Capitalaire – April 2022


The National Chapter of ASHRAE

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April 2022

Personal Growth.
Global Impact. 
Feed the Roots.

President’s Corner

Hello Natty-Cap Chapter,

This Wednesday, April 13th, we will have our final monthly meeting for NCC.  We will be culminating our year with a candid conversation with ASHRAE VP, Dunstan Macauley, and ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Theresa Weston.  They will be leading us through the topics of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as they pertain to our industry.  I am interested in how this may help shape ASHRAE for years to come and not only because it is the right thing to be conscience of, but also to help drive value within our greater AEC organizations and companies.  Please join us in-person (how retro of us, right?) at 3:30 at the Hilton Arlington.  Walk-ins welcome!

Just because it is the last monthly meeting, it does not mean that the ASHRAE calendar is all wrapped up for the spring.  Quite the contrary actually, we have many interesting things coming up. On April 29th, we will hold a Spring Social on the 29th floor of Convene in Rosslyn, VA with amazing views of the Potomac, District and surroundings. There will be good food and libations, as well as great music from the very talented (and local) Taylor Carson. If you missed him at the Pie Shop on H Street this last weekend, come join for this exclusive and casual setting. Ticket sales are now open (see NCC Website) and I am confident you won’t find another DC event with such an awesome value – not to mention all of your NCC friends that have wanted to catch up for the past 2 years!

Additionally, the always poplar Golf Outing will be held on May 18th at Bull Run Golf Club. We have booked stellar weather, so bring out your driver from storage, brush up on your golf lingo and spend the day enjoying some of the finer skills honed by engineers in our community. These are likely to include themes like, “statistical distribution of what is considered an acceptable golf stance”, “The under appreciation of dad jokes in the AEC community” or “corrosion resistance of a nine iron that was thrown into the course lake at the last NCC golf outing and then packed in the garage out of mind for a year”…

With this culmination of the last meeting, I will be handing over reigns to the President’s Corner to next year’s President, Nick Barret, for the last spring newsletter. It has been a real pleasure to be able to serve the National Capital Chapter as President for this last year and ask that you please join me in welcoming Nick to the position. He has been involved with NCC ASHRAE since we co-chaired reception many gray hairs ago and I am happy to say without resignation that we are all in extremely capable hands!

Be well, do Good!

Ryan Westlund

President, National Capital Chapter, 2021-2022

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2021-2022 Board of Governors
President Ryan Westlund
President-Elect Nick Barrett
Vice President Mike Morder
Treasurer Jonathan Rumbaugh
Secretary Michael Spencer
Sr. Governor Stephen Niez
Governor Drew McPheeters
Governor Mikelann Scerbo
Governor Lauren MacGowens


2021-2022 Committee Chairs
Annual Social Laura Morder
Bradey Jump
CTTC Mikelann Scerbo
Directory Morgan Stevens
Finance Nick Barrett
Ryan Westlund
Jonathan Rumbaugh
Mike Morder
Golf Outing Mike Morder
Gov't Affairs Roger Chang
Historian Drew McPheeters
Gary McGee
Honors/ Awards Stephen Niez
Membership Lauren MacGowens
Drew McPheeters
Newsletter Morgan Flynn
Programs Bailey Estes
Patti Gunderson
Reception Stephanie Gonzalez
Catherine Jones
Research Promotion Chris Able
Student Activities Dante Freeland
Sustainability Ryan Westlund
Tech Awards Stephen Niez
Website/ Electronic
Michael Spencer
Lauren MacGowens
Morgan Stevens
Women in ASHRAE Bailey Estes
Young Engineers in ASHRAE Zach DeLuke
Adam Mirabelle

Thank you to our 2021-2022 Corporate Sponsers!


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Please join us for an in-person chapter meeting for the
National Capital Chapter ASHRAE’s 2021/2022 season:

How Does Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Play a Role in the AEC Industry?

April 13, 2022
3:30-5:30PM - PES Seminar
5:30-6:30pm - Happy Hour and Small Bites
Where: Hilton Arlington, 950 N Stafford St., Arlington, VA 22203

The recent crisis in Texas and neighboring states revealed the vulnerability of power grids to extreme temperatures and weather events which will be more and more likely as climate change deepens. When the electricity grid went down it brought with it other systems, including water treatment plants and residential plumbing distribution systems – interrupting industry, putting lives at risk and costing millions of dollars in damage. What can be done to prepare power grids and other systems against such failures in the future? What can communities and building owners and operators do to be more energy resilient and survive these events while minimizing long-term damage? Join Dr. Payman Dehghanian, Smita Chandra Thomas, and Andy Ludwig in a roundtable to discuss grid & buildings systems reliability, building electrification, and higher-ed systems management. Learn from both current research and tried-and-true examples about opportunities to stabilize and protect your building’s future, both with new design strategies and retrofit approaches.


Dr. Theresa Weston is a building science research professional specializing in the durability and energy efficiency of buildings. Theresa started The Holt Weston Consultancy in November 2020 to foster innovation of building materials, and products to improve the resilience and sustainability of buildings. Theresa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Masters and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering, both from the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Weston is a 25-year member of ASHRAE, and has served on multiple committees. She is also active with ICC and ASTM. Dr. Weston is a prolific author and industry speaker. She is the Vice-Chair of the ASHRAE sponsored Buildings Conference Series.


Dunstan Macauley has worked extensively as a mechanical engineer specializing in the evaluation, design, and specification of HVAC systems for commercial buildings, pharmaceutical facilities, museums, archival facilities, data centers, laboratories, and educational facilities. He specializes in energy analysis, building energy audits, sustainable design, and life cycle analysis. Mr. Macauley has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and is a registered professional engineer. Mr. Macauley is also certified as a High-Performance Building Design Profession and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a member of ASHRAE, ISPE, and AEE.

Thanks to all who have presented, planned, and attended our series of webinars during this unprecedented year. Our hope is that by next fall we will be able to safely welcome you back to in-person gatherings. This has been a learning experience for us, and we hope we’ve been useful. Your comments after each presentation help us to improve educational offerings in the future.


The Research Promotion Committee manages and supports both the Society‐level fundraising and Chapter‐level fundraising of the RP Campaign. Traditionally supporting just research, the RP Campaign was expanded 10 years ago to include support of Education & ALI, Endowed Research through ASHRAE Foundation, YEA programs, ASHRAE Scholarships, and the General/ Unrestricted fund. Research, the backbone of ASHRAE, remains the primary fund of the program with over $2 million raised for this program annually.

Ways You Can Contribute:

Online at WWW.ASHRAE.ORG. On the top of the page click ‘make a gift’ and select ‘ASHRAE RP Campaign’. Fill in all the required info. Please remember to put NCC CHAPTER in the Assigned ASHRAE Chapter area so your chapter can receive credit.

Or, make your checks out to ASHRAE RESEARCH FUND. Please remember to  add NCC CHAPTER to the memo line, and send to:

180 Technology Parkway

Peachtree Corners, GA 30092.

Have questions? Please contact our NCC Chapter RP

Chair Chris Able at 410‐353‐3060 or

Thank you so much for your support last year and we hope we can count on you again this year!

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iThe NCC ASHRAE YEA Committee is pleased to announce that we are organizing study groups for the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. If you are interested, please complete the Google Forms Survey here.

How does it work?

Based on responses to the registration survey, study groups will be formed based on the following criteria:

Exam type and target exam date
Preferred study location
Virtual or in-person preference
General availability
At least one YEA member per Study Group to act as a “YEA Facilitator”
No more than 6 people per Study Group
Registration will be on a rolling basis
What is a YEA Facilitator?

The YEA Facilitator is the person responsible for managing their assigned Study Group. Generally, the YEA Facilitator will need to:

Organize and facilitate Study Groups based on group member needs
Determine dates, times, and locations of Study Sessions
Coordinate virtual call-in information (if needed)
If I already have a PE license, can I still join a Study Group?

Yes! If you already have your license but would like to join a study group as a tutor or just as a refresher for yourself, please fill out the Survey and feel free to join a group.

How can this Study Group benefit me?

A Study Group will help surround you with people from different backgrounds to discuss how to prep, what to study, and test taking strategies. You can sharpen your skill by working through topics that you are struggling with in your group. Team members may have different approaches to question and you may find a better way of solving a problem. Joining a study group can also add a social aspect to your study routine and break the monotony of studying alone!

Feel free to reach out to if you have any questions.

Thank you and happy studying.