March 2023 Capitalaire


The National Chapter of ASHRAE

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March 2023

President’s Corner

Dear Members of the National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE,

It's been a busy month for our chapter, with plenty of exciting events and activities on the horizon. Before we dive into all that's coming up, I want to take a moment to reflect on our February meeting. We had the pleasure of hosting a fantastic speaker who presented on the important topics of diversity, inclusion, and equity within our industry. The presentation highlighted the need for a diverse and inclusive workforce, and the benefits of fostering a culture of equity. It is essential that we continue to prioritize this important issue, and I encourage all of our members to take an active role in promoting a more inclusive and equitable chapter.


Now, let's talk about what's coming up! Our Women in ASHRAE (WiA) and Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) committees have some exciting networking events in the works, so keep an eye out for announcements. And speaking of events, we will soon be announcing the details for our annual Golf Tournament in May. It's always a great time and a fantastic opportunity to connect with fellow industry professionals.


As always, I urge you to remain engaged with our chapter and the industry as a whole. Attend our meetings, participate in our events, and take advantage of the many educational opportunities we offer. Your participation and input are crucial to the success of our chapter, and we are excited to see what the rest of the year has in store for us.


Thank you for your continued support of the National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE.



Best Regards,

Nick Barrett

Nick Barrett Signature

President, National Capital Chapter, 2022-2023


Board of Governors & Committee Chair Contact

Board of Governors Email Address
President Nick Barrett
President-Elect Mike Morder
Vice President Jonathan Rumbaugh
Treasurer Michael Spencer
Secretary Lauren MacGowens
Sr. Governor Ryan Westlund
Governor Drew McPheeters
Governor Mikelann Scerbo
Governor Bailey Estes
Committee Chairs Email Address
Annual Social Laura Morder
Bradey Jump
CTTC Jonathan Rumbaugh
Directory Morgan Stevens
Finance Michael Spencer
Jonathan Rumbaugh
Mike Morder
Nick Barrett
Golf Outing Mike Morder
Gov’t Affairs Mikelann Scerbo
Historian Ryan Westlund
Research Promotion Drew McPheeters
Honors/ Awards Stephen Niez
Membership Stephanie Gonzalez
Lauren MacGowens
Newsletter Ian Faulconer
Laura Morder
Reception Catherine Jones
Caroline Evans
Molly Sizemore
Student Activities Dante Freeland
Alex Ratliff
Website/ Electronic Communications Michael Spencer
Lauren MacGowens
Caroline Evans
Directory Morgan Stevens
Sustainability Ryan Westlund
Diversity in ASHRAE Bailey Estes
Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Zach DeLuke
Ryan Cleary
Tech Awards Stephen Niez

Nominations 2023-2024

Nominations for 2023-2024 Officers and Board Members 

In accordance with the chapter bylaws, a Nominating Committee formed to recommend candidates for the chapter officers and governors, except President. The President-Elect shall automatically succeed to the office of the President at the conclusion of the President's term of office. Each member elected to the Board of Governors has provided a written statement that the candidate is a member in good standing in the Society and consents to stand for election. The members of the nominating committee Stephanie Mages (Chair), Laura Petrillo-Groh, Scott Houghton, Ryan Westlund, and Alec Petrillo-Groh enthusiastically recommend:

President: Michael Morder

President-Elect & VP: Jonathan Rumbaugh

Treasurer: Michael Spencer

Secretary: Lauren MacGowens

Senior Governor: Ryan Westlund

Governor 1: Bailey Estes

Governor 2: Stephanie Gonzalez

Governor 3: Zach DeLuke

Governor 4: Dante Freeland


Additional nominations of members in good standing who consent orally or in writing to be candidates may be made from the floor at the March Chapter Meeting. If at this meeting more than one such nomination from the floor is made for any one office or membership on the Board of Governors, a vote shall be taken to select the name of the opposition candidate to be placed on the ballot.


Voting for candidates will take place at the April Chapter Meeting. You may also vote for any position by email to Lauren MacGowens,, prior to the April meeting.

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Upcoming 2022 - 2023 Meeting Dates & Themes: 

March 8, 2023

Planning for AI, Machine Learning, and the Metaverse - John Peterson | Accelerating Place-based Clean Energy Solutions - Chris Castro

April 12, 2023

Inside the Box - Fan Characteristics and Applications - Mark W. Fly | Federal High-Performance, low-Carbon, Resilient Buildings Programs - Kinga Porst Hydras

May 2023

Refrigeration & Spring Tour


March 8, 2023

3:30-5:30 PM - PES Seminar

5:30-630 PM - Happy Hour

6:30-8:00 PM - Dinner

Data Centers 2023 - Planning for AI, Machine Learning, and the Metaverse

The data center market is seeing another shift in design, trending toward maximum efficiency, with acceptance of measured risks.  Along with this major companies are aiming to support AI, machine learning, and virtual experience growth, with divergent requirements and growth projections.  In the meantime, many still require as many operational safety techniques as possible to avoid any potential downtime, no matter the reason.  We'll also review the latest from ASHRAE Tech Committee 9.9 following the Winter meeting.



John Peterson - VP Design & Engineering, Evoque Data Center Solutions

John is a specialist in energy and sustainable design for data centers and mission critical facilities.  As a director for data center growth large and small, he has overseen developments from inception to completion to operation, ensuring project success while within budget and deadlines.  For the data center community, he is experienced with advising, teaching, mentoring, consulting, and leading client discussion to quickly prioritize needs.


Accelerating Place-based Clean Energy Solutions

Between IIJA (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act), the CHIPS & Science Act, and the more-recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the federal government has devoted almost $500 billion in grants, tax credits, and other incentives to accelerate America’s energy transition, electrify transportation, and address many of the energy-related challenges facing the nation. Chris Castro, Chief of Staff for State and Community Energy Programs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), will shed light on how the DOE is working to create new formulas and competitive grants that aim to advance our climate and clean energy goals, including building efficiency, electrification and decarbonization solutions across a wide-range of stakeholders.




Chris Castro, Chief of Staff, Office of State and Community Energy Programs

Chris Castro is the Chief of Staff for the Office of State and Community Energy Programs at the U.S. Department of Energy.  Castro previously served as the Senior
Advisor to Mayor Buddy Dyer and Director of Sustainability & Resilience at the City of Orlando, Florida.  Castro is well known for his entrepreneurial efforts prior to coming to the city, including being the Co-founder and President of several companies and organizations, including the global sustainability nonprofit, IDEAS For Us, a clean energy consulting firm, Citizen Energy, and a renowned urban farming social enterprise, Fleet Farming.  In 2020, Chris also joined partners as a Founding Director to launch Climate First Bank, the first B-Corp community bank in Florida working to advance ESG and local investing for sustainability and decarbonization solutions.  Originally from Miami, Florida, Castro holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Central Florida.


young engineers in ashrae

Save the Dates

Region lll YEA Philadelphia Union Soccer Club Tailgate & Game
Where: TBD
When: Saturday, May 20, 2023

Women in ashrae

Save the Dates

WIA Yoga & Networking
Where: FitDistrict 2300 Wilson Blvd suite 110 Arlington, VA 22201
When: Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 5:30-7:30 PM

Tickets Here

NCC ASHRAE Spring golf outing

Save the Dates

Spring Golf Outing
Where: Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club, 41601 Raspberry Drive Leesburg, VA 20176
When: Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Sign up Contact:

Historian's Archives

As the NCC Historian, I (Ryan Westlund) am always looking for opportunities to share something about the buildings of the DC metro area. As a strong believer in anthropocentric design, it also behooves us to dig into the people for which buildings have been built or to whom they are dedicated in History. This is one of those looks back.

Every morning, my wife walks our 6-year-old to Kindergarten at Myrtilla Miner Elementary in Northeast D.C. Although you may not recognize her name on an elementary school, you may have seen The Myrtilla Miner Building at Howard University. If not, and given International Women’s Day is this week and after just coming out of Black History Month it seemed appropriate to dig into a bit of our own local History.

Here is a great article, The Story of Myrtilla Miner: Uplifting the Black Scholars of the Nation's Capital, recently published in The Dig, a publication by Howard University, to highlight Miner and her great contributions. Additionally, it provides a history about the building on Howard’s Campus, which has been chosen to kick-off the major campus renovation that has begun in the last few weeks. For those in our Chapter that are privileged to work on the Miner Building or other projects in the Campus Master Plan, the Board would love to hear from you, so that we can share with the chapter and AEC community.

government affairs

There are plenty of opportunities to engage in policy conversations on building energy and climate change in 2023! Here are a few local events to check out

Decarbonization Symposium and Legislative Fly-In, hosted by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International
Where: The St. Regis Hotel, Washington, D.C.
When: March 14-15, 2023

Montgomery County Energy Summit, hosted by Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
Where: Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD, 20910
When: March 28-29, 2023

Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy
Where: Capital Hilton, Washington, DC
When: April 11-13, 2023

2023 Montgomery County Energy Summit

Join Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection at the 10th Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit!

The annual Montgomery County Energy Summit offers cutting-edge education focused on the latest trends in green building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy in Montgomery County.  

Montgomery County continues to adopt policies and programs that move the building sector to an energy efficient, low-carbon future in line with the County’s climate action goals. Such policies require additional buildings and types to benchmark and report energy use data, set a framework for building energy performance standards that require most existing buildings to become more energy efficient over time, require all-electric new construction, and continue to adopt progressive building codes.

This year’s Summit will focus on preparing the commercial building community for compliance with energy benchmarking, building energy performance standards, and emerging building codes. Day 1 of the 2023 Energy Summit is designed for building owners, managers, and facilities staff. Attendees will learn about energy benchmarking and performance requirements for commercial buildings and resources available to assist in improving building performance, including receiving utility incentives, financing building upgrades, securing building permits, and installing electric vehicle charging stations. In the afternoon, attendees can speak ask questions and receive hands-on support from subject matter experts. Energy audit demos will also take place throughout the day.

Day 2 of the 2023 Energy Summit is geared to building and energy professionals and consultants, though building owners, managers, and facilities staff are welcome to attend for a more in-depth discussion about County energy regulations and strategies to meet them. Day 2 will provide learning sessions on strategies and case studies from commercial and multifamily buildings. Day 2 will close with a networking event and reception from 4:30-6:00 p.m. 

Registration open February 1 to March 24. Learn more Here.

Meet your elected officials!

We're working to arrange an opportunity for you to meet your elected officials to talk about ASHRAE! To get involved and learn more, please email and include your zip code.

Part of Government Affairs is to educate our elected officials about what an important role ASHRAE plays in the built environment. We want our elected officials to turn to ASHRAE as a key resource of information as they work on policies that affect anything from energy efficiency to indoor air quality to legionella safety. This is a great opportunity to highlight your experience as an ASHRAE member with one of your elected officials.

Meet your elected officials!

We're working to arrange an opportunity for you to meet your elected officials to talk about ASHRAE! To get involved and learn more, please email and include your zip code.

Part of Government Affairs is to educate our elected officials about what an important role ASHRAE plays in the built environment. We want our elected officials to turn to ASHRAE as a key resource of information as they work on policies that affect anything from energy efficiency to indoor air quality to legionella safety. This is a great opportunity to highlight your experience as an ASHRAE member with one of your elected officials.

ASHRAE Technology Awards Program

The purpose of the ASHRAE Technology Awards program is to:
  • Recognize ASHRAE members who design and/or conceive innovative technological concepts that are proven through actual operating data;..
  • Communicate innovative systems designs to other ASHRAE members;
  • Highlight technological achievements of ASHRAE to others, including associated professionals and societies worldwide, as well as building and facility owners...

Each year the Society may present awards in six categories: Commercial Buildings (New, Existing, Existing Building Commissioning); Institutional Buildings (New, Existing, Existing Building Commissioning) Health Care Facilities (New, Existing, Existing Building Commissioning); Industrial Facilities or Processes (New, Existing, Existing Building Commissioning); Public Assembly (New, Existing, Existing Building Commissioning); Residential

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