Central PA ASHRAE Newsletter
October 2014
2014-2015 Board President's Message
2014-2015 Committee Chairs

In This Issue

Dear ASHRAE Members and Friends:

Thanks to everyone who attended our first chapter meeting of the year to hear Dr. Bruce Hunn present on Development of ASHRAE’s Performance Measurement Protocols. Special thanks to Johnson Controls for sponsoring Dr. Hunn’s visit from North Carolina.

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting with Society Past-President and PSU Student Branch Advisor Dr. Bill Bahnfleth and the current PSU Student Branch officers. We had a productive discussion on how our chapter can best support our student branch members through coordinating speakers and tours; assisting in ASHRAE Winter Meeting attendance; incentivizing participation in the ASHRAE Student Design Competition, and providing scholarships. If you have any ideas to share, or are interested in learning more about student activities, please contact our Student Activities Chair, Lindsey King.

Our next chapter meeting will be on Wednesday, October 15 at the Holiday Inn-Harrisburg East. During this meeting we will recognize our Past Presidents as well as our Research Promotion donors. For our technical program, ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer James Tauby will be our guest, speaking on the topic of seismic restraint of mechanical systems. Beyond the normal professional development hour awarded, Mr. Tauby’s lecture also qualifies for GBCI and AIA learning units. So if you know of friends and colleagues in need of these units, please invite them to join us at the meeting.

Circling back to student support, Mr. Tauby will also be presenting his seismic restraint lecture to the Penn State Student Branch on Tuesday, October 14. So if you are in the State College area, take the opportunity to attend. More information can be found at

Lastly, you may have received an invitation from me to join the Central PA ASHRAE LinkedIn group. In less than a week, the group has more than 60 members and counting. The LinkedIn group is intended to serve as a forum for our chapter where members can post discussions or local news items, ask questions, or promote events of interest to the group’s intent. If you use LinkedIn, please take a minute to join the group.

I hope to see you at the October meeting.

Best regards,

Michael Conchilla, PE, CEM, ASHRAE BEAP
President, Central PA ASHRAE

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Meeting Announcement --
Past Presidents and Research Promotion Night

Seismic Restraint of Mechanical Systems


ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer,
James Tauby, P.E.

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014


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
06:45-07:45 PM Technical Session

Technical Session Topic:

Seismic Restraint of Mechanical Systems

This lecture goes over how mechanical systems are seismically braced. This includes piping, ductwork, suspend equipment and floor supported equipment. Other topics discussed are housekeeping pads, building codes, anchorage and specifications. Typical details from the ASHRAE Manual “A Practical Guide to Seismic Restraint” will be discussed.

James Tauby

Mr. Tauby is Chief Executive Engineer for Mason Industries, Inc., a worldwide leader in the field of noise and vibration control products, as well as seismic and wind restraint systems. He is a professional engineer in 45 states. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama.

He regularly lectures around the world on topics ranging from vibration isolation, seismic and wind restraint of mechanical systems to the use of elastomeric expansion joints for piping in seismic applications. He was a member of a team of engineers that inspected numerous buildings after the Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes. He has been a featured speaker at the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and ASHRAE National Conventions numerous times.

He is a past chairman of ASHRAE’s Technical Committee TC-2.7, “Seismic and Wind Restraint Design.” He is currently the chairman of ASHRAE Standards Committee SPC 171P, “Method of Test of Seismic Restraints for HVAC & R Equipment.” He is currently ASHRAE’s liaison to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Wind Load Task Group. He is a member of the Standards Committee for ASHRAE.

He is a member of the “Hanging and Bracing of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems,” technical committee for the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) NFPA-13. He is a corresponding member of the Building Seismic Safety Council’s (BSSC) TS-5, Masonry construction. He was a member of the BSSC “Anchorage Task Group.”

He was an editor on FEMA documents 412, 413, & 414 for the installation of seismic restraints on equipment, piping, ductwork, and electrical distribution systems.

He was the lead author on ASHRAE design publication, “A Practical Guide to Seismic Restraint.” This publication includes code requirements, specification considerations, seismic restraint connection methods, along with determining whether a piece of outdoor equipment is governed by seismic or wind loads on a particular project.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance documenting 1.0 Professional Development Hours. This seminar also qualifies for AIA and GBCI learning units.

Registration: Online or Contact Pat Marks at (717) 771-7410 or (please include name, company and telephone number).
Deadline: Monday October 13th, 2014, 12pm.

Cost Structure
Member Status "Pre" Registered "At the Door"
Cash/Check CC/paypal
Chapter Member $30 $32 $35
Non Member $40 $42 $45
Retired Member $5
Students $5
Past Presidents $0

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 who makes a reservation and does not cancel in advance of the deadline will be assessed the full meeting fee.

KEEA Annual Energy Efficiency Conference

The Utility of the Future


KEEA is proud to announce our annual Energy Efficiency Conference. This year's 2014 conference will be hosted at the Crowne Plaze Harrisburg Hotel on Thursday, November 13th with the Annual KEEA Members Annual Meeting to take place November 14th.

Last year's conference was the best one yet! Over 180 attendees participated, with 10 amazing conference sponsors, and 13 wonderful exhibitors.

This years' conference includes speakers like Kelly Speakes-Backman, MD PUC; Andy Padian,The Community Preservation Corporation; Gene Rodrigues, ICF; and more! See this years' agenda here.

Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available! Please find details at the bottom of this screen and sign up here, or contact Matthew Wilk at for more information!

We have a block of hotel rooms at a group rate ($110/ room) at the Crowne Plaza Harrisburg so call (717) 234-5021 today to book your room!

For more info, please visit

2014-2015 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
October 15 - 5:00-8:00 pm

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

Seismic Restraint of HVAC/R Systems, Past Presidents Night
November 18 - 5:00-8:00 pm

Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
2500 Columbia Ave,
Lancaster, PA

Energy Conservation Forum, Joint Meeting
December 17 - 5:00pm-8:00pm Membership Promotion Night
April 23, 2015 - 5:00-8:00 pm Free ASHRAE Webcast
New Tomorrows for Today's Buildings: Existing Building Commssioning

Program Tickets

Buy a year of ASHRAE Programs and SAVE!

Sample Program Ticket

Purchase a Program Ticket for $210 cash/chech or $224 CC/paypal (cost of 7 programs), attend the 8th meeting for free, and bring one guest during the year. $300 Value. Pass it around your office!

Order by contacting Mark Tome (717) 814-8237 or by ordering online here

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

Ticket holders shall register for each program.

ASHRAE Webcast


April 23, 2015
1:00-4:00 pm EDT

This FREE webcast will feature industry experts who will define the benefits of existing building commissioning for the environment, occupants, operations staff, and overall ownership costs. Viewers will be able to recognize the varied scopes of commissioning, when to apply comprehensive versus focused commissioning, and best practices in existing building commissioning specifications & contracting.

Visit for additonal information about the program, sponsorships, continuing education credits, speakers, and registration.