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)