Capitalaire – February 2022


The National Chapter of ASHRAE

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February 2022

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President’s Corner

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Hello Natty-Cap Chapter,

Several weeks ago marked the return to ASHRAE’s winter conference and the accompanying AHR show. I was happy to see that ASHRAE took on the monumental task of officially holding meetings in a hybrid fashion. This allowed my Technical Committee to accommodate both those in Las Vegas for the Conference and Trade Show, as well as virtual attendees stretching across 9 time zones! Well done to all that helped to make this a success!

Please stay tuned for announcements about our March monthly meeting, which will be held in person for the first time in two years. I can’t believe it’s been that long, but it makes it that much more exciting. Board members look forward to welcoming everyone back in person.

Yesterday I was doing some yard work and uncovered the first leaves of my tulips starting to poke through, which is always a nice reminder that spring is on its way. Although most people are thinking flowers and cherry blossoms, I would be derelict in my duties at NCC if I did not point out that it is also a sign that Technology Award project submissions will be due soon. I would like all to look back at some of your great projects during COVID and then take note of how little is really needed to get the ball rolling with the “short form”. Super easy! Please keep an eye out for notices from our TEGA awards chair, Stephen Niez, and help represent NCC at the Region III semi-finals and later at the global Society level.

Be well, do Good!


Best Regards,

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 the February webinar of
National Capital Chapter ASHRAE’s 2021/2022 season:

February 23, 2022 – Wednesday Noon to 2 p.m.

Speaker: ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Jim Newman (the “Dean of Green”)

Topic: IAQ, Energy Auditing, Cx, bEQ, Energy Star, Energy Conservation, Sustainability, and Other Good Stuff – How to Make Them Work for You and Your Clients

This non-technical presentation will provide a helpful overview designed to help engineers - and others in the construction and design industry - better understand various tools and concepts that can be used to be both practical and profitable.

Experienced building owners, developers, architects, facility managers, building engineers, design-build and service contractors also will gain a better understanding of these concepts and how to get the most value from them.

This is the type of presentation you should consider having your existing customers or clients attend – as well as those you would like to have as customers or clients.

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Jim Newman is an active member of many technical societies. Known as the “Dean of Green,” Jim regularly speaks across North America and internationally to professionals, student groups and the media about sustainability, resiliency and green technology. Today he uses his career expertise to help improve indoor air quality and energy efficiency in new and existing buildings – even more critical since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

Jim is Owner/Managing Partner of Newman Consulting Group, headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He is a CEM, a LEED AP BD+C, an OPMP & BEAP, and an ASHRAE DL since 2010. He is also a Fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit, and of ASHRAE as of 2020.

He was co-chair of the IAQ committee for the new chapter on Climate Control published in the 2021 ASHRAE Fundamentals Handbook. He has been a trainer for ASHRAE Energy Standard 90.1, and has trained hundreds of architects, engineers, code officials and contractors on the use of the Standard. He is also a trainer for the BOMA High-Performing Building Certification, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Detroit BOMA Chapter in 2019.

Jim received a BSME from Tufts University in Boston, MA, and continued his education for an MBA degree at the University of Detroit and Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.

Newman Consulting Group (NCG) is an EPA Energy Star® and Rebuild Michigan® Partner. The Group works with architects, engineers, building owners and contractors throughout the world to design and construct more energy-efficient buildings to LEED® and other sustainable guidelines. NCG also helps commercial and industrial building owners retrofit existing buildings so they use less energy – and save money - while maintaining or improving the indoor air quality.

Jim said he’d much rather be here in person but he is still pleased to be able to meet us all virtually and hopes we get a lot out of the presentation.

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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The ASHRAE Technology Awards

The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by ASHRAE members who have successfully applied innovative building designs. Their designs incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and indoor air quality and serve to communicate innovative systems design. Winning projects are selected from entries earning regional awards. First place recipients for the ASHRAE Technology Award are:

  • Hermes Silva Flores, existing commercial buildings category, Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Santiago, Chile. The building is owned by Hotel Mandarin Oriental Santiago.
  • Donald R. Hartdegen, Jr., P.E., Asfandyar Khan, P.E., HBDP and Sudesh Saraf, P.E., new educational facilities category, Adlai E. Stevenson High School East Building, Lincolnshire, Ill. The building is owned by Adlai Stevenson High School District 125.
  • Jason Volz, P.E., Matt Branham, P.E., Brian Duvall, P.E. and Braydi McPherson-Hathaway, EBCx educational facilities category, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Louisville, Ky. The building is owned by Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
  • Lincoln Pearce, P.E., BEAP, existing educational facilities category, Marston Hall Renovation, Ames, Iowa.
  • Nicholas Rogers, P.E., Tracy Steward and David Mayer, new heath care facilities category, Norton Novak Center for Children’s Health, Louisville, Ky. The building is owned by Norton Healthcare.
  • Shana Scheiber, P.E. and Rick Flock, P.E., new industrial facilities or processes category, Exact Sciences Lab, Madison, Wis. The building is owned by Exact Sciences.
  • Leighton W. Deer, P.E., HBDP and Brad Grubb, P.E., new public assembly category, Westwood Hills Nature Center, St. Louis Park, Minn. The building is owned by the City of St. Louis Park.
  • Dennis C. McKale, P.E., Bradley Herbeck and Ryan Cowan, existing industrial facilities or processes category, Stellantis - Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, Sterling Heights, Mich. The building is owned by Stellantis.
  • Dustin Langille, BEMP, HBDP and Donald McLauchlan, residential facilities category, 3833 North Broadway, Chicago, Ill. The building is owned by 3817-45 N. Broadway Inc.

First Place and Award of Engineering Excellence

The Award of Engineering Excellence was created in 1989 to recognize a first-place winner of the Society-level Technology Award competition for an outstanding application of innovative design and effective energy utilization. The recipient of the Award of Engineering Excellence will have demonstrated the best overall compliance with the judging criteria.

First place and recipients of the Award of Engineering Excellence are:

  • Shiro Tsukami, P.E., Kitaro Mizuide, Ph.D., P.E. and Hirotaka Kubo, P.E., new commercial buildings category, DaiyaGate Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan. The building is owned by Seibu Properties Inc.

2021 Region III Award Winners

As for folks from Region III, we had a 2nd place Society winner for Educational Facilities - New Category for the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building project in Baltimore, Maryland. Awards within Region III are listed below. 

Award Project Submitted By Category Chapter
First Place - Educational Facility - NEW Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building Michael Radio
Educational / New Philadelphia
First Place - Residential Meriden Commons - Phase II Christopher Kennan
Residential Philadelphia
First Place - Educational Facility - EXISTING Brown Laboratory Energy Conservation Measures Casey Ross, PE
Educational  / Existing Baltimore
Honorable Mention - Residential Mondawmin Metro Apartments James Barrett, Jr, PE
Residential Baltimore



Tech award winners




This Short Form has been developed to stimulate more participation in chapter and regional competition. This form is not intended to replace the full Society Technology Award Application form. Regional winners using the short form will be required to complete the full Technology Award Application form before their applications can be forwarded for Society Competition. (This form does not require extensive narrative, plans or photographs.


A. The individual submitting the Technology Award Application must be a current member of ASHRAE who had a significant
role in the design or development of the project.

B. Complete the "Short Form" and use it as the cover page.

C. Provide a system schematic/diagram not larger than 11” x 17” in size. In addition, attach a brief narrative (maximum of 2 pages). The narrative should include the gross and net building areas applicable to the project, a description of the major building areas (i.e.,operating rooms, laboratories, computer rooms, industrial processes, offices, warehouses) and a brief discussion regarding the following six criteria ( if a criterion is not applicable, state accordingly):

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Innovation
  • Operation & Maintenance
  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Environmental Impact

D. Submit your schematic, brief narrative, and completed form to your Chapter Technology Transfer Committee Chapter (CTTC) Chair for judging at the chapter level in accordance with their instructions.

E. The ASHRAE Technology Award program is intended for built projects. First place winning projects should be eligible for submission to the Society level competition on September 1st of the following Society calendar year. Therefore, a project submitted to a Chapter or Regional competition shall be occupied prior to September 1st of the current Society year in order to satisfy the Society level competition requirement of one full year of occupancy.

First place winners in each category from chapter competition will be submitted by the CTTC Chapter Chair to the CTTC Regional Vice Chair for judging in the Regional Technology Awards competition. At the discretion of the CTTC Regional Vice Chair, this may require completion of the full Society Technology Award Application form if the chapter submission was done on the Short Form Application.

The CTTC Regional Vice Chair will invite first place winners in each category from regional competition to submit them for judging in the Society level Technology Awards competition. The regional winners will be given the opportunity to incorporate new information or otherwise improve their submittal before submitting it to the society level competition (e.g., by addressing comments from regional judges). At the discretion of the judging panels at the chapter and regional competitions, more than one first place winner may be awarded in each category.

For the regional competition, submit the number of copies requested by the Regional CTTC Vice Chair. The CTTC Regional Vice Chair may require entries into the regional competition to be done on the full Society Technology Award Application form. In any case, all submissions to the Society level competition must be done on the full Society Technology Award Application form.

F. It is highly recommended that each entrant confirm by letter (and retain a copy for record) to the owner that the owner has granted permission to submit this project to competition.

NOTE: ASHRAE Technology Awards are the HVAC&R industry's most prestigious honor for efficient energy use in buildings and environmental system performance. While the awards do not certify responsible charge or professional license status, they do recognize outstanding design innovation and successful implementation.


1. Category - Check one and indicate New, Existing, or Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx)
Commercial Buildings
Commercial Buildings - options
Institutional Buildings:
Educational Facilities
Educational Facilities - options
Other Institutional
Other Institutional - options
Health Care Facilities
Health Care Facilities - options
Industrial Facilities or Processes
Industrial Facilities or Processes - options
Public Assembly
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Residential (Single and Multi-Family)
2. Name of building or project:
3. Project Description:
Project Study/Design Period:
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Begin date
MM slash DD slash YYYY
End date
Percent Occupancy at time of submission:
4. Entrant (ASHRAE member with significant role in project):
a. Name:
Membership Number:
b. Address (including country):
c. Contact:
e. Member’s Role in Project:
f. Member’s Signature:
5. Engineer of Record:
By affixing my signature above, I certify that the information contained in this application is accurate to the best of my knowledge. In addition, I certify that I have discussed this entry with the owner and have received permission from the owner to submit this project to the ASHRAE Technology Awards Competition.


The 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.