President’s Corner

The strength of ASHRAE is a diverse and committed membership. This year, the focus of Society and the National Capital Chapter was “Making Connections.” On our chapter level, we have significantly expanded the role of the Women in ASHRAE (WiA) affinity group and many new members volunteered for the many Student Activities events. Our Young Engineers of ASHRAE committee held several events, including joint events with other local societies. The NCC monthly chapter meetings were well attended and very interesting this year! I want to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers and their respective employers for their support and commitment to the National Capital Chapter!

Good luck to all the golfers and thank you for making the Annual Golf Tournament benefiting ASHRAE Research Promotion a hugely successful event year after year. Please keep an eye on your email as we are still planning a building tour for May or early June.

The Region III Chapter Regional Conference (CRC) will be held on August 18 – 20, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A full day of technical sessions will be held on August 18th and will focus on integrated building design, advanced building design, and indoor air quality. All information regarding CRC can be found on the ASHRAE Region III website, here:

Thank you again for your commitment and support. This has been a successful, productive, and rewarding year at the National Capital Chapter.

Best Regards, 

Laura Petrillo-Groh

President – National Capital Chapter, 2015 – 2016   







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GSA Brown-bag Seminar


May 25th, 12-1:30pm


1800 F St NW

(Please remember to bring a valid government issued ID)

Register here!

Session Summary:

This session will provide an overview of the 2015 International Green Construction Code and ASHRAE 189.1, with an emphasis on considerations for jurisdictions or agencies looking to adapt these for use to support green building initiatives. The session will provide an overview of the process used in the District of Columbia for evaluation and go into additional discussion on energy requirements, with contrast of IgCC, 189.1, IECC, and ASHRAE 90.1. An overview of Addendum BM of ASHRAE 90.1-2013 will be included, which establishes a revised framework for energy target setting.

Speaker Bio:

Roger Chang is a principal and director of engineering at Westlake Reed Leskosky, a national architectural engineering design firm. Mr. Chang has collaborated on the environmental design of a wide range of projects, including museums, higher education facilities, performing arts centers, and healthcare facilities. Mr. Chang is the local government activities chair of the National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE and serves as president of the International Building Performance Simulation Association National Capital Chapter. He has taught at both the Catholic University of America School of Architecture and the Pratt Institute. He was selected as a 2014 LEED Fellow and is the recipient of a First Place National Technology Award from ASHRAE. Mr. Chang was a member of the DC Mayor's Task Force on Building Energy Performance Standards and is currently a voting member of the DC Green/Energy Technical Advisory Group. He is a mechanical engineering graduate of MIT and a professional engineer.