President Bahnfleth (far right; standing) connects with Boston Chapter student members.
President Bahnfleth Speaks at Boston Chapter Meeting
By Dan Diorio, Boston Chapter president elect; Michael Gilroy, Boston Chapter Chapter Technology Transfer Committee chair; and Mark Leonard, Boston Chapter Publicity chair
WALTHAM, MA – ASHRAE President Bill Bahnfleth drew nearly 100 attendees as the headline attraction and the main speaker for the evening at the November Boston Chapter meeting. The evening was promoted as Student Night and Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Night and also included a Tech Session in addition to the main program.
While the lively social gathering gained steam in the lobby, others enjoyed our second Tech Session of the year. The chapter once again teamed with U.S. Green Building Council-Massachusetts and International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) Boston to present updates on Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2012, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (EED) v4. Michael Pulaski, from Thorton Tomasetti’s Sustainability Practice, started with a walk-through of the changes within the latest LEED rating system, specifically highlighting areas of importance to the HVAC&R industry. Chris Schaffner, from The Green Engineer, then provided the audience with clarifications of Standard 90.1 and its relation to IECC 2012 and the state’s Stretch Code. Both presentations were recorded and will be made available on IBPSA’s website.
While the Tech Session was ongoing, Bahnfleth was conducting a casual roundtable discussion with the early-arriving student members. He sat with nearly a dozen students from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Wentworth Institute of Technology and talked about the importance of ASHRAE for the up-and-coming generation of the industry. The group talked about the manner in which their student branch chapter operates, their goals and how their current course curriculum applies to ASHRAE.
With the meeting being promoted as Student Night, Dan Diorio, chapter president, recognized the more than 20 students in attendance. He outlined the main goals of the committee, and provided information about Society-level scholarships and chapter scholarships. The Student Night activities were concluded by formally introducing Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology as the sixth and newest student branch supported by the chapter.
Michael Gilroy, Boston Chapter Chapter Technology Transfer Committee chair and former student of the featured guest and speaker, provided a glowing introduction for Bahnfleth. Bahnfleth then took to the stage to discuss Building Energy Quotient (bEQ), ASHRAE’s labeling program for new and existing buildings. Bahnfleth spoke mainly about the contributing factors that comprise of this energy performance rating scale. Also included in the presentation was the comparison of bEQ to other building energy modeling programs.
The chapter was grateful to have President Bahnfleth in attendance. He connected with many student members and chapter members while offering tremendous insight on building energy consumption. Boston Chapter President Teri Shannon presented a gift to President Bahnfleth at the conclusion of the meeting as a token of our appreciation.