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.