December 2022 Capitalaire


The National Chapter of ASHRAE

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December 2022

President’s Corner

National Capital Chapter,

The last few years have been interesting for the National Capital Chapter to say the least.  The pivot to virtual chapter meetings and virtual everything else has been quite a challenge.  I’m sure you have noticed that as the novelty wore off, the virtual meetings you attend have moved from everyone’s image on screen in their newly configured home offices to a wall of black boxes with names.  As time went on, the importance of seeing and speaking to others in our industry became evident.  Building relationships and the transfer of knowledge has become a challenge.  Even with our shift back to being in the office, part-time for many, things just aren’t quite the same.  Part of the greatness of our chapter has been the events that allow us to step out from behind our computers and come together and socialize.

I am challenging you to get back involved this year.  Come to the meetings.  Bring a colleague.  Bring a friend.  Bring the new young engineer in your office.  Bring the grizzled experienced engineer that already knows everything.  Reach out to the chapter officers and committee chairs and ask how you can be involved.  Right now, it is important to set the tone now that we have the chance to be back in person.

We are excited to kick off our programs schedule for this year on December 14th.  Please join us for an in-person meeting at the Hilton Arlington.  We have an exciting lineup of experts coming in to discuss Building Energy Performance Standards(BEPS).

We are all excited to see you this year.


Best Regards,

Nick Barrett


President, National Capital Chapter, 2022-2023

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President, National Capital Chapter, 2022-2023

020-2021 Board of Governors
President  Nick Barrett
President-Elect Mike Morder
Vice President Jonathan Rumbaugh
Treasurer Michael Spencer
Secretary Lauren MacGowens
Sr. Governor Ryan Westlund
Governor Mikelann Scerbo
Governor Drew McPheeters
Governor Bailey Estes
2020-2021 Committee Chairs
Annual Social Laura Morder

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CRC Laura Morder
Stephanie Mages
Directory Morgan Stevens
Facility Tour Catherine Jones
Finance Nick Barrett
Michael Spencer
Jonathan Rumbaugh
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Golf Outing Mike Morder
Gov't Affairs Mikelann Scerbo
Historian Gary McKee

Drew McPheeters
Honors/ Awards Stephen Neiz
Membership Stephanie Gonzalez

Lauren MacGowens
Newsletter Ian Faulconer

Laura Morder
Reception Catherine Jones
Refrigeration Catherine Jones
Research Promotion Drew McPheeters
Student Activities Dante Freeland
Sustainability Ryan Westlund
Tech Awards Stephen Niez
Website/ Electronic
Michael Spencer
Lauren MacGowens
Women in ASHRAE Bailey Estes
Young Engineers in ASHRAE Zach DeLuke

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Programs Mikleann Scerbo

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Upcoming 2022 - 2023 Meeting Dates & Themes: 

December 14,  2022 - Sustainability, Membership Promotion & Research Promotion

February 22, 2023 - Membership Promotion, YEA & DEIA

March 8, 2023 - Past Presidents, Awards and Research Promotion

April 12, 2023 - Students, Government & Historian

May - Refrigeration & Spring Tour


Please join us for the final webinar of
National Capital Chapter ASHRAE’s 2020/2021 season:


December 14, 2023

3:30-5:30 PM - PES Seminar

5:30 - 6:30 PM Happy Hour

6:30 - 8:00 PM Dinner

Overview of ASHRAE Standard 211 Commercial Building Energy Audits & the District of Columbia’s Building Energy Performance Standards

Energy audits are important tools for improving energy efficiency in existing buildings. The emergence of Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) in the region—in Washington D.C., Montgomery County, Maryland, and the State of Maryland— concurrently increases the potential utility of energy audits while changing owner requirements to achieve long-term energy savings and fulfill other regulatory requirements. This two-part seminar describes scoping, outcome considerations, BEPS requirements, and best practices for energy audits in support of DC BEPS and an overview of ASHRAE/ACCA/ANSI Standard 211-2018.

Cristine Gibney

Cristine Gibney, DC Department of Energy & Environment


Cristine Gibney is the Technical Compliance co-lead in the Building Performance & Enforcement Branch at the Energy Administration, District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment.  She is responsible for compliance and enforcement of the District’s new Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS).  Cristine is a US Army strategist turned building scientist and holds MS Sustainable Design and Master of City & Regional Planning degrees from the Catholic University School of Architecture and Planning.


Joseph Hofstetter, Karpinski Engineering

Joe Hofstetter, PE, CEM, LEED AP, is Karpinski Engineering’s Director of Building Performance and Sustainability. Joe helps organizations get more value out of their building assets through energy and sustainability improvements. Joe is a member of ASHRAE and participates in the ASHRAE National Technical Committee for Building Energy Performance. He is Committee Chair for the third edition of the ASHRAE Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits. He is also a member of the advisory council for Baldwin Wallace University’s Institute for Sustainable Business Practice. Previous speaking experience includes “Retro-Commissioning: On the Road to Better Building Performance” (2016 KAPPA Spring Meeting), “ASSESS: A Green Building Challenge Session” (Cleveland 2030 District and NEO USGBC), and “Energy Savings and Efficiency in Healthcare Facilities” (Electro Expo 2015).

Dinner - Montgomery County’s Building Energy Performance Standards

Montgomery County in Maryland began rolling out its Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) program this year. This seminar provides an introduction to navigating Montgomery County’s new BEPS program, including requirements, timelines, and resources available to improve building energy performance.

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Lindsey Robinett Shaw, Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection

Lindsey Robinett Shaw serves as the Senior Chief for the Energy and Climate Office in Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection. Her primary role is to implement the climate mitigation activities outlined in the Climate Action Plan while supporting energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability programming for businesses and residents in the County. Before coming to the County, Lindsey was an environmental consultant serving the Federal sector and has experience in the sustainable nonprofit world as well. She is a LEED AP® O+M and holds the Energy Efficiency Practitioner credential from the Association of Energy Engineers. Ms. Shaw received her master’s degree in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University, and her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Analysis from Boston University.

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Emily Curley, Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection

Emily Curley is the Building Energy Performance Programs Manager for Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection. She is responsible for the management and implementation of the energy benchmarking law and building performance standards, to promote the sustainability goals of Montgomery County within the commercial building sector. Previously, Emily worked on energy consulting in the private sector at InSite, sustainability management at American University, and energy efficiency advocacy at the Alliance to Save Energy. She is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED AP® O+M.

If you have attended any of our previous virtual meetings and still need a certificate, please email and request a survey link. Your completed responses will qualify you to receive your certificate as a pdf via email.

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.

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