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Information about make-up date TBA

Viega 1800 Southwood Drive,Nashua NH

The presentation will start with an overview of common pathogens in potable water distribution systems following a more detailed description on how pathogen colonies multiply in biofilms located on the inside wall of piping systems. The next part of the presentation will be a discussion on ASHRAE 188 and current codes and standards addressing the risk of pathogen growth in various mechanical and plumbing systems in commercial buildings. To minimize the risk of pathogen growth in potable water distribution systems several design concepts will be presented at the end of the session

Speaker Biography: Rudi Tillmann
Rudi Tillmann is the Sales Engineer for Viega responsible for Viega’s technical support in the northeast region. He works closely with engineers, contractors and code officials to ensure that Viega’s products are specified to the manufacturers approved applications.
Rudi has been with Viega for 13 years where he held positions as a product designer, product manager and currently holds the position as Sales Engineer.
Rudi holds a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Applied Science, Cologne, Germany. He is an active member of the Boston ASPE and ASHRAE chapter.

5:00 Arrival and cocktail reception
6:00 Dinner
6:45 Presentation
7:45 Discussion and questions
8:00 Adjornment

Knowlton, Rick rknowlton@buckleyonline.com
Reservations can also be made by paying in advance via PayPal: http://www.nhashrae.org./paypal-1
Cost:  Members $40   ●   Guest & late registration $45   ●   Student $20
ASHRAE is a non-profit and consequentially cancellations must be charged
* please note the special price change for this event due to venue and food charge



The Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) Committee of the EESE Board is convening a series of Stakeholder Workshops.  The first of which will be held this Friday (2/10/17) at Eversource in Manchester (Residential – AM, Commercial/Industrial/Municipal – PM).  Please see the workshop series announcement through the link below:



The detailed Feb. 10 workshop agenda is at:


The review and discussion of NH utilities’ commercial, industrial and municipal energy efficiency programs will be discussed from 1:30 – 4:30 pm.


The workshops will provide key stakeholders in NH and the general public the opportunity to influence, early in the planning process, how utilities serving the state are intending to achieve the EERS over the next three years. Utility representatives will describe their plans, and stakeholders will have the opportunity to ask questions about and provide feedback on the ideas presented. The workshops are being offered in advance of submittal of the utilities’ draft plans to the EESE Board in April of 2017.


How to Participate

All workshops are open to the public, and will be held on the dates and times listed in the attached announcement and at the locations noted. Stakeholders can participate in person or by calling into a teleconference number and connecting to a specific Web Conference link.   The workshops will be recorded and made available free of charge after each event. So for those unable to participate on the actual workshop date, will be able to review all workshop materials and provide comments in writing.


This link provides a brief public statement from the EESE Board regarding the EERS itself.



The full NH PUC EERS order is found at:



For more information about these workshops, please contact Elizabeth Nixon, NH Public Utilities Commission, 

tel. 603-271-6018, <Elizabeth.Nixon@puc.nh.gov


Press Release
January 12th, 2017

On January 12, 2017 the Granite State Chapter of ASHRAE toured the newly expanded Laars’ facilities in Rochester, NH. Twenty-four (24) members and guests were treated to an enlightening tour and presentation about the gas fired boilers developed by Laars, and included the recently updated, 12,000 sqft boiler certification lab. The facility includes two classrooms with live boilers in each that can accommodate up to 35 students each (which can be expanded to one large classroom) and a dining facility.

Laars is a 150,000 sqft facility that employs 150 people and they would hire more if they could find experienced people. Laars, a privately owned subsidiary of Bradford-White, was relocated to Rochester in 1989 from its original home in California. The company was started to manufacture swimming pool heaters but has grown to manufacture and sell a wide range of heating boilers and domestic hot water heaters. Their product line includes 10 heating boilers that range from 50,000 Btu/hr to 5,000,000 Btu/hr in output.

The tour was hosted by the new VP and GM Rich Simons, who was previously with Honeywell. He replaced Bill Root, who retired last fall. The manufacturing area tour was conducted by John Warner, Director of Sales. The tour of the test lab was conducted by Chris Jacques, Director of Engineering and the after-dinner presentation was given by Tod Hebert, Northeast Regional Sales Manager. The highlight of the tour was the new certification lab. Sorry, no photos allowed. But the lab includes fifteen test stations, including two which are outdoors as many of Laars boilers are designed and built to be located outside. The newly expanded facility means that boilers no longer must be shipped to a certification lab so the certifying agency representative comes to Laars.

Main “take-aways” from the presentation: (1) When retrofitting a facility with a new, gas fired boiler, proper exhaust venting of the boiler can be the most complex issue facing the facility owner/operator, and (2) fully condensing boilers can have a seven to nine-year payback.

Boiler controls cover led-lag, daisy-chain, hybrid, BAS, Bacnet, LonWorks, and Modbus. Controls can be on-board or separate from the boiler.           


ASHRAE and YEA are excited to announce the inaugural YEA Leadership Weekend 2.0 (YLW 2.0) event! YLW 2.0 will be held May 5-7, 2017 in Tiburon, CA (just outside of San Francisco) and is designed to provide additional soft skills training and personal/professional development strategies to YLW alumni. 


Registration is $500 and includes hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday, meals during the event, and all necessary materials and resources. Airfare and any ground transportation costs are not included.


Who can attend?

This event is open to any current ASHRAE member who has previously attended a YEA Leadership Weekend or YEA Leadership International event (you do not still need to be considered a YEA member to attend).


When can I register?

Registration will open on Monday, November 14th at 11am Eastern, and registration will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Registration is limited to 15 attendees, so be sure to register early to secure your spot.


Visit www.ashrae.org/YLW2.0 for more information, a program overview, and to register next week.


If you have any questions, please let me know.


We hope to see you there!



Rhiannon Masterson
Assistant Manager - Membership
1791 Tullie Circle NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

Tel: 678-539-1178



Note:  For those that are interested in becoming more active with our local Granite State Chapter of ASHRAE, there are committees position and potentially committee chair person positions available for 2016-2017 year.



For NH Government Affairs updates, please refer to articles below.  For any questions, please contact Bruce Buttrick:  codeenforce@bow-nh.gov.