President’s Corner

Holiday Season is upon us!  I’d like to preemptively wish all National Capital Chapter members a Happy and Bountiful Thanksgiving.  It is our hope that everyone has the chance to enjoy time with family and friends.  Our September Partnering meeting with APPA had great turnout, and we received some really positive feedback.  I want to thank everyone who took the time to attend and participate with our panel discussion; the goal was to unite designers, builders, and owner/operators in a common goal and vision for the life of a building, and I believe we were successful in doing so.  I’d like to also extend a special thanks to all the DC/MD APPA members who attended.  October was also Membership Night, so we’d like to thank everyone who brought new co-workers/friends to learn about all the benefits of an ASHRAE membership.

While we’re discussing membership, I’d like to quickly recognize the efforts of Mike Morder last year as the BOG Committee Chair for Membership Promotion.  Mike was recently nominated for the Lincoln Bouillion Award.  This award is given each year to a Society member who has achieved the most outstanding record in membership activities during the previous year.  Also, while I’m recognizing NCC Members, I also want to offer my congratulations to Brian Coffield of SGJJR, and Anthony Roane of American University for receiving an Honorable Mention ASHRAE Technology Award in Educational Facilities – New Category for the American University Washington College of Law project in D.C.  This award recognizes outstanding achievement in the design and operation of energy efficient buildings.  Mr. Coffield, together with his large SGJJR project team (including NCC Board Members, Patti Gunderson and Melonee Jenkins, and former NCC officer Cindy Cogil!), put in a lot of time and design expertise to execute this project successfully, and deserve every bit of recognition this award carries.

In addition to our yearly partnering with MCA for their November Trade Show, NCC also has a couple of networking events coming up.  First, we’re hosting an HVAC Trivia Night to support Research Promotion on Thursday, October 26th starting at 5:00pm at Sign of the Whale in D.C.  Trivia topics will cover HVAC Applications, ASHRAE history, architecture, and plumbing.  This is our first time hosting an event like this, so please head over the the NCC Website to register ASAP.  Next, our Women In ASHRAE committee will be hosting a Speed Networking event on Wednesday, November 1 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Mad Fox Brewery in Falls Church, VA.  This event is open to everyone, and those interested in attending should sign up on the NCC Website by Friday, October 27th.  Both events promise to be fun and informative, so I encourage everyone to attend, if able!

Our next meeting of the 2017-2018 season is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13th, at the Hilton Arlington Hotel; this will be President’s Night, and we’re partnering with NCR-SHE for programming.  I look forward to seeing everyone!


Jeffrey Colby

President- National Capital Chapter



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 Register for the December Chapter meeting here!

** All Student Members please contact the registration chair, or make payments at the door.

**NCR-SHE Members please register under NCR-SHE Guest Tickets. 

Professional Education Seminar (PES) 
Topic: Steam Fundametals
-Speakers: Joe Singerling

How NOT to Design a Steam System:

Focuses on common mistakes made throughout the industry by installing contractors, designers and competitors with steam system design.  It highlights common poor practices that have been duplicated from years past and covers good practices in steam system design moving forward.  It also covers issues that can arise from improper steam system design.  With system design we review steam velocities, near boiler piping, steam header piping, proper header design, impact of condensate on the system, proper condensate system piping and design and proper boiler sizing.  

Clean Steam Presentation:

Highlights the varying levels of clean steam system design and highlights how to run a system without chemicals, utilizing a rugged, robust and reliable boiler.  The clean steam presentation is directed at engineers that work with direct steam injection humidification systems in hospitals, museums, etc.  There is now an ASHRAE specification that requires all steam used for direct injection humidification to either have no added chemicals or chemicals approved for food grade potable use.

Modular Steam Array Systems:

Modular Steam Array Systems – Modular steam systems offer many benefits to the end user.  They have high system flexibility with respect to system turndown, greater redundancy, higher system operating efficiencies, and footprint space savings.  Throughout this presentation, we will discuss the benefits of a modular steam array system and the design criteria for selection of properly sized equipment to match the end user’s load.

Dinner Presentation
Topic: The Essential role of Indoor Air Quality in Patient Outcomes: New Tools and New Understanding

-Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Taylor, MD

Engineers put much thought and work into designing and managing building HVAC systems with the goals of preserving building materials, conserving energy consumption and keeping occupants comfortable. The primary function of most buildings, however, should be to protect the health and safety of people. Paradoxically, the intersection of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and occupant health or disease is one of the least understood subjects in the field of public health! This is not from deliberate neglect of engineers, but from lack of medical research on IAQ and health. Two significant trends are occurring in this century: people spend more and more time indoors, and the incidence of chronic disease is higher than ever before. Are these two factors related? If so, how can indoor air management support occupant health and not promote chronic illnesses?

In this presentation, we will accomplish the following:

1 - Understand the current Indoor Air Quality environment

2 - Present New Research findings on the relationship between indoor air management and patient infections in hospitals. Micro-biome Study will be presented with new data. (in press 2017)

3 - Review existing studies on IAQ and occupant health

4 - Review solutions to improve IAQ and maximize Patient outcomes in Healthcare facilities.

The December Chapter meeting is generously sponsored by: 




Visit the YEA Committee Page to learn more about this great partnership!