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President's Message

September 2020 Presidents Message

AEE-NE is back and ready to start off the 2020-2021 Season! Before diving in, I want to thank Paul for his leadership and service as President the past 2 years.  Among his many accomplishments, our chapter was recognized as the Best Overall Chapter for AEE.  I hope to continue his level of excellence during my term as President.  I also want to introduce John Maw as the new Vice President.  John has been an asset to the board the last several years and I look forward to working closely with him as well as the rest of our board during my two years as President.

As a board, we had a lot to figure out during this summer’s planning meeting.  Our chapter meetings have always been a mix of timely educational topics with a gathering of peers, industry experts, and up-and-comers to network and grow together.  While current circumstances will add a level of complication to continuing with those goals, we’re hopeful it will also provide new opportunities.  We’ve planned out our first four meetings to be virtual, covering the latest in COVID energy related topics and offering a mix of after work networking and lunch time webinars.  We also encourage feedback from all of our members on what times, topics, and formats work best for them. Whether you attended a virtual meeting and really liked it, or missed it because the time/format didn't work, or you just have an energy topic you feel is underserved… WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK.  As we learn from these meetings, get feedback from our membership, and global events continue to evolve, we will continue planning out the remainder of the season accordingly. 

While there are an abundance of free webinars, AEE NE has decided to continue requesting a minimal fee for our meetings.  The chapter donates a significant amount annually through scholarships to local students, to under-funded international chapters, and through various one time donations to non-profit energy organizations.  While our sponsors and golf outing go a long way to helping support these initiatives, we also rely on revenue from meetings.  If this is an issue for anyone during these difficult times, please let us know and we will work with you on a case by case basis.

Many thanks to our Board, our Sponsors, and most of all our very active members.  This is your chance to help AEE New England continue being the best chapter for our members!





Future Meetings:

September 16th at 4:30 PM – Sustainable & Healthy Buildings – can we have our cake and eat it too? -Best Practices for the Application for surface and air treatment while creating and preserving energy savings.

October 7th at 12:00 PM* – Owner Initiatives (COVID/GHG/Energy) – Hear from owners and managers as they respond to current events awhile maintaining long term energy and sustainability commitments.

November 4th at 4:30 PM* – Virtual Audits in a COVID world – How to continue finding new energy opportunities in your facility during a work-from-home era. 

December 2nd at 12:00 PM* – Energy Management Analytics – The increasing importance of data analytics in a virtual world.


*Times and dates pending

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Meeting Description

September 2020 - Sustainable & Healthy Buildings

Can we have our cake and eat it too?

September 16, 2020 - 4:30PM - Virtual Zoom Meeting

September's meeting focuses on the realities of operating facilities in the midst of the pandemic. Join us to learn about the different techniques that are being deployed to keep building occupants safe while maintaining energy efficiency standards. These include ultraviolet irradiance, dosage engineering techniques in lamp systems, and UVGI related energy savings.


Tickets to attend this meeting will be $20* per attendee. All who register will be emailed details for attending the Zoom meeting ahead of time. 

*All who are unemployed, under-employed, or students are eligible for free/reduced admission. Please email us at [email protected] for details.

Meeting Agenda

  • 4:30PM - Open Zoom
  • 5:00PM - Announcements
  • 5:10PM - Presentations and Q&A
  • 6:20PM - Breakout Sessions

Dean Seputa (30-minutes) will present an overview and history of Germicidal UV-C technology and its ability to inactivate all known microorganisms including viruses, mold, bacteria and even drug-resistant superbugs, while reducing HVAC energy use by up to 25%. We will explore the three primary applications of UV-C for air and HVAC surface protection: 1) HVAC coil/surface irradiation to boost coil-heat-transfer efficiency, 2) HVAC airstream disinfection to kill airborne pathogens and 3) Upper-Room/Air treatment for infectious diseases. Dean will also examine the operating conditions that increase or decrease the required minimum UV-C energy in a specific application such as UV-C fixture placement, air temperature, air velocity and AHU material reflectivity. Current application standards and guidelines within ASHRAE, IUVA, IES, UL and ISO will also be discussed.

Steve Di Giacomo (20-minutes) will present dosage-engineering results based on field work, and how to calculate dosage for a specific RNA/DNA contaminant of concern. Finally he will discuss how to design a UVGI lamp systems  taking into account important variables such as exposure time, coil/plenum area reflectance, wind chill of lamps and lamp EOL effects.  

Dr. Steven Driver (15-minutes) will present Sanofi's world-wide approach to COVID-19 and lamp energy saving economics.   

Speaker Bios

Dean Saputa is the past Chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee TC-2-9 (Ultraviolet Air and Surface Treatment); Chair of SPC-185 (Method of Testing Ultraviolet Lamps), and Founder of GPC-37 (Guidelines for the Application of Upper-Air Ultraviolet Germicidal Devices to Control the Transmission of Airborne Pathogens). He is the contributing author of the 2019 ASHRAE application Handbook Chapter 62; (Ultraviolet Air and Surface Treatment), as well as ASHRAE's position document: Filtration and Air Cleaning.

Steve Di Giacomo, PE, CEM, BCxP has recently completed UVGI Dosage-engineering studies in over 2 million square feet of Class A high-rise Boston financial district offices and is assisting many New England towns re-open their public buildings and schools using CO2 monitoring, UVGI lamp technology and increased air filtration.  He has over thirty years of Energy Engineering HVAC auditing, analysis, design, commissioning and facility operations experience with industrial, research, hospital, chemical, pharmaceutical and commercial facilities at both the site and corporate levels.  Steve has authored a number of articles on CO2 based demand-controlled ventilation (DCV) in both Engineered Systems Magazine and the Journal of Energy Engineering.  Mr Di Giacomo was designated by ENERGY STAR as "Most Active Licensed Professional", certifying over 100 buildings each year for ENERGY STAR Awards. Steve is the recipient the 2018 Association of Energy Engineers’ “Professional Development” (Trainor) Award for Region 1.

Steven Driver, CEM, CEA, Ph.D. has over 30 years of experience in engineering, project management, mechanical system design, commissioning, and energy auditing.  Steve is an alumnus of Northcentral University where he earned his Ph.D. in Engineering and Technology (2010) with a concentration in building commissioning. Steve is also an alumnus of Norwich University (2004) where he earned his MBA specializing in Engineering Administration. Steve is a board certified energy manager (CEM) and auditor (CEA).  At this time, Steve has acquired three copyrights, two publications, and a U.S. patent associated with sustainable building commissioning technology. Having completed numerous energy audits Internationally, Steve continues his mission to reduce industry emissions and cost through the promotion of innovative technologies.

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Future Meetings


Month Topic Date Time Venue
Sept  Sustainable & Healthy Buildings Sept 16th 4:30 Zoom
Oct Owner Initiatives (COVID/GHG/Energy) Oct 7th 12:00 Noon  
Nov Virtual Audits in a COVID world Nov 4th 4:30  
Dec Energy Management Analytics Dec 2nd 12:00 Noon  



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