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April 12 Joint Meeting with Granite State Chapter in Portsmouth, NH

posted Apr 2, 2012, 10:34 AM by Andy Arsenault   [ updated Jun 23, 2012, 2:19 PM by Site Admin ]

Thursday, April 12, 2012

ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer

Joint Meeting of NH & Maine ASHRAE Chapters

Professional Development Hours



3:00 pm Seminar – Presented by James Newman

ASHRAE’s bEQ Labeling and ASTM’s BEPA Standard – What Are the Differences, What Do They Accomplish, and How Are They Going to Affect Your Business?

ASTM’s Building Energy Performance Assessment (BEPA) became an ANSI Standard on February 10, 2011. ASHRAE’s Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) labeling program was published on March 2, 2011, after almost 3 years in the making. It is not a Standard. The bEQ is a report card of energy use and IAQ in an existing building, or prospective energy use for a building being designed,  and will range from A+ to F. All other factors being equal, if two similar existing buildings are up for sale or are seeking tenants, the building with the higher grade will likely be the winner, as a buyer or prospective lessee will realize the energy bills in that building will be lower. The BEPA report will provide much of the standardized information that will become a part of the bEQ report. As a design engineer, it is important that you be aware of what kind of information goes into this report card – and how it can affect you. This presentation will bring you awareness of the difference in the two programs and give you some ideas as to how you can perhaps improve and create a new profit center for your practice, whether you’re a design engineer, a service contractor, or a design-build firm.



4:00 pm Seminar – Presented by Joshua Benoist

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an intelligent model-–based process that provides insight for creating and managing building and infrastructure projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact. Autodesk BIM software includes a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for design, visualization, simulation, and collaboration that uses the rich information in the intelligent model to inform better decision-making and break down the barriers to better business. Learn about advancements in BIM from Autodesk Senior Support Specialist Joshua Benoist. Joshua is the current Granite State ASHRAE President.



After Dinner Presentation – Presented by James Newman

LEED® & Integrated Design – How to Surpass ASHRAE Standards Without Breaking the Bank for Your Client

The days of the architect getting halfway through their design before they bring in the MEP engineer are over. Today it’s all about “integrated design”. Actually, make that “intelligent, integrated design” - the difference between “point-chasing” to get a LEED point and true, good collaboration between architect and engineer. Learn what this really means – to the architect, to you and to your client – and how you can use it to your advantage. New design and installation concepts and new codes and standards are continually being introduced – at an ever-increasing pace.  The intricacies of the 2009 versions of LEED Certification, both for new and for existing buildings, and the owner’s requirements, as well as the new laws and standards being promulgated, require a better understanding of what new types of systems and equipment are available to conserve energy. Hybrid geothermal, dedicated outdoor air, variable refrigerant flow, and measurement and verification to obtain historical data and trending will be some of the systems discussed.


ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer James L. Newman will present both the 3:00 pm Seminar and the After Dinner Presentation

Jim Newman, CEM, LEED AP BD&C, OPMP, BEAP, FESD is Owner and Managing Partner of Newman Consulting Group, an EPA Energy Star® and Rebuild Michigan Partner.


He is active in many professional organizations, a member of BOMA International’s Committee on Energy and the Environment and Chair of the Detroit BOMA chapter’s Task Force on Sustainability. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD), where he is a member of the Construction and Design Committee and is ESD’s spokesperson on energy and the environment.


Jim was a member of ASHRAE's 2008 Energy Policy Document Committee, Vice-Chair of the TC on Industrial Air Conditioning, and a member of ASHRAE TC 5.5, Air-to-Air Energy Recovery.  He is an ASHRAE-certified trainer for Energy Standard 90.1 and was one of 16 provisional energy auditors throughout the U.S. chosen for beta testing of ASHRAE’s new Building Energy Quotient, which measures and categorizes energy use in buildings – and was just released on March 2. At the annual meeting, to be held in San Antonio in June, Jim will be receiving ASHRAE’S Distinguished Service Award.


Jim speaks about Green and Sustainable topics on radio and TV, and gives seminars world-wide to both technical and non-technical organizations on these and other topics related to the construction industry. He has received numerous awards and has been published in many magazines and technical journals. His latest book, co-authored with two attorneys, Current Critical Issues in Environmental Law: Green Buildings and Sustainable Development was published by Lexis Nexis in 2008.



PDH Credit:  One hour of Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be available for each seminar and the after dinner presentation (up to three hours total).



Location: Red Hook Brewery, 35 Corporate Drive, Pease Tradeport, Portsmouth, NH 03801 603-430-8600 www.redhook.com



Start Time

First Seminar

3:00 pm

Second Seminar

4:00 pm

Social Hour

5:00 pm

Dinner (Buffet)

6:00 pm


7:00 pm








Dinner will be Buffet Style.


Reservations Are Required By Friday, April 6 @ noon:

Contact Bob Studley at 603-870-9273 or bstudley@dcne.com with any questions. NH Members: Email your reservation to Chris Saltmarsh at ashraenhreg@gmail.com. You can also make reservations and see additional meeting information at the chapter’s web site www.nhashrae.org.

Maine Members: Email your reservation to Andy Arsenault at aarsenault@apav.com. You can also make reservations and see additional meeting information at the chapter’s web site www.ashraemaine.org.



Members - $35

Guest & late registration - $40

Students - Free


NOTE:  Granite State and Maine ASHRAE are non-profit organizations.  Consequently, cancellations will be charged due to our obligation to the restaurant.