Friday, November 28, 2008

Research Promotion Acknowledgement, December 10 2008

Each year we at Puget Sound ASHRAE like to thank our members for the contributions the have made to ASHRAE's Research program. This year, we have much to be thankful for, as Puget Sound Chapter members donated over $12,500 to what is the largest fundamental and applied research program supported by a technical society in the world.

The contributors to ASHRAE Research for FY2007/08 from Puget Sound Chapter are:

  • Mr Roderick R Kirkwood, PE
  • Franklin Engineering Mech Consulting
  • Mr James R Luddon, Jr, PE
  • In Control Inc
  • Mr John A Ramstead
  • Mr James J Pechan
  • Mr Robert O Dorse
  • Specification Sales Inc
  • Air Commodities Inc
  • Michael A Crawford, PE
  • Mr Jay T McCarthy
  • Mr Hans G Person, PE
  • Mr Joel K Jackman, PE
  • Mr Sotero Y Go, PE
  • Mr Erling J Olsen, PE
  • Mr Arthur S Yorozu, PE
  • Mr Earl W Tidball, PE
  • Mr Peter J Hemmen, PE
  • Mr James E Harrison, PE
  • Mr John F Bergo
  • Mr Timothy L Burns, PE
  • Ms Leslie A Jonsson
  • Mr Michael A Byron
  • Mr Scott T Sherman
  • Mr Gary R Williamson, PE
  • Mr David A Osborne
  • Mr David P Porter, PE
  • Mr Thomas Cyril Boysen, Jr, PE
  • Mr Joseph Stagg
  • Air Tec Company - Seattle
  • Ms Jill A Connell, PE
  • Mr David John Landers
  • Mr Richard D Kunkle, PE
  • Mr Scott P Vollmoeller
  • Ms Angela B Lavigne, PE
  • Ms Lisa L Rosenow
  • Mr Jerry Lilly
  • Mr M David Gardner, PE
  • Mr Lloyd D Opfer
  • Mr Donald D Macinnes, PE
  • Mr Charles W Mathisson
  • Ms Martha E Rowland, PE
  • Mckinstry Company

And a special thanks for our contributors of $500 or more:
  • Baron W Derr, in the name of SMACNA of Western Washington
  • Mr Michael N Otani, in the name of Air Commodities in memorial of Harold Straub, Titus
  • Mr Reed C Lyons, PE, in the name of Aardvark Engineering Services
And almost $3,500 was donated in the name of the chapter from funds raised at the Golf Tournament and other chapter events! Come join us December 10th for recognition of our donors and for special recognition of our high-level donors!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

September 2008 Program Summary

Traci Hanegan, P.E.,LEED®AP, HFDP
Coffman Engineers, Inc.

Below is a blended summary of responses from the chapters to some of the questions discussed during the presentation.

Why is spec enforcement so good?

-There is a legal basis for doing so. Above board.
-Reduces liability on engineer
-Life safety
-Owner gets what they paid for
-Improves quality of future contracts
-Contractors are comparing apples to apples
-Equipment verification
-Fair to vendors/reps
-Helps contractor in scheduling their work with other trades
-Confidence that other contractors are held to the same standard
-Less worry when bidding that the competition will get away with providing less
-Contractor knows what to expect – no guessing about what the engineer will or will not enforce
-In the long run this will result in smaller punchlist reports by architects and engineers. Over time, contractors realize that everything is enforced and will have to eventually be fixed, so they are more likely to do it right the first time.
-Keeps quality contractors profitable and in business
-Fewer call backs for operational problems. Keeps Owner happy.
-Bids are tighter, which makes the design team look better.
-The system is more likely to work
-Provides owner’s project requirements – meets design intent
-Prevents poor workmanship
-Energy efficiency designed for is what you get
-Indoor air quality designed for is what you get
-Comfort designed for is what you get
-Preserves engineer’s reputation
-Avoid re-engineering
-Avoid problems with operations and maintenance
-Projects go smooth – on time, budget, operation for everyone.
-Lower blood pressure.
-Validates the reason for having specs
-Good enforcement can mean future work for consultant
-Avoid future expense
-Quality control
-More profit for engineers – sets precedent and punchlists are smaller

What are the problems if we don’t enforce the specs?

-Comes back to bite the engineer
-Future projects are worse
-Why bother to write them if you don’t enforce them?
-Designer’s reputation suffers
-System may not work, performance headaches
-Possible early system failure or shorter building life
-Things may not fit
-May get a system that uses more energy than planned
-Increased liability
-Increased arguments
-Lose contractor and vendor support in the future
-It’s a race to the bottom
-Engineer loses credibility
-Owner doesn’t know what they are getting - Unknown end
-Increased workload in long run
-Unhappy owner
-Leaves trouble for architect
-Can be unsafe
-Contractor will cut every corner. You get junk
-Increased operating expenses
-Corrosion problems
-Loss of pride
-Lose good people and encourage bad
-Warranty problems
-Pipes may freeze

If enforcement is so good, why do we sometimes fail to enforce? What are the challenges to good spec enforcement?

-The sheer quantity/breadth/depth of specs to produce
-So much boilerplate
-Proprietary or confusing manufacturer info
-Time and schedule for the project is too short – not realistic
-Trying to avoid confrontation
-I like the rep – don’t want to make them upset
-Owner wants job finished on time more than they want it done right
-Unrealistic owner expectations – time, fee, scope
-Time and fee allowed for site observations gets cut
-Owner won’t back you anyway
-Lack of good communication.
-Contractor pressure
-Owner pressure and lack of support of design team
-Owner has different goals
-Owner caves in to contractor’s pleadings, asks engineer to stop looking
-Where do you draw the line – picky
-Contractor looks at drawings at last minute
-Engineer gets contractor question after last addendum
-Too much detail to manage
-Hard to get access to see some equipment. Things get covered up too soon (ceiling tiles in too early).
-Owner pays contractor too soon – no holdback
-Market pressure
-Owner doesn’t have a realistic contingency
-Too much complacency
-Codes and standards change so fast
-Manufacturer changes to products – hard to keep on top of
-Everyone is busy fighting for space
-City inspectors have different interpretations. Can be a big problem for contractor if the inspector is unreasonable or has too much pride.
-Lack of spec writing education for engineers.
-Inexperienced engineers editing specs
-Inexperienced superintendends
-Site visits are substituted for commissioning
-Engineer doesn’t want to be questioned by the rep or the contractor. Not open to suggestion.
-More back-checking means less profit on a lump sum job.
-Pointing out problems that cost the contractor can cause them to be more aggressive about change orders for the rest of the project. They may be more likely to cause trouble.
-Equipment delivery times

Where are some opportunities for improvement or for overcoming challenges?

-Attend ASHRAE meetings – get to know others in industry, develop relationships, find resources for asking questions, learn standard of care in industry.
-If you have to backcheck more than twice, the contractor pays for your time
-Be serious about it
-Take pictures to illustrate deficiencies – better communicates it to the owner and is clearer to the contractor about what you mean. Good documentation for future.
-Share spec with reps before bid and get feedback. Architects need to schedule time for this and -Owners need to agree, knowing the value. Do this early. Trust reps and work with them – they are knowledgeable about the product
-Develop a system in each consulting firm for updating specs for all projects (master specs) to keep them current.
-Don’t use outdated specs.
-Talk to the Owner and architect at the start of the project about the need for good enforcement. Get their buy-in.
-Write a performance spec, to avoid proprietary issues
-Avoid catch-all phrases.
-Ask competing vendor, co-worker, or ASHRAE member for advice on spec issues
-Prequalify contractors
-Submit a site observation log to the architect (to share with contractor and owner) so everyone knows when you plan on visiting, what you’ll be looking at, and what shouldn’t be done yet (i.e. no insulation on ducts before the duct construction is observed).
-Take pictures of problems and include in site observation reports. Helps Owner and architect appreciate and understand the problems.
-Be open and receptive to early comments.
-Extend the time to tender bids – make it reasonable.
-Build a mock-up of part of the project.
-Get a second opinion on your site visits. Take another engineer from your office, let them go in your place, or review their reports from other jobs. Get out of the rut of writing up the same things and forgetting about other issues.
-Conduct a mandatory pre-bid meeting. Point out the fact that you intend to enforce specs, so it gets in the meeting minutes and is clear to everyone. Note unique spec items and the site observation schedule.
-Fight for the fee to do site observations. Use the log that lists what will be observed at each visit – ask the owner “which visit do you want me to take out in order to reduce my fee?”
-Put an hourly rate for site observations, or a lump sum charge for every extra site observation visit, on your original fee proposal. Then it’s easy to show how much the extra visit will cost, including visits for excessive back-checking.
-Admit errors when you make them.
-Define the project scope better. Do a narrative.
-Have a pre-construction meeting, just after the bid. Highlight submittal requirements. Re-emphasize spec enforcement.
-Have a pre-installation meeting with the contractors that will actually be doing the installation. -Review the submittals and spec with them and let them ask questions.
-Require the sub and general contractors to sign-off on each punchlist item and send it to you before you make a trip to backpunch.
-Make some site observations early in the project. Early detection of problems is better for everyone in the long run.
-When troubles arise – be fair and ethical. Ask other engineers (even your competition) on how to handle certain issues. They can give an unbiased opinion or share a past experience.
-Be open to suggestions for improvement on your specs and designs. Suggestions may come from contractors, reps, and other engineers. You can still learn something new about a design that is similar to 20 you have done before.
-Contractors – get submittals in early
-Design team – review submittals fast
-Require contractors to submit on everything, even if it is “per spec”, so that you have a dialogue/communication about what is expected and intended. This reduces misunderstandings and strengthens the engineer’s position if there is a deficiency noted.
-Engineer – ask to see pay applications. Don’t approve payment of items that have been installed incorrectly or not at all.
-See if things fit
-Question the low bid
-Don’t over specify
-Avoid horsetrading – illegitimate. Process credits and changes separately and document – no deals between engineer and contractor without architect and owner knowledge.
-Get the general contractor to move the ladder for you when you do a site observation back-check. Then they see first hand how many items were not fixed correctly and feel your pain and time spent. This motivates them to keep their subs in line.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Puget Sound ASHRAE Meeting Program 2008-2009

October 15, 2008
Lunch Meeting 11:30-1:15 Rock Bottom Brewery
Speaker - Jim Benville (Mitsubishi USA)-VRF Systems
Theme - Refrigeration

November 12, 2008
Lunch Meeting 11:30-1:15 Rock Bottom Brewery
Speaker - Daniel Int-Hout III (DL) - Designing for Occupant Acceptance
Theme - Membership

December 10, 2008
Lunch Meeting 11:30-1:15 Rock Bottom Brewery
Speaker - Mark Frankel (New Buildings Institute) - Energy Modeling/Case Studies
Theme - Research

January 14, 2009
Lunch Meeting 11:30-1:15 Rock Bottom Brewery
Speaker - Bill Rafferty - Chilled Beams
Theme - History

February 2009 - Tour (TBD)

March 11, 2009
Dinner Meeting 6:00-9:00 Rock Bottom Brewery
SMACNA Joint Meeting
Speaker - TBD

April 15, 2009
Dinner Meeting 6:00-8:00 Rock Bottom Brewery
Speaker - TBD
Theme - Student Night

May 13, 2009
Lunch Meeting 11:30 - 1:15 Rock Bottom Brewery
Bill Harrison, ASHRAE Society President (to be confirmed)
Theme - Past Presidents

June 5, 2009
Golf Tournament

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

2006 Seattle Energy Code EnvStd Tool Training

Nonresidential Envelope Compliance:
Using the updated Seattle EnvStd 2006 software

When: 05 September 2008
8:00 a.m. - noon

Where: Seattle Municipal Tower
700 Fifth Avenue, 40th Floor
Conference Room 4050

Architectural Energy Corporation’s
John Arent, P.E.
will provide the training

Click on for registration information.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

May Meeting Theme is Past Presidents / History Night

Join ASHRAE Puget Sound Chapter on May 14 in honoring our previous leaders and celebrating our chapter's colorful history (though mostly documented in black & white).

Come early for the social and enjoy a slideshow of photos from previous chapter events going back more than forty years.

Here's a preview of what's to come...

Past Presidents Night 1966. Merrill McKinstry (58), Rod Kirkwood (62), Herbert Griffith (42), Dinty Moore (64), Pat Windsor (55), Keith Massart (61), Ernie Weber (29), Tom Caskey (54), Ray Le Resche (46), Lincoln Bouillon (35), Ted Orebaugh (53), Charles Hall (ASRE 49), Merrill Musgrave (44), Mason Emanuels (ASRE 54), Don Kennedy (ASRE 57), Hank Bickel (65).

Dave Gardner (center) and Dick Stern (right) on tour of Seattle Area Pipe Trades Education Center Tour ("Sweetheart’s Night" – Feb 1998).

Ivan Ittner, Richard Phalen, Gary Williamson socialize at a 1998 meeting.

ASHRAE Field Day, June 5, 1970, Cedarcrest Golf Course, Marysville.

This panel of bidder-designers faced off against plan-and-spec engineers at the October 1974 meeting. A major topic of discussion was the impact of both processes on life-cycle costing and building energy use.

Bob Bowlin, one of our tour guides at the April tour of Weyerhaeuser's Corporate Headquarters, was the Punch List photographer in 1973.

Seatle City Hall Featured in ASHRAE High Performing Buildings Magazine

ASHRAE's second issue of High Performing Buildings Magazine features an article on the new Seattle City Hall.

Designed by local engineering firm Wood Harbinger, the building has become a new landmark and a center for civic pride.

The article (pdf) has a very insightful section on "Perceptions and Evaluations" that examines the factors and misconceptions that contributed to the initial bad press that criticized the energy use of the building. It stresses the importance of establishing appropriate expectations and baselines when evaluating the success of a sustainable building. This section alone is worth a read since similar issues are bound to be a part of future green building projects.

As always, the HPB article describes the subject building, highlights the sustainable features, provides real data on performance and highlights lessons learned. HPB is well worth reading and is an amazing resource that ASHRAE provides free of cost!

Spring 2008 Digital HPB Issue

Seattle Tops in Green Buildings

According to an article in the April, 23 2008 issue of the Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels claims that Seattle has more LEED™ certified buildings than any other US city.

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels pointed to the U.S. Green Building Council, which said Seattle has 41 projects that have certified by the council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) national rating system. Nickels pointed out that 10 of those LEED-certified projects, including the new central library and City Hall, are municipal projects.

Congratulations to the members of Puget Sound ASHRAE who have helped to realize this accomplishment!

And congratulations to the Cascadia Region Green Building Council for having two cities in their region top the list for the nation!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

April Chapter Meeting: Weyerhaeuser Headquarters Tour

The April event will take place at the Weyerhaeuser Headquarters building in Federal Way Washington. The meeting will be Wednesday, April 23 and will begin at 3:00 P.M. and end at 5:00 P.M. There will be a presentation by Jim Anderson and Bob Bowlin about the design and operation of the building. Its design makes it one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the northwest… not bad for a building conceived 40 years ago. It is sure to be an exciting afternoon!

Weyerhaeuser Corporate Headquarters
33663 Weyerhaeuser Way South
Federal Way, WA 98003

To get there proceed south on I-5 and take the Highway 18 highway. Take the first exit after I-5 and head north. Park in the visitor parking lot.
After the event, we will gather at the Olive Garden restaurant. Dinner will no host.

Tour ..........……………3:00 – 5:00 pm
Dinner......Immediately following tour – no host
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

35030 Enchanted Parkway
Federal Way, WA 98003

Make Reservations and coordinate for a carpool at

Reservations close Friday, April 18

(253) 815-1375

Saturday, April 12, 2008

EV2030 Presentations

• Track 1 The Carbon Challenge
• Track 2 AM - Lighting & Daylighting Control Strategies/PM - Business of Green
• Track 3 Water Efficiency
• Track 4 Exergy Efficient Design
• Track 5 Industry Innovation


• Track 1 Green Healthcare
• Track 2 The Business of Green
• Track 3 Optimizing Exterior and Interior Lighting Systems
• Track 4 Sustainable Full Circle - Design, Construction & Operation
• Track 5 Design Integration

Wednesday, March 26


Seattle University Sustainable Master Plan
Brodie Bain, Mithun; Karen Price, Seattle University Sustainability Manager

Engineers without Borders
Dave Cook, GeoEngineers;
Dr. Phillip Thompson, Seattle University Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering


Track 1: Climate Change Action Plans & the Carbon Challenge

Carbon & Climate Change Science
Brian Smoliak, UW Program on Climate Change

2030 Challenge & City of Seattle Action Plan
Peter Dobrovolny, City of Seattle Office of Sustainability; Doug Smith, Interface Engineering

King County Climate Action Plans
Richard Gelb, King County

Track 2

Code Mandated Lighting Controls
Charles Knuffke, Watt Stopper

Lighting Controls Case Study
Denise Dennis, Sparling

Track 3

Big Picture on Water Conservation
Al Dietemann, Seattle Public Utilities

Water Conservation Utility Programs and Case Studies
Phil Paschke, Seattle Public Utilities
Jim Walker, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Non-Traditional Water Resources
Mike Broili, Living Systems Design; Ron Hardwick, Water Treatment Solutions

Track 4: Exergy 101 & 102

Exergy vs. Energy & Exergy for a Better Environment and Sustainable Development
Dr. Ibrahim Dincer, FWIF, University of Ontario

Rational Exergy Management in Buildings & Exergy Conscious Comfort Concept and HVAC Controls
Dr. Birol Kilkis, DL & FASHRAE, Watts Radiant & Green Energy Systems

Exergy Analysis of Organic Rankine Power Cycles for Buildings
Dr. Samuel Sami, FASHE & FASHRAE, True Energy Inc.

Track 5

Solar Cooling Technology
Dr. Adel Khalil, DL, Cairo University

Oil Free Magnetic Bearing Compressor Technology
Jackson Ball, Smardt, Inc.

Implementing Direct/Indirect Cooling
Rand Conger, Johnson-Barrow


Sustainable Developments in the Middle East
Dr. Adel Khalil, DL, Cairo University


Track 1 Carbon Measurement and Reduction

Survey of Carbon Measurement Programs & ASHRAE Carbon Measurement Whitepaper
Doug Smith, Interface Engineering

Carbon Measurement Challenge, City of Seattle SEPA Checklist & Other Resources
Peter Dobrovolny, City of Seattle Office of Sustainability

King County SEPA Checklist
Matt Kuharic, King County

Embodied Carbon Tool
Sean Cryan, Mithun

The Business of Carbon Reduction
Doug Moore, McKinstry

Track 2

GreenSpeak: Introduction to the Language & Culture of Green
Tom Meyer, Green Mechanical Council

Track 3

Performance and Applications of Low-Flow Fixtures
Roger Van Gelder, Seattle Public Utilities

Cooling Tower Water Savings
Rand Conger, Johnson-Barrow

Comparison of Non-Chemical Water Treatment Methods
Cavitation: Leon Shapiro, VRTX Technologies; Silica: Gordon Guthrie, WCTI Silica Based Chemistry; Pulsed Power: Rand Conger, Johnson Barrow

Track 4

Building Envelopes and HVAC Design Impacts
Geoff McDonell, Omicron

Radiant Heating and Cooling Slab Systems
Geoff McDonell, Omicron


Design Inspired by Nature
Curt McNamara, Biomimicry Guild & Logic Product Development

Thursday, March 27th


Track 1

Opportunities for Green Design in Health Care
Walt Vernon, Mazzetti & Associates

Design Considerations for the High Performance Hospital
Duncan Griffin, NBBJ; Dick Moeller, CDi Engineers

Owner and Designer Perspective Discussion Panel
Walt Vernon, Mazzetti & Associates; Duncan Griffin, NBBJ;
Kim Shinn, TLC Engineering for Architecture;
Dick Moeller, CDi Engineers;
Richard Beam, Providence Health & Services

Track 2

Communicating Technical Information Discussion Panel
Mark Frankel, New Buildings Institute; Tom Marseille, Stantec;
Philip Riedel, NAC Architecture; Marcie Lohr, Notkin Engineers;
Rae Anne Rushing, The Rushing Company;
Brenda Nunes, Associated Earth Sciences

Building the Business Case for Energy Efficiency
Cynthia Putnam, Putnam Price; Raymond Crerand, FACHE

Track 3
Dark Skies Initiative - Jim Benya, Benya Lighting Design

ASHRAE Four Zone Approach
Michael Lane, Lighting Design Lab

LEED Sites Credit 8
Denise Fong, Candela

Track 4 BIM Overview
Greg Routh, Coffman; Brian Emtman, Coffman; Andrea Frisque, RWDI Engineers

Early Modeling with BIM
Tom Nelson, Mithun; Andrea Frisque, RWDI Engineers

Construction Efficiency with BIM
Greg Smith, Skanska; Mike Sweeney, Turner Construction; Graham Condit, Sellen; Dace Campbell, BN Builders

Track 5
Green Mechanical System Selection Workshop
Tim McGinn, DL, Cohos Evamy


Global Climate Change: Science, Regulatory Developments &
Implications to Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
Dr. Mack McFarland, Environmental Fellow, Dupont


Track 1

LEED for Healthcare Workshop
Kim Shinn, TLC Engineering for Architecture

Track 2 Setting Fees for Profitable Green Building Projects
Tim McGinn, DL, Cohos Evamy

Understanding the Legal Liabilities of Green Building Projects
Mitchell Swann, DL, MDC Systems
Leon Shapiro, VRTX Technologies (Business)
Leon Shapiro, VRTX Technologies (Legal)

Track 3
Light Control in Sustainable Building Design - Tom Myers, Lutron

Advanced Energy Design Guide for Lighting
Michael Lane, Lighting Design Lab

Track 4

Design for Operations: Design Process
Stephen Schrag, City of Santa Clara

Transition to Operation
Mike Porter, McKinstry

Operating for Efficiency
Ray Congdon, CB Richard Ellis

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Meetings South of Seattle Are “Tradition”

This month’s tour of Weyerhaeuser’s Headquarters Building in Federal Way provides an opportunity for chapter members located south of Seattle to participate in an event closer to home. Meetings south of Seattle were highly attended forty years ago and even became a tradition, eventually culminating in the formation of Puget Sound Chapter’s Rainier Section.

Puget Sound Chapter meeting held at The Poodle Dog restaurant in Fife, November 4, 1968

In November 1968, ASHRAE members from the Tacoma area hosted a chapter dinner meeting at The Poodle Dog restaurant in Fife. Tacoma attorney James V. Ramsdell spoke on the legal liability of engineers. With 97 members and 8 guests attending the meeting, it was decided to make the event an annual tradition. A chapter meeting was held each year at The Poodle Dog from 1968 through 1972. These meetings featured a variety of topics, including a mechanical systems overview of the new (in 1972) 22-story Pacific National Bank Building in Tacoma which was fully air conditioned and featured a heat reclaim system.
“For years there has been a desire for the Tacoma ASHRAE members and non-members associated with the HVAC industry to have a more active participation with ASHRAE.”
--Punch List, October 1987

In October 1987, the monthly Puget Sound Chapter meeting featured a tour of the Tacoma Dome. Prior to the tour, a presentation on the design, negotiation, and construction of the facility was provided by Keith Davidson, mechanical design engineer; Sam Grubb, mechanical contractor; and Ray Laurendeau, owner’s representative. Equipment featured on the tour included the reciprocating water-cooled chillers (200 tons each), two electric boilers (4.1 million Btu/hr each), four centrifugal fans (100,000 CFM / 100 hp each), the ice rink chiller (four compressors at 100 hp each), three water-air heat pumps (42 tons each), and a “state of the art” controls and energy management system.

Puget Sound Chapter members tour the Tacoma Dome on October 14, 1987

Please join the “tradition” on April 23 by attending the tour of Weyerhaeuser’s Headquarters Building in Federal Way, a high-performance building conceived 40 years ago…a time when Puget Sound Chapter members could be found gathered at The Poodle Dog restaurant.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

President's Message, April 2008

What color is your collar?

Wrong: It's green. (Unless you said 'green', in which case congratulations on your fashion sense).

Green-Collar Jobs are the new buzzword, as people begin to see the economic opportunities for work in sustainable fields. A January Business Week article notes the trend of professionals moving into green collar jobs.

A growing number of midlife career-changers...are trading in their nine-to-fives for jobs more in line with their convictions and concerns for Mother Earth. So-called "green-collar jobs" are on the rise—the current tally of 8.5 million U.S. jobs in renewable-energy and energy-efficiency industries could grow to as many as 40 million by 2030, according to a November report commissioned by the American Solar Energy Society.

We have it easy--We don't need to change professions to work in the sustainability field; our field has moved into the sustainability field already.

And it's only going to become more and more involved in these matters in the years to come.


Well if you were lucky enough to attend the 2nd day of Puget Sound ASHRAE's EV2030-2008 event last Thursday, March 27th, you would have been treated to a peek into the future provided by Mack McFarland. Mack is an environmental Fellow at DuPont who has had years of experience studying the atmosphere and climate change. He is also a contributing author to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Working Group III report on mitigation strategies. Recently he has been working with public policy and has been involved in efforts to create legislation to address this issue. Mack made the simple observation that all three presidential candidates in the race as of this date have stated a desire to reduce US carbon emissions, and that the political will to act on this matter seems to be growing in Congress. In his estimation, we are just a few short years from seeing some sort of carbon cap and trade legislation enacted in the United States.

The most prominent emissions reduction bill in Congress today is the America's Climate Security Act of 2007, and Mack discussed the implications of this bill to our economy. And while this bill may or may not pass, the safe money is on something very similar shaping our industry in the near future.

The first provision of this act is to freeze emissions at 2012 levels. Then the overall carbon emissions allowed for the country will decrease 2% per year until reaching 30% of 2012 levels in 2050. It is expected that this market mechanism will cause carbon to trade anywhere from $18-30 per ton. This incentive will provide a market where conservation is highly valued, and penalties for not meeting emissions reductions are severe.

So why should we in the HVAC industry care? Perhaps the best illustration of the impacts of this legislation on our industry is found in the graph below:

click for larger image

The built environment, both residential and commercial, is the BIGGEST single contributor of carbon emissions to the atmosphere.

Bigger than industry.

Bigger than transportation.

There is a big bullseye on our industry--and that bullseye means great opportunity for those of us in the HVAC field.

This sort of carbon market will put a value on conservation beyond the simple draw of 'doing the right thing'. Real dollars will be invested to fund projects to provide reductions--and those projects mean jobs for those of us who provide efficiency solutions to our customers. Solutions not only for new construction, but also largely for the existing buildings which make up over 95% of our building stock.

So loosen up that collar and roll up your sleeves--We've got a lot of work to do!

Thanks to all contributors and volunteers who made EV2030 a great event for all!

I can't wait for EV2030-2009!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Engineering Vision 2030


Engineering the sustainable future, March 26th and 27th, Seattle, WA
Click image above for more info!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

March Joint Meeting with SMACNA

Please note that the next Puget Sound Chapter Meeting is on Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 .

Please make reservations before NOON, FRIDAY, March 7th.

All reservations can be made online at <<>>

or you can call in reservations to Leslie Jonsson at (425) 712-2167.

No reservations will be accepted after the deadline.

The details for the March 12th ASHRAE DINNER meeting are as follows:


SeaTac Marriott

3201 South 176th Street

Seattle, Washington 98188

Reception ..........…..5:00 pm

Dinner....................5:45 pm

Business..................6:15 pm

Program..................6:30 pm


Ken Schmidt
Former Director of Communications
Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Ken Schmidt sees opening hearts and minds as his life’s work. He is very passionate about teaching people how to build an entirely new corporate culture, rekindle relationships with customers, or reach out to new ones in completely untraditional ways. He loves to share his insights on non-traditional communications and customer relations – now for the benefit of the InnoTown audience.

As the former director of communications for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, he played an active and important role in one of the most celebrated turnarounds in corporate history – and got paid to ride motorcycles. Ken started working for Harley-Davidson in 1985. As a specialist in corporate positioning and media relations, he was asked to work with the then-struggling Harley-Davidson to help restore the company’s image and create demand for its motorcycles. Within a few years, Harley-Davidson became one of the most visible and frequently reported-on companies in the world, while sales of its motorcycles rocketed upward.

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle is more than just a mode of transportation or ordinary product. It has become an American icon that is much loved and recognized around the world. The company doesn’t sleep on their laurels, though; the Harley-Davidson Motor Company is dedicated to continuous innovation.

Plated dinner includes the following choices:

* Chicken
* New York Steak

Members $ 35.00 / Guests $ 40.00 / Students $15.00

WORKSHOPS will now be held separately during the month.

Stay tuned for an announcement on the next TEGA workshop.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Local ASHRAE Member Authors DJC Green Building Article

Readers opening the February 14th issue of the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce were treated to an article written by Coffman's Don Iverson.

The DJC issue featured a special section on green building with several articles of note. Don's article Let’s get pumped up about heat sharing, displays exactly the kind of 'out of the box' thinking that will be so necessary to meet the challenges that the future will bring--challenges such as those outlined by Society President Kent Peterson in his recent address to the Puget Sound Chapter.

Don outlines a concept that could radically change the way our cities and communities use energy (and water)--and all using technology that is available today. He envisions a new utility system using underground pipes to move heat between buildings and residences, to be tapped into by heat pump systems. This system would use the waste heat of commercial and industrial processes to heat residences or processes instead of being rejected, wastefully, to the atmosphere. His proposal would stretch the natural diversity we see within our building designs to diversity between our buildings, thus greatly enhancing the energy sharing potential of these systems.

It is an article well worth reading and a concept that deserves more than a passing consideration.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

President's Message, March 2008

Feeling lucky? You should--Puget Sound ASHRAE must be one of the luckiest organizations around.

I say this not because of our enthusiastic volunteers, or our swelling ranks, but because, for the second year in a row, our February volunteer event occurred in picture-postcard weather! You couldn't have scheduled a nicer day if you tried. Sunny, warm and dry.

Our volunteers and their families dug out countless weeds, and moved mountains of mulch tending a patch of the Washington Park Arboretum that borders the most popular trail in the park. It was a great time for all involved, spending the day out in the outdoors, getting a little hard work in, and feasting on a wonderful lunch furnished by Washington Air Reps. It was also gratifying having so many arboretum visitors stop to thank us for our efforts and ask us who we were. ASHRAE scored some brownie points with the community that day!

One unlucky event did occur, however. Jim Harrison's wife, Virginia, took a nasty tumble right as we were wrapping up and broke her ankle. We wish her a speedy recovery and thank her and Jim for their efforts.

Event organizers are furiously finalizing the last details of the upcoming EngineeringVision 2030 event scheduled for March 26th and 27th. For anyone serious about sustainable building design (and that seems to be just about everyone nowadays), this is a can't-miss event. World-renown presenters on the advanced engineering topics our industry is demanding are coming to our own backyard (Seattle U). The event will give attendees concrete, take-home information that can be applied immediately to projects reaching for sustainable goals. There will also be a mini product show focusing on the technologies featured in the presentations. Register today!

March is the month for our traditional joint meeting with SMACNA Western Washington. This year it is once again at the Seatac Marriot and will be on March 12th. SMACNA has brought in Ken Schmidt, Director of Communications for Harley-Davidson during their corporate turnaround in the mid-80's to late 90's. He brings a high-energy presentation on the power of communications and branding for any organization and for individuals, too. This promises to be a great event for business leaders and Harley riders alike!

On February 26th, Society President Kent Peterson visited Puget Sound and met for an informal lunch with interested members. Kent presented UW professor Ashley Emery a plaque in honor of his attainment of the grade of fellow in ASHRAE. After the presentation, Kent engaged the membership with a daunting, yet inspiring vision of the challenges that lay ahead for our industry. With energy security becoming less and less assured each year, and increasing attention by governmental and regulatory agencies on carbon emissions, great pressures are being brought to bear on our industry. However, what is highly encouraging is there is so much potential for improvement in our designs and practices. And ASHRAE is pushing the industry forward with their efforts in research, standards, design guides and other initiatives such as professional certifications. ASHRAE is so committed to this effort that they distributed 15,000 copies of their K-12 Advanced Energy Design Guide to school districts across the country, and are now distributing their advanced design guides for free over the internet!

As Kent said, this is a great, and very exciting time to be in ASHRAE. Our organization enjoys an enviable worldwide reputation, we are involved in a dynamic and ever-changing industry, and we occupy a very significant role in the effort to provide our children with a future as bright as the one we envision for ourselves!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

PSE Trade Ally Breakfast

Trade Ally Breakfast Forum - March 4, 2008

TO: Trade Allies working with PSE's Energy Efficiency Programs

We are very excited to be releasing a suite of innovative energy efficiency programs that will deliver you even greater business potential over the next two years.

To learn how you can be part of this market drive to stimulate demand among customers, business owners and developers, please join us at a breakfast forum:

March 4, 2008 (Thursday)
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Puget Sound Energy
355 - 110th Avenue NE
East Building - Auditorium
Bellevue, WA 98004
* MAP *

Parking will be validated.

Here are some improvements we have made to programs this year:

  • Up to 70% funding of electric retrofit measures
  • Up to 100% funding of new construction efficiency upgrades
  • Increased incentive levels for building commissioning

I look forward to seeing you there, and introducing you to the great business opportunities that we can offer you.



Bill Younger, CEM
Manager, Business Energy Management

Driving & Parking Directions:

  • MAP
  • The parking entrance to the PSE East building is located at the corner of NE 4th Street and 110th Avenue in Bellevue.
  • If you have problems locating PSE, call our receptionist at 425-456-2999.
  • Please check at our reception table in the Lobby. The Auditorium is located to the left of reception on the Lobby floor.

From the South on NORTHBOUND Interstate 405:

  • Take the NE 4th ST Exit 13A
  • Turn left (west) into downtown Bellevue
  • Continue on NE 4th Street to 108th Avenue NE
  • Turn left (south) onto 110th Avenue
  • The PSE East Building garage entrance is the first driveway on the right

From the North on SOUTHBOUND Interstate 405:

  • Take the NE 4th Street Exit 13A
  • Turn right (west) into downtown Bellevue
  • Continue on NE 4th Street to 108th Avenue NE
  • Turn left (south) onto 110th Avenue
  • The PSE East Building garage entrance is the first driveway on the right

The PSE East Building elevators are at the north end of the garage. Take the elevator to the Lobby. Parking will be validated.
Please note parking garage height restriction: vehicles must be under 7 feet.


7:30 AM - Registration

  • Breakfast and Networking

8:00 AM - Welcome and Overview - Bill Younger

  • Results from Last Year
  • Integrated Resource Plan
  • Targets for 2008/2009

8:15 AM - Commercial/Industrial Program Updates

  • C/I Retrofit
  • New Construction
  • Commissioning
  • Rebate Programs
  • Small Business Lighting
  • RCM / Energy Interval Service

9:45 AM - Working with PSE

  • The Grant Process
  • Submitting Projects
  • Project Review
  • Payment Process
  • What can YOU do to move a project quickly?

10:15 AM - Wrap-up

  • Meet your PSE Staff

10:30 to 11:30 AM - Project Discussions with EMEs

  • Bring your project ideas. Our Energy Management Engineers will be on hand to discuss project specifics with you individually.

Questions? Contact:

Bill Younger

Tyler O'Farrell




Thursday, February 21, 2008

Special February Meeting with Society President Kent Peterson

UPDATE: Presentation slides now available here.

ASHRAE Puget Sound Chapter TEGA Committee Events
Date: Wednesday, February 27th, 2007

Noon to 1:30pm

Location: University of Washington, Haggett Hall

Topic: Lunch with ASHRAE Society President!

Kent Peterson, ASHRAE Society President for 2007-2008, will visit the ASHRAE Puget Sound Chapter to share his ideas and vision with the members. The meeting will include his formal presidential presentation along with open questions and answers. Mr. Peterson will then visit each of the tables to meet the members and discuss your questions individually.

In addition, there will be an awards presentation by Mr. Peterson to present Professor Ashley Emery with an ASHRAE Fellowship Award! Many of us know Professor Emery through his many, many years of service at the UW School of Mechanical Engineering. For more information refer to -

This meeting is being held at the University of Washington so that UW Engineering Students can attend. Refer to driving directions below and this map link -

LUNCH – Box lunches will be provided through Bay Laurel Catering. Refer to menu below. Please contact Lisa Rosenow or (425) 712-2173 to RSVP and indicate your lunch preference. The cost for lunch is $10 for members and $5 for students to be paid at the door.

Many thanks to the ASHRAE Puget Sound Chapter for sponsoring the venue and half the cost of all student lunches!



All boxed meals are packed with bottled water, fresh fruit, a cookie or gourmet dessert bar, utensils, napkin, a moist towelette and condiments. Sandwich boxes also include Tim’s Cascade Style Potato Chips. Salad boxes include a freshly baked roll and butter instead of chips.

Grilled Chicken Baguette - Grilled chicken breast on a baguette with wild greens, sliced red onion, roasted red peppers and Dijon mayonnaise.

Sicilian Chicken Focaccia - Marinated and grilled chicken breast on herbed focaccia with an artichoke tapenade, sun-dried tomato pesto, lettuce and roma tomatoes.
Mom’s Tuna Salad Sandwich - Albacore tuna lightly tossed in a horseradish lemon mayonnaise with lettuce and tomatoes on sourdough bread.

Provence Picnic Baguette - Prosciutto and brie on a baguette with apple chutney and French wine Dijon mayonnaise.

Grilled Vegetable Focaccia - Herb-grilled bell peppers and onions, tomatoes and marinated fresh mozzarella, with an olive tapenade and bay laurel-infused lemon-garlic aioli on focaccia.

Spicy Tofu Pita - Grilled spicy tofu with hummus, lettuce, tomato, green onions, and sesame mayonnaise in a pita pocket.

The Quads: Classic deli-style sandwiches –

  • Turkey: Turkey, provolone, lettuce and tomato on whole wheat bread.
  • Ham & Swiss: Ham, Swiss, lettuce and tomato on white bread.
  • Roast Beef: Roast beef, cheddar, lettuce and tomato on whole wheat bread.
  • Caesar Salad - Chopped hearts of romaine with seasoned croutons and shaved parmesan cheese, tossed in our own Caesar dressing and served with lemon wedges. Vegetarian or add grilled marinated chicken breast.
  • Asian Noodle Salad - Chinese egg noodles tossed with sweet roasted red peppers, scallions, shiitake mushrooms, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots on a bed of greens with spicy peanut dressing. Vegetarian or add grilled marinated chicken breast.

Chef’s Salad - Oven-roasted turkey, smoked ham, cheddar and Swiss cheeses, chopped hard-cooked eggs and wedges of tomato served on a bed of crisp mixed greens with tangy honey mustard dressing.

Light Fare - Sliced seasonal fruits, cheeses, meats, crackers and a vegetable salad.



Campus map: look for Haggett on the northeast side of campus.


Via Interstate-5: Take Exit 169, NE 45th St. and turn east (right if traveling northbound, left if traveling southbound) onto 45th St. Travel east on NE 45th St. to 17th Ave NE and turn south (right) onto campus. Stop at the parking gate to purchase a permit then proceed to Stevens Way and turn east (left). Follow Stevens Way until you reach Whitman Court (to the left). After turning left onto Whitman Court, you will find McMahon then Haggett Halls (in that order) on the right-hand side of the road. Please note all parking on campus is restricted to paid permits and must park in the assigned lot.

The cost is $11.00 per day, with a prorated refund available if you park less than 4 hours. As you enter the campus, stop at the gatehouse, let attendant know you are attending a meeting in Haggett Hall and they will assign a lot about a block or so away. Stop at a gatehouse as you exit campus for the prorated refund.

Puget Sound Chapter - 30 Years Ago

March 1978

Under the leadership of chapter president L.F. Laatz, another busy year was under way for the Puget Sound Chapter ASHRAE.

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
These items were no less a topic of discussion than today. The March workshop focused on reducing energy consumption of large cooling systems. The evening program featured Charlie Stocker of Washington Natural Gas, who reported that the United States had developed a "mini" solar industry within three years time. The Solar Energy Industries Association reported 5,000 to 10,000 solar water heaters in operation and 300 to 400 structures receiving a portion of their space heating or cooling from the sun. Mr. Stocker demonstrated a new solar clothes dryer at the March meeting.
Frank Gallagher leads
songs at the March 1978

The Treasures of Tutankhamun
One of the nation's most popular traveling exhibitions came to Seattle in 1978. Seattle was one of five U.S. cities to host "The Treasures of Tutankhamun" (King Tut). The chapter's February social event featured a slide show by Grace Morgan of the Seattle Art Museum highlighting artifacts that would be on exhibit when the show arrived. The preview created such interest in the exhibit that chapter First Vice President Bob Wells arranged a special ASHRAE night at the King Tut exhibit from 11:00 PM - 12:00 AM on September 17, 1978. Admission price was $7.50 per person and 150 Puget Sound Chapter members and family/friends attended the viewing. When the Seattle showing closed in November 1978, The Washington Post reported "The 1,293,203 people who saw his exhibition prior to its Tuesday closing at Seattle’s art museum outnumber by more than two to one the population of that city."
Roderick R. Kirkwood Award
John Proctor was presented with the 1977 Roderick R. Kirkwood Award for his outstanding service to Puget Sound Chapter. His accomplishments noted in the March 1978 Punch List included raising sufficient funds in the 1977 ASHRAE Research Drive to rank Puget Sound Chapter as the second highest contributer in the nation. John was also recognized for serving two years as Punch List editor and for bringing advertising to the yearly roster, making it a profitable venture. John was also recognized for serving on numerous chapter committees and as banquet program director for the 1976 ASHRAE Annual Meeting held in Seattle.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

EngineeringVison 2030 Registration is Here!

OK. You can all stop calling the board, because registration for EV2030 is finally here!

Puget Sound ASHRAE is thrilled to be hosting this event with our partners and our sponsors. The program will cover many topics of great interest to our industry and features many presenters who are prominent in their field.

For an informative brochure with schedules and presenters, please click here.

Many thanks to Lisa Rosenow and the entire EV2030 team! This will be an excellent event!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Sustainable Lighting Design Forum


University of Washington

College for Architecture and Urban Planning

February 6, 2008

RE: Educational Presentation

IES Puget Sound Presents:
Sustainable Lighting
-Navigating LEED with Light

Daylighting, Electric Lighting, Integrated Design, LEED®

IES Puget Sound

Chris Meek, Edward Bartholomew

(see attached)


This presentation will look at how daylight and electric lighting, can be used to achieve credits for LEED® projects. Lighting intersects the LEED® CI rating system through the credit categories of: Sustainable Sites, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation & Design Process. Participants will learn the concepts behind lighting relevant credits, ways to calculate compliance, and strategies to achieve these credits.

Engineers, Architects, Lighting Designers, Manufacturer Representatives, Facilities Managers

TEACHING FORMAT: Two Person PowerPoint presentation and discussion

WHEN: Thursday, February 28 at 12pm to 1pm.

COST: $20 per person, lunch is included

RSVP: Edward Bartholomew via email
or call (206) 616-0512, limit 70 attendees

LOCATION: Seattle, Lighting Design Lab (400 E. Pine St., Seattle, WA. 98122)


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

ASHRAE Offers Advanced Design Guides for FREE Download!

ASHRAE is pushing the envelope of sustainable design. And, in keeping with that push, they are now offering their series of Advanced Design Guides for a free electronic download!

This is a great offer for anyone in our industry--these design guides are a must add to any designer's library.

The ASHRAE Press Release:

ATLANTA – To encourage energy efficient design in a range of building types, ASHRAE and its partnering organizations are making available for free the Advanced Energy Design Guide series.

Electronic versions of the newest book in the series, Advanced Energy Design Guides for K-12 School Buildings, as well as the existing guides on small office and small retail buildings are available for free download at Future guides, including one focused on warehouses to be published this spring, will be available for free electronic download as well.

“Energy efficiency is still a vast and underutilized energy resource that is essential to the long-term survival of our world,” says ASHRAE President Kent Peterson. “Buildings consume approximately 40 percent of the primary energy in the United States. As part of our energy efficiency market deployment strategy, we want to get this valuable building guidance into the marketplace and into the hands of owners, contractors and design teams. The technology is available today to construct substantially more efficient buildings. Free distribution of the Advanced Energy Design Guide series will help educate the marketplace on how to build energy efficient buildings that use significantly less energy than those built to the minimum code requirements.

“The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) supports the electronic distribution of the Advanced Energy Design Guide series to ensure widespread availability of these voluntary recommendations,” said Rita Harrold, IESNA member of the AEDG Steering Committee. “Offering these important Guides for free download to a large audience of users will help further the partnering organizations’ efforts to create a more secure energy future.”

In addition, the K-12 guide was sent to nearly 14,000 school systems around the country to assist with the design of energy-efficient schools that create safe and comfortable environments conducive to learning.

Partnering organizations include the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the U.S. Green Building Council and the U.S. Department of Energy.

“Addressing energy use in our buildings is one of the most important measures we can take in our efforts to protect the health of our environment,” said Brendan Owens, vice president of LEED Technical Development, U.S. Green Building Council. “The Advanced Energy Design Guide series are critical publications for the building industry. Every percentage point reduction in buildings’ energy use brings us that much closer to our goal of mitigating climate change.”

"The importance for all design and construction professionals to move toward carbon neutral, sustainable buildings is of paramount importance to the American Institute of Architects," said Christine McEntee, executive vice president and CEO of the AIA. "The Advanced Energy Design Guides are an approachable, important tool to help achieve that goal."

The guides provide a sensible, hands-on approach to design through use of products that are practical and commercially available as “off-the-shelf” technology. They offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving a 30% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum energy efficiency requirements of Standard 90.1-1999.

Hard copies of all of the guides are available for purchase. For more information, visit

To order, contact ASHRAE Customer Service at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide), fax 404-321-5478, or visit at

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

History of February Social Events

Puget Sound Chapter’s February social event was started in 1970 with the first-ever chapter Valentine’s Party. The event was held at the Sea-First Bank Building with entertainment provided by the Seattle Sea-Chordsmen, members of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA). A Punch List article was quick to note this organization had a name longer than ASHRAE!

The Seattle Sea-Chordmsen provided entertainment at the first two February social events in 1970 and 1971.

Chapter “Sweethearts Night” February 1973

The second Valentine’s Party (1972) provided an encore performance by the Sea-Chordsmen. In 1973 musical entertainment was provided by the Sweet Adelines, a nationally known ladies chorus. In 1974, KOMO-TV newscaster Rod Chandler presented his film A Journey to Changing Russia.
Many socials in the 70s and 80s simply consisted of cocktails, dinner, and dancing. However, notable guest speakers included Jean Enersen, KING-TV 11 PM news co-anchor (1976) and University of Washington professor Angelo Pellegrini (1979) who spoke on “Wine in American Life”. It was noted in the Punch List that Dr. Pellegrini was one of the first to urge Americans to accept wine as the appropriate dinner beverage (thus making him an appropriate speaker for the ASHRAE dinner event).
February socials have also consisted of tours including Ste. Michelle Winery (1985), Seattle Aquarium (1988), and the Museum of Flight (1993). Other social events have included a dinner cruise on The Spirit of Puget Sound at Pier 70 (1991, 92). Mystery CafĂ© “Set Your Dial to Murder” (1995), and the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train (1996).
In 2007, the chapter elected to use the annual social meeting time as a volunteer opportunity by helping the Mountains-to-Sound Greenway pot plants for future reforestation efforts. This was an extremely successful event with a large turnout of Puget Sound Chapter members and families. This new tradition will be continued in 2008 with a volunteer day at the Washington Park Arboretum, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, February 23.

Jeff Sloan inspects the work of Chapter President Tim Burns at the 2007 Puget Sound Chapter February Social Volunteer Activity. A new tradition that will be repeated this year at the Washington Park Arboretum on February 23.

President's Message, February 2008


In one word, that is what the lives of our chapter officers and members are like. Many of us have hardly touched down from our flights back from the NYC ASHRAE Society meeting and AHR show, and we are already working feverishly for upcoming chapter events.

Engineering Vision 2030 is really taking shape, and (as of this writing) it is only a few days before the official notification and registration goes live. We have been extremely fortunate in attracting some very prominent presenters and I expect that the attendees will greatly benefit from the sessions that will be provided. Stay tuned!

The chapter is working toward next year and several officers are making plans to attend the upcoming Region XI Chapters Regional Conference. This provides training for the officers of the chapter as well as provides a great opportunity for them to build relationships with their peers in other chapters and with the officers of Region XI and the national Society. This conference is a big part of what keeps our local chapter running smoothly and is critical to our success as a society.

And, of course, we are continuing our efforts in bringing our membership the most valuable programs we can. Recent highlights have been ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Stanley Mumma's presentation on Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems and Chilled Beams at the January meeting as well as the TEGA energy code update meeting later that same month. Both were extremely well attended, and we feel that they brought our membership great value.

Looking forward, we have our annual volunteer day on February 23rd at Washington Park Arboretum, followed closely by a brown-bag with Society President Kent Peterson on February 27th. March is just chock-full of events with our Annual SMACNA/ASHRAE joint meeting on March 12, featuring inspirational speaker Ken Schmidt, and the Engineering Vision 2030 conference on March 26th and 27th. These programs are brought to you by the tireless efforts of our chapter officers and committee members and they deserve kudos for all that they are doing to make Puget Sound ASHRAE a vital part of our industry!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Online Directory for PS ASHRAE Members

Puget Sound ASHRAE Online Member Directory.

Here's how to access the directory: Click here.
You will be asked for an e-mail address and a password. If you have not used the directory before, you won't have a password, so click on the 'Forgot Password' link and enter your e-mail. Note that this should be the primary e-mail you have provided in your membership data at ASHRAE Society. Once you enter your e-mail and hit the 'send' button, you will soon receive an e-mail from Puget Sound ASHRAE with your personal password. Now you can log in using this e-mail and password. This service is provided to all Active Members who have paid their Chapter Dues. If you are currently not listed as a member in our database, you will be notified and asked to contact the membership chair to make sure our records are up to date.

Once you are signed in, you will have the option of updating your password, search the member database, or to view a printable list of all of the member data. Note that the printable list can be sorted by any of the fields listed simply by clicking on the heading of that column. If you wish to remove your name from the publicly displayed list, there is a check box available at the update password screen that will allow you to toggle your information between public and private.

Please take the time to verify your own personal data. All of the data listed is from the Society database--if you want to change your information, we request that you update it online at We will update our local database periodically by downloading the most current data from Society.  This directory is for convenience of our local members only, the information will not affect any mailing preferences you may have registered with society.

We'd love to hear any comments or suggestions. Also please note that much of the ancillary information that we would provide in the old hardcopy directory is now available online, including code compliance contacts and local contractors, etc. These can be found by hitting the 'directory' link in the 'Topics' side bar on the right hand side of the screen. And more information will be added in the near future!