Meeting/Event Information


February 22, 2017

February 2017 Chapter Meeting
February 22, 2017
3:15 PM - 8:15 PM
Hilton Arlington
950 North Stafford Street
Arlington, VA 22203
NCC ASHRAE Chapter Meeting

$40.00 NCC Member (PES)

$40.00 Non-NCC Member (PES)

$30.00 NCC Member (Dinner)
$55.00 after 12:00 pm February 17

$45.00 Non-NCC Member (Dinner)
$55.00 after 12:00 pm February 17

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

Professional Education Seminar (PES) 
Topic: Getting to Net Zero
Brian Coffield, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Eric Dixon, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, & Raghuram Sunnam

Net zero energy buildings are becoming more frequently pursued by building owners and project teams. The challenge is always how to get there in a cost effective way. Two net zero design projects, one new construction project and one existing building renovation, will be used as case studies to illustrate how design teams can plan to get to net zero with the budget in mind. Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center is a LEED Platinum-certified, Living Building Challenge Certified building that leverages many passive and active energy and water reductions strategies to minimize consumption in order to produce a building that was consistent with CBF’s mantra. Design energy and water modeling strategies will be reviewed, as well as lessons learned related to the challenges to predicting energy and water consumption; how actual wind turbine output compares to predictions; the economic benefits of net-zero energy; how daily energy reports and dashboards are used to diagnose problems; how operational data can inform assumptions for future designs; how to balance staff comfort with energy conservation; the effectiveness of natural ventilation in hot-humid climates and others. DPR’s Reston, VA office promises to change how we think of commercial real estate in the DC region. Located in an existing building with limitations on façade modifications, the design team had to rely on strategic energy conservation strategies and full shareholder buy in to design decisions in order to achieve net zero. The space is intended to serve as a living laboratory that will showcase technologies, products, and systems with robust educational programming both during and post construction. The design team will share insights, process, and goals for this 20,000-square-foot LEED Platinum, Living Building Challenge Net Zero Energy designed tenant space.


Dinner Presentation
Topic: Refrigerant Update: The Next Transition has Begun
-Speaker: Ryan Geister

Ever since the first Montreal Protocol meetings began regulating CFCs in the 1980s, refrigerant rules and acceptability continue to evolve. Since then, there has been an increased focus and accelerated timing on regulations for all fluids that are being used today in the HVAC industry.  Now, the latest Montreal Protocol agreement signed October 16th 2016 focuses on phase-down of HFCs.  This persistent churn generates confusion— what's in, what's out, and what's coming? At the same time, the market has been demanding equipment, design strategies and control methods that result in the highest levels of efficiency— will the new fluids hinder or enhance that efficiency?  The next-generation of fluids represents new challenges for providing the highest performing HVAC equipment; besides efficiency they may also challenge the industry’s expectations for safety and flammability. This presentation discusses why, when, and how the industry will face the coming refrigerant transitions.