Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2009 Seattle Energy Code - Now in effect

The 2009 Energy Code requirements for residential spaces will take effect statewide on 1 January 2011. (The 2009 Seattle Energy Code requirements for nonresidential spaces took effect on 23 November 2010.) For determining the 2009 Seattle Energy Code requirements, you need to look at both the 2009 Washington State Energy Code and the Seattle ordinance. Wherever the Seattle ordinance contains modifications to a section, the ordinance language supersedes the 2009 Washington State Energy Code. There is no one document at this point that folds all the text together.

Updated versions of the electronic compliance forms for nonresidential and multifamily residential spaces are now posted on the Seattle Energy Code website. Work is underway to prepare code insert pages with the Seattle amendments, and to update the Seattle Energy Code website, single-family compliance forms, CAMs and Director’s Rules. See the “2009 Seattle Energy Code Update” link in the upper right hand corner of the Seattle Energy Code homepage: www.seattle.gov/dpd/energy . New material will be posted as it becomes available.

John Hogan, AIA, P.E.
LEED Accredited Professional
Seattle Department of Planning & Development (DPD)
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019
(john.hogan@seattle.gov)

voice: 206-386-9145
fax: 206-386-4039

Seattle Energy Code website:
http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/energy/

NEEC NEWS - DECEMBER 2010

Click on the image below to visit the NEEC December 2010 Newsletter:

Monday, December 13, 2010


Curious about the Technology Awards? Contact our TEGA committee Chair, Kathi Shoemake, at kathis@hargis.biz for more information.

Friday, December 10, 2010

AIA + 2030 Professional Series 3












AIA + 2030 Professional Series 3

AIA Seattle, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is taking tangible steps toward reaching the 2030 Challenge. One of those steps is creating the AIA+2030 Professional Series™, a 10-part series of intermediate-level professional development courses designed to provide specific ways to make our built environment energy-efficient. However, architects can’t do it alone. It will take engineers, construction professionals, facilities managers, policymakers, and more to reach our goal and all are invited to participate in the series. The third year of the AIA+2030 Professional Education Series™ is produced by AIA Seattle in partnership with Architecture 2030® and BetterBricks and is sponsored by the City of Seattle’s City Green Building, Wood Harbinger, MacDonald Miller Facility Solutions, Interface Engineering, and PAE Consulting Engineers.

AIA Seattle has already heard positive feedback from previous participants:

“One of the most significant and usable workshop programs I have seen so far for actually incorporating the specifics of Architecture 2030 into our work. We have had multiple staff in our office lined up to attend. Great series, great benefit."

“This knowledge is critical for everyone in our industry. Very inspiring”

“I am going to take on more challenging projects now”

“Groundbreaking”

AIA+2030 PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION SERIES™ 3:

Feb 25, 2011 The 2030 Challenge: Setting + Achieving Energy Goals with Integrated Design
Mar 25, 2011 Getting to 60: The Power of Targets + Load Reduction
Apr 15, 2011 Accentuate the Positive: Climate Responsive Design
May 6, 2011 Skins: The Importance of the Thermal Envelope
Jun 3, 2011 Aggressively Passive: Employing Passive Systems for Load Reduction
Jun 24, 2011 Illuminating Savings: Daylighting and Integrated Lighting Strategies
Jul 22, 2011 Right-sized: Equipment and Controls for Super-Efficient Building Systems
Aug 19, 2011 Site Power: Renewable Energy Opportunities
Sep 16, 2011 The Hand-Off + Staying in Shape: Operations, Maintenance + Education
Oct 14, 2011 Putting it All Together: Achieving 2030 Goals on the Project and at the Office

TIME: All Sessions held from 8.30am-12.30pm

LOCATION: All classes held at the Bertha Knight Landes Room at
Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

COST: 10-session package:
$800 AIA Members
$400 AIA Associates
$1,200 Non-members

REGISTRATION: www.aiaseattle.org/aiaplus2030
NOTE: Registration is for the entire series only.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 15, 2011

LEARNING UNITS: 40LU/40HSW/40SD for the series (4LU/4HSW/4SD per class).

MORE INFORMATION: Cassandra Delaune, AIA+ 2030 Program Manager
cdelaune@aiaseattle.org, (206) 448-4938 ext. 106

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

2009 Seattle Energy Code

2009 Seattle Energy Code takes effect today for nonresidential spaces

The 2009 Seattle Energy Code is now in effect for nonresidential spaces. The revised requirements for residential spaces will take effect on 1 January 2011. For determining the 2009 Seattle Energy Code requirements, you need to look at both the 2009 Washington State Energy Code and the Seattle ordinance. Wherever the Seattle ordinance contains modifications to a section, the ordinance language supersedes the 2009 Washington State Energy Code. There is no one document at this point that folds all the text together.

Work is underway to prepare code insert pages with the Seattle amendments, and to update the Seattle Energy Code website, compliance forms, CAMs and Director’s Rules. See the “2009 Seattle Energy Code Update” link in the upper right hand corner of the Seattle Energy Code homepage: www.seattle.gov/dpd/energy . New material will be posted as it becomes available. DPD will schedule public training sessions after the updated materials are available.

John Hogan, AIA, P.E., LEED Accredited Professional
Seattle Department of Planning & Development (DPD)
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019
(john.hogan@seattle.gov)

voice: 206-386-9145
fax: 206-386-4039

Monday, November 22, 2010

ASHRAE Government Affairs Update, 11/19/10

  • Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (H.R.5112) May Pass in House of Representatives
  • DOE Launches New Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee
  • Building Envelope Program Launches Blog to Better Communicate with Stakeholders

Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (H.R.5112) May Pass in House of Representatives
Expect the unexpected is a good rule to follow with Congress. In the waning days of the 111th Congress, one of ASHRAE’s priority bills – the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (H.R.5112) has a real chance of passing the House, but only if two Representatives from Florida pull their opposition.

The Representatives in focus are John L. Mica (R-FL), the senior Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), the senior Republican on the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the committee with jurisdiction over H.R.5112.

The Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act would help the federal government meet its ambitious safety, security, energy and water savings, and greenhouse gas reductions goals by identifying core competencies and providing relevant courses, certifications, degrees, licenses, and registrations for federal personnel performing building operations and maintenance, energy management, safety, and design functions.

If Representatives Mica and Diaz-Balart allow this bill to be considered, there is a good chance it will pass in the House, and possibly the Senate in the next couple of weeks, before the 111th Congress concludes.

For more information on the bill, please contact Mark Ames, ASHRAE Manager of Government Affairs at mames@ashrae.org, or by phone at 202-833-1830. To view the text of the bill, visit http://thomas.loc.gov/, click the “Bill Number” button, and search for H.R.5112.

DOE Launches New Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the establishment of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC). ERAC is a federal advisory committee whose members will report directly to the Secretary of Energy with advice on the portfolio of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The 19 members selected have experience in a variety of sectors and will bring a range of technical expertise and perspectives to the committee.

“We are fortunate to have such knowledgeable people volunteering their time and efforts to the Department's clean energy endeavors,” said DOE Secretary Dr. Steven Chu. “They will be contributing their expertise and experience to help address the energy challenges faced by our nation.”

ERAC will periodically review EERE's portfolio and provide advice to the Secretary of Energy on a variety of areas, including: completion of long-range plans, priorities and strategies; program funding; and any issues of specific concern expressed by the Secretary of Energy or the Assistant Secretary for EERE. ERAC is expected to meet twice a year; the meetings will be open to the public. The Committee is being established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). DOE also expects to organize various subcommittees under ERAC.

ERAC will hold its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, November 20, 2010 at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20585. This meeting is open to the public, and ASHRAE will be in attendance. For more information, including the agenda, please visit http://bit.ly/aa1XLC.

For more information on ERAC members visit the EERE Advisory Committee Web Site at http://bit.ly/bFWlZh. To view the press release, visit http://bit.ly/8YeTbP.

Building Envelope Program Launches Blog to Better Communicate with Stakeholders
The Building Technologies Program under the U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the launch of the Building Envelope and Windows R&D Program Blog (http://www.eereblogs.energy.gov/buildingenvelope/), which will serve as a new resource for up-to-date information on the Building Envelope and Windows R&D program, and will include updates on activities ranging from Cool Roofs to the Windows Volume Purchase Program (http://bit.ly/br5LxB). This new blog will engage program stakeholders for feedback on program activities and reports, as well as provide information on upcoming meetings and workshops.

This blog will also be a resource for archived information, including past presentations and posts with comments included (found under the "Archive" tab). Some time next year, EERE's Building Envelope R&D Program's Web site (http://bit.ly/cHRSlg) will undergo a re-vamping; more details will be posted on the blog. Please e-mail Walt Zalis (wzalis@energetics.com) if you have any questions or concerns.

For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/95tED0.

New ASHRAE GreenGuide

New ASHRAE GreenGuide Features Guidance on Sustainable Planning, Carbon, Water Efficiency and Existing Buildings

ATLANTA – The newly published third edition of the ASHRAE GreenGuide: The Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable Buildings is an updated version of this easy-to-use reference that covers the need-to-know information on what to do, where to turn, what to suggest and how to interact with other members of the design team in a productive way.

The book features new information on guidelines on sustainable energy master planning; updates on teaming strategies; information on how issues related to carbon emissions affect building design and operational decisions; building information modeling (BIM); strategies for greening existing buildings; updates on newly developed green building rating systems and standards; and compliance strategies for key ASHRAE standards. Also, the GreenTips found throughout this edition highlight techniques, processes, measures or special systems in a concise format.

“The ASHRAE GreenGuide is a living document meant to be used by proactive design engineers working on green building design projects as part of a team that provides ideas and guidance of what to do, where to turn, what to advise and how to interact with other team members in a productive way,” John Swift, co-author and co-editor of the GreenGuide, said.

A new chapter covers architectural design and planning impacts, including sustainable master planning. Such planning addresses resource use, landscape concerns and environmental, economic and social concerns. A major part of such planning is energy and water use.
“As a smart building services engineer, one must be familiar with the flows of energy from generation through transmissions to consumption,” Tom Lawrence, co-author and chair of ASHRAE’s technical committee on building environmental impacts, said. “Understanding these flows is critical to being able to provide solutions that increase overall system efficiencies and facilitate energy reductions at all levels.”

The cost of the ASHRAE GreenGuide is $98 ($83, ASHRAE members). 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 www.ashrae.org/bookstore

Contact: Jodi Scott, Public Relations, 678.539.1140, jscott@ashrae.org

ASHRAE is an international technical society that fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

AIA Seattle Announces 2010 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture

Thirteen projects recognized for defying expectations

VIEW THE WINNERS AND ALL SUBMITTED PROJECTS

Tonight (Novemer 10, 2010), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle chapter honored architects and their project teams from across Washington State for projects exemplifying best examples in a broad array of sectors from residential to commercial. Award-winning projects, announced at a packed event at the historic Moore Theatre, served as powerful demonstrations of design solutions that were modest, yet sophisticated and each stretching the definition of what is considered “Seattle architecture.” Project images and information, including project teams can be found online at http://2010honorawards.aiaseattle.org/winners.

Of the 170 submittals to the 2010 AIA Seattle Honor Awards, one received an Honor Award four received Merit Awards, three received Commendations, and five received a Citation for their work. EDITOR’S NOTE: High-resolution images of awarded projects available upon request.

The project receiving an Honor Award is Colman Triplex by Workshop AD. Jurors felt this project was a “model for future residential building in the city” and discussed how the typology “had the right amount of detail” and while “fun”, clearly showed that a “level of thought was carried through from smallest to biggest decisions.” According to the jury, the project “achieved its goal and was consistent throughout.” Overall, they felt it demonstrated what it means when “architecture is life; [one] could visualize what it really means to be a family living downtown.” One juror expressed plainly: “This is what we need in a city.”

Four projects received Merit Awards. They include Bodega Residence by Cutler Anderson Architects; Port Townsend Residence by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Seattle Children's Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center by NBBJ; and Suncrest Residence by Heliotrope Architects.

Four Commendations were awarded: Building 115 by Graham Baba Architects;

Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club and Rainier Valley Teen Center by Weinstein AU Architects + Urban Designers LLC; and The Kolstrand Building by Graham Baba Architects.

The following five projects received Citations: Art Stable Hinge by Olson Kundig Architects; Deployable Greenhouses by atelierjones; Steel Stair by DeForest Architects; T Bailey Offices by Olson Kundig Architects; University of Washington West Campus Student Housing by Mahlum.

Of the 13 projects selected, 12 were either located or envisioned in Washington State.

The on-stage jury discussion ranged from an exploration of subtle details to a general show of appreciation for Seattle’s ability to innovate as a city. The jury also discussed the important role of clients play in the design process going as far as to say, “You can’t get good architecture without good clients.”

The three-person jury included Jim Jennings AIA (SF) Sheila O’Donnell Hon. FAIA (Dublin) and Gilles Saucier, FRAIC (Montréal). The event was moderated by and My Architect director Nathaniel Kahn. Co-Chairs for the 2010 AIA Seattle Honor Awards were Tyler Engle AIA of Tyler Engle Architects and Ray Calabro AIA of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

The program was sponsored by DCI Engineers, Foster Pepper, Lane Powell and schuchart/dow. Also sponsoring were Charter Construction, Clothier & Head, Coffman Engineers, Hoffman Construction, Inn at the Market, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, McGraw-Hill Construction, McKinstry, PCS Structural Solutions, Schultz Miller Stantec, SvR Design Company, Swenson Say Fagét, TRUEbenefits, Turner Construction, WSP Flack + Kurtz , and Washington Archives Management

The program featured a short film produced and contributed by studio/216. Décor, graphic design and other services and materials were contributed in-kind by ZGF, NBBJ, Yuri Kinoshita, Inform Interiors, fleurish, Inn at the Market, Sellen Construction, Hewitt, and Olympic Reprographics.

See the 2010 Honor Awards Project Teams

Stephanie Pure, (206) 448-4938 ext. 103, stephaniep@aiaseattle.org

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

International Code Council (ICC) Takes Action on ASHRAE Proposals

ATLANTA – International building codes will incorporate requirements from a new load calculation standard from ASHRAE and ACCA as well as match requirements from Standard 90.1 under several recent proposals recently approved by the ICC membership.

Final action hearings took place during the last week of October to determine the final disposition on ASHRAE proposals to the ICC, which develops model codes that may be adopted by code jurisdictions in the United States or internationally. The actions taken will next appear in the 2012 I-Codes – due out in April 2011.

Under a proposal to the International Mechanical Code (IMC), inspection and maintenance of HVAC systems will be required by ANSI/ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 180-2009, Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial Building HVAC Systems. The standard establishes minimum requirements for inspection and maintenance of HVAC systems to ensure proper functionality which will save energy and money for the building owner in addition to preventing potential accidents by failing systems.

“Inclusion of Standard 180 in code documents is an important advance,” Robert Baker, chair of the Standard 180 committee, said. “Proper maintenance is critical to preserving an HVAC Systems ability to continue to realize the energy efficiency capabilities that are designed into today’s systems. If we are to realize the vital energy independence goals that we have established, excellence in maintenance will be an important part of the package of things we must achieve.”

“Correctly designing and installing an HVAC system are only the first steps to proper performance of the system,” John Sedine, president, Engineered Heating & Cooling; ACCA chairman of the BOD, said. “An HVAC system must be properly maintained or it does not perform as originally designed; contributing to unhealthy environments, consuming excess energy, and reducing comfort levels. ACCA congratulates the code enforcement community’s adoption of the ACCA/ASHRAE 180 Commercial Maintenance Standard; providing code officials with a nationally-recognized standard to which they can refer. This is an important step toward safer and more efficient commercial buildings.”

Also approved were proposed changes regarding energy stringency based on requirements in ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. These changes include:
  • Adding requirements for areas under skylights, including lighting controls in areas where skylights are used in order to take advantage of natural light in conditioned spaces.
  • Modifying equipment efficiency requirements for heat rejection and heat transfer equipment including open and closed circuit cooling towers, chillers, unitary air-conditioning and condensing units, unitary and applied heat pumps, singe package vertical air conditioners and packaged terminal air conditioners.
  • Modifying the piping insulation requirements

Also related to 90.1 was a proposal that rewrote the majority of the commercial chapter of the IECC. This proposal maintained the reference to the prescriptive requirements of Standard 90.1, and made the following requirements consistent with 90.1-2010:

  • Fenestration leakage
  • Demand control ventilation
  • Energy recovery
  • Economizer efficiency
  • Lighting controls, including daylight zone controls and manual lighting controls
  • Lighting system functional testing
  • Building area and space by space lighting power densities
The proposal calls for an additional path of compliance for water-cooled chillers and consolidation of and new requirements for some of the existing categories.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons.
ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

Friday, November 5, 2010

City of Seattle NEWS RELEASE

Mike McGinn, Mayor

For Immediate Release November 4, 2010

Contact: Bryan Stevens, 206.684.5045 bryan.stevens@seattle.gov
Rebecca Baker, 206.615.1171 rebecca.baker@seattle.gov


Streamlining Sustainable Development
Seattle Launches Priority Green Expedited Permitting for Residential, Multifamily
and Commercial Projects

Interested in faster review times? A single point of contact ? Priority Green has been expanded to meet your needs. To simplify and better direct you to the appropriate program, all green permitting incentives have been organized under the Priority Green name. Seattle is now providing incentives accessible to any applicant designing a green project.

“We are fortunate that the Seattle community has a strong culture of sustainability. Our Priority Green permit incentive program is designed to make green building standard practice and accessible to all our applicants so that we can work together to build a sustainable future.” Diane Sugimura, Director of Seattle Department of Planning and Development

DPD’s Priority Green program began with a goal of facilitating very innovative projects showcasing emerging sustainable design. The program has evolved with input from stakeholders, most notably the Green Building Task force. The task force recommended an expedited permitting program and technical support for code challenges. These recommendations have been realized with Priority Green Expedited focusing on typical green building projects and the Innovation Advisory Committee focusing on emerging technologies.

Priority Green Expedited has been expanded to include multifamily and commercial projects in addition to single family and townhome projects that began in October 2009. DPD will continue to incentivize innovative and Living Building projects meeting Architecture 2030 through Priority Green Facilitation.

“Priority Green is a fantastic way to encourage green building in Seattle. The inventive programs meet the city’s environmental goals while leveraging existing city services. Expedited permit review saves time and money while promoting healthier, more sustainable residential and commercial building practices.” Richard Franko, Mithun, Green Building Task Force Member.
Additional information

All Priority Green projects benefit from:

  • Dedicated staff facilitation
  • Priority intake appointments, routing and issuance
  • A single point of contact for prompt responses

Priority Green EXPEDITED shortens review times for new single family and townhomes (formerly Green Q), and multifamily and commercial projects. Minimum levels of participation are Built Green 4 Star or LEED Silver (single family and townhomes projects) or LEED Gold (multifamily and commercial projects). Smaller residential projects may also choose DPD’s Alternative Path.
Benefits include

  • shorter initial plan review:
    o 4 weeks faster for single family and townhomes
    o 2 weeks faster for multifamily and commercial

Priority Green FACILITATED assists all project types that meet innovative green building standards that may encounter code challenges. Projects must meet DPD’s criteria for Innovative projects or participate in the Living Building Challenge.
Benefits include

  • priority plan review
  • integrated review to identify and resolve issues
  • flexibility in applying the Seattle Land Use Code for Living Building Pilot projects

Priority Green TOOLS provide additional code incentives to assist applicants in developing green projects. Includes early code review of innovative green strategies through the Innovation Advisory Committee, additional development potential for green projects utilizing Incentive Zoning, and early issuance of demolition permits for Residential Deconstruction.

Successes to Date
Fifteen projects have applied for the Priority Green Facilitated program, one has been completed and 3 others are under construction. Twelve single family and townhomes applications have been received since 2009 for DPD’s expedited process, representing about 9% of projects of this type. Ten have received permits and are under construction.

For more information visit www.seattle.gov/dpd/prioritygreen

Jess Harris
Seattle Green Permitting Lead
206.684.7744
jess.harris@seattle.gov



Rebecca Baker, LEED AP
City Green Building
Seattle Department of Planning and Development
rebecca.baker@seattle.gov
206.615.1171

Friday, October 29, 2010

2009 WSEC Implementation Date

WA State Building Code Council Sets 2009 WSEC Implementation Date

The Washington SBCC has set January 1, 2011 as the implementation date for the 2009 Washington State Energy Code. The new code was originally set for implementation on July 1st this year but was delayed at the request of Governor Chris Gregoire. Projects permitted after this date will be covered by the new code. NEEC has an electronic copy of the 2009 WSEC on its web site ( http://www.neec.net/energy-codes ) for free download as well as updated compliance forms for the 2009 version. Code trainings are also being sponsored by NEEC (current series underway) with more expected in early 2011. In addition, the Seattle Energy Code has been approved by the Seattle City Council this month. The following information is courtesy of John Hogan at Seattle DPD;

The 2009 Seattle Energy Code, as recommended by the Mayor, has now been approved by the City Council:
  • The Seattle City Council's Committee on the Built Environment took up the 2009 Seattle Energy Code ordinance at a meeting last week and recommended approval. The 2009 Seattle Energy Code ordinance was then considered and approved by the full Seattle City Council on Monday of this week. We are now awaiting the Mayor's signature, expected very shortly.
  • The ordinance can be downloaded under the "2009 Seattle Energy Code Update" link in the upper right hand corner of the Seattle Energy Code homepage. The ordinance adopts the 2009 Washington State Energy Code by reference and then contains the multiple Seattle amendments. So, in order to have the entire code, you need to look at both the 2009 Washington State Energy Code and the Seattle ordinance. Wherever the Seattle ordinance contains modifications to a section, the ordinance language supersedes the 2009 Washington State Energy Code. There is no one document at this point that folds all the text together. (We are in the process of preparing the Seattle insert pages for the 2009 Washington State Energy Code.)

Effective dates:

  • For nonresidential spaces, the intent is to have a grace period for the 2009 Seattle Energy Code that would end so as to coincide with the end of the grace period for other Seattle code updates. The last date on which DPD will be accepting applications using the 2006 codes will be 22 November 2010.
  • For residential spaces, the 2009 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) requirements will take effect on 1 January 2011, as decided by the Washington State Building Code Council (WSBCC) at their meeting last Friday.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cascadia Green Building Council -Transformation Lecture Series

Transformational Lecture Series (Seattle) featuring Timothy Beatley

Topic: Green Urbanism and Community Scale Sustainability

When: November 09, 2010 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM

Where: Seattle Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98104

Contact: Joyce Shen joyce.shen@cascadiagbc.org 1-604-909-9559















Speaker: Timothy Beatley, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, University of Virginia

Bio: Timothy Beatley is Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last eighteen years. His primary teaching and research interests are in environmental planning and policy, with special emphasis on coastal and natural hazards planning, environmental values and ethics, and biodiversity conservation. In recent years much of his research and writing has been focused on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places.

He has published extensively in these areas, including his new book Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning and the following recent books: Planning for Coastal Resilience (Island Press, 2009); Resilient Cities (Island Press, 2008); Green Urbanism Down Under: Learning from Sustainable Communities in Australia (Island Press, 2008); Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home And Community In A Global Age (Island Press, 2005); Green Urbanism: Learning From European Cities (Island Press, 1999); The Ecology of Place: Planning for Environment, Economy, and Community (Island Press, 1997); Ethical Land Use (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994); Habitat Conservation Planning: Endangered Species and Urban Growth (University of Texas Press, 1994); Natural Hazard Mitigation (Island Press, 1999, with David Godschalk and others); and An Introduction to Coastal Zone Management (Island Press, 2002, Second Edition, with David Brower and Anna Schwab)

Doors open at 5:00PM, Lecture begins at 5:30PM

Cost: Cascadia Members and students; Free (RSVP MANDATORY)
General Audience; $10

Click here to Register Now

The Transformational Lecture Series aims to inspire all building industry professionals to embrace their role in creating as sustainable built environment now, as well as ensuring that sustainability becomes integral to all development in the future. Taking the lead from the Living Future 2010 tag line, “Hope: Revaluing Community,” Oregon’s Transformational Lecture Series will establish a through-line for revaluing the greater community of Oregon by addressing the enormous challenges confronting the state of Oregon and the importance of moving to a more self-sufficient economy for a secure and sustainable future. In an effort to both reduce cost and carbon emissions, and to inspire the local community, most speakers are notable local heroes and reside in the Pacific Northwest.




Monday, October 18, 2010

October Membership Meeting Presentation

2009 Washington State N0n-Residential Energy code

For those of you that missed our October membership meeting and those of you that were there and want a copy of the presentation you can access the pdf slide show of Lisa Rosenow's presentation by going to the following link: Presentation PDF. Note: this is a fairly large file and make take a little time to load.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Society Resolution Honoring Rod Kirkwood

The Board of Directors (Society) of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, at its meeting of June 27, 2010, observed the passing of Rod Kirkwood with the following Resolution.



Friday, October 8, 2010

Engineers Without Borders

Here is an opportunity to participate in Engineers Without Borders' fall fundraiser! Click on the attached a poster for more information.




You can also view a 10 minute video about the local chapters here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcQ4_nQC7Mg

Thursday, October 7, 2010

AIA Seattle - BIM Sharing Agreements

BIM Sharing Agreements
How to overcome your reluctance to share

Do you have the contract you need to share your BIM files in the new collaborative design/construction business model?


Then join the AIA Seattle Practice and Ethics Committee and their guest speakers to discuss the common reluctance to share BIM files, and if BIM sharing agreements can overcome copyright and liability concerns.

Round table discussion guest speakers will include:

Grace Han Stanton, partner with Perkins Coie, focusing on copyright law,
C. Scott Penner, principal at Carney Badley Spellman P.S., focusing on design professional’s defense.
Tom Owens, principal and general counsel with NBBJ, focusing on IPD and BIM agreements.
Ron Rochon AIA, LEED AP partner at The Miller/Hill Partnership focusing on BIM sharing.
Dace Campbell AIA LEED AP with BN Builders focusing on integrated delivery.
Morgan West Jr., executive vice president at Kibble & Prentice Inc., focusing on professional liability insurance.

We will combine an architect, contractor, and in house counsel who are sharing BIM files today with attorneys who specialize in copyright and design professional defense and a professional liability insurance agent to give you a complete status report of what is going on with BIM file sharing. You will find out why the existing BIM file sharing agreements from the AIA and ConsensusDocs do or don’t work for your firm and your project, what you need to add or change, and how to talk with your attorney to feel comfortable about sharing your BIM files.

For date, time, location and registration go to:

http://www.aiaseattle.org/node/4806

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Seattle Energy Code Update - September 30, 2010

In late August, the Mayor forwarded the 2009 Seattle Energy Code ordinance to the Seattle City Council. This afternoon, the Seattle City Council (SCC) Committee on the Built Environment began consideration of the 2009 Seattle Energy Code ordinance. However, the Committee on the Built Environment was not able to complete their review, as the meeting was cut short.

Consequently, the Committee on the Built Environment will continue their discussion of the 2009 Seattle Energy Code at a future meeting later this fall. However, no date has been set yet. For additional information on the full Seattle City Council and for the Committee on the Built Environment, the meeting calendar can be viewed at http://www.seattle.gov/council/calendar/default.htm# and agendas can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/council/com_assign.htm .

In terms of implementation dates:
- For nonresidential spaces, as a result of today’s continuation, the effective date of the 2009 Seattle Energy Code is unknown.
- For residential spaces, the 2009 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) requirements would take effect on the date specified by the Washington State Building Code Council (WSBCC). Since the 2009 WSEC requirements for residential spaces were finalized on 20 November 2009 (more than ten months ago at this point), there would not be any additional grace period. It is expected that the WSBCC would make a decision on the effective date at their meeting on 15 October 2010.

New Faces of Engineering












ASHRAE Asks Chapters and Regions to Nominate Young Members for New Faces of Engineering for 2011 National Engineers Week
September 2010


NOMINATE NOW
ASHRAE Information for New Faces
and to access applications
ASHRAE Application for New Faces (Word)
ASHRAE Application for New Faces (PDF)

Did you know ASHRAE is the lead society for 2011 National Engineers Week?
Help open doors for one of your colleagues by nominating him or her for the 2011 New Faces of Engineering for ASHRAE. The recognition program, started by ASHRAE in 2003, is part of National Engineers Week, sponsored by the National Engineers Week Foundation, a coalition of engineering societies, major corporations and government agencies. Member societies nominate colleagues 30 years old and younger who have shown outstanding abilities and leadership. Engineers Week promotes New Faces to provide incentive to those in college and inspire even younger students to consider engineering careers. And ASHRAE is the lead society for 2011 National Engineers Week, so it is a really special year to be the ASHRAE New Face.
What a great way to recognize some of our young chapter leaders!
The top New Face from each society will be featured in a full page ad in USA Today during Engineers Week, February 20-26, 2011. Each photo will be captioned with the engineer's name, name of the engineering society providing the nominee, employer and a brief statement of that individual's accomplishments as they relate to the public welfare.

Engineers 30 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2010, are the focus of the recognition program.

Nominees must have a degree in engineering from a recognized U.S. college or university, or from an equivalent international educational institution. Degrees in engineering technology, science, computer science, and similar disciplines do not qualify, though a degree in computer engineering is acceptable.

Complete nominations including a photo must be submitted to ASHRAE by Monday, October 18, 2010. The nominations should try to tie at least one achievement to something the non-engineering community can appreciate.

Engineers Week is celebrated throughout the year, though the specific dates for Engineers Week 2010 are February 20-26, 2011. For more information on Engineers Week, visit: eweek.org.

Aaron Smith, Selected As ASHRAE's 2010 New Face of Engineering

Aaron Smith, selected as ASHRAE's 2010 New Face of Engineering continues to work with HVAC design and energy performance simulation of green buildings. He is excited to be involved with the commissioning of a recent building design that involves natural ventilation, wind, solar and geothermal energy.

Aaron is a Mechanical Engineer with M&R Engineering Ltd. and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the Membership Promotion Chair for his local ASHRAE chapter and is helping organize the Chapter Regional Conference (CRC) for Region II, to be held in Halifax this summer.

ASHRAE member applications and questions should be directed to Ashley M. Pruett, CAE, at apruett@ashrae.org with the subject line: New Faces of Engineering Application.

Monday, September 27, 2010

September Chapter Activities

Thank you for attending!

More than 60 members and guests attended our first meeting of the year featuring ASHRAE Society President Lynn Bellenger’s presidential address Modeling a Sustainable World.

The next evening, a group of 20 participated in the TEGA tour of Georgetown Brewery led by brewery partner, mechanical engineer, and Chopper’s Red Ale namesake Bret Chopp.

Thank you for attending these events and we look forward to your participation throughout the year. Remember to invite your coworkers and friends to join us at upcoming Chapter events!


What’s happening behind the scenes?

In addition to meetings, there is a tremendous amount of “behind the scenes” committee activity. While visting Seattle, Lynn Bellenger met with AIA Seattle board member Rico Quirindongo and AIA+2030 Program Manager Cassandra Delaune to discuss partnership opportunities between ASHRAE and AIA to support the 2030 Challenge.

In September David Landers, Chapter President, and Kathi Shoemake, TEGA Committee Chair, attended the Puget Sound Engineering Council’s Inter-Society Officer’s Workshop and connected with local leaders of many engineering societies to exchange ideas and work toward joint meetings and partnerships.
Board of Governors member Tamas Bencsik will soon be attending the Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) fall leadership retreat at Society headquarters in Atlanta.

Additionally, we have a new Chapter Historian: Luna Michael. We welcome Luna as she takes on the role of documenting our chapter’s legacy and resurrecting relics from the past for our enjoyment in Punch List articles and at history-themed meetings.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Building Energy Metrics Basics Workshop

Building Energy Metrics Basics Workshop. Click on the image below to access registration:





2009 Seattle Energy Code Update

The latest from John Hogan:

The 2009 Seattle Energy Code ordinance will be considered by the Seattle City Council (SCC) Committee on the Built Environment (COBE) at their meeting on Wednesday, 29 September 2010.
  • The Committee on the Built Environment meeting starts at 2:00 pm, however, it is estimated that discussion of the Energy Code ordinance would take place at approximately 3:00 pm. The meeting will take place in the SCC Council Chambers, Second Floor, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle.
  • Copies of the proposed ordinance and a summary of the changes can be downloaded from the “2009 Seattle Energy Code Update” page of the Seattle Energy Code website at: http://www.seattle.gov/DPD/Codes/Energy_Code/Overview/2009_ecupdate.asp

Following an SCC committee recommendation, the full Seattle City Council must then take action at one of their subsequent meetings. Then, after a vote by the full Seattle City Council, the Mayor has ten days to sign an ordinance.

As noted in my last e-mail:

  • For nonresidential spaces, the intent is to have a grace period for the 2009 Seattle Energy Code that would end so as to coincide with the end of the grace period for other Seattle code updates. The last date on which DPD will be accepting applications using the 2006 codes will be 22 November 2010.
  • For residential spaces, the 2009 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) requirements would take effect on the date specified by the Washington State Building Code Council (WSBCC). Since the 2009 WSEC requirements for residential spaces were finalized on 20 November 2009 (ten months ago at this point), there would not be any additional grace period. It is expected that the WSBCC would make a decision on the effective date at their meeting on 15 October 2010.

I’ll send out another e-mail as additional information becomes available.

John

Monday, September 20, 2010

Natural Ventilation on Campus

click on the picture below to get more information and to register:


Thursday, September 16, 2010

ASHRAE 2011 Winter Conference and AHR Expo

ASHRAE holds all the sustainability cards- Winter Conference to be held in

La$ Vega$

ATLANTA—Las Vegas, Nevada continues to build upon its reputation as a vibrant showcase for the extraordinary by offering the grandest hotels, the biggest stars in entertainment and, of course, the brightest lights. It’s no wonder that the world’s biggest HVAC Expo and the largest membership-based HVAC&R engineering society have chosen the city as the site of the ASHRAE 2011 Winter Conference and AHR Expo.

The extravagant setting of Las Vegas serves as a unique contrast to ASHRAE’s Winter Conference theme of A Safe Bet: Zero-Energy Design. It is sure to highlight the importance of finding the balance in design. The 2011 Winter Conference takes place January 29-February 2 at the Las Vegas Hilton. The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo®, held in conjunction with the Winter Conference, will run January 31-February 2. The Expo is held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, a short distance from the Hilton, the Conference headquarters hotel.

In keeping with ASHRAE’s goal of continuing education the Conference offers over 200 Professional Development Credits, as well as Continuing Education Units, which can be applied toward a Professional Engineering license.

The technical program features more than 90 programs and 300 speakers addressing the efficient use of energy in new and existing buildings, refrigeration updates, applications including data centers, laboratories, healthcare facilities, the real cost of zero-energy design and other topics related to design, standards, codes and professional skills. Nearly all of the technical program sessions will be approved for NY PDHs and by USGBC for GBCI CE hours for LEED professionals. The Las Vegas Virtual Conference, included with paid attendees’ registrations, will be available to non-attendees.

Six Professional Development Seminars and 14 Short Courses are offered to help industry professionals stay up-to-date on industry trends. ALI offers a new course on building energy modeling that focuses on HVAC&R systems and updates to courses covering Standards 62.1 and 90.1 to reflect changes in the 2010 versions of these standards from previous versions.
Additionally, ASHRAE continues to listen to the market and launches a sixth certification program in conjunction with the 2011 Winter Conference. This new program targets Energy Assessors/Energy Auditors and is appropriate for those individuals who perform energy assessments or audits for commercial, industrial or residential buildings. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/certification.

This winter’s technical tours spotlight how technology developed by ASHRAE members is practically applied to buildings and include the central plant at Planet Hollywood and MGM Center and Springs Preserve.

When members are not attending courses at the Conference, observing the technological advancements featured at the AHR Expo or touring the local sustainable buildings there are numerous general tours such as Hoover Dam, Springs Preserve, the Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes, the Bodies and Titanic exhibits and the Las Vegas Strip.

Those who take part in the early-bird registration before December 31 have the opportunity to save up to $195. Complete information is available at www.ashrae.org/lasvegas.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

Amanda Dean
Public Relations
678-539-1216
adean@ashrae.org

CLIMATE ANALYSIS - Education Series

CLIMATE ANALYSIS FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

ASHRAE Puget Sound, AIA Seattle, the Integrated Design Lab in Partnership with BetterBricks are offering an education series this fall to provide a deeper level of understanding about the key topic of climate analysis. For more information and registration click on the image below.

Monday, September 13, 2010

2009 NREC forms

The 2009 Washington State Non-Residential Energy Code Compliance forms are now available on the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) website. They are located on our Energy Code page at www.NEEC.net.

Note that the implementation date for the 2009 Washington State Energy Code has been delayed. As such, the 2006 NREC is still being enforced. Use the 2006 versions of the compliance forms until the yet-to-be-determined implementation of the 2009 WSEC is established. Note that the 2009 NREC, when implemented, will also cover multi-family residential buildings.

Northwest Energy Efficiency Council
605 1st Ave Suite 401
Seattle, WA 98104
v 206.624.0283
f 206.292.4125

Questions? Contact lisa@putnamprice.com

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 15 Chapter Meeting


ASHRAE Society President Lynn Bellenger to Visit Seattle

Lynn Bellenger, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, and 2010-2011 Society President will present "Modeling a Sustainable World" at Puget Sound Chapter's September 15 lunch meeting.The meeting will be at Rock Bottom Brewery, 1333 Fifth Ave, Seattle, WA 98101. Registration opens at 11:30 AM with program starting at noon. This meeting is open to the public.

"Modeling a Sustainable World" highlights the role ASHRAE members play as leaders in sustainable design. In energy simulation, daylight analysis, CFD, and BIM software, we have powerful modeling tools that enable us to create and redefine our vision of a building -- it's appearance, systems, operation, and performance. Those resources, used effectively in an integrated design process for new buildings and in analyzing retrofit opportunities in existing buildings, will help gude building owners, architects, developers, and contractors in building orientation, shading, and shape in selecting materials, windows, equipment, and systems that optimize building performance.

To make reservations, please go to the Acteva event website: http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=209008ASHRAE Members $35, Guests $40, ASHRAE Student Members $15

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Seattle Energy Code Update - September 2010

The following is excerpted from an email sent out on September 07, 2010 by John Hogan with the Seattle Department of Planning & Development:

In late August, the Mayor forwarded the 2009 Seattle Energy Code ordinance package to the Seattle City Council:
- The summary included in the package is viewable at: DPD_2009_Seattle_Energy_Code_SUMMARY_.pdf.
- Seattle City Council review is likely to take place in late September. I will send out another e-mail when a specific date has been decided. (It is expected that the ordinance will be referred to the Committee on the Built Environment, as this is the committee that considered the ordinances for the other construction codes.

In terms of the text for the 2009 Seattle Energy Code, we had a detailed review from the Law Department. DPD did make a number of revisions based on the Law Department’s recommendations. I would generally characterize them as minor, most were wording changes to clarify the intent. However, I did want to highlight one change (but maybe only a process and timing change, as opposed to a substantive change):
- During the 6-month public review, we proposed and received public support to add a new Chapter 16 calling for a minimum amount of on-site renewable energy production, provided that we included two alternates (an option to use higher heating and cooling equipment efficiency, or another option to purchase renewable energy certificates in lieu of installing the renewable energy system on site). The Law Department raised some concerns about the way the alternates would work. To enable us to move forward, the Law Department assisted us in crafting language that says that DPD will develop a Director’s Rule containing alternate compliance options. The ordinance language says that the renewable energy provisions will not take effect until the Director’s Rule is published with these alternate compliance options. My hope would be that we could take the alternate compliance options developed during public review and then fold these into a Director’s Rule soon after the ordinance is adopted.

As a heads-up regarding implementation of the 2009 Seattle Energy Code:
- For nonresidential spaces, the intent is to have a grace period for the 2009 Seattle Energy Code that would end so as to coincide with the end of the grace period for other Seattle code updates. The last date on which DPD will be accepting applications using the 2006 codes will be 22 November 2010.
- For residential spaces, the 2009 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) requirements would take effect on the date specified by the Washington State Building Code Council (WSBCC). Since the 2009 WSEC requirements for residential spaces were finalized on 20 November 2009 (approaching ten months ago at this point), there would not be any additional grace period.

John Hogan

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sustainable Industries Economic Forum

Co-Sponsored by AIA Seattle

What: Sustainable Industries Economic Forum.

Where: The Hyatt at Olive 8 (1635 8th Avenue Seattle, Washington, 98101)

When: September 23 - 8AM-Noon.

Integrated Project Delivery Forum

AIA Seattle Presents

Integrated Project Delivery Forum

Save the Date!

December 13, 2010

What impact is Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) having on the architectural profession and our allied professionals? AIA Seattle will explore how the collaborative process of IPD changes the way we make projects happen.

Attendees will:
• Hear a broad, interdisciplinary perspective from owners, architects, contractors, engineers, and legal professionals
• Learn about the management techniques and tools you can use to successfully execute IPD projects
• Understand how IPD affects contractual responsibility, risk and reward; scope of work; and professional responsibility
• Obtain the knowledge, tools, and confidence to build IPD capabilities into your firm and/or projects

For more information, contact Program Director Karoline Vass.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Job Posting - Hermanson Company

Job Title: Mechanical Engineer
Department: Engineering
Reports To: Engineering Department Manager
FLSA Status: Exempt

SUMMARY
This position will be responsible for designing and in some cases reviewing designs for Mechanical and/or Plumbing Projects. Position aids in the success of project design, marketing documents and estimating support. Design efforts include equipment sizing and selection, energy modeling, system approach, specification development and quality control reviews.
Responsible for developing HVAC and plumbing system concepts and designs for commercial, light industrial, and critical environment (lab, hospital, data center) facilities with minimal supervision.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Experience: 5-15 years experience

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Professional Development: Registered Mechanical Engineer (WA) preferred

Software Proficiency In:

• E-Quest - Energy Modeling Software
• Energy Pro – Energy Modeling Software
• Carrier E20-II – Hour load analysis program
• AutoCAD (2008, 2009, 2010 and MEP)
• Autodesk Revit MEP
• Microstation V8XM or V8i - 2D/3D and BIM (optional)
• Microsoft Office Suite
• Adobe Acrobat Standard (and Reader)


Visit our website at www.hermanson.com for a complete job description. Send resumes to opportunity@hermanson.com

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

ASHRAE’s 2011 Annual Conference Seeks Papers on Alternative Technologies, Engineering Tools, Net-Zero Buildings

Call for Papers
ASHRAE’s 2011 Annual Conference Seeks Papers on Alternative Technologies, Engineering Tools, Net-Zero Buildings

ATLANTA– Papers addressing advances in alternative technologies and net-zero buildings, as well as HVAC&R fundamentals and commissioning are being sought for ASHRAE’s 2011 Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The deadline for paper submissions is Sept. 17, 2010. For complete information on tracks, contacts and submittal requirements, visit www.ashrae.org/montreal.

The 2011 Annual Conference takes place June 25-29. The technical program includes tracks that push the engineering envelope. The Alternative Technologies track seeks papers on photovoltaic (PV), geothermal, wind power and variable-refrigerant-volume (VRV) systems, solar and other technologies, as well as how these systems affect the first cost and operating cost of the building. Papers describing the science behind emerging technologies incorporated into net-zero-energy (NZEB) design are sought.

The Net-Zero Buildings track seeks papers that examine NZEB design, cost to achieve these buildings, existing NZEBs and operational and maintenance issues and costs. Case studies illustrate how to achieve NZEB in designs are sought, also. The Engineering Tools track seeks papers that address the range of different energy modeling and building information modeling tools available, their use and specific applications and integrated approaches.

Papers from owner or architect perspectives or case studies that illustrate modeling techniques are requested. In addition, papers are sought for tracks on Commissioning, HVAC Systems, HVAC Fundamentals and Applications, Professional Skills and Refrigeration. Full-length technical papers or conference paper abstracts (400 words or less) should be submitted by Sept. 17.

For more information about the two types of papers and to submit a full-length technical paper or conference paper abstract, visit www.ashrae.org/montreal.

The conference is expected to attract some 1,500 attendees from 60 countries. The technical program takes place Sunday, June 26–Wednesday, June 29, and includes paper presentations as well as non-paper presentations. Approved papers are published in ASHRAE Transactions.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

Contact Jodi Scott
Public Relations
678-539-1140
jscott@ashrae.org

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

2009 Seattle Codes

The 2009 Seattle Building, Existing Building, Residential, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas codes are scheduled for the City Council Committee on the Built Environment this Thursday, August 5. We expect the Committee to vote to recommend approval of the legislation at this meeting. The full City Council will most likely vote on either Monday, August 9 or 16. The Mayor then will sign it within 10 days, and it will take effect 30 days after his signature. So, while we still don't know the exact date the codes will take effect, unless something very unusual happens it will be sometime in the middle of September. As usual, we are allowing an additional 60 days during which applicants can choose whether to use the 2006 or 2009 codes, so the final date on which compliance with the 2009 codes will be required will be in the middle of November. I'll send another message as soon as I know more.

The proposed legislation is posted on DPD's website http://www.seattle.gov/DPD/Codes/Technical_Codes/Overview/

The 2009 Seattle Energy Code is on a slightly different schedule, but we hope it will take effect by the end of the other codes' 60-day 'grace' period. In case you haven't heard, the State Building Code Council, at the request of Governor Gregoire, is delaying the effective date of the 2009 State Energy Code. In October they'll decide the date. DPD is recommending to the Mayor and City Council that we adopt nonresidential energy code provisions, including the 2009 State Energy Code and Seattle amendments that we'd developed before the state decided to delay.

If you have any questions, please contact me at maureen.traxler@seattle.gov

Maureen

Monday, August 2, 2010

ASHRAE Fall Educational Courses

Standard 90.1 Featured in ASHRAE Fall Educational Courses

ATLANTA – Two new courses related to Standard 90.1 are part of the 12 online professional development courses being offered this fall by ASHRAE through the ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI). ALI courses provide professional development through in-depth information that is timely, practical and advanced beyond a fundamental level. The online courses allow attendees to log in to learn from anywhere with an Internet connection. Course participants earn three professional development hours, .3 continuing education units, or three American Institute of Architects learning units for each seminar completed. Courses are instructor-led, drawing upon professional knowledge of leading practitioners.

The courses are:

  • Understanding Standard 189.1 for High-Performance Green Buildings, Sept. 22
  • Determining Energy Savings from Energy-Efficient Projects: Applying IPMVP and Guideline 14 to performance Contracting and LEED, Sept. 27
  • Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings, Sept. 29
  • Complying with Requirements of Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, Oct. 6
  • The Basics of Panel Heating and Cooling, Oct. 13
  • Complying with Standard 90.1-2010: HVAC/Mechanical (New) – two dates – Oct. 18 and 25
  • Complying with Standard 90.1-2010: Envelope/Lighting (New), Oct. 20
  • The Commissioning Process and Guideline 0, The Commissioning Process (co-sponsored with Building Commissioning Authority, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and National Environmental Balancing Bureau), Oct. 27
  • Engineering for Sustainability: Understanding Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Technologies and Applications, Nov. 1
  • Introduction to Cleanrooms, Nov. 3
  • Understanding and Designing Dedicated Outside Air Systems, Nov. 10

The cost of each course is $224 ($164, ASHRAE members). Site licenses are available to organizations that will be having five or more seminar participants. For more information, e-mail edu@ashrae.org or call 678-539-1146

To register, visit www.ashrae.org/onlinecourses.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Seattle Energy Code Update!!

Attached are the revised staff recommendations for the 2009 Seattle Energy Code. (Note: changes from the staff recommendatins discussed at the CCAB meeting on 20 May 2010 are highlighted in yellow in the draft). Click here to view the draft(note: this draft version has been superceded. Go to http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/codes/energy_code/overview/2009_ecupdate.asp to access the most current version).

The revisions are grouped into two categories and summarized below.

This document has been forwarded to CCAB. The CCAB meeting to discuss the revised draft 2009 Seattle Energy Code is scheduled for 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm on Thursday, 15 July 2010, in room 2240 (22nd floor) of the Seattle Municipal Tower at 700 Fifth Avenue. The meeting is open to the public.

Again, thank you all for your participation and contributions to the 2009 Seattle Energy Code,

John (Hogan)


1. Incorporation of CCAB recommendations from 20 May 2010 meeting

Seattle Envstd:

  • 701: reference updated to 2009 version of Seattle EnvStd
  • 1331, exception: added Seattle EnvStd back in as a compliance option, except for projects using footnote 2 to Table 13-1 and for Group R occupancies.

Table 13-1, fenestration U-factor:

  • 0-30% fenestration area: added in footnote 2 for metal frame fenestration products.
  • 30-40% fenestration area: changed metal frame fenestration to U-38 (instead of U-0.35) added in footnote 2 for metal frame fenestration products, added requirement for a minimum VT-0.51 for all fenestration products.
  • Footnote 2: revised to clarify when this footnote could be used, when it could not be used, and what calculations were necessary.

Fenestration VT:

  • See Table 13-1 above.
  • 1323.4: added new section that references Table 13-1.
  • 1335: added new section for trade-offs, with equations.

2. Other:

  • 1310: deleted proposed amendment as RS-29, Section 1.1, specifies that the standard is for the total building including all of its systems, so nonresidential/residential trade-offs are allowed.
  • 1314.6.2: revise to specify confidence interval, to more carefully specify test pressures and ranges, and to add another reference to the informative note.
  • 1410: add references to 1470 and 1475.
  • 1412.6: deleted proposed amendments as combustion heating equipment > 225,000 Btuh is regulated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).
  • 1433: edited informative note for exception 1; deleted proposed amendment for exception 9 but added a word to clarify, also provide waiver of third-party certification for ASHRAE Standard 127 equipment until 2012.
  • 1475: delete proposed amendment for Energy Star efficiencies for commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers, commercial ice machines, and refrigerated beverage vending machines, as these are regulated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).
  • 1513.6.1: clarify application to stairwell lighting.
  • 1621: delete proposed amendment that renewable energy systems be located within Washington State.
  • RS-29, title: modify title to specifically include multifamily residential buildings.
  • RS-29, Table 3.1 #5: air leakage criteria revised to be the same for both the Standard Design and the Proposed Design.
  • RS-35: renamed (formerly Appendix A).
  • RS-36: renamed (formerly Appendix B).

The adoption schedule is still a bit uncertain because some dates depend on schedules of the Mayor and City Council. But, DPD is expecting the legislation adopting the codes to take effect in late August or early September. The effective date will be followed by a 60-day period during which permit applicants can choose whether to use the 2006 or 2009 codes.


Monday, June 21, 2010

2009 Seattle Energy Code

2009 Seattle Energy Code: consensus to move ahead with 2009 SEC using 2009 WSEC as base

The fourteenth public review meeting for the draft 2009 Seattle Energy Code took place this morning (June 21, 2010).
- The topic was a review of a 2009 Seattle Energy Code proposed as amendments to the 2006 Seattle Energy Code (rather than amendments to the 2009 WSEC).
- However, at the end of the discussion, there was a strong consensus to move ahead with adoption of the 2009 Seattle Energy Code (SEC) now, and to use the 2009 Washington State Energy Code as the base document (rather than using the 2006 SEC as a base).

Consequently, City staff will now proceed on the course that was being followed last month, to propose an ordinance based on the document that included the modifications recommended by CCAB at their meeting on 20 May 2010. The implications for this path (and all dates are tentative and depend on the Mayor and City Council calendar) are:
- July: Mayor submits ordinance to City Council.
- August: City Council committee meeting later in the month.
- September: vote by full City Council and signature by the Mayor by the end of the month
- October: ordinance is effective 30 days after signature
Here the road splits:
- Nonresidential spaces: ordinance likely to contain an additional grace period, perhaps the effective date would match up with the update to the other Seattle construction codes.
- Residential spaces: requirements to take effect on the date specified by the Washington State Building Code Council.

Notwithstanding the above, we will still accept written comments on using the 2006 Seattle Energy Code as a base and have a public review meeting to discuss the comments.

The deadline for written comments is Monday, 5 July 2010. Submit comments by
• E-mail to john.hogan@seattle.gov, or
• Fax to John Hogan at 206-386-4039, or
• Mail to John Hogan, Seattle DPD, 700 Fifth Ave, P.O Box 34019, Seattle 98124-4019
If possible, please propose specific language changes with underline to indicate new language and strikethrough to indicate deletions.

The public review meeting to discuss any comments will take place on the 40th floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower (SMT), 700 Fifth Avenue, Seattle.
6 July 2010 (Tuesday) SMT-4050, 1:30-3:30 pm: review of written comments

CCAB discussion is scheduled for 15 July 2010. DPD would then consider these recommendations and forward an ordinance to the Mayor and City Council shortly thereafter. City Council consideration would occur later this summer, with an effective date in the fall.

Monday, June 14, 2010

State Energy Code Implementation Delay!

A special meeting was held on June 11 by the State Building Code Council after its regular council meeting to discuss the Governor’s request regarding postponing the start date of the State Energy Code. The Council voted unanimously for emergency rule making on the State Energy Code. This means that the July 2010 Energy Code will not go into effect until October 28, 2010. The Council also voted unanimously to implement the July 2010 Energy Code no later than April 1, 2011. By going into emergency rule making, the Council will have the time to determine the ideal time to implement the 2010 State Energy Code.

The next State Building Code Council meeting is on September 10 in Spokane.

The council is also overseeing the Strategic Plan for Enhancing Energy Efficiency and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions form Homes, Buildings, Districts and Neighborhoods per the Legislatures direction to the Department of Commerce. There are weekly webinars and monthly workgroup meetings to help develop the plan and everyone in the public is welcome to attend them. The link is http://www.commerce.wa.gov/site/1325/default.aspx.

Job Posting - CDi Engineers

Energy Modeler

Job Summary:

Join one of the Northwest's foremost Mechanical Engineering firms located in Lynnwood as CDi Engineers' lead Energy Modeler. The Energy Modeler will manage the firms’ energy modeling efforts, develop standards and mentor/train staff in area of energy modeling. Key job responsibilities include:

  • Perform building energy simulations and models as a project team member, including new construction and existing buildings.
  • Work with utility, state and national programs to assist in the securing of grants or other sources to procure third-party funding for construction, studies, etc.
  • Work with a variety of energy analysis software appropriate to specific projects, including eQuest, E+, EnergyPro, and TAS.
  • Develop office standards and “shoebox” templates that will allow all engineering staff to develop simplified models.
  • Perform spreadsheet-based calculations of potential energy savings opportunities in planning stages of projects and in support of policy development.
  • Review LEED credit documentation related to energy performance for compliance with standards.
  • Assist team members and client project teams with interpretation of and compliance with ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and local energy codes.
  • Participate in project design charettes and workshops with staff and clients.
  • Assist with training other engineering staff in energy modeling techniques and protocols.

Qualifications include:

  • Minimum of 5 years experience with HVAC systems.
  • LEED® AP Accreditation required.
  • Knowledge of energy modeling programs, eQuest strongly preferred.
  • Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent job experience preferred.
  • Strong leadership, influencing and consensus building skills. Ability to mentor, coach and develop others.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with a diverse range of individuals, both orally and in writing.
  • Critical thinking skills in conjunction with ability to work independently, balance multiple priorities, meet deadlines and manage budgets.

At CDi Engineers we know our great reputation is dependent upon our dedicated and valued staff. We value our culture of diversity and respect - for ourselves, our families, our clients, and for the environment. And we have fun, too! Please visit our website http://www.cdiengineers.com/ for more information.

If this appeals to you, we invite you to e-mail your resume to hr@cdiengineers.com using "Energy Modeler" as your subject line.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Roderick Richard Kirkwood 1920-2010 - UPDATE

Memorial services for Rod will be Wednesday, June 16th at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/tahoma.asp
There will be attendants directing attendees in their cars at the cemetery entrance in a procession of cars to the ceremony location PROMPTLY at 1:00. If people are late they will miss the procession. The ceremony will be short with the presenting of colors. Flowers will not be allowed, but if desired, a donation can be made to a charity of their choice or to ASHRAE.


Roderick Richard Kirkwood, who resided in Kent, Washington, passed away at his home on May 6th 2010. He was born January 11th 1920 in St Paul, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by Virginia, his wife of 45 years and his second wife, Sharon Kirkwood to whom he was married 18 years. He is survived by his son, Roderick V Kirkwood (Joan), daughter Carolyn S (Evan) Buehl, step-sons Tyler (Dominika) Fullerton, Troy (Gwendolyn) Fullerton and Todd (Zoila) Fullerton and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was highly recognized for his active role in the design and development aspect of the building industry for 56 years, of which 46 were with John Graham and Co. Architects, Engineers and Planners. He started as a mechanical engineer, rising to Partner and then President of John Graham and Co in 1976. He was active in the Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Rainier Club and International President of ASHRAE (American society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers) in 1973/74. He was most proud of his time spent as a design team member for the Space Needle. He retired in 1998. After retirement, he enjoyed time with his wife Sharon, traveling, and pursuing his passion of naturopathic healing. Internment will be at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, 18600 S.E. 240th Street; 425-413-9614. The date and time for the memorial/celebration of life to be announced in early June. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to a charity of choice.

Published in The Seattle Times from May 16 to May 19, 2010

The following will be published in the June issue of ASHRAE Insights:

Just four months after celebrating his 90th birthday, ASHRAE Presidential Member Roderick R. Kirkwood died May 6 at his home in Kent, Wash.

Presidential Member Kirkwood, Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, served as president of ASHRAE in 1973-74, leading the Society in its development of Standard 90.1 for energy efficiency, the first energy standard in the nation. An article written by Kirkwood about Standard 90.1 is appearing in the June issue of ASHRAE Journal, as part of a series of articles on the 35th anniversary of the standard.

Kirkwood was honored with a 90th birthday celebration at the January meeting of the Puget Sound Chapter. For his birthday, Kirkwood was presented with a letter of congratulations from current ASHRAE President Gordon Holness.

“I reviewed with interest your address to the Society in 1973 – Optimum Energy Utilization Through Technology,” Holness wrote. “Your words of more than a quarter of a century ago ring as true today as they did then. Your recognition of the need for action led ASHRAE to initiate the development of this country’s first energy conservation standard, 90-75, and confirmed our ability to reduce energy utilization while lowering life-cycle costs.”

Kirkwood noted in his presidential speech, “ASHRAE’s membership is concerned about utilization of energy, not with its production. We, as engineers, designers, manufacturers and technicians, can help to reduce the shortage of energy by using our technology to assure that the utilization of energy is optimized. If we don’t take the forefront in this, we must expect others to take over.”

His Society involvement began as an ASHVE member in 1946. At the local chapter level, Kirkwood held all positions in the Puget Sound Chapter. In 1963, he became a member of the Board of Directors, which culminated in his being elected president for 1972-74. As ASHRAE president, he understood the importance of an energy standard in American HVAC design and initiated Standard 90-75, Energy Conservation in New Building Designs. He continued to serve the Society after leaving the presidential office, most recently serving on the Historical Committee.

His ASHRAE recognition includes a Distinguished Service Award and a Distinguished 50-Year Member Award.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Washington State Non-Residential Energy Code Webinar Series


The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council is offering a three-part webinar series about the 2009 Non-Residential Energy Code. Experts from the industry will discuss significant changes in the upcoming code and address frequently asked questions. (Note that the 2009 Washington State Energy Code now requires occupancies other than single family residential to comply with the NREC section of the code.)



Topic highlights include:

LIGHTING & ENERGY METERING WEBINAR
Monday, May 24th from 10:00-11:00am
Presented by NEEC staff and Michael Lane, LC, of the Lighting Design Lab

• Interior and exterior lighting power allowances
• Lighting system control requirements
• Specific daylight zone control requirements
• New chapter on Energy Metering

MECHANICAL SYSTEMS WEBINAR
Thursday, May 27th from 10:00-11:00am
Presented by NEEC staff and Scott Rushing, PE, LEED® AP, of the Rushing Company

• Mechanical equipment efficiency requirements
• Economizer requirements and exceptions
• Variable flow requirements for hydronic systems
• Appendix G based RS-29 systems analysis
• Commissioning documentation requirements

BUILDING ENVELOPE WEBINAR
Tuesday, June 1st from 10:00-11:00am
Presented by NEEC staff and John Hogan, AIA, PE, LEED® AP, of the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD)

• Area weighting guidelines for opaque envelope
• Air leakage criteria and documentation requirements
• Solar heat gain coefficient requirements and projection factor multipliers
• Specific requirements for cold storage facilities
All webinars are free, however you must register to be able to view the live presentations and submit questions. To participate all you need is a desktop browser and a telephone.

TO REGISTER
Simply click on the listed webinar title above.

QUESTIONS?
Contact Lisa at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council at lisa@putnamprice.com.

Support for this webinar series is provided by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

PSA Chapter History

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Draft 2009 Seattle Energy Code

The thirteenth public review meeting for the draft 2009 Seattle Energy Code took place Wednesday afternoon (April 28). (note: this draft version has been superceded. Go to http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/codes/energy_code/overview/2009_ecupdate.asp to access the most current version).

- The topic was a review and discussion of comments received by the 27 April 2010 written comment deadline.

After three months of public review, the draft 2009 Seattle Energy Code is moving to the next phase in the process.
- We wish to offer our sincere appreciation to those who attended the public meetings and/or submitted written comments. Through sharing your expertise, you’ve helped ensure that the Seattle Energy Code is enforceable and results in energy efficient buildings.

DPD and Seattle City Light staff met today to decide on initial staff recommendations to the Construction Code Advisory Board (CCAB) for the 2009 Seattle Energy code. The attached document contains those recommendations and is intended to be the basis for CCAB discussions. Based on written comments received and discussion on Wednesday during the public review of those comments, revisions have been made to the following sections:
- 1202: add exception to allow alternate metering scheme for large healthcare facilities, require commissioning of metering system.
- 1203: for existing buildings, limit data acquisition systems and energy display to those over 50,000 ft2.
- 1314.6.2: require air leakage testing for all buildings (not only those over five stories), projects required to test but not required to achieve a certain performance.
- 1322: clarification of nominal R-value compliance alternates for wall assemblies with thermal bridging (with companion changes to Table 13-1).
- 1412.8.2: allow demand based or setback control for ventilation in laboratories.
- 1416.3.3: add metering to list of systems to be commissioned.
- 1435: add exhaust fans to list of fans that need variable speed drive for systems to qualify for exception 2 to the simultaneous heating and cooling requirements.
- RS-29, 2.5: add building official discretion to approve use of the exceptional savings route for more than one-half of the energy savings.

This document has been forwarded to CCAB. The CCAB meeting to discuss the draft 2009 Seattle Energy Code is scheduled for 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm on Thursday, 6 May 2010, in room 2240 (22nd floor) of the Seattle Municipal Tower at 700 Fifth Avenue. The meeting is open to the public.

Again, thank you all for your participation and contributions to the 2009 Seattle Energy Code,
John Hogan

For your use as well is the 2009 Washington State Energy Code: Available online now at: http://sbcc.wa.gov/Page.aspx?nid=14