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

In This Issue

Dear ASHRAE Members and Friends:

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday, and that you were able to find some peace amongst the Black Friday on Thursday chaos. I, for one, decided to shelter-in-place with plenty of turkey, wine and football to make it through the day.

Thanks to all that were able to attend the Energy Conservation Forum at the Armstrong Innovation Center in Lancaster last month. It was a well attended and informative event which included a broad range of building energy related topics, including a session on Chiller Efficiency presented by Chapter Member Jay Kohler.

I invite you to take a break from your Christmas shopping and join us for our December 17 chapter meeting, which will be held at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. We will be treated to a tour of the central plant's new boiler heat recovery system as well as a technical presentation on the system's unique design features. Dinner will be served.

Lastly, the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo are right around the corner. The conference and expo are being held in Chicago, with the conference taking place January 24-28 at the Palmer House Hilton, and the AHR Expo taking place January 26-28 at McCormick Place. You can register for the event by visiting

Chapter members attending the winter meeting are also invited to attend the Region III Winter Meeting Dinner on the evening of Monday, January 26 at the Rock Bottom Brewery, not far from the conference hotel. The cost of the dinner is $50/person. For more information on the dinner, contact Gary Debes at

I wish everyone a safe and joyful holiday season, and we hope to see you at PSHMC on December 17.

Best regards,

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

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Meeting Announcement -- Hershey Medical Center

Hershey Medical Center Heat Recovery System Tour and Technical Presentation

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014


Hershey Medical Center

University Fitness and Conference Center
500 University Dr, Hershey, PA 17033

Technical Session Topic:

Please join us for a tour and technical presentation on the new Boiler Heat Recovery System at the Central Plant of the Hershey Medical Center.

The Board of Governors meeting will be held at Troeg's Brewery starting at 3:15PM.

The Meeting will include a social hour beginning at 5, dinner at 6 followed by a tour and a technical presentation highlighting the unique design features of the facility.

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

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

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.

2014-2015 Schedule

The Central PA Chapter 2014-2015 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
December 17 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr,
Hershey, PA

Hershey Medical Center Central Plant Tour
January 14, 2015


Commissioning Presentation
Feb 18, 2015 Regional Chair Government Affairs / Sustainability
Membership Promotion Night
March 4, 2015

Tentative @ Turkey Hill Facility
Marietta, PA

Refrigeration Tour of Turkey Hill Facilities
April 15, 2015 Student Night
April 23, 2015 - 5:00-8:00 pm Free ASHRAE Webcast
New Tomorrows for Today's Buildings: Existing Building Commssioning

Member and Local News

New to ASHRAE membership:

  • Steve Carleton
  • Craig Miller
  • Laura Wand

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Grassroots Government Affairs

Pennsylvania House Bill 34 and ASHRAE

Pennsylvania House Bill 34 is an Act requiring the design, construction and renovation of certain State-owned or State-leased buildings to comply with specified energy and environmental building standards. The bill passed the State House last year and has now been re-referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Of interest to ASHRAE is that it mentions ASHRAE Standard 90.1 specifically. It also alludes to other areas of interest for ASHRAE such as indoor air quality and environmental health as well as building rating systems.

Time for ASHRAE member input is limited. The Grassroots Government Activities Committees (GGAC) of all PA ASHRAE chapters are coordinating efforts on how to best advocate the benefits of utilizing ASHRAE standards in the bill. Individual Chapter members can contact their State Senators in support, and can also contact our GGAC chair Phil Groff with comments, or if they are interested in participating on the GGAC.

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.