President’s Corner

The February chapter meeting was a success, and I would like to thank our speakers and sponsors. Brian Coffield, Eric Dixon, and Raghuram Sunnam presented insights, process, and goals for a LEED Platinum, Living Building Challenge Net Zero Energy design. Ryan Geister discussed why, when, and how the industry will face the rapidly approaching mandates for refrigerant transitions. Our chapter is thankful to H&B Engineered Products and Hitachi Smartflex for sponsorship of the February meeting.

The March Meeting will be held at the usual time and location, the Arlington Hilton at Ballston.  Our chapters very own Ryan Westland will be joined by Max Rohr to speak on Hydronic In-slab Radiant Heating and Cooling. Mr. Rohr and Mr. Westlund of REHAU’s Region Americas Headquarters will dig deep into the fundamentals behind hydronic radiant heating and cooling and provide insight gleaned from hundreds of radiant projects. The dinner presentation by David Bancroft will explore the Utilization of Renewable Wood for Heating in Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Applications. Mr. Bancroft will cover wood fuel types, boilers, boiler efficiencies and emissions in addition to issues often associated with wood heat such as air pollution control, carbon neutrality, and forest health.  Our chapter is thankful to REHAU for sponsorship.

For National Engineering Week, our chapter was active in judging and presenting awards for the Future City competition and also hosted a booth at the Discover Engineering Family Day at the Building Museum. Our chapter is also now providing design reviews for Catholic University as they compete for the ASHRAE Student Design Project Competition. Our Student Activities Committee Chairs Michael Spencer and Alfred Uzokwe have done an excellent job managing a very active month.

It saddens me to announce the death of two past National Capital Chapter Presidents, Vincent Lee-Thorp and Raymond Ruf. Vincent Lee-Thorp, 88, who spent 25 years as president and chief executive of what became Summer Consultants before retiring in 1997, died January 3 at a hospital in Reston, Va. Mr. Lee-Thorp, a resident of Great Falls, VA, was born in Witbank (now eMalahleni), South Africa. He settled in the Washington area in 1952 and was a mechanical and electrical engineer with various companies until helping start what was then Smith and Lee-Thorp in 1963. He wrote a book, “Washington Engineered” (2006), which many of our chapter's speakers have enjoyed as a gift. Raymond Ruf, 84, a founding partner of DMR Associates, a commercial heating and air conditioning company in Gaithersburg, Md., died January 16 at a hospice center in Rockville, Md. Mr. Ruf, a New York native, served in the Air Force Reserve in the 1960s and reached the rank of captain. He also was an engineer at Trane Co. during that time. He helped start DMR in 1969 and sold his interest in 1993. He served on the vestry at St. James Episcopal Church in Potomac, MD, where he was also a licensed pastoral visiting lay eucharistic minister. He was a former board member of the Ivymont School in Potomac, for students with learning problems and disabilities. Both Vincent Lee-Thorp and Raymond Ruf are remembered as outstanding leaders in our industry and in their communities.


Omar Hawit

President, National Capital Chapter, 2016-2017

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NCC ASHRAE March Chapter Meeting

WEDNESDAY, March 29th, 2017


PES (3:15 pm – 6:00 pm)

Hydronic In-Slab Radiant Heating and Cooling

Speakers: Ryan Westlund and Max Rohr


Dinner (6:30 pm – 8:15 pm)

Biomass Heating: Renewable Wood

Speaker: David Bancroft


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