NOVEMBER GAZETTE | Our 95th year!
November, 2016 - Vol 64, Issue 2
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Notice of Meeting
Upcoming Events
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Special Announcement
Meeting Summary
Meeting Photos
Scholarship Winner
Student Prespective
Committee Updates
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Board of Governors

Honeywell Building Solutions

Peter Turk P.Eng. 

Vice President  


Brendan McDermott

Past President
Al Porter, P.Eng.
Vibro Aucostics

Anne Marie Bundgard
Nailor Industries

Toronto Hydro

Smith + Andersen

The HIDI Group

Humber College


President's Message

With over 120 attendees at our October dinner meeting, our ASHRAE Toronto year has started off strong. It was an excellent opportunity to reconvene and share in the spirit of our student themed evening. We toured Ryerson University's Student Learning Center, arguably the most innovative building on campus, while understanding the building's mechanical design and operating performance by Hossein Khoee, Principal at Crossey Engineering.

In October I had the opportunity to communicate this year's ASHRAE Toronto Chapter goals. Increasing the number of ASHRAE Technology Award submissions from Toronto was one of five goals discussed. I am passionate about this awards program as it provides talented engineers from our Chapter the opportunity to promote their innovative projects to a regional, and potentially global, audience.

The purpose of the ASHRAE Technology Awards program is to:
  • Recognize ASHRAE members who design and/or conceive innovative technological concepts that are proven through actual operating data;
  • Communicate innovative systems designs to other ASHRAE members;
  • Highlight technological achievements of ASHRAE to others, including associated professionals and societies worldwide, as well as building and facility owners...
Last year, we began communicating the benefits of this program to our membership. One of our Chapter members, Kurt Monteiro, Principal at Smith+Andersen, immediately recognized the value of this program and submitted an application for the new Humber River Hospital development. If you recall, this project was showcased at our February 2016 dinner meeting, co-presented by Brent Fryne and Langdon Baker of Smith+Andersen, along with Norman Fisher of HDR Architects.

Humber River Regional Hospital

Since our last meeting, our Board received the most exciting news from ASHRAE Society. Kurt's Technology Award submission, the one and only submission of 2015-16 from our Chapter, has been selected as the 1st Place Winner in the Healthcare category, globally!

Kurt Monteiro,
 B.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED AP, HFDP, HBDP Principal
On behalf of ASHRAE Toronto, I would like to congratulate Kurt on this accomplishment. He led by example and invested the time and effort required to support this ASHRAE awards program. By receiving a first place finish, Kurt not only demonstrated his engineering capabilities, but also represented Toronto's incredible engineering community on a global scale.

Looking forward, I am hopeful that this global recognition has inspired other talented engineers from our Toronto Chapter to consider submitting their projects for an ASHRAE Technology Award in 2016-17.

To learn more, please visit ASHRAE Technology Award Program, on the ASHRAE Society website.

Thank you for your continued support of ASHRAE Toronto and I look forward to meeting you at our upcoming events.

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


November Dinner Meeting
and Joint Trade Show

Monday, November 7th, 2015

Trade Show: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Dinner Meeting: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  register as exhibitor (30+ exhibitors)

Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel and Suites
600 Highway 7 East, Richmond Hill,ON L4B 1B2

This is your opportunity to peruse the latest in HVAC, hydronics and sheet metal product lines carried by local distributors or manufacturers along with the opportunity to network with the community associated with the HVAC and sheet metal.

The evening will commence with an Industry Trade Show followed by a presentation from an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer on Building Information Modelling! 

Prize draws at the end of the night include:
- 4 Tickets for Toronto Raptors
- Apple Watch

Topic of Presentation:
Don't let your BIM go "BOOM"!
Dealing with the potential liability issues of BIM  

BIM has become a growing industry practice over the past 10 years. However, inconsistencies in approach, application and intended use has made the realization of the theoretical benefits of BIM uneven. The lure of BIM is the allure of fewer field conflicts, fewer RFIs, a clearer understanding of what is being built and no change orders. But if all parties aren't on the same page, there can be some serious project mishaps that can make your BIM plans go BOOM! This program looks at some of the areas where a failure to communicate can clobber you.  

Guest Speaker:
E. Mitchell Swann

Mr. Swann has over 30 years of experience on both domestic and international projects in the areas of consulting, design engineering, construction, project management, forensic engineering and claims analysis. His career includes the engineering and design of mechanical and control systems across a wide range of commercial, industrial and institutional projects and building types including central utility plants, laboratories and research facilities, microelectronic facilities, pharmaceutical facilities, broadcasting, computer centers, correctional facilities and shipboard systems. Mr. Swann has served as Chair on several ASHRAE Technical Committees and co-authored design guidelines for ASHRAE and ISPE. He also served as Vice-Chair of the ABA's Committee on ADR in Construction and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation. He is frequently a national and international speaker and lecturer for professional organizations and is a member of ASHRAE's Distinguished Lecturer roster since 2005.


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:

Abhishek Khurana
ASHRAE Toronto Chapter Technology Transfer Committee Chair

CTTC Sneak Peak

Upcoming 3 Chapter Events

Topic & Guest Speaker
Breakfast Seminar
November 21st 2016
VFR Systems, Next Gen Refrigerants
Carlos Capetillo
Stephen Scott/Mike Patterson
Hazleton Manor
December Dinner Meeting

Decemberfest CN Tower
January Dinner Meeting
January 9th 2017
Water Place/Cisco Innovation Center
The HIDI Group
RBC Waterpark Place

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

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Special Announcement

ASHRAE Toronto Chapter Breakfast Seminar

The Toronto Chapter will have the first breakfast seminar of this year's program on Monday November 21st.  The breakfast seminar will include a hot breakfast, two featured presentations and a networking break.

Theme of the morning will be refrigerants: Carlos Capetillo will be speaking on VRF Systems and Jim Wolf will be speaking on Next Generation Refrigerants. The seminar will commence at 8:30 and end at 11:30.

Keep an eye out on the events page of our website to register.

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Toronto Chapter CTTC Chair 2016-2017

October Meeting Summary

October 2016 Dinner Meeting Summary

Ryerson University Student Learning Centre

The presentation at the October dinner meeting was delivered by Hossain Khoee, P.Eng & LEED AP, a Principal at Crossey Engineering. Mr. Kohee and his team at Crossey were the lead mechanical engineering firm involved with the construction of Ryerson University's Student Learning Centre.  Mr. Kohee provided ASHRAE members and guests with an overview of the Mechanical and HVAC design characteristics of this facility, explaining the decision making processes and behind the scenes details that were involved with the building's design and construction.

The 155,463 square-foot, eight-storey learning center features a bright, open, sustainable environment, which provides an outstanding atmosphere for students to study and engage with one another. A variety of learning environments, digital support and academic services promote student learning success and help foster a culture of collaboration and creativity. The building design was a collaboration between Zeidler Partnership Architects of Toronto and Snøhetta of Oslo, Norway.

Preliminary building design was started in 2006/2007 and construction officially began in May of 2012. The building was opened to the public on February 20th, 2015, giving the project a total of approximately 7 years from start to finish.

There were several challenges that the mechanical team faced during the building's design phase. Each floor of the building was designed to suit a certain theme as chosen by the architect. This meant a lot of communication between the architect and the design teams to ensure that the mechanical equipment on each floor achieved the desired effects for each theme (i.e., beach theme on the sixth floor, garden theme on the fifth floor).

Figure 1: Individual themes for each floor.

Another task which made the design of the mechanical systems more tedious was that the architect specified that the mechanical duct work was required to match the shape and contour of the concrete building structure in order to minimize their visibility. The expectation was to make the floors appear more spacious by maintaining an open ceiling with exposed ductwork, while attempting to blend in the duct work and create a uniform appearance. Even details as small as the method of securement of the ductwork took hours of discussion and meetings to solve. Mr. Kohee explained that the architect did not want the method of securement for the ductwork to be visible from the floor level. Crossey put forth multiple designs and eventually decided to use a type of aircraft wire which contoured to the ducting and was typically unnoticeable.

Figure 2: Ductwork to match structure.

Figure 3: Ducting securement cables not visible.

Crossey also had to be extremely well organized since there were limited acceptable openings in beams and shear walls for the mechanical distribution equipment. The architect also specified that no coring was allowed after the concrete structure was poured. This meant that all the openings for the mechanical and electrical systems had to be pre-planned and coordinated without any room for error.

Additionally, the architect specified that no exposed wall piping or wiring was allowed. It was all required to be concealed from view. This meant that recessions in the walls had to be accounted for when the structure was poured.

Figure 4 & 5: Recessions in structure for concealed piping.

The architect also specified that the building was required to achieve a LEED silver accreditation, at a minimum. The various design teams were able to achieve a LEED gold certification through a number of means. Crossey's team relied on a number of sustainable measures to help achieve this status including:
  • installing high efficiency condensing boilers
  • radiant floor heating and cooling
  • installing CO2 sensors to reduce outside air ventilation during low occupancy periods
  • high efficiency ventilation systems with an ERV on building exhaust
  • a stormwater cistern that stores water to be reused for irrigation and plumbing fixtures.
Other sustainable measures incorporated into the building's design included:
  • triple glazed windows with ceramic fit to increased thermal performance
  • occupancy sensors combined with low lighting power density for better lighting control
  • green roof on over 50% of the roof to reduce heat island effect
  • automatic shade control integrated with outside day light
Limited space was another challenge faced by the mechanical team. The installation of the green roof on 50% of the total roof area meant the mechanical team was limited in the amount of space for mechanical equipment such as the cooling tower. Space was also limited in the penthouse mechanical room, where Crossey was expected to fit their entire systems within a third of the total mechanical room floor. Because of this, there are a total of five layers of ductwork in the room.

The HVAC systems in the building include a total of 9 air handling units that are zoned to accommodate the different floors intended concepts.  An independent air handler and cooling system was installed for the basement retail floors. Chilled water is delivered from the central plant in the neighboring building.

An independent 24/7 cooling system for the server rooms and Digital Media Zone had to be installed to support the heating load from the computer equipment. The mechanical team tried several configurations to have the DMZ be served by the same system as the rest of the building, however the cooling requirements were found to be too significant.

Despite all the challenges mentioned above, the teams were able to coordinate and deliver a product which met the client's needs. One of the most impressive facts is that even with all the strict requirements and challenges involved with this project, no major concept changes were required during base building construction. The functional program had been well developed and researched which speaks volumes about the level of organization all the teams had.

Figure 6: Sixth floor rendering.

The Student Learning Centre is a great achievement in the building sciences industry. In the short term that it has been in operation, the building has already won several awards including:
  • 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Award
  • 2016 AIA NY "Honor" Award
  • 2015 Façade of the year - International Award for Façade Engineering Excellence
  • 2015 OMGA Award for Excellence in Architectural Glass and Metal Execution
  • 2015 Glass Magazine Award
This building will continue to serve as an integral building for Ryerson Students to work, learn and collaborate. The building certainly lived up to its design expectations. If you have not had the chance to visit and explore the building, it is worth the trip.

Written by,
Michael Peterson, B.Eng.
Project Associate
WSP Canada Inc.

October Meeting Photos

Chapter President, Marco Ottavino, delivering the President's Message

CTTC Chair, Abhishek Khurana, thanking guest speaker Hossain Khoee of Crossey Engineering

Ryerson University students present Net-Zero project

Table tops during pre-dinner networking

Pre-dinner networking

Building tour of Ryerson University Student Learning Centre, topic of the dinner meeting


Earlier this year I made a decision which affected my life. I resigned from a company I had worked for nearly 15 years. I left without a safety net.

The decision I made affected my family, future plans, and of course finances. For the first few days all I felt was relief as I no longer had to go to a place which I felt no longer appreciated my efforts. I felt that I had left a place that I helped create then I remembered an old adage "When a door closes, a window opens". 

I spent more time with my family, I had lunch with friends I had not seen in months.  I spent more time on personal development and figuring out what I wanted.  I found that I wanted to work for a company that invested in their employees. A place where team building is more important than getting the sale, a place where you get judged by your achievements and not how much time you spend at your desk.

Earlier last month I was lucky enough to find what I wanted a new career. I am currently developing new ways to stream line processes, facilitate the interaction between two departments and building company recognition with owners and engineers. I have found what I was looking for.

This experience has taught me that sometimes the scariest thing in your career is leaving, I found this to be necessary for my personal development and a better work life balance. 

Anotonio Figueiredo
Toronto Chapter Vice-President 2016-2017

ASHRAE Scholarship Toronto Winner

The Toronto Chapter is proud to announce that one of our very own students has won a society scholarship! Kathleen Agustin won the Lynn G Bellenger Engineering Techology Scholarship. Kathleen is enrolled in the Sustainable Energy and Building Techonology program at Humber College and is active in the school's ASHRAE student branch.

Alekyha Kaianathbhatta, Student Activities Chair, presents the scholarship to Kathleen Agustin

Humber College Student Branch Faculty Advisor, Dragos Paraschiv, with Kathleen Agustin

ASHRAE Student Prespective

Hear it from the students!

In celebration of October's being student month, we are featuring prescriptive from our student members.

The Toronto Chapter recognizes and appreciates that our students are the future of our industry. As such, it's important to foster their engagement and recognize their voice. We asked David Wach (University of Toronto Student Branch President) and Stefan Bedard (Humber College Student Branch President) on their experience with ASHRAE so far.

Here's what they had to say:

"To me ASHRAE has been in many ways my guide into this industry. When I first joined ASHRAE in my first year at Humber College the first Toronto Chapter dinner meeting that I attended was also my first industry event. Now, a little over two years later, as president of the ASHRAE Humber College Student Branch I have been given the opportunity to become more involved with ASHRAE also an opportunity to give back to an organisation that I have been influenced by. ASHRAE opened my eyes to all of the possibilities that this discipline has to offer. It has introduced me to concepts, vocabulary, companies, and people that are a part of this field. ASHRAE to me is a resource that goes hand in hand with formal education. In school we learn concepts and at ASHRAE events we are allowed an opportunity to see how these concepts are used to create the buildings where we live, work, and play. ASHRAE has continued to provide me with opportunities to learn, develop skills, and make connections that will help me throughout my education and my career. "

Stefan Bedard ( Humber College Student Branch President)

"As a Master of Applied Science candidate at the University of Toronto with the faculty of civil engineering, specializing in building science, my research focuses on the thermal performance and durability of wall assemblies in cold climates. I have a particular interest in the indoor environmental quality of living spaces and the balances between occupant health, comfort and building energy use. Through my course work and research, I have realized how important ASHRAE publications and standards are to studying how building's function. When I explored the ASHRAE organization itself further, I found that my personal and professional interests align closely with AHSRAE's vision and core values. Thus, I decided to become involved with the student chapter at U of T in 2015 and am currently serving as the chapter's President for the 2016/2017 academic year.

Getting involved with the ASHRAE student branch at U of T has allowed me to connect with engineering students from other disciplines whose interests align with my own regarding building sustainability. Together, through the organization of academic and industry lectures, and many more informal events and meetings, my colleagues and I have been able to contribute to engineering students' education regarding building systems, energy sustainability and indoor air quality.  We strive to promote student awareness of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and refrigeration sciences, as well the excellent student support that ASHRAE organization provides through student membership, support and career support / opportunities."

David Wach (University of Toronto Student Branch President)

Chapter Committee Updates

Chapter Technology Transfer Committee (CTTC)

I would like to thank everyone for attending the October dinner meeting, It was a great success! The CTT Team is working around the clock to deliver amazing events for the membership. Hope to see you all at the November 7th  dinner meeting and the November 21st  Breakfast Seminar!

Abhishek Khurana
CTTC Committee Chair 2016-2017

Grassroots and Government Affairs Committee (GGAC)

Toronto Chapter met with the other chapters in our region (Region II) to discuss GGAC activities over a conference call on October 26th. The regional chapters were informed that bEQ will be revamped in 2017 and that French translation of the bEQ instruction manual will be introduced with the next software version release.

During the conference call the chapters engaged with each other and concluded with the following action items:
  • ASHRAE has to work towards a Canada-centric approach to our market
    • (I.e.) presentation materials, code references, etc.
  • GGAC Chapter activities need to be shared nationally.
    • A sharing tool, "Basecamp" will be adopted for Canadian activities.
  • Closer involvement with NRCan.
  • Possible ASHRAE membership in the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA).

Steve Clayman
Toronto Chapter GGAC Committee Chair 2016-2017

Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Committee

The 2016-2017 YEA year was kicked off with a successful networking night on Thursday October 27th. Young Engineers gathered for apps and a pint before ambling over to the historic Casa Loma for an interactive escape game.

The group was split into two for the escape room & both teams successfully escaped! But most importantly we had a great opportunity to meet other budding industry members in a relaxed environment. Overall the night was shared with laughs and enlightening conversation.

Thank you to those who came out on Thursday! Hope to see everyone at the next YEA event.

Toronto Chapter YEA Committee Chair 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 285 followers on Twitter, our 441 likers on Facebook and our new 187 followers on LinkedIn.

Do you want to know about what is happening with our chapter? Join the conversation!

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