Central PA ASHRAE Newsletter
February 2014
2013-2014 Board President's Message
2013-2014 Committee Chairs

In This Issue

Dear Members,

Can it get any colder? Luckily our next program is indoors at the Holiday Inn, Harrisburg East. The technical session will consist of two topics. The first being LEED Credits for Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) presented by Walt Saunders, CIEC, LEED GA. Followed up by a presentation concerning Proactive HVAC Maintenance and Hygiene for IEQ by Dale Stauffer, ASCS, VSMR. It is also membership promotion night so please take some time to get out of the cold and maybe learn something new, enjoy some good food, and make some new friends in the industry.

January’s meeting was a great meeting – tour of Thermal Solutions and a presentation on Condensing Boiler Technologies. I want to thank Thermal Solutions for hosting such a great event. This is another great example of a manufacturer in our industry that has ties to the local area.

Another great event happening next month is Engineers Week which is February 16-22. Take a trip to the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg either February 15th or 16th and take a look at the engineering exhibits and demonstrations on display.

I also want to thank those who helped out with the Future Cities Competition this month. Congratulations in is order for the Warwick Middle School and their city “SD400”. In addition to partial scholarships to Harrisburg University, the students from Warwick Middle School will receive a trip to the National Finals in Washington, D.C., February 15-18, 2014 during Engineer’s Week.


David Bender, 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

Credits for Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)


Proactive HVAC Maintenance & Hygiene for IEQ

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 inviteadd to calendar


Holiday Inn, Harrisburg East

4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111

Meeting Schedule:

03:30 - 05:00 PM Board of Governors meeting (open to all members)
05:00-06:00 PM Social/Networking Hour
06:00-06:30 PM Dinner served
Chapter business/announcements
07:00-08:00 PM Technical Session

Technical Session Topic:

Part 1: LEED Credits for Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) by Walt Saunders, CIEC, LEED GA

This portion of the presentation will center on the LEED IEQ Credit 3.1 related to the Construction IEQ Management Plan During Construction and the LEED IEQ Credit 3.2 related to Construction IEQ Management Plan Prior to Occupancy, with emphasis on the advantages and disadvantages of Option 1: Flush Out, and Option 2: Air Testing.

Walt Saunders is an Indoor Environmental Professional at PROAC Corporation. Walt entered the world of indoor environmental quality after spending 25 years in the environmental industry, specializing in hazardous/residual waste processing facility permitting, operations and safety. Walt was granted the Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant credential by the American Council for Accredited Certification in July 2010 and granted the LEED GA credential by the USGBC in June 2013.

Part 2: Proactive HVAC Maintenance and Hygiene for IEQ by Dale Stauffer, ASCS, VSMR

This portion of the presentation will focus on proactive HVAC maintenance and hygiene and its role in a facilities IEQ. The talk will focus on topics such as duct cleaning, coil cleaning, reheat coils and all issues dealing with the hygiene of HVAC systems.

Dale Stauffer is a Sales Engineer at PROAC Corporation, specializing in HVAC refurbishment, indoor air quality, proactive energy maintenance programs. Dale focuses on helping customers to improve their existing HVAC equipment maintenance and energy usage as well as improving facility indoor air quality. Dale is a Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) and Ventilation System Mold Remediator (VSMR) as certified by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA).

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance documenting 1.0 Professional Development Hours.

Registration: Online or contact Mike Conchilla at 717-648-8192 or (please include name, company and telephone number).
Deadline: Friday February 7th, 2014, 4pm.

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

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

The chapter makes every effort to keep meeting fees as low as possible for our members and guests while still delivering a quality event. Anyone attending the meeting without a reservation will be assessed an additional $5.00 at the door. Also, anyone who makes a reservation and does not cancel in advance of the deadline will be assessed the full meeting fee.

2013-2014 Schedule

The Central PA Chapter 2014 program schedule is listed below. Please mark your calendars! Spring event dates and topics will be updated as the information becomes available.

Date & Location Event
February 12- 5:00pm-8:00pm

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

Membership Promotion Night
LEED Credits for Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and Proactive HVAC Maintenance and Hygiene for IEQ
March 12 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

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

Research Promotion Night
Liability for Consultants and Engineers (TENTATIVE)
April 16 - 5:00pm-8:00pm


Student Activities Night

Student Presentations

April 17 - 1:00-4:00 pm
ASHRAE Webcast
Buildings in Balance: IEQ and Energy Efficiency
July 18th

Armitage Golf Course
Camp Hill, PA

Annual Golf Event
August 21-23rd

Richmond, VA


Revised 1/25/2014

Member and Local News

If you have any questions regarding membership please contact Pat Marks at 717-771-7410 or

February 12th 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 Feb. 12th 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.

The chapter would like to recognize and congratulate Nick Romeo (past vice-president), Brinjac Engineering, for passing the PE Exam. We are delighted that Nick has earned the distinction and accepted the responsibilities that Professional Engineering licensure holds.

From the Pennsylvania College of Technology Student Branch

Penn Tech

The Penn College student chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers attended last week’s ASHRAE winter conference in New York City. The group took advantage of a wide variety of free educational opportunities from the trade group and others. They also explored the AHR Expo, where 1,900 manufacturers and suppliers from more than 30 countries showed the latest equipment and services spanning the industry. The ASHRAE group is grateful to everyone who contributed through fundraisers and donations to make the trip possible, with a special “Thank you” to the Central Pennsylvania ASHRAE Chapter for its generous support. Photo provided by Penn College’s ASHRAE student chapter

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

ASHRAE Technology Awards

If you have a recent project you feel is worthy of recognition due to its innovation in design, then consider submitting the project for an ASHRAE Technology Award.

The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building design in the areas of occupant comfort, indoor air quality and energy conservation. Their designs incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and IAQ. Performance is proven through one year’s actual, verifiable operating data.

The purpose of the ASHRAE Technology Awards program is to:

  • Recognize ASHRAE members who design and/or conceive innovative technological concepts that are proven through actual operating data
  • Communicate innovative systems designs to other ASHRAE members
  • Highlight technological achievements of ASHRAE to others, including associated professionals and societies worldwide, as well as building and facility owners.

Each year the Society may present awards in six categories: Commercial Buildings (New and Existing); Institutional Buildings (New and Existing) (Educational Facilities and Other Institutional); Health Care Facilities (New and Existing); Industrial Facilities or Processes (New and Existing); Public Assembly (New and Existing); Residential (New and Existing). For each category first, second, and honorable mention winners may be named. Also, one of the category first place winners may be selected to receive the ASHRAE Award of Engineering Excellence. The recipient will have demonstrated the best overall compliance with the judging criteria.

Detailed information about the program may be found on the Society website by following this link:
Technology Award Program Overview, Requirements, Judging Criteria and Helpful Hints

Entries in the Chapter competition will be judged in late spring/early summer. If you have any questions regarding the submittal process, please contact Mike Conchilla, CTTC Chair at 717-648-8192 or