October’s monthly meeting will feature David Schurk ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer to talk about the transmission of various pathogens (especially SARS-COV-2) through the air. David will present on best practices at reducing occupant exposures to airborne diseases in various buildings and facilities based on the ASHRAE Position Document on infectious Aerosols.
Topics addressed will include:
- The latest ASHRAE guidelines and recommendations
- Mechanical filtration upgrades
- Proper humidity design & control
- UVGI systems for coil, in-duct, and upper room use
- Bipolar Air ionization & other advanced IAQ technologies
- Ozone considerations, concerns, and regulations
- Specific COVID-19 recommendations
- Written by Jason Filler
Hello ASHRAE Northeast Members,
Here we are starting a new ASHRAE year 2020-2021. A year full of challenges, a different and unusual year. We starting this abnormal year with a challenge that threatens the whole world, COVID-19 (Corona Virus) epidemic. This epidemic which made the world stays at home. The world is looking to scientists and physicians to find cure and vaccination. But also, the world is looking to engineers to make buildings, schools, universities, offices, restaurants a safe place to limit the spread of this virus.
ASHRAE was the leader to take a very advanced step and started the COVID-19 Task Force. The task force started to work immediately to provide guidance on how to limit the virus spread in the buildings. They provided a lot of information on the buildings reopening strategies. They provided different measures to help provide more healthy buildings. Also, ASHRAE established a section on the society website dedicated only for COVID-19 to provide a lot of useful and important technical information for HVAC engineers to limit the spread of the virus in the buildings.
Although of all the challenges that we have this year, we at ASHRAE Northeast decided that we need to keep the life going. We need to keep serving our members and our society. We will keep having our monthly meeting virtually until we feel it is safe to have it in person. We will have different activities without compromising the safeties of our members by following all the rules from CDC and the state.
We are looking for volunteers to join our board. We have a few positions and chairs that we are looking for our members to help with.
Young Engineer Committee
Research Promotion committee
Award & Honor Committee
I wish you all to stay safe and looking for serving you.
Ramy Girgis, PE
ASHRAE Northeast Chapter
- Written by Ramy Girgis
NORTHEAST CHAPTER HISTORY REPORT
Virtual Chapters Regional Conference (CRC)
The CRC was supposed to be hosted by the Maine chapter on August 13-15, but because of the pandemic it was changed to a virtual on line conference. All chapters were in attendance our Delegate – Kevin Houghtaling and Alternate – Ramy Gingris represented the Northeast chapter. Also in attendance were Stan Westhoff and Rich Vehlow and some chairs of the Northeast chapter. A chapter history display was made and a photograph was posted on the Region I Basecamp.
The awards and certificates for last year will be presented at a future chapter meeting.
The chapter will have a golf outing on September 18, 2020 at the Western Turnpike Golf Course. There will be a number of restrictions and no dinner, but we are happy that we can have one thanks to Kevin Houghtaling's efforts.
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 (9/2020)
- Written by Marianne Schumacher
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