Chapter - Past Activities

2017-2018 Term - Chapter Past Activities

2017-07-01 - Session begins (2017-2018)
2017-08-10 - Region IV CRC, Greensboro

2017-09-13 - September Monthly meeting:
Presentation: Fixing the Great Indoors: HVAC and Indoor Air Quality
Most of the time, we breathe without a thought, hundreds of times each hour – unless there’s a problem. When something’s wrong, it’s due to pollutants, people, pathways, and pressure differences. The best solution often is to find the sources and control them, or fix the pathways and pressures. This presentation will focus on what goes wrong in our buildings that engineers can manage –intakes, dampers, filters, coils, drain pans, fans, and controls. Instead of testing, a visual inspection (walk-through) can identify many likely sources and pathways, which are often inexpensive to fix.
Speaker: Henry H. Slack, Environmental Engineer, US EPA, Reg 4, Atlanta, GA

2017-10-11a - October Monthly meeting:
Presentation #1: ASHRAE TC9.6 - Health Care Facilities Design Update
This session will be about the recent activity in the ASHRAE Technical Committee TC9.6 Healthcare Facilities. Technical Committee 9.6 is concerned with the application of ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, life safety, and energy conservation systems to healthcare facilities. These facilities include hospital (acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation), primary care outpatient facilities, ambulatory care facilities, small primary outpatient facilities, outpatient surgical facilities and assisted living facilities. TC 9.6 also addresses energy conservation, environmental comfort, infection control, and life safety issues in these facilities.
SPEAKER: Pavel Likhonin, PE, CEM, Dewberry Engineers, Inc.

Presentation #2: Regulatory Roadmap, Navigating NC's Healthcare Code Landscape
The governing codes and standards for healthcare facilities design in North Carolina is ever-changing and complex. Mr. Alex Harwell will provide a comprehensive overview of the requirements for healthcare facilities design work in North Carolina, and provide a clear direction for successful implementation of the latest requirements including NC Division of Health Service Regulation (NC DHSR), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and NC State Building Codes. Mr. Harwell has a unique perspective with over 20 years of professional experience, 8 years in healthcare including former NC DHSR Inspector. Please join us for this informative presentation.
SPEAKER: Alex Harwell, Dewberry Engineers Inc.

2017-10-20 - Cornhole Tourney (Lynnwood Brewing Concern)
2017-11-02 - Plant Tour, Phononic (Solid State Temp Control)

2017-11-08 - November Monthly meeting:
Presentation #1: Attracting and Retaining Women in Engineering
SPEAKER: Ginger Scoggins, PE, CEM, CxA, LEED® AP, Principal

Presentation #2: GGAC Legislative Update

2017-11-14 - Lunch meeting w/ USGBC:
Presentation: Energy Modeling for LEED v4 Projects
Discuss how energy modeling can be used to deliver successful LEED projects, including direct applications to LEED credits. Present lessons learned from applying energy modeling to LEED projects and navigating the LEED review process.
SPEAKERS: Brian Turner, PE, LEED AP, Assistant Principle & RJ Hartman, EIT, both with Clark Nexsen, VA Beach, VA

2017-12-02 - 5k Fun Run (Cary, NC)
2017-12-13 - Xmas Party (222 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC)

2018-01-10 - January Monthly meeting:
Presentation: bEQ, ASHRAE’s Building Energy Quotient Labeling Program
This presentation charts the development of ASHRAE’s Building Energy Quotient labeling program for commercial buildings and describes its purpose, importance, benefits, and how it differs from other labeling programs, in the context of national and international labeling activities. Characteristics and features of the In Operation and As Designed types of labels are presented. The process for application of each of these types is described, including the criteria evaluated, the rating scale, the certificate, dashboard, and display plaque, as well as the certification requirements for professionals who support each type. A summary of lessons learned in the In Operation pilot program will highlight the rigor associated with the bEQ label.
SPEAKER: Bruce D. Hunn, Ph.D. (ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer), Consultant in Building Energy Analysis, Raleigh, NC

2018-02-13 - February Monthly meeting:
Presentation: Public Service Natural Gas Update
This month's program will focus on natural gas pipeline enhancement & expansion in the Carolinas and SCANA Corporation, the company that provides this regions natural gas.
SPEAKER: Don (Rusty) Harris, PE, President and Chief Operating Officer of PSNC Energy

2018-02-23 - Bowling (AMF Pleasant Valley Lanes)

2018-03-16 - March Monthly meeting:
Presentation: Key Impacts of ASHRAE Standards on Waterside Design
Many ASHRAE Standards have become building code in North America. Engineers, Contractors and Owners are expected to apply these Standards to their buildings. In many cases, we find in the real world of HVAC Hydronic systems a lack of awareness and understanding of basic important sections. This seminar will take a common-sense approach to specific sections of ASHRAE 90.1-2010/2013 and discuss how they have a direct impact on Water side HVAC installation and design. Topics covered:: History of ASHRAE 90.1, 90.1-2010 and 2013 Current Requirements, Waterside Economizers and 90.1 90.1-2016 Future Requirements.
SPEAKER: Chris Edmondson, CEO James M. Pleasants Company, Inc., Greensboro, NC

2018-04-07 - Volunteer at Marbles Museum

2018-04-11 - April Monthly meeting:
Presentation: Impacts of Climate Change and Urbanization on Future Building Performance
With the increasing interest in climate change driven by human activity, recent research has focused on the impact of climate change or urban heat island on building operation and performance across the world. But this work usually aggregates the energy and peak demand impacts across a broad sector. In a recent study, impacts on the operating performance of an office building were estimated based on climate change and heat island scenarios in 25 locations (20 climate regions). This presentation presents the variation and differences among the 20 regions when climate change is introduced. The focus is on changes in comfort conditions, building equipment operation as well as daily patterns of energy performance using prototypical buildings that represent typical, good, and low-energy practices around the world. Other issues such as fuel swapping as heating and cooling ratios change, impacts on environmental emissions, and how low-energy building design incorporating renewables can significantly mitigate any potential climate variation are also presented.
SPEAKER: Drury B. Crawley, Ph.D. Director, Building Performance, Bentley Systems

2018-04-13 - Cornhole Tourney (Lynnwood Brewing Concern)
2018-04-19 - Webcast (ASHRAE, Energy Efficiency)
2018-04-26 - Refer Tour, Graybeard
2018-04-27 - Volunteer at Community Food Bank
2018-04-28 - Volunteer at Durant Park
2018-05-09 - Golf, spring (River Ridge)

2018-05-09 - May Tech Session (before golf event):
Presentation: Hydronic System Design. "Air Management and System Pressurization in Hydronic Systems" Air in hydronic systems can cause many problems, including corrosion, noise, reduced pumping capacity, and air bound coils. In this seminar, we'll review these problems, and discuss how to resolve them.
Speaker: Chris Norwood, PE, James M. Pleasants Company He is a 1997 graduate of NCSU in Chemical Engineers and has 20 years of industry experience between York International and James M. Pleasants Company.

2018-06-06 - Day on the Hill

Newsletters: ("The Pipeline") published 2017-10, 2017-12, 2018-03, 2018-05

2018-06-31 - Annual Term ends