December 2023 Capitalaire


The National Chapter of ASHRAE

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December 2023

President’s Corner

National Capital Chapter Members,

October was another successful month for our chapter. We continued our Virtual PES on the “CO2 Emission Reduction in the Building Industry” from Rachel Coyle was timed appropriately with ASHRAE’s focus on Decarbonization. Rachel brought insight into high level strategies as well as identifying key players pushing this movement forward. We rounded out the Decarbonization topic with our dinner presentation given by  Sean Casey titled “Decarbonizing the Built Environment – Reducing Embodied and Operational Carbon from Net Zero Design.” Sean touched on how designers can help support decarbonization and how ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 228 comes into play.

As a reminder, a major benefit to being a member of the National Capital Chapter this year is that we offer the virtual PES for FREE, meaning no-cost continuing education credits for our licensed professionals!

December’s theme is Research Promotion and Government Activities. Research Promotion (RP) is the fundraising arm of ASHRAE that helps support development of standards, guidelines, handbooks and fund cutting edge research for our industry. Without it, ASHRAE would not be able to continue to push the limits of our industry. This is entirely funded from donations through the members of ASHRAE and I highly encourage in this season of giving to consider ASHRAE as one of your donations! For more information on the Research Promotion program, and how you can get involved, please reach out to our RP Chair Stephen Wetherhold at

We at the National Capital Chapter are in a unique position to support ASHRAE’s on going Government Activities efforts. Being located around the Capital region, we have easy access to local and national officials. Government Activities helps to drive energy efficiencies and policies that support the overarching goals of ASHRAE Society, but it cannot happen without involvement at the local chapter levels. For more information on Government Activities in our area, please reach out to our committee at

As the holiday season is upon us, I want to personally wish all of our membership Happy Holidays. However it is you chose to celebrate, please make sure to enjoy the time with family, friends, etc. This is a special time of year for me to relax, recharge and reflect on the past year. I hope you all can do the same.

Please note however, that we have one more meeting for the calendar year prior to the holidays coming up on December 13th. Hoping you all can join!

Wishing our members all the best!


Mike Morder


ASHRAE National Capital Chapter

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Board of Governors & Committee Chair Contact

Board of Governors Email Address
President Mike Morder
President-Elect/Vice President Jonathan Rumbaugh

Treasurer Michael Spencer
Secretary Lauren McGowens
Sr. Governor Ryan Westlund
Governor Bailey Estes
Governor Stephanie Gonzalez
Governor Zach DeLuke
Governor Dante Freeland
Committee Chairs Email Address
Annual Social Bailey Estes  
Joe Stephens
CTTC Zach DeLuke  
Programs Ian Faulconer  
Directory TBD
Finance Michael Spencer
Jonathan Rumbaugh
Mike Morder
Nick Barrett
Golf Outing Stephen Wetherhold  
Gov’t Affairs TBD
Historian Ryan Westlund
Honors/ Awards Stephanie Mages
Membership Stephanie Gonzalez
Newsletter Jackie Rhodes
Reception Molly Sizemore
Catherine Jones
Refrigeration TBD  
Research Promotion Stephen Wetherhold
Student Activities Dante Freeland
Alex Ratliff
Sustainability Jesse Fox
Website/Electronic Communications Caroline Evans
Diversity in ASHRAE Caroline Evans  
Bailey Estes
Young Engineers in ASHRAE Ryan Cleary


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ASHRAE Membership,

Your Board of Governors for the National Capital Chapter are excited to welcome our membership back for our 2023-2024 season!

We are reaching out to inform you of a major shift in our monthly chapter meeting cadence for this year. The board has made this decision to allow for flexibility and increased engagement from our local membership.

Our meeting day schedule will now be as follows:

Professional Engineering Seminar (PES) - VIRTUAL
When: 12 PM - 1 PM EST.
Where: Link will be provided when registered for each meeting.
PDHs will be provided to all attendees as in the past.

Dinner Meeting/Happy Hour - Held in Person at new venue
When: 5:30 PM - 8 PM EST.
Where: Rhodeside Grille (1836 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA)

Formal meeting invites will be sent, but for now, mark your calendars for our fall and spring meeting dates:

Wednesday, December 13th, 2023
Wednesday, February 7th, 2024
Wednesday, March 13th, 2024
Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at our events this year!

ASHRAE National Capital Chapter Board of Governors


Please join us for the second meeting of National Capital Chapter ASHRAE's 2023/2024 season:

Wednesday, December 13th, 2023

Theme: Research Promotion / Government Affairs

PES from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST (Virtual)

Dinner from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST (In Person)


Topic: Hybrid Ventilation Strategy Implemented Early in Design Process to Achieve Cost/Carbon Savings and Enhanced IAQ

When: 12 PM – 1 PM EST

Where: Link will be provided when registered for this event. PDHs will be provided to all attendees as in past.

Tony Fuchs Bio:

Mr. Fuchs is a Mechanical Engineer at CMTA with over 10 years of experience in the consulting engineering field. He is responsible for managing, supervising and performing design of the engineering components of major architectural and engineering projects.  He has been crucially involved in several of CMTA’s largest and most innovative sustainable design projects.  His expertise is in commercial, industrial, community, life sciences and healthcare projects.

Presentation Abstract:

This session introduces a new approach to hybrid ventilation to achieve low carbon building operations. The new approach is based on an expanded definition of hybrid ventilation systems that includes air cleaning in addition to ventilation (natural and mechanical). This new approach is supported by recent updates to the IAQ Procedure in ASHRAE 62.1 and builds on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic regarding layered strategies and equivalent air changes. The presentation focuses on updates to Standards and the early adoption of strategies to achieve enhanced IAQ and Carbon Savings.

CMTA, Inc. is the national leader in engineering high performance, sustainable design solutions and zero energy buildings.


Topic: Liquid Cooling in Data Centers

When: 5:30 PM – 8 PM EST

Where: Rhodeside Grille (1836 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA)

John Boggs Bio:

In his role as Director, Thermal Solutions at Vertiv, John serves as the corporate technical interface for large end-users and consulting engineers who specialize in mission critical thermal designs. A key function of this role is to provide input on product development based on customer needs and market demands, with a recent focus on the rapidly growing liquid cooling market.

In previous roles with Vertiv, John has been responsible for building out global project teams that focus on the business shift from traditional Enterprise to Multi-Tenant Data Center (MTDC), Colocation, and Hyperscale customers. Prior to that he served in various technical and sales roles dedicated to the latest Thermal market growth needs.

John has been with Vertiv for 20 years and holds engineering degrees from Ohio State University and Ohio University.

Presentation Abstract:

The increase of high-performance computing along with the increased use of AI and edge computing, the issue of cooling high density spaces has become critical.  The data center industry is beginning the transition to liquid cooling.

This presentation will define what high density is and what is driving these heat loads.  The technology that is currently being integrated into today’s data centers.  Also, how is liquid cooling meeting and exceeding sustainability goals.

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Your comments after each presentation help us to improve educational offerings in the future.


Please welcome our newest members to the National Capital Chapter!

Mirwais Azizi

James Tancabel

Marcia Degnan

Lydia Barker

Meghan Hagenbarth

Scott Donelson

Alexander Rees

Maxwell Hope

Yusuf Arslanalp

Justin McAdam

Kevin Hicks


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:

We encourage you to make your donation to one of our National Capital endowed funds in the following section:

Foundation - Foundation Endowed Research Funds 23-24

Thank you so much for your support!

Below are some projects in our region funded by the ASHRAE 22-23 RP Campaign:

 Flammable Refrigerants Post-Ignition Simulation and Risk Assessment Update
GEXCON US - Bethesda MD

Investigation of Ignition Temperature (Hot surface and Auto Ignition) for 2L Refrigerants
AHRTI - Arlington, VA
Completed RP Mar. 2019
Transport of Indoor Biological Dust
PENN. STATE U-Parichehr Salimifrad

Airside heat transfer augmentation using multi-scale analysis and shape optimization for compact heat exchangers with small hydraulic diameters
U-MARYLAND - Daniel Bacellar

Demonstrating the application of novel multi-criteria ventilation algorithms in office buildings
DREXEL U. - Tom Ben David

Quantifying Non-Energy Benefits of High-Performance, Urban Elementary School Buildings
CATHOLIC U. - Emily Oldman

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