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February 19 Meeting

posted Feb 6, 2013, 7:41 AM by Andy Arsenault   [ updated Mar 13, 2013, 1:00 PM ]

To my fellow ASHRAE members,

                We’ve made to the half-way point and the heart of the AHRAE year.  I attended the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Dallas at the end of January and the trade show was spectacular.  Over 50,000 people attended.  I was also able to make the Region I dinner at Sonny Bryant’s Steakhouse (BBQ) and met with Joe Furman, Region I RVC and many others from the Northeast.  Our Maine Chapter was well represented in the buffet line. 

                Last month we had a wonderful dinner presentation from Lew Harriman, ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer on how HVAC Systems Help or Hurt a Building.  Pictured below is Lew Harriman (Left) and our own Distinguished Lecturer, Bill Lotz (Right).  Thank you to everyone who attended and another thank you to those who emailed me the DL evaluation forms.  Lew scored very high with the chapter and we look forward to having him back again.

               For our adopted Habitat for Humanity’s project in Freeport, the construction schedule is starting to come together.  We are looking at Friday or Saturday dates at the end of May through June for the Maine ASHRAE Chapter to be on site and help with framing and construction of the homes.  Also, from Chad Mullin at Habitat:   I wanted to let you know that we are looking into an alternative heating option. Upon receiving our energy model for each until, we realized that we were putting in boiler systems that are just too big for what we need. Therefore, we are not getting nearly the efficiency that the boiler can produce. We are considering moving to an electric heat pump instead. I was wondering if any of your members sell, design, or service these systems?”   If anyone has some input they would like to provide, please send me an email and I will get you in touch with him.

                The information for our February meeting follows.

 Meeting Date:  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19th


Location:  Bank of Maine Ice Vault

            Large Conference Room, 2nd Floor

            203 Whitten Road

            Hallowell, ME



Time:   4:45 BOG Meeting

            5:30 Ice Vault Tour

            6:00 Catered Dinner and Presentation


Course Title: R-22 Alternatives (NATE ID # 1532-0004, Time » 1+ hrs.)

  (Course Difficulty Level – Basic to Intermediate)


Course Description:  Attendees of this session will receive an update on the status of the R-22 phase-out, supply issues, and relevant regulatory / legislative activity.  Additionally, they will gain an understanding of universal and product specific retrofit issues.  Lastly, they will have an increased awareness of the need for an R-22 transition strategy, as well as the ability to make an informed decision when selecting a retrofit solution.

Course Outline:

Refrigerant Regulatory Update

Transition Strategies & Terminology

R-22 Replacements

Universal Retrofit Issues

Blend Component Comparisons

Oil Related Issues

Retrofit Metrics / Recommendations



Stephen V. Spletzer is the Senior Technical Sales Engineer for Arkema’s Forane® Refrigerants Team.  Prior to his time with Arkema, Stephen worked for the Army Research Laboratory at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland.  He has spent the last 18 years in applications, and specializes in the testing, characterization, and retrofitting of air-conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Stephen also heads up Arkema’s refrigerant seminars program, and has personally conducted hundreds of refrigerant / equipment based training sessions for contractors and service technicians across the USA and Canada.  He is actively involved with many industry organizations and has written and developed a number of articles and training videos for the HVACR industry.

Meeting Schedule for 2012 – 2013:

September 11th

SMCC Campus Tour

South Portland

October 9th

Radiant Design


November 13th



December 11th

Baxter Brewery Tour


January 8th

Lew Harriman - DL


February 19th



March 12th

Tex-Tech Tour, Biomass

Augusta Area

April 10th (Wed)

Joint Student Meeting


April 11th (Thrs)

Joint NH Chapter Meeting

Portsmouth, NH

May 14th

CTTC Full Day Seminar


June 11th

Golf Outing


Maine Chapter Officers

Jonathan Kerbel


Aaron Lewis

President Elect

Paul Reddington

Vice President

Jeff LaPierre


John Eisenhart




Gary Robinson

Board of Governors

Mike Richards

Board of Governors

Dick Rollins

Board of Governors



Mark Chambers

Student Activities Chair

Ryan MacLean

Membership Promotion Chair

Paul Reddington

Research Promotion Chair

Brice Kosnik

CTT Chair & Webmaster

Andy Arsenault

Reception Chair

Roger Willett

Refrigeration Chair

Dan Thayer

Government Affairs Chair

Matthew Murphy

YEA Chair

Russ Martin

Programs Chair


Newsletter Editor

Russ Martin

Chapter Historian

 Should you have any questions or comments regarding the chapter affairs or suggestions on future dinner meeting topics, outreach opportunities, or how to make our chapter an even stronger organization, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of our chapter officers.

Jonathan Kerbel

ASHRAE Maine Chapter President


(207) 885-5040