FEBRUARY GAZETTE | Our 95th year!
February, 2017 - Vol 64, Issue 5
Inside the Gazette
Notice of Meeting
Upcoming Events
Gazette Sponsors
Meeting Summary
Meeting Pictures
YEA Event
HVAC Design Training
Social Media
Quick Links

Toronto Chapter Website

Meeting Registration

Past Gazette Issues

ASHRAE Society Website

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Board of Governors

Honeywell Building Solutions

Peter Turk P.Eng. 

Vice President  


Brendan McDermott

Past President
Al Porter, P.Eng.

Anne Marie Bundgard
Nailor Industries

Toronto Hydro

Smith + Andersen

The HIDI Group

Humber College


President's Message

Welcome to the February edition of our ASHRAE Toronto gazette. This month we have a number of exciting program announcements to share, including events and courses being offered by ASHRAE to our local Toronto members. We also want to provide highlights of recent events, including our January 2017 dinner meeting.

I am particularly excited about next week's healthcare themed dinner meeting. We will be touring the newly constructed Peel Memorial Hospital, part of the William Osler Health System in Brampton, Ontario. Investments in the healthcare industry across Ontario have stimulated the HVAC/R business and provided the opportunity for engineers, contractors and technology providers to design innovative, energy efficient buildings. Looking forward to learning more about this new healthcare development.

ASHRAE Society has announced that the next HVAC Design Essentials course will be held in Toronto from May 8th to 12th, 2017. This is an in-depth, four day course that provides practical HVAC training, ideal for recent technical or engineering school graduates, engineers new to the HVAC field, those who want to gain a better understanding of HVAC fundamentals, equipment and systems. Humber College has generously offered to host this course at their North Campus in Toronto.

Our January dinner meeting was an incredible success. We toured RBC WaterPark Place and the Cisco Innovation Center in downtown Toronto. We learned about the mechanical design from Mike Anderson (Hidi), the architectural features of the building from Harrison Chan (WZMH) and the integrated technology from Bill MacGowan (Cisco).

We themed our January dinner meeting Past President's night which provided our Chapter the opportunity to recognize all of our ASHRAE Toronto Past Presidents. I am proud to announce that 14 Past Presidents of the Toronto Chapter attended to support this event (the highest number in over 10 years!). Their attendance represented at least 14 years of leadership and volunteerism in the local HVAC/R industry, not including the many years of dedication required to achieve this position.

(Left to Right, Top to Bottom) Michael Rosenblitt (SNC Lavalin); Michael Loughry (HH Angus & Associates); Doug Cochrane (Carrier Enterprise Canada); John Mitterling (Johnson Controls); David Benedetti (Delta Controls); Mike Keen (St. Michael's Hospital); Glenn Kilmer (Kilmer Environmental); Alan Porter (Swegon Vibro Acoustics); Terry Whitehead (Enbridge Gas Distribution); Michael Khaw (Ambient Mechanical); Jim Ovens; Judith Dimitriu; Dave Sage (Kildonan Energy); David Underwood (Past Society President)

I want to personally thank all of the Past Presidents who attended our January dinner meeting for their personal commitment and contributions to ASHRAE. You are always welcome at our ASHRAE Toronto events.

Looking forward to our upcoming program. Stay tuned for more exciting news from ASHRAE Toronto!

Marco Ottavino, P.Eng., MBA
ASHRAE Toronto President
Notice of Meeting

February Dinner Meeting

Peel Memorial Hospital
William Osler Health System

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Facility Tour: 3 pm - 4 pm or 4 pm - 5 pm  ( register )
Peel Memorial Hospital ( map)
20 Lynch St, Brampton ON L6W 2Z8

Networking and Dinner: 5 pm - 9 pm ( register)
Garden Banquet & Convention Centre ( map)
8 Clipper Ct, Brampton ON L6W 4T9

Featured Presentation
William Osler Health System

About the Project

This project, targeting LEED Silver, consists of a hospital to support medical outpatient clinics, clinical and administrative support, education and research space, and outpatient mental health programs. The hospital provides urgent care, a new dialysis unit, chronic disease prevention, seniors and comprehensive care for women, children, and teens.

Mechanical System

The project features a geothermal field, along with heat recovery chillers, condensing boilers and very low pressure drop air handling systems (using oversized air handlers and oversized ductwork). The chiller plant consist of magnetic bearing chillers and geo-thermal heat pump chillers, the latter of which can be used to generate heating water for the building, or to store heat in the ground through the geo-thermal loop to be used at an appropriate time as determined by the building automation system. The heating plant consists of condensing hydronic boilers and heat from the geo-thermal heat pump chillers to feed low water temperature heating loops.
A dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) serves the administrative spaces (non-CSA spaces) with dual duct variable air volume (VAV) boxes. Spaces with high occupancies have CO2 monitoring to regulate the volume of ventilation air supplied to the space. Enthalpy recovery wheels are used to pre-treat the ventilation air from the energy recovered from the breathable exhaust.

Featured Presenters

John Marshman
Coporate Director of Facilities, William Osler Health System

John Marshman is the Corporate Director of Facilities at William Osler Health System where he oversees Engineering Operations, Energy, Parking and Security for three healthcare facilities while supporting the planning and execution of Osler's redevelopment agenda.

After studying Systems Design Engineering and Music, John developed parallel careers in consulting engineering and as a performing cellist. Drawn by the complexities of hospital systems, John spent the bulk of his consulting work in the design and project management of hospital construction and renovation projects. In 2012, John joined the Brant Community Healthcare System where he served as Director of Facilities, Planning and Redevelopment before moving to William Osler.

John lives in Toronto with his wife and three young children, and still manages occasional cameo performances as a cellist where he can.

Kurt Monteiro, P.Eng., LEED AP, HFDB, HBDP
Principal, Smith + Andersen

Kurt is a Principal at Smith + Andersen Consulting Engineering.  He first joined S+A as a co-op student for 16 months in May of 1998 while studying mechanical engineering at the University of Toronto and upon graduating in 2000 joined S+A full time. In 2007 Kurt became an Associate and in 2011, he became a Principal.

Kurt has engineered a wide variety of institutional, high rise residential, hospitality projects while specializing in healthcare facilities and laboratories. Kurt's healthcare experience includes new build P3 projects Niagara Health System hospital in St. Catharines, the Humber River Hospital in Toronto (which was awarded the 1st place ASHARE technology award in 2017), the Peel Memorial Centre in Brampton, the Milton District Hospital and renovations at North York General hospital, and a variety of University Health Network sites.

Kurt is an ASHARE certified Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP), and an ASHRAE certified High Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP), and a member of the CSA Medical Gas technical sub-committee responsible for CSA-Z7396.1-17.

All attendees must pre-register on-line to attend. 

No walk-in registrations will be permitted.

Need Assistance?
Feel free to contact the following members for further details:

Badri Patel
ASHRAE Toronto Programs Committee Member

Beatriz Salazar
ASHRAE Toronto Programs Committee Member

Abhishek Khurana
ASHRAE Toronto Chapter Technology Transfer Committee Chair

CTTC Sneak Peak

Upcoming Chapter Events

Topic & Guest Speaker
BCA Seminar
March 6th 2017
Commissioning Seminar
Moderator: H.H. Angus
Park View Manor
(same as meeting)
March Dinner Meeting
March 6th 2017
Building Energy Quotient
David Underwood
Park View Manor
(same as seminar)
Career Fair
March 2017
Career Fair
April Dinner Meeting
April 3rd 2017
2030 Disctrict
Joint Meeting w/ Hamilton Chapter

Please  click here  to see ASHRAE Toronto's full 2016/2017 Program Schedule. Please note that the schedule can change.

Members will be prompted via email to register for upcoming events at  TorontoASHRAE.com

Gazette Sponsors

ASHRAE Toronto Chapter thanks the following
companies for their support of the Gazette

Contact Emma Wildeman to
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January Meeting Summary

RBC WaterPark Place/Cisco Innovation Centre
Laying a Smart Building Foundation for Tenant Success
The HIDI Group

The dinner meeting on January 9th, 2017 featured RBC WaterPark Place, at 88 Queens Quay West, which was Toronto's first LEED® Platinum Core and Shell certified commercial tower! The building received an Energy Star rating of 100 which made it a benchmark. The evening started with a one-hour facility tour. Participants had chosen one of two tours. The mechanical room tour was led by John Ferguson, P.Eng., LEED®  AP, Managing Principal, The HIDI Group and Mike Anderson, P.Eng., LEED® AP, BD+C, Senior Associate, also of The HIDI Group. The CISCO Innovation Centre tour was led by Bill MacGowan, P.Eng., CEM, Director, Smart Building Digitization, CISCO.

For the evening presentations Mike Anderson of The HIDI Group described the mechanical HVAC design, including the Smart Building integration. Harrison Chan OAA, Principal of WZMH Architects, described the architectural features which helped get the building to LEED® Platinum. Bill MacGowan, Director, Smart Building Digitization, CISCO discussed the digital integration of the building's key systems, including HVAC.  IT network, and lighting, as well as his predictions for the future of the digitization of real estate.
The energy intensity of the building was 17 ekWh/ ft2. Smart building integration was a key factor the building's efficiency: fire systems, lighting, CO2, temperature, Wi-Fi, water, gas, cell phones, security access, security videos, ventilation, BAS, and air conditioning. The building's architectural design lowered the heat load while still providing ample daylighting and maintaining an open feel for the occupants. Following are some of the interesting features of RBC Waterpark or its tenant CISCO Toronto Innovation Centre:
  • 31 floors, 1.2 million ft2, 3 parking levels, 2 levels of shopping, 8000 ft2green roof
  • Two pedestrian bridges which lead toward 90 Harbour Street, the Air Canada Centre, and Union Station
  • Insulated glazed windows with solar heat gain coefficient of 0.28, frit pattern of 50% density
  • Glass fins act as sun shades:  Vertical fins on east and west sides; horizontal fins on south; no fins on north side
  • Canopy shades the glazed lobby (natural day lighting)
  • Variable flow system. Leaving water is "set in stone" as a requirement of Enwave's Deep Lake program
  • Low flow fixtures
  • Metering of air and water system
  • Two energy recovery ventilators of 72,500 CFM each, on penthouse and P2 levels
  • Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS), 0.2 CFM/ ft2outdoor air
  • Variable Air Volume (VAV)
  • Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) CO2 control ventilation
  • Terminal devices:  interior dual-duct box, and perimeter fan powered box 
  • All terminal devices are on PoE (Power over Ethernet) and addressable 
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) lights that can sense light level and occupancy and feed this information into building's analytics
  • Thermostat control as an app on mobile phones of each occupant
The HIDI Group/WZMH/CISCO team combined the advantages of using the Smart Building integration of the building's systems and the location and comfort level of the occupants; and glass fins and canopies to reduce the heat load on the building. RBC Waterpark and CISCO Innovation Centre enhance user experience while achieving the highest levels of energy efficiency.

Anne-Marie Bundgard
Website & Gazette Committee Member

January Meeting Pictures

Marco Ottavino (right) recognizing Glenn Kilmer (left) for achieving the 2015-2016 RP goal.

Marco Ottavino (left) recognizing David Benedetti (left) for servicing the Toronto chapter.

Marco Ottavino (left) recognizing Al Porter (right) for servicing the Toronto chapter.

Marco Ottavino (right) with Society & Chapter Past-President David Underwood (left).

Marco Ottavino and other Ryerson alumni recognizing Judy Dimitriu for her years of
service  to the chapter through promoting membership among  Ryerson  students.
Left to right: Robyn Ellis; Mike Anderson; Judy Dimitriu; Marco Ottavino; Doug Cochrane

Photos by Niss Feiner of Delta-T Designs

YEA Event

For the Love of HVAC
YEA Event Thursday February 16th 2017

In celebration of Valentines and all that is HVAC, YEA Toronto Chapter will be hosting archery tag on Thursday February 16th.

YEA members are encouraged to come out to mix and mingle with fellow young professionals. We will be doing archery tag from 7pm to 8pm with complementary pizza afterwards.

It's not too late to register!

Check out the event details: http://www.torontoashrae.com/event-2430592

Toronto Chapter YEA Chair 2016-2017

ASHRAE HVAC Design Training

ASHRAE HVAC Design Training Comes to Toronto

ASHRAE will be bringing HVAC Design Training Level I & II to Toronto in May. Level I will run May 8-10 2017, and Level II will run May 11-12 2017. Both Courses will be held at Humber College.

To learn more and to register please visit ASHRAE's website: https://www.ashrae.org/education--certification/hvac-design-and-operation-training/toronto-hvac-design-training-may-2017


Insights Over Lunch: Pushing to exceed acceptable

As I sat having lunch with a colleague the other day, the conversation turned as it so often does, to moisture management. But this conversation was different because we found ourselves in a bitter disagreement about the necessary thickness of your drainage bed below paving stones.

The battle became heated, napkin sketches were flying, but when the dust settled, we had reached an understanding. The HVAC industry is complicated. There are as many ways to design and build a project as there are projects to design and build. However, in saying that, it does not mean that all solutions are created equal.

As manufacturers, designers, contractors and reps we have a duty to our industry and a duty to building owners to always propose the best possible systems for their built climate space. What is acceptable is not equivalent to what is correct. There are incredible resources available to tell us what designs are acceptable in a building, but acceptable does not equal correct.

It is important to do our due diligence and understand the conceptual function and usage profile of a building to determine whether what is acceptable is also correct. Of equal importance is to educate our building operators on how and why it can be beneficial for them to pursue building systems that break from the status quo. What is acceptable is not necessarily correct.

With a little bit of elbow grease and a willingness to stand firm in our convictions, we can all help to minimize the gap between acceptable and correct, and the benefits will be felt for years to come

Toronto Chapter Scecretary 2016 - 2017


PAOE or Presidents Award Of Excellence, provides the chapters in Region II with a means of measuring success across a wide range of chapter operations. It is meant as a tool to guide the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs towards their goals. Below is a summary of PAOE Points for all of the Chapters in Region II so far this year.


Toronto Chapter President 2016-2017

Social Media

We have grown our base of followers since we started our incursion in social media. We have been in Twitter and Facebook since 2011 and just last year launched our official LinkedIn page (check it out!).

Thank you to our 308 followers on Twitter, our 471 likers on Facebook and our new 187 followers on LinkedIn.

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