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November 2016 Meeting Recap
By: Andrew Krenning
November 2016 Meeting Notes and Recap
The 2016/2017 ASHRAE Boston Chapter meeting and tour was held at the new Bruins training center Warrior Ice Arena in Boston, MA. The event was kicked off by a great networking and social hour presented by our event and drink sponsors. For the third month in a row, we had great turnout and new faces in attendance looking to network with fellow members of the HVAC community as well as get a chance to tour the new ice rink facility. The meeting was officially kicked off by ASHRAE Boston Chapter President William Tang who welcomed everyone in attendance. William introduced Mr. Steven Rosen as this year’s recipient of the Boston ASHRAE Hall of Fame. This award recognizes Chapter Members who have gone above and beyond in their efforts within the engineering community and ASHRAE. This month’s meeting was also Young Engineers in ASHRAE night presented by Joe Dussault and Student Activities night presented by Yuka Narisako. They both got up and gave an update on upcoming activities for their respective groups and how you can get involved.
Nancy Gould and Nicholas Chiarelli of WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Boston, who were both involved with the project, came up and gave a great presentation. Both Nancy and Nicholas talked about some of the finer details of the project around the HVAC systems and how they function. They also talked about the challenges that arose during the design and construction of the facility and how the design team worked through them to complete a very successful project. At the conclusion of the presentation, everyone was invited to tour the facility in smaller groups to get a good behind the scenes look at the HVAC and refrigeration systems. Mr. Peter Comeau, CEO and Co-Owner of RECCO out of Woburn, MA who was the installing contractor for the refrigerant ice system talked about the unique systems in this project and how it all came together during the tour. Overall the design and construction team associated with the project did a great job talking about the project and giving us a tour of this great new Bruins practice facility and community ice rink. If anyone is interested in more information on the rink, Bruins practice schedule, leagues or open skate times please visit their website at www.warrioricearena.com .
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September 2016 Meeting Recap
By: Andrew Krenning
The 2016/2017 ASHRAE Boston Chapter meeting season was kicked off at the Embassy Suites in Waltham, MA. The evening started with a networking and social hour that allowed the attending members and guests to catch up after the summer break. It was great to see a number of new faces that either haven’t been to a meeting in a while or were attending the meeting for the first time. The first portion of the meeting was started by the ASHRAE Boston Chapter President William Tang who welcomed all of the attending members and guest to the first chapter meeting of the year. William introduced last year’s President and Research Promotion Chair Stacie Suh, who gave an update on the RP program and the goals for the Boston Chapter. She also introduced the 50/50 raffle that will be done at every meeting this year. Next, Membership Promotion Chair Dan Carington gave an update on the membership for the chapter and urged any guest to sign up and become a member.
The main presentation on “Lessons Learned” was given by Mr. Steven Tafone. Mr. Tafone is the VP of Engineering at Suffolk Construction and has more than 35 years of experience in the construction and HVAC&R industry. He began the presentation by loosening up the audience with a few jokes including explaining to the audience that he wasn’t old, but just experienced. As the jokes continued for the few first few minutes he rolled right into a number of topics including electricity for HVAC Engineers, AHU’s and DOAS systems, humidity systems and an interactive game of What’s Wrong With This Picture. Mr. Tafone included some great refresher information on electricity and its components related to the HVAC industry. He made some great points around designing a system and the potential issues with not fully understanding the electrical systems that serve them. He stressed the importance of understanding the basics of how electricity works, what it looks like in the field and what to look for when troubleshooting problems in the field. Under the topic of air handling equipment, Steve included some great examples of issues he’s encountered with AHU setup, airflow movement, ductwork connections and controls. When discussing humidifiers, he made the point that there are systems that DO leak water into the space and those that WILL leak water into the space. He highlighted some valuable lessons learned with humidifiers on control valve sizing, sequencing and how the overall system should be installed. To conclude the presentation, he shared a very valuable flowchart that he uses for problem resolution.
We look forward to everyone joining us at all of the meetings this year. We have a great year of different and interesting topics, speakers and events. Please visit our calendar of events on our website to save the dates in your calendar. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter @ASHRAEboston and on LinkedIn for all the latest news and event updates.
April 2016 Meeting Recap
By: Deanna Adkison
Although there was no main meeting in April, the Boston ASHRAE chapter had plenty of events going on. The New Product & Energy Show 2016 was hosted at Lantana’s in Randolph. The show was sold out and there were a total of eight (8) seminars for members to attend and earn PDH credits. Thank you to all exhibitors, presenters and attendees!
The next event was held for the 2015-2016 sponsors at Post 390 so that the ASHRAE Boston chapter could show their appreciation and recognize all of the sponsors who have supported the chapter this past year. Thank you again to SMACNA, Daikin, RDK Engineers, RenewAire, RG Vanderweil, Stebbins Duffy, Filter Sales & Service, Inc, R.T.Forbes Company, J.S. Fleming Associates and Victaulic.
To wrap up the month, a social gathering was held at Night Shift Brewing which included networking, food, flights, and a tour of the brewing facility.
We hope to see everyone at this month’s Installation of Officers event and next month at the Golf outing.
March 2016 Meeting Recap
By: Andrew Krenning
The joint March ASHRAE Boston and AEE New England chapter meeting was held at the Metro Meeting Center.
The evening started with a networking and social hour allowing the members and attendees from both organizations to socialize. The meeting portion of the evening was kicked off by ASHRAE Boston President Stacie Suh who welcomed everyone from both chapters in attendance. She started with introducing AEE New England President Samuel Nutter. Mr. Nutter provided some details on the upcoming GLOBALCON conference that was being held that week in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center. He also expressed gratitude towards ASHRAE Boston Chapter members for continuing the joint meeting campaign as well as hosting the meeting in downtown Boston.
The main presentation was given by Lew Harriman on Real-Work Integrated Design – Case Histories of both Productive and Problematic Interactions between Architectural Designs and HVAC systems. Mr. Harriman is the Director of Research at Mason-Grant Consulting in Portsmouth, NH. He has 40 years of experience researching and solving problems related to energy, humidity and moisture in buildings and industrial processes. In 2010 Lew was elected a Fellow of ASHRAE and in 2012 he received an appointment as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer. He started off the presentation talking about the strong connection and relationship between the HVAC systems and the overall building enclosure.
If either of these elements aren’t properly designed together, it can lead to issues throughout the buildings life. The fundamental issue revolves around the normal pressure of a dynamic relationship and how the design deals with those elements. Air infiltration into a building can cause serious problems in all climates and will also impact the overall building energy use, occupant comfort, condensation and possible mold growth.
The architectural design and installation can create the gaps that allow the infiltration, buts it’s the HVAC design and installation that creates the pressure that determines the amount of infiltration into the building. Both building leaks and HVAC leaks can create problems, but HVAC leaks most of the time create a majority of the issues within the building. Look forward to seeing everyone at next chapter meeting that will be held on Tuesday, April 12th at Lantana’s for The New Product and Energy Show.
February 2016 Meeting Recap
By: Andrew Krenning
The first chapter meeting of 2016 at the Metro Meeting Center started with a networking and social hour.
The meeting portion of the evening was kicked off by ASHRAE Boston President Stacie Suh who welcomed everyone to Membership Promotion, Young Engineers and Research Promotion night. She started with introducing Dan Carington who gave an update on
Membership of the Boston ASHRAE chapter. The YEA Chairperson, Christine Reinders, gave an update and brief overview of YEA for the Boston Chapter and the national program. She talked about the importance of getting new and young Engineers involved and how YEA can help members get involved with participating at a local and national level. The Research Promotion Chairperson, Dan Diorio, gave an update and talked about the meaning of the program and how important it is to the ASHRAE organization.The main meeting presentation was given by Steven Friedman who is the Director, Facilities Engineering Design and Construction for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. The presentation was on Infrastructure Resiliency in Healthcare facilities and how the world’s oldest and largest private cancer treatment center dealt with these issues after Super Storm Sandy and how they are preparing for the future. Mr. Friedman started by giving everyone
background on the facility and its location within the area that was hit the worst during the storm and subsequent flood waters. He continued with showing the aftermath and damage that occurred to the building’s main infrastructure and how that affected the Center’s
ability to serve its customers and its overall financial impact. With the lessons learned during the storm, Sloan Kettering’s standards moving forward are to incorporate flood prevention procedures and storm mitigation design strategies with regular Healthcare Facility MEP design criteria, requirements and standards. This includes adding flood protection at the property line, elevating all critical building infrastructures above the DFE and incorporating structural strategies that mitigate the risks associated with water infiltration through the building structure and walls. They have been able to study the cost associated with these additional measures in the new building and it would easily pay for itself if another similar storm were to affect the area.
Look forward to seeing everyone at the March meeting, which will be held at the Metro Meeting Center in Boston.
January 2016 Meeting Recap
By: Andrew Krenning
The first chapter meeting of 2016 was kicked off by ASHRAE Boston President Stacie Suh who welcomed everyone to Past President’s and History night. She started with introducing all the Past Presidents that were in attendance at the meeting and thanking them for their service to ASHRAE and the Engineering Community. An update was given on the new ASHRAE Boston website and everyone was encouraged to visit the new site and spread the word. Eric Edman was introduced and provided a great history lesson on the godfather of air conditioning, William Cullen and the progression of the industry all the way to Willis Carrier.
Christine Reinders, ASHRAE Boston YEA Chair, talked about the upcoming ASHRAE winter meetings in Orlando and how everyone can get involved. She presented a brief overview of what a technical committee is and provided information on why it’s important to join and get involved. The main meeting presentation was given by Steve Bistak who is currently a Sales Executive with Novatorque on the topic of electric motor efficiency and permanent magnet motors. He covered the different regulations that are in place for high efficiency motors and the current options that are available for overall better efficiency. He outlined the PMAC motor performance advantages specific to some of the real world savings that are displayed by these motors. He covered the different permanent motor types, and the requirement to have an individual VFD per motor and that no sine wave bypass is available with these motors. He mentioned that most VFD manufactues make VFD’s that are used on PM motors, but to be careful in retrofit situations when trying to re-use existing VFD’s. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the February meeting, which will be held at the Metro Meeting Center in Boston. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter @ASHRAEboston and on LinkedIn for all the latest news.