October Programs

Thank you to everyone that came out in September to see Society President, Ron Jarnagin.  Ron presented his presidential theme, “Sustaining ASHRAE Through Leadership” and the Central Florida chapter presented awards to our members for their outstanding volunteer efforts.  It was a great start to our year and I hope you all enjoyed it!

This month we welcome Kent Hobart from OUC to share with us their Industrial and Commercial Incentive Program.  OUC offers financial incentives to businesses that install energy efficient upgrades in their facilities – good news for local facilities owners, contractors and engineers!  Many of you may remember meeting Kent last year when he presented a YEA Tech Topic at a chapter dinner meeting; we liked him so much we’re bringing him back again this year.

October is also Student Activities night – my favorite night of the ASHRAE year.  Our chapter student activities committee is where I first became an ASHRAE volunteer and it’s still my favorite committee to devote time to.  The current committee has a ton of great activities planned for students of all ages and I encourage you to help them out and get involved.  Attending the meeting in October is a great way to show support for our students & hear more about what the committee is up to!

See you all at the meeting on the 13th.

What’s New in YEA?

For 2011-2012, the chapter has scheduled a number of events including a refrigeration tour, tech topic sessions, and our 3rd Annual YEA Dodgeball Tournament!

In November, we will have an industry tour of a local facility, (exact date and time TBA).  All of our members are welcome to attend the tour and social that follows.  Past tours have proven to be great opportunities for members to see large scale refrigeration systems in operation.

Tech topic sessions give YEA members an additional look at the main speaker’s topic and an opportunity to meet students and young professionals from our chapter.

The 3rd Annual YEA Dodgeball Tournament will be held in the spring of 2012.  Last year’s tournament was highly competitive and this year’s event should be even more so.  Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the excitement as we continue to improve the Dodgeball tradition!

Similar to previous years, our mentorship program will continue. This program creates an opportunity for professional partnership between a YEA member (young engineer, recent graduate, or student) and a professional member from our chapter. The experienced professional provides assistance and resources for the young member’s transition from college to the work industry (such as interview preparation, career path guidance, and professional development).  This year, we are looking to form five groups (each group consists of one mentor and one mentee).  Every member of this chapter can participate in this program. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, please send an email to palbers@peifla.com.

Government Affairs Report

Update – USGBC Lawsuit Dismissed

Back in December we wrote about the class-action lawsuit filed by Henry Gifford claiming that the USGBC practiced false advertising when it claims that homes with the LEED Certification have energy bills up to 50 percent lower.

The case was dismissed by the Federal Court “with prejudice” which means that the suit can’t be filed again base on the false advertising claims. The lawsuit was filed in the federal court as well as the New York State Court. The Federal Court ruling also dismissed the state court case, as well.

Washington Engineering Program Interns Deliver Presentations on Capitol Hill

Participants in the 2011 Washington Internship for Students of Engineering (WISE) program recently delivered presentations on Capitol Hill on a wide range of engineering issues.

ASHRAE’s 2011 WISE intern, Minjoo Lee of Bucknell University, wrote a paper and resented on barriers and opportunities regarding the adoption, enforcement, and compliance with energy standards and codes.

Minjoo’s presentation and paper is posted on ASHRAE’s Website at http://www.ashrae.org/advocacy/. The paper is a PDF document that you can download.