfleth is member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Sigma Xi, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), and a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He has served ASHRAE in a variety of capacities, including Student Branch Advisor, Chapter Governor, TechnicalCommittee and Standing Committee Chair, and as a Director-at-Large, VicePresident and is currently Society Treasurer. He is the recipient of a 1stplace ASHRAE Technology Award, Transactions Paper Award, and DistinguishedService and Exceptional Service Awards.

Online or or 484-553-5640
Please indicate a meal preference of Chicken Parmesan or Baked HaddockDeadline: Monday Nov 5th, 2012

Chapter Members: $30.00
Non members: $40.00
Retired: $5.00
Students: Free

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

Building Energy Performance Labeling for Design and Operation

THURSDAY, November 8, 2012

Location: Courtyard by Marriott Harrisburg/Hershey
725 Eisenhower Boulevard
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Join us for a presentation by PSU PhD Candidate and Level I & II Energy Auditor

PhD Candidate Department of Architectural Engineering Pennsylvania State University

Ke Xu received his BEng from Harbin Institute of Technology in China and MSc from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) AE department. He has worked as a research assistant in the Energy System Laboratory at UNL for three years, implementing and participating in multiple Level I and II energy audits for existing commercial buildings and continuous commissioning projects before he entered Penn State.

His current research focuses on the minimum instrumentation required to capture existing building key operational features required to develop “as-operating” whole building energy models with support from the Energy Efficient Buildings (EEB)-Hub. Ke is involved in both ASHRAE – Building Energy Quotient (BEQ) Labeling Program – pilot project and DOE’s Asset Rating Tool – pilot phase project. He holds both ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) and Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certifications.

A building’s energy use is mainly determined by its inherent design, operation and local weather conditions. Unlike existing building energy benchmarking systems (ENERGY STAR® program and U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating systems) that only evaluate either building operation energy performance or design practice, the newly launched ASHRAE building Energy Quotient (bEQ) labeling system contains rating methods for both performance and design with emphasis on building energy use.

This presentation includes an overview of the bEQ rating systems using an office building located in Philadelphia Navy Yard as a case study to show step-by-step how to implement bEQ asset and operation rating to an existing building. Since this same building was also evaluated by a pilot DOE – Commercial Building Asset Rating Tool, the two asset rating methodologies will be compared and discussed. Ke will also share some of his personal experiences in preparing for the ASHRAE BEMP and BEAP exams.


Online or (please include name, company and telephone number).
Deadline: Monday November 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 - 10:15 am Seminar
10:15 - 10:30 am Coffee/Soda Break
10:30 - 12:30 pm Seminar

2012-2013 Schedule

Date & Location Event
November 7 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Holiday Inn, Harrisburg East
4751 Lindle Rd, Harrisburg

Research & Membership Promotion Night
Building Energy Labeling
Society President Elect William P. Bahnfleth, PhD, PE FASHRAE

Overview of Building Energy Labeling and Disclosure Laws

November 8 - 8:30am-12:30pm

Courtyard by Mariott Harrisburg/Hershey
725 Eisenhower RD, Harrisburg

Professional Development Seminar

Building Energy Performance Labeling for Design and Operation
Ke Xu PhD Candidate, BEMP, BEAP, EIT, LEED GA

December 19 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Gilligan's Bar & Grill
987 Eisenhower Road, Harrisburg

Membership Promotion Night

Understanding the Living Building Challege
Marcus Sheffer LEED Fellow

January 16 - 3pm Tour

5-8pm Dinner and Preso

631 S. Richland Ave, York

Tour of JCI's York Facility & Presentation on Cooling System Design and VRF Technology
February 20- 5:00pm-8:00pm

Gilligan's Bar & Grill
987 Eisenhower Road, Harrisburg

Research Promotion Night
Hydronic Balancing: Differential Pressure Variation
Hooman Daneshmand, PE
TA Hydronics Trainer

Theory and practical application of hydronic systems design and balancing.
March 20 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Gilligan's Bar & Grill
987 Eisenhower Road, Harrisburg

April 17 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Gilligan's Bar & Grill
987 Eisenhower Road, Harrisburg

Student Activities Night

Student Presentations

April 18 - 1:00-4:00 pm
ASHRAE Webcast
Assessing Building Energy Performance: From Principles to Practice
Panel: Dru Crawley, Jim Kelsey, Chris Mathis
May Family Night - TBD
July 20th

Armitage Golf Course
Camp Hill, PA

Annual Golf Event
August 08-10th

Bethlehem, PA


Revised 10/28/2012

Member and Local News

November 7 is Membership Promotion Night!

ASHRAE’s work to improve the built environment would not be possible without its members. If you know a friend or colleague who you believe would be a good candidate for membership, please bring them as a guest to the Nov. 7 chapter meeting. Anyone that signs up for membership at the meeting or as a result of attending will receive attendance to a future meeting free. As an added incentive, if you bring a guest that becomes a member, you will receive a token of appreciation from the chapter.

If you have any questions regarding membership please contact Mike Conchilla at 717-648-8192 or

New to ASHRAE membership:

  • Thomas A McCune
  • David J Stickler
  • George E Thompson

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

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 by contacting Mark Tome (717) 814-8237

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

Ticket holders shall register for each program.