Don Newell, PE, CEM, LEED AP

Vice President, Energy Services

Value Delivered

As vice president, energy services, Don supports EMCOR Facilities Services’ commitment to reduce clients’ energy consumption and cost and associated impact on the environment. With a practical background in the engineering, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of high-performance HVAC systems, Don is able to identify, evaluate, and then support implementation of improvements that truly “make sense” for a client’s business—whether traditional “projects” or adjustments to ongoing programs. Based on this expertise, Don is also responsible for helping EMCOR’s regional mechanical services businesses become the leading energy solutions provider in their individual markets by helping them integrate innovative tools and technologies.

Don is heavily involved in EMCOR’s continuous improvement efforts with leadership roles in energy, automation, mission critical facilities, and the applied peer groups. He is also responsible for EMCOR Group’s Carbon Tracking Program.


During his career, Don has been extensively involved in the engineering, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of HVAC systems in a variety of applications, including pharmaceutical manufacturing, laboratory ventilation, chemical plants, and commercial office space. His involvement in each phase of the design/build project-delivery model—including conceptual engineering and analysis, commissioning plan development and execution, construction documentation preparation, and/or construction management—has fostered a specific expertise in identification and implementation of practical solutions.

Don has had several articles published on a variety of technical and business topics, including practical approaches to energy evaluations, green-building, indoor environmental quality, air filtration performance, optimizing centralized chilled water plants, and airflow measurement and adjusting. He continues to present classes on energy optimization in existing HVAC systems while also developing internal standards and new process and procedures for engineering, systems commissioning, and facilities maintenance/management.

Don received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Jersey and New York. The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) has established his professional engineering record and determined him to be a Model Law Engineer. He has obtained his certification as an energy manager and as a green building engineer from the Association of Energy Engineers, and was certified as a testing and balancing supervisor (air and hydronics) and building systems commissioning administrator from the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB). He was identified as a rising leader in the engineering industry by the National Society of Professional Engineers.

His professional memberships include the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), and 7x24 Exchange (Mission Critical Facilities). He is a former President of the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Balancing Association (MAEBA).