2021 Summer Quarterly Meeting

2021 Summer Quarterly Meeting: All About Mechanicals

Wednesday, June 9, 4-6 PM EST

Please join us for our Summer Quarterly Meeting: All About Mechanicals on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 4pm to 6pm EST. This is a virtual event.

This meeting will feature 2 presentations, followed by an Engineer Roundtable. It has been approved for 1.0 CPHC CEU.

Ephoca HPAC 2.0 Product Review

Steve Poli, Business Development – Wales-Darby, Inc.

Overview of the Ephoca HPAC 2.0 and VHP Product offering.


Getting Pumped: An Analysis of Central Heat Pump Domestic Hot Water Systems

Yossi Bronsnick, PE, LEED AP & Brendan Mangino, Project Engineer – Taitem

Yossi and Brendan will review three case studies with different approaches to a central domestic hot water plants in cold climates with heat pumps as the primary heating system. Each system has a varying degree of estimated efficiency and complexity. Each case study will highlight product selection techniques, system design challenges and how they were overcome, and strategies for streamlined implementation of air to water heat pump technology for domestic hot water generation.

Taitem Engineering is a full-service consulting engineering firm at the forefront of innovative, sustainable design and building science. Taitem undertakes consulting services in the area of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural engineering, commissioning, LEED, energy modeling, sustainability consulting, energy studies and energy research. Taitem provides technical training in energy code compliance, energy project construction management, and energy audits.

Founded in 1989, Taitem’s clients include public and private entities across many sectors, including education, multifamily, commercial, industrial, and healthcare. During 30 years of continuous operation, Taitem has continued to expand its offerings in energy efficiency and net-zero energy design. In 2013, Taitem earned B-Corporation status, meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. “Taitem” stands for “Technology As If The Earth Mattered,” reflecting the firm’s commitment to the environment.


Engineer Roundtable

Confused about the mechanical system requirements of PHIUS certification, and the prerequisite Energy Star, Indoor airPLUS and DOE ZERH Programs? Join us for a Engineers Roundtable discussion about this and more. You’ll learn the ins & outs of successful design integration and implementation and common pitfalls to avoid. The panel will feature Tony Lisanti CEM CPHC, Cramer Silkworth PE CPHC, Yossi Bronsnick, PE, LEED AP and Brendan Mangino.

Tony Lisanti CEM, CPHC
Integral Building & Design, Inc.

Tony brings over 35 years of experience including Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing design with an engineering firm, serving as a Maintenance Specialist and Account Executive with Con Edison of NY, Director of Energy Sales with Robison Energy and currently Managing Director at Integral Building & Design, Inc. in Nyack, NY. He has certified over 3,000 dwelling units for the EPA Energy Star Program and hundreds more for EPA Indoor airPLUS. He has also certified numerous DOE ZERH, PHIUS+ homes and completed HERS Ratings for IECC compliance. Tony is QA/QC Manager and member of the Technical Committee for PHIUS.

Cramer Silkworth PE CPHC
Baukraft Engineering PLLC

Cramer is a licensed mechanical engineer providing Passive House consulting and mechanical system design for energy-efficient buildings. In 2012 he founded Baukraft Engineering to provide consulting, design, and on-site testing services for residential and small-scale commercial projects in New York’s Hudson Valley. He’s also taught the Passive House Consultant/Designer course since 2014 and courses in building science at The City College of New York, Parson the New School for Design, and The Rhode Island School of Design.

Yossi Bronsnick, PE, LEED AP
Yossi is a partner and senior engineer at Taitem, where he manages the design department. Among his notable projects are the design of solar thermal DHW systems for several City of Ithaca buildings, structural design for the Dalai Lama’s NY-based monastery, and oversight of the design of many high-efficiency, all-electric multifamily and mixed-use buildings — including the 5-story 120-unit affordable housing project, Ithaca Arthaus. Yossi is a licensed professional engineer in New York, Colorado, and Michigan. He holds a BS and MS in civil and environmental engineering, both from Cornell University.

Brendan Mangino, Project Engineer
Brendan is a mechanical engineer in Taitem’s Design Department, where he assists with the design of plumbing and HVAC systems for new and existing buildings. He works with the design team to produce contract documents using REVIT. Before joining Taitem, Brendan was employed at Intertek Group, where he was an Engineering Team Lead, testing HVAC equipment for safety. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Alfred University.

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This event is sponsored by Ephoca.


This meeting will be facilitated through Zoom and registration is required. There is no charge for this event. Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the event.

Passive House Alliance-Hudson Valley is the Hudson Valley chapter of Passive House Alliance U.S. (PHAUS). Advocates for passive housing models work to make ultra-low energy buildings a mainstream market force and an accepted best practice in the building industry. PHA-HV is your local resource for information about the passive house model and professionals who specialize in energy efficient design. Learn more at www.phiusny.org.

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