The National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE is pleased to announce....

The September Chapter Meeting

of the 2014-2015 Society Year! 

 WEDNESDAY, September 17th, 2014
Hilton Arlington
950 Stafford Street
Arlington, VA 22203

Registration is now full!  Thanks for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at the meeting.  Remember to register early for the October meeting to guarantee a seat. 


Professional Education Seminar
VRF/VRV – Commissioning, Controls Contractor and the End User
Panel Discussion – Michael Jackson, Charlie Ayers, Seth Adams

This month’s PES presentation will be a unique panel discussion regarding the full cycle of VRF/VRV systems. Our panel will consist of a group of qualified professionals involved in the building industry. Discussion topics may include any of the following items:

  • VRF/VRV System Overview
  • System Commissioning & Start Up
  • Perspective from:   The Controls Contractor and End Users 


VRF/VRV – Code Regulations and Applicability
Doug Tucker – Mitsubishi Electric

 In September’s dinner presentation Doug will discuss the regulatory environment of HVAC&R with specific emphasis on the codes and standards related to Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) equipment and installations.

  Register HERE!

Yes – We ARE Energy Professionals!

Mark your calendar…



CEU and PDH credits available! Go to the website to see the detailed schedule and use code WEECNews1 for your $200 Registration Discount (must register before September 19th!):


  •          Federal Energy Management Workshops (FEMWorks)
  •          Energy Management & Energy Awareness
  •          Handling & Managing Data
  •          High Performance & Green Buildings
  •          Industrial Energy Management
  •          New Business Opportunities and Energy Trends



Fall 2014 Study Groups

Check out the article on this in July's ASHRAE eSociety here! 

How Does it Work?

Members of all ages interested in participating must fill out and submit their registration through the NCC ASHRAE website.  (See registration link below).  Based on responses from registration, Study Groups will be formed on a “Rolling Admissions” basis based on the following criteria:

  •          Exam type and target exam date
  •          Preferred study location
  •          General availability
  •          At least one YEA member per Study Group
  •          No more than 6 people per Study Group
  •          One YEA member from each group will be required to act as a “YEA Facilitator”


What is a YEA Facilitator?

The YEA Facilitator is the person responsible for managing their assigned Study Group.  Generally, the YEA Facilitator will need to:

  •          Organize and facilitate Study Groups based on group member needs
  •          Determine dates, times and locations of Study Sessions


How can this Study Group Benefit Me?

Our first Study Group for the April 2014 examination had a 100% pass rate!  The following are testimonials from some of our most recent Study Group participants:

“One of the biggest benefits was getting to meet people outside of your office. Everyone had a really unique experience and it really helped the group to be well rounded. Everyone tackled problems differently and had different strengths and weaknesses so overall it really helped the study process. I know I personally learned a lot from my co-studiers. Plus, sometimes it just helps to have some people to commiserate with while you’re studying.”  – Mary Opalka, PE, LEED AP BD+C

I found so much value in meeting with other engineers going through the same exam anxieties.   I saw it as a great venue to discuss everything surrounding my personal, focused cramming: how to prep, what to study, where the exam is, what to bring, etc.  The PE study group was a great compliment to my own exam prep.” – Alex Wyczalkowski, PE, LEED AP BD+C

How Do I Sign Up?

Simply click the link below and answer all the questions!  Once submitted, the YEA Committee will contact you within a week regarding the status of your submission and will put you in contact with the appropriate chapter members.

Happy Studying!





Montgomery County passes Sustainability Bill--volunteer for Work Group 

Earlier this spring, Montgomery County, Maryland passed Bill 2-14, Environmental Sustainability – Buildings – Benchmarking, which requires the county and owners of certain non-residential buildings in the county to benchmark the energy use of its facilities, making this the first county in the United States to pass such a law.  Their Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for the implementation of this law, which requires DEP to establish a Benchmarking Work Group. 

This Work Group will review the benchmarking process as applied to county-owned facilities and also provide a report to the County Council and County Executive with recommendations on the benchmarking process as applied to privately-owned facilities, including any proposed amendments to the County law.   Representatives in the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protections were very excited that ASHRAE members might want to participate in creating the recommendations for all privately-owned facilities in that County and encouraged our attendance. 

The first meeting will be held Tuesday, September 16, 2014 starting at 2:00 pm in the Executive Office Building (101 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD) Auditorium.  The Executive Office Building is located off the Rockville Metro Station.  Additionally, there are several paid parking lots and garages close by.

A more detailed agenda will be sent out by DEP at the end of August.  Registration is free and open to all who would like to attend. 

Please use this link to register.