ASHRAE Northeast Newsletter - November & December 2020



Greetings !




Presidents Message - December

Hello Fellow ASHRAE Northeast Members,

It's December … We made it to the end of 2020 year. This year was full of unprecedented events.  If we learn one thing from this year, it will be that "We need each other". Each one of us is playing an important role in this life.

In our chapter, we wanted to end the year with something special, we wanted to have a different end. We wanted our last meeting to be different. So, we will have Charles E. Gulledge III (ASHRAE Society President for 2020-2021). Mr. Charles, is a PE, Fellow ASHRAE, HBDP, LEED AP.

 Mr. Charles is an amazing speaker, I had the opportunity to attend his presentation during our region 1 CRC.

Unfortunately, we will continue with the virtual meetings. We will post the announcement and open the registration soon. Please keep your eye open on our website I hope to see everyone at the meeting.    

We are still looking for volunteers to join our board. We have a few positions and chairs that we are looking for our members to help with. 

Refrigeration Committee

Young Engineer Committee

Research Promotion committee

Award & Honor Committee

Program committee

If you are interested to join any of these committees or you want to get more information about them, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I wish you all to stay safe. 

Ramy Girgis, PE

President 2020-2021

ASHRAE Northeast Chapter

Get to Know your ASHRAE Board : Decembers Monthly Interview

Starting this ASHRAE year each month one of our many volunteers on our Northeast ASHRAE Board, who help make the Chapter what it is, will be interviewed. Not only will this give our other members an opportunity to get to know them better (especially while we have virtual meetings), but it will also give the opportunity to learn more about what each person is involved in within our Chapter. Learning about the positions within our Chapter Board is a great starting place to getting involved!

This months interview is with Charlie Casey, who is our Chapters current Chapter Secretary. The questions are the black underline, and her responses are in blue underneath.

1.    What is your current role with our ASHRAE Chapter and what does that entail for Board responsibilities?

I currently serve as the chapter Secretary. I work in cooperation with other Board Members to organize our business sessions.  My responsibilities include serving as a Board Member, detailing chapter meeting minutes, organizing chapter meetings, maintaining meeting records, and other various activities

2.    How long have you been in the industry / ASHRAE and what experience do you have?

I have been in the industry for 6.5 years.  I spent my first 4 years working in the Boston, MA office with Johnson Controls.  When there was an opening in the Johnson Controls Albany office 2.5 years ago, I transferred and moved home to Troy.  In my role as a Consulting Engineering Account Executive, I focus on assisting Consulting Engineers in their HVAC Equipment and Controls system design.  I graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  I also attained my M.B.A. from Boston College while I worked out of our Boston office.

3.    What do you enjoy to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I spend the majority of my day outdoors.  I spend a lot of my time working on my house and surrounding property.  I enjoy staying active and playing sports like hockey, soccer, and lacrosse.  I have an interest in cars and snowmobiles, while filling the rest of my free time by playing guitar.  With a baby due mid-December, my spare time activities will certainly change! 

4.    What is your favorite thing about being involved in ASHRAE?

I enjoy being part of a group with similar professional interests.  ASHRAE has given me a platform to meet many members of the local HVAC community, expand my network, and develop new friendships.  Additionally, it is great to be involved in activities for our members as well as local college students who show interest in this field.


ASHRAE Monthly Meeting Schedule for 2020-2021

Going forward until further notice Northeast ASHRAE Monthly Meetings will be virtual using Goto Webinars. Below is the scheduled dates for 2020-2021 - as presenters are announced we will keep you posted. 

To get started, click on the following registration link for that specific monthly meeting date. Put in your name and email information and click "Register". Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email sent to the email you provided with instruction on how to access the meeting. You will also get a reminder email 1 day before and 1 hour before with the meeting information and access to join the webinar.

Northeast Chapter Monthly Meeting 

Click to the link to Register for the Monthly Meeting 

Tues, Dec 15, 2020

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Tues, Jan 19, 2020

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Tue, Mar 16, 2021

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Tue, Apr 20, 2021

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Tue, May 18, 2021

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Tue, Jun 15, 2021

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

December - Chapter History

The Past Presidents & History Night will be evening of our December meeting.  All Northeast Chapter Presidents will be welcome as guests of the chapter.

The year was 1958 and the following were the officers of the Empire State Capital Chapter of ASHAE:

President:  E.J. Mahoney

1st Vice President:  M.E. Waddell 

2nd Vice President:  B.E. Mullen

Secretary-Treasurer:  E.E. Phillips

BOG: W.A. Smith, F.R. Foote and J.L. Ottenheimer

The December 10,1958 meeting was held at Fords’ Tavern in Albany, NY.  President Mahoney announced that the ASHAE-ASRE merger had been passed by formal vote of the voting membership of both societies.  The local ASRE chapter is to be extended a formal invitation to join us at our February meeting.

The speaker was Miss Beatrice A. Hicks, President of Newark Controls who gave a talk on the effects of shock, vibration, acceleration and temperature on the design of air craft controls.

That is the way it was on December 10, 1958.

Submitted by Chapter Historian,

Stan Westhoff (12/2020)

2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference Registration Is Open

ATLANTA (December 1, 2020) – Registration is now open for the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference, February 9-11, 2021. The convenient online format of the conference will allow for global participation with a group of the world’s leading presenters delivering timely and useful industry content.

“ASHRAE’s Virtual Winter Conference will include three-days packed with learning and live discussions from top experts,” said 2020-21 ASHRAE President Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E. “This is the perfect platform and opportunity for built environment professionals to take advantage of the Society’s strong technical content. The conference will provide us the opportunity to amplify ASHRAE’s important research and resources to address the challenges of the times we’re living in.”

The conference will feature nearly 98 live and on-demand sessions with updates from Society leaders and virtual networking events. Technical sessions will address building performance, COVID-19, energy conservation, refrigerants, ethics, equipment and standards. Conference registration is now open at

During the weeks leading up to the conference, ASHRAE will also conduct virtual business, committee and technical meetings that are typically held during onsite at the Winter Conference.

The cost to attend the virtual conference is $249 for ASHRAE members ($479 for non-members, which includes an ASHRAE membership for one year). For additional pricing, please visit

Registration includes:

Tuesday, February 9 – Thursday, February 11 – Live Event

  • More than 35 technical sessions presented live, including sessions scheduled for live participation from attendees in different time zones across the globe.
  • Leadership Moments providing updates from Society leaders.
  • Keynote presentation hosted by Women in ASHRAE.
  • Live 30-minute forum sessions for interactive participation.
  • Opportunities to interact with fellow attendees in 30-minute round table discussions and meet-ups.
  • Recognition of more than 150 award recipients of ASHRAE’s most prestigious society awards.
  • Conference proceedings. Download the technical papers, conference papers and extended abstracts.


  • 26 live Q&A chat sessions for on-demand paper session for the opportunity to chat with speakers scheduled on Friday, February 12.
  • All sessions presented live will be recorded and available on-demand until August 11, 2022.
  • Over 80 additional on-demand sessions accessible on your terms for 18 months.

The technical program is comprised of eight tracks, exploring occupant comfort, energy systems use and examining how to improve HVAC efficiency on a global scale.

"Engineers and designers are being tasked to take closer looks at buildings and their systems to provide comfort to the occupants while also finding ways to reduce the impact on the environment and energy use,” said Maggie Moninski, chair of the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference. “The 2021 Winter Conference attendees will be given a great opportunity to learn from some of the leaders of the industry with a focus on the foundations of the HVAC&R industry along with specialty topics like International Design and the Future of HVAC Work."

ASHRAE President Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E. will provide an update on the 2020-21 Society theme, The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0.” Members will be recognized for the industry and Society accomplishments. Major contributors to ASHRAE’s Building campaign, RP campaign and scholarship donors will also be recognized.

Professional development hours can be earned for all on-demand sessions and more than 35 live sessions upon successfully completing a short quiz. Registration includes access to all the technical content on-demand for 18 months. Company packages are also available.
To learn more and to register, visit

New Alternative Care Site Guidebook Available to Help Respond to the Rising Need for Hospital Beds due to COVID-19

New Alternative Care Site Guidebook Available to Help Respond to the Rising Need for Hospital Beds due to COVID-19
Guidebook Developed by a Joint Task Force Established by the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

ATLANTA (November 20, 2020) – As many communities are setting up alternative care sites (ACS) in response to spikes in COVID-19, the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force announced the availability of the Alternate Care Site HVAC Guidebook, which was developed by the ASHRAE Alternate Care Sites Task Force.

The task force was convened upon the request to the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide engineering recommendations, solutions, and guidance to address the HVAC systems for ACS.

ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force healthcare team member, David Eldridge, PE, BEAP, BEMP, HBDP, GGA, LEED AP, and Alexander Zhivov, Ph.D., FASHRAE, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineer Research and Development Center, co-chaired the ASHRAE Alternate Care Sites Task Force.

“Our work over several months has resulted in a guidebook that will be useful in current and future efforts to address the demand for additional hospital beds in combatting COVID-19,” said Eldridge. “This has been a collaborative initiative from the start and we want to thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as military and private engineering experts who came together to develop this timely resource.”

“This guide was developed in response to the growing need for flexible patient care space to be deployed in locations where permanent hospital beds are insufficient for the number of COVID-19 positive patients needing care,” said Zhivov. “The guidebook provides recommendations for applying standards which are used for permanent facilities to temporary sites under less than ideal conditions or with time, budget and technical feasibility constraints.”

The ACS HVAC guide is primarily applicable to host sites with large open spaces such as convention centers and other large spaces. It is also applicable to the conversion of smaller facilities with open areas such as school gymnasiums.

Specific recommendations include guidance for design requirements, air flow, filtration, space conditions and methodology for identifying which mechanical system approaches may be pursued knowing that most ACS must prioritize certain features due to limited time, budget, and site characteristics.

To view the complete Alternative Care Site HVAC Guidebook and other COVID-19 resources, visit

ASHRAE Tech Hour - Earn 1 PDH Credit per Video

ASHRAE Tech Hour brings you the latest technical content presented by some of ASHRAE’s brightest minds. Tech Hour videos are just one hour, worth one PDH*, and conveniently available through the ASHRAE 365 app of the website below. Download ASHRAE 365 on the App Store or Google Play. To find out more information, follow the link below to the ASHRAE Society Website

*Due to the cancellation of many in-person ASHRAE Chapter meetings and the DL program, the PDH period for Tech Hours has been extended through December 31, 2020

Tech Hour #1: Optimize Occupant Health, Building Energy Performance and Revenue through Indoor-Air Hydration                   Presented by Stephanie Taylor, M.D., M. Arch., Taylor Healthcare Inc., CEO

Tech Hour #2: Where have All the Ethics Gone?                                                                                                                        Presented by Richard H. Rooley, FREng, Rooley Consultants

November - Chapter History


What makes 100%?  What does it mean to give more than 100%?  Ever wonder about those people who give more than 100%?  We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give more than 100%.?  Here is a mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions: If you use the following:

A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, E=5, F=6, G=7, H=8, I=9, J=10, K=11, L=12, M=13, N=14, O=15, P=16, Q=17, R=18, S=19, T=20, U=21, V=22, W=23, X=24, Y=25, Z=26

Then:   H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K 

            8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11= 98%

And:     K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E


But       A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E


And      B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T


And look how far ass kissing will take you.


            1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

Now you can conclude with mathematical certainty that while Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close and Attitude will get you there, it is the Bullshit and Ass Kissing that will put you over the top.  You now know why Politicians are where they are.  (Thanks to Eric Edman, Boston Chapter Historian for this mathematical formula)                                                                                                                         

Chapter History & Past Presidents night is planned for December.  The Life Members night is planned for April.  More details will be forthcoming as the dates approach.  It is possible that Society President Chuck Gulledge will be attending one of our meetings. 

Submitted by Chapter Historian,

Stan Westhoff (11/12/20)


Upcoming Events:

Presenter: ASHRAE President Charles “Chuck” E. Gulledge III

Tuesday, 15 December 2020 11:45am - 01:00pm

Northeast Chapter December Virtual Meeting - Free Event

Presenter: Charles “Chuck” E. Gulledge III, P.E., HBDP, LEED AP 

                  2020-21 ASHRAE President

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Topic: “The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0.”

Bio: Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E., HBDP, LEED AP, Fellow ASHRAE, is ASHRAE’s President for the 2020-21 term. Gulledge previously served on the ASHRAE Board of Directors as president-elect, treasurer, vice president and director-at-large.

For his time and dedication to ASHRAE and the industry, he is the recipient of numerous awards including the Exceptional Service Award, Distinguished Service Award, Chapter Service Award, Regional Award of Merit, two ASHRAE Technology Awards and the Dan Mills Technology Award.

His theme for the 2020-21 ASHRAE Society Year is “The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0.”

“Why should we engage in digital transformation? To gain a competitive advantage amongst our peers, position ourselves as the go-to resource for clients, improve margins, provide greater value, and attract and retain a digitally skilled workforce.”

In addition to his time served on the Board of Directors, Gulledge has served as chair of the Members Council and the President-Elect Advisory Committee, chair of the Finance Committee, chair of the Standards Membership Ad Hoc Committee, chair of the Development Committee for Fundraising, and as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer. He has held ASHRAE Society-level leadership roles on many standing committees, technical committees and presidential ad hoc committees.

Gulledge’s theme focuses on reimagining the building industry and ASHRAE’s place in it by integrating not only industry segments, but also technology.

“Digital transformation is not simply associated with adopting new technical solutions. Knowledge needs to be captured and linked in such a way that ALL relevant stakeholders’ benefit. Doing so requires understanding of how to collect, store, and analyze data; so that it is insightful and actionable.”

In addition to his contributions to ASHRAE, Gulledge’s career in HVAC spans over 36 years. He entered the industry as an engineer-in-training with Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, working on transit system infrastructure, vehicular tunnels and moveable swing-span bridges. Over his career, he has served the built world in the roles of a consulting engineer, municipal owner and design-build contractor. Gulledge is currently a Senior Mechanical Engineer with Environmental Air Systems, LLC.  He is registered as a professional engineer in the states of North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama and Virginia.

Gulledge’s comprehensive design, construction and operational portfolio covers a variety of  market sectors; including transportation, commercial, educational, institutional, lodging, sports, mission critical, life sciences, healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, industrial, archival, historical, and hospitality. 

Gulledge is a 1983 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is a global professional society committed to serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields.

 As an industry leader in research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE and its members are dedicated to promoting a healthy and sustainable built environment for all, through strategic partnerships with organizations in the HVAC&R community and across related industries.

ASHRAE is celebrating 125 years of shaping the built environment. Become a member of ASHRAE by visiting  

For more information and to stay up-to-date on ASHRAE, visit and connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


To gain access to this chapter meeting - register for the Virtual Goto Webinar Meeting by clicking the link below!

Once you register to attend the event on our Northeast Chapter page, you then need to do the second step of registering for the event for the Goto Webinar by clicking the link below:

Click on the following registration link for the Goto Webinar. Put in your name and email information and click "Register". Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email sent to the email you provided with instruction on how to access the meeting. You will also get a reminder email 1 day before and 1 hour before with the meeting information and access to join the webinar. See attachment for more information. 

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