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

Dear Members,

After an overwhelming vote, our next meeting will be held at Holiday Inn in Harrisburg on December 19th. The Holiday Inn venue is an excellent space with ample seating and improved acoustics. This location change was due to rising budget concerns at Appalachian Brewery and space limitations at Gilligan’s Bar and Grille. If you haven’t been to this venue last meeting, I encourage you to attend this meeting to share your thoughts on the space. Thank you to President Elect Dave Bender for researching local meeting locations and making recommendations to our chapter.

Last month, Dr. William Bahnfleth, current ASHRAE Society President Elect, gave an introduction to ASHRAE’s new Building Energy Labeling program ‘Building Energy Quotient’. The next day, Ke Xu, a PhD student from Penn State, presented a professional development seminar on the topic, going in depth on program implementation and strategies. If you weren’t able to attend or you would like to learn more, visit the Building Energy Quotient website or refer to Ke’s presentation on our chapter website, left hand side under ‘Downloads’.

For a second year in a row, our next chapter meeting will be held jointly with USGBC Central PA chapter. This is an excellent opportunity for our members to collaborate on our joint mission to provide a sustainable building environment. Our first speaker, Marcus Sheffer, a LEED Fellow, will be giving an introduction to the Living Building Challenge. John (Jack) Gornik will give an application based presentation on ‘Controlling Today's Chilled Water Plant’, continuing the theme of sustainability through energy use reduction. Please join us for what we predict will be a highly attended and interesting joint meeting.

Merry Christmas to you and your families!

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

Membership Promotion Night

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 @ Holiday Inn, Harriburg East

4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111

Certificates for 1.5 professional development hours will be available for attendees.

3:30-5:00 Board Meeting
5:00-5:30 Cocktail Time
5:30-6:00 Dinner and Announcements
6:00-7:00 Controlling Today's Chilled Water Plant
7:00-8:00 Introduction to the Living Building Challenge

bottle-left During Cocktail Time and Dinner, the
Chapter will be picking up the tab for drinks.

Controlling Today's Chilled Water Plant by Jack Gornik

The accessibility of Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) for virtually all motor applications in the HVAC realm can be a game-changer in the hunt for energy savings. It can also be a confusing morass of seemingly conflicting objectives and results. "If I slow down the condenser pumps (to save pump horsepower) my chiller consumption rises as does the leaving condenser water temperature and therefore my tower fan consumption, I think." This presentation will analyze the application of VFDs on the pumping, tower and chiller elements in common Chiller Plant design and operation, and provide insight into the most effective and fool-proof ways to realize the available efficiency gains without resorting to quantum-mechanical calculations or voodoo.

John (Jack) Gornik has been deeply involved in temperature controls and energy management since 1977 AD. Experience at Robertshaw Controls, Landis & Gyr, York and Trane (as well as an ill-considered five year venture into the humbling world of Mechanical Contracting) has provided not only experience in controls, but a good understanding of the HVAC equipment world, and most importantly how the two can meld together into coherent systems. Jack spends most of his work-hours analyzing existing building systems and providing solutions to building owners and operators that meet their comfort or process demands at measurably lower operating costs. His single hobby is paying for his daughter's education. He is currently the Controls Team Leader for Trane, Maryland-PA District.

Introduction to the Living Building Challenge by Marcus Sheffer

Presentation will provide a better understanding of the basic philosophy of the living building challenge by focusing on the key components of the program as well as rationale for restorative design principles in building design and construction. He will also speak to current projects and ways to identify and locate the resources provided by the International Living Future Institute for deeper engagement.

Marcus Sheffer is President of Energy Opportunities, a partner in 7group, a LEED Fellow and a Living Building Challenge Ambassador. He has over 30 years experience in energy efficiency, conservation, renewable energy systems, and the environmental impacts of human enterprises.

Online or or 484-553-5640
Deadline: Monday Dec 17th, 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 thedeadline, you will be billed for the fun time you missed.

2012-2013 Schedule

Date & Location Event
December 19 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Holiday Inn, Harrisburg East
4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA

Membership Promotion Night

Controlling Today's Chilled Water Plant by Jack Gornik Understanding the Living Building Challegeby 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

Holiday Inn, Harrisburg East
4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA

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

Holiday Inn, Harrisburg East
4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA

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

Holiday Inn, Harrisburg East
4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA

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 12/09/2012

Member and Local News

December 19 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 Dec. 19 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:

  • Rob Thear
  • Chris Stultz
  • Alex Quercetti
  • Daniel Wiggans

Many thanks to the Past Presidents who attended the October meeting!

In addition to History Night, Past Presidents were also recognized at the October meeting. Each Past President shared a highlight from their year as President which made for some unexpected entertainment. The distinguished group is pictured below.


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.