Meeting/Event Information


April 19, 2017

April 2017 Chapter Meeting
April 19, 2017
3:15 PM - 8:15 PM
Hilton Arlington
950 North Stafford Street
Arlington, VA 22203
April 2017 Chapter Meeting

$40.00 NCC Member (PES)

$30.00 NCC Member (Dinner)
$55.00 after 12:00 pm April 14

$40.00 Non-NCC Member (PES)

$45.00 Non-NCC Member (Dinner)
$55.00 after 12:00 pm April 14

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

Professional Education Seminar (PES) 
Topic: Myths, Design and Economics or Geothermal Heat Pump Systems
-Speakers: Don Penn, PE, CGD, CGI

Don Penn, PE, CGD is a Registered Professional Engineer licensed in 49 states and will present an overview of operating costs, installation costs results from Public Schools in Texas, Georgia, Arizona and New York. Since 199I, he has worked on over 250 school projects involving geothermal heat pumps for school districts in Texas.  Presentation will include the following:

  1.       Myths about Geothermal Heat Pump Systems
  2.       Design and Application Considerations
  3.       Pumping Design
  4.       Review of some unique projects and applications
  5.       Review of actual energy savings vs. installation cost
  6.       The payback period
  7.       Life Cycle Cost Analysis using actual cost data
  8.       What are the typical maintenance costs for geothermal heat pump systems

Scott will cover topics relating to the design, build, and operation of ground coupled heat exchangers (GHX) in the mid-Atlantic region. Closed loop and open loop GHX designs will be reviewed highlighting the pros and cons of each design type and their use in the region. Scott will provide a brief overview of thermal conductivity testing and the role it plays in GHX design. He will also cover an overview of the region’s geological conditions and their impact on drilling methods used for vertical GHX installations. He will then introduce the concept of employing hybrid geothermal designs to manage thermal load imbalance. Lastly, Scott will provide insights on commissioning and retro-commissioning of geoexchange systems gained from his hands-on field experience.



Dinner Presentation
Topic: GAP (Gender and Persistence) Analysis: Revealing the Issues, Realizing the Potential and Reaping the Benefits
-Speaker: Stacie L. Gregory, Ph. D. 

In business, Gap Analysis involves the comparison of actual performance with potential or desired performance. It identifies gaps between the optimized allocation and integration of resources, and the current allocation level. If an organization does not make the best use of current resources (including human resources), or forgoes investment in technology or capital (including human capital), it may produce or perform below its potential.  Gap Analysis involves determining, documenting, and approving the difference between business requirements and current capabilities. In a nutshell, Gap Analysis provides a foundation for measuring the investment of time, money and human resources required to achieve a desired outcome. 

It is no secret that the industries represented in ASHRAE have a gap in human resources. There are far fewer women than men working in these industries. This discussion will take an honest look at the GAP (gender and persistence) facing many industries that require a workforce that is educated and skilled in science, math, engineering and technology (STEM). Attendees will be introduced to social psychological issues that impact the persistence of women in STEM fields. They will also learn effective strategies women (and their male colleagues) can practice in order to make work environments more welcoming and inclusive. The discussion will also highlight the most promising practices for employers to help them reduce the human resource gap.