ASHRAE March Meeting - Sustainability and Resilience

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Embassy Suites - 550 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451


  • ASHRAE Boston Chapter member registering to attend.
  • Non-member of ASHRAE Boston Chapter registering to attend

Registration is closed

March ASHRAE Event will focus on the Young Engineers Association( YEA) and will be a joint meeting with The Association of Energy Engineers New England Chapter (AEENE).  


Tuesday March 12th, 2019

Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center
550 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451

Meal Menu:

Stuffed Breast of Chicken

Artisanal Rolls and Sweet Butter

Baby Field Greens Salad/Cherry Tomato, English Cucumber, Vegetable Vermicelli Balsamic Vinaigrette

Stuffed Breast of Chicken

Spinach, Boursin Cream Sauce, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Chef's Selection of Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables

Red Velvet Cake

Just Now Brewed Coffee Including Decaffeinated and a Selection of Black, Herbal and Specialty Teas, Iced Tea upon Request

Meeting Timeline:

5:30 - 6:30PM    Networking

5:30 - 6:15PM   Tech. Session: (1.0 PDH)

6:30 - 7:00PM    Social/Registration/Dinner

7:00 - 8:00PM    Main Presentation :  (1.0 PDH)

(1.0 LU for AIA/ CEU Approved )

Meeting Location: Embassy Suite Hotel, 550 Winter St, Waltham, MA 02451

Parking: free

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Additional Information:

·         RSVP by 12:00pm (noon) Friday, March 8th, 2019.

·         If you would like a vegetarian meal, please check box in registration form

·         Please register online whether pre-paying with credit card / PayPal.


ASHRAE Boston Members: $50                  

Non-ASHRAE Boston Members: $60

Technical Session Topic Presentation:

Mark Harrison  will be making a presentation on Design and use of Fire Resisting Ductwork systems as an Alternative Means and Methods in Accordance with International Building Codes.The presentation provides a detailed description of fire resisting ductwork systems which are classified as “Passive Fire Protection” including a technical summary of the test methods and criteria used to enable manufacturers to offer code compliant fire resisting systems. We will address the relevant test standards and what designers should be asking for when specifying fire resisting ducts together with an overview of the applications for these systems. In addition the importance of correct site installation will be covered and will provide a valuable insight on the effects site driven changes to the installation method can have on the validity of the certification and the performance of the system. Finally we will discuss the importance of ancillary products, how to assess the risk/requirement for insulation and alternative uses for fire resisting ducts verses conventional methods.

Technical Presenter Bio: 

Mark graduated in 1988 after completing an OND & HND in Building Construction.

Since then he has been actively involved in the development of passive fire protection products working initially in high integrity steel doors and shutters for 11 years before moving into the HVAC sector in 2000.

In 2002 a couple of years after joining Caswell Engineering Services Ltd and whilst working as a Contracts Manager he recognised an opportunity to develop a fire resisting ductwork system with limited availability of this type of product in the market.

In 2003 Mark, along with the company directors witnessed the first of many fire tests with successful results leading to the CASWELL FIRESAFE® range of fire resisting ductwork systems being launched which are now manufactured under license in Europe, Middle East and Asia.

The success of the product lead to the creation of FIRESAFE FIRE RATED DUCTWORK LTD® and Mark took the role of Technical Manager. In 2011 he joined the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) Technical Group 6 to improve his knowledge and understanding of changes to requirements in the industry.

Continued involvement in the product development and testing lead to joining the British Standards Institute FSH/22/-/09 Technical Committee in 2015 and last year he became Chair of that Committee now representing the UK as an expert in fire resisting ductwork.

In October 2018 Mark was promoted to Commercial Director and in November 2018 he represented the BSI in Europe as a UK Expert which involves writing and developing the European and International Standards (TC127/WG2/TG3 Committee).

Main Meeting Presentation: 

Chonghui Liu will be making a presentation on Sustainability and Resilience - An Example of Community and Campus Energy Assessments. This presentation will focus on the current utility and facility design and management landscape, sustainability and resilience goals, unpredictable natural and human-induced disasters (e.g. Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma within recent months), rising energy costs, and lean operation and maintenance (O&M) budgets present fundamental challenges in the way communities and campuses manage their energy and facility resources. This presentation covers two key industry focuses: sustainability and resilience from a mechanical/energy engineer’s perspective. Examples in different physical scales (community, campus, building, and equipment) will be presented to address sustainability and resilience in building mechanical design, energy assessment/planning, and commissioning practices.

The following topics will include: 

  • Definition of sustainability and resilience
  • Industry guidelines in sustainability and resilience
  • Lessons learned from recent natural disasters
  • Examples of sustainability and resilience in different physical scales:
  • Community (microgrid, energy master planning)
  • Campus (energy master planning and assessment)
  • Building (energy assessment and mechanical design)
  • Equipment (mechanical design and commissioning)
  • Q&A
Main Presenter Bio:  

Chonghui Liu (CL) recently joined Popli Design Group as Team Leader, Energy Services. He has 10 years of experience in mechanical/HVAC design, energy assessment/planning, and commissioning.

CL holds an M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. He is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in the State of New York, Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and LEED Accredited Professional BD+C. He is a project subcommittee voting member (PSVM) of ASHRAE Standing Standard Project Committee 90.1, and a corresponding member of Technical Committee 6.2 (District Energy) and 7.6 (Building Energy Performance).

His technical expertise includes HVAC/plumbing design and optimization, central plant design and optimization, energy master planning and assessments, sustainable design and renewable energy, commissioning and retro-commissioning, and energy/CFD/FEA simulations.

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