Charles Bertuch, PE, Principal, Energy Conservation, at national architecture, engineering and planning firm Bergmann, has been elected as Regional Members Council Representative (RMCR) for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Region I. Region I encompasses the Northeast (from Maine to New Jersey) and is the organization’s largest region with more than 5,000 members.
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The organization and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability within the industry. ASHRAE plays a significant role in the development of standards for international energy codes; standards for equipment manufacturers; indoor air quality codes, including those for health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More than a dozen Bergmann employees are active members of ASHRAE and are on the cutting edge of developing and implementing these industry-leading guidelines for the firm’s clients.
With more than 30 years of experience, Bertuch’s expertise includes design of energy conservation projects, renewable energy analysis and design, and LEED consulting. He has been a member of ASHRAE since 1988 and has served on the Central New York Chapter Board of Governors for more than a decade, serving as chapter president before being invited to join the regional leadership. During his time with the CNY chapter, Bertuch has led several initiatives that include updating a home for developmentally disabled individuals with new HVAC, lighting and efficient fixtures; donating refrigeration training equipment to the local BOCES HVAC tech program; and annual sponsorship of a Syracuse University Senior design project. This inventive thinking and community-focused mindset is something Bertuch looks to bring to his new leadership position with Region I.
“I want our chapter’s activities and projects to inspire others in the region to do the same and make the most of their time in this organization,” said Bertuch. “Members can’t overlook the opportunity to brainstorm, innovate and really make a difference in their local communities and industry. I’m truly honored and happy to be able to contribute.”
The representative position is the first step of the six-year succession cycle leading to ASHRAE Region I Director Regional Chair, the top role in the region. Bertuch most recently served as AHSRAE Regional Vice Chair for Chapter Technology Transfer. He is a former Board Member and Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, New York Upstate Chapter; and current member of Sustainable Syracuse.
For more than four decades, Bergmann architects, engineers and planners have been delivering results to clients across the United States and Canada. This team of more than 450 professionals spans the Northeast, Midwest and Atlantic regions. Bergmann develops connections with partners and communities to create dynamic, creative solutions that will stand the test of time, while promoting environmental and functional sustainability. Projects in the Bergmann portfolio range from signature buildings and commercial developments to critical transportation infrastructure and community planning.