Thursday, January 28, 2010

From ASHRAE Society:

Existing Buildings in Urban Areas:
Dramatically Cutting the Energy Waste

April 19-20, 2010
Grand Hyatt • New York, NY

For more information go to:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

American Ground Water Trust -

-----February 3, 2010-----
Ground Source Heating & Cooling for Residential
and Commercial Properties
Latest Technologies, Economic Advantages,
Environmental Impacts and Regulations

Presented by: American Ground Water Trust Concord, NH
Ground Water Information, Awareness & Education Since 1986

Go to the link below for more information

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

AIA+2030 Professional Series

Register today for:

AIA+2030 Professional Series
Prepare your firm and your career for the new energy frontier! The AIA+2030 Professional Series is a national pilot program endorsed by Architecture 2030 to help design professionals create buildings that meet the ambitious energy efficiency goals of the 2030 Challenge.

The series of ten, four-hour sessions offer strategies to reach 50% reduction in fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions, giving design professionals the knowledge and leverage to create next-generation, super-efficient buildings and provide firms with the skills that will set them apart in the marketplace.*

TIME: Sessions are 8:30AM-12:30PM

LOCATION: Seattle City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes Room.**


$800 AIA members
$400 AIA associates
$1,200 Non-members

Do you work with an AIA member or Associate? When an AIA member or Associate refers their engineer, that engineer can sign up at the AIA member price! One referral allowed per AIA member.


Registration is for the entire series only. Payment plans and a limited number of scholarships and are available. For more information on scholarship availability, contact Danielle Henderson.

SERIES SCHEDULE (click title for full description):

February 5, 2010** The 2030 Challenge: setting + achieving energy goals with integrated design
March 5, 2010 Getting to 50: the power of targets + load reduction
April 2, 2010 Accentuate the positive: climate responsive design
April 30 , 2010 Skins: the importance of the thermal envelope
June 4, 2010 Passively aggressive: employing passive systems for load reduction
June 25, 2010 Illuminating savings: daylighting and integrated lighting strategies
July 23, 2010 Right-sized: equipment and controls for super-efficient building system
September 10, 2010 Site power: renewable energy opportunities
October 8, 2010 The hand-off + staying in shape: operations, maintenance + education
October 29, 2010 Putting it all together: achieving 2030 goals on the project and at the office

*This series is an encore of Series 1, which is still in session.
**The first class is being held in the Seattle Central Library. All others are being held at Seattle City Hall, in the Bertha Knight Landes Room.

Many thanks to our Founding Partners:

Thanks also in part to our AIA + 2030 Professional Series II sponsors:

Sunday, January 17, 2010

January Chapter Meeting Review

More than 80 Puget Sound Chapter members and guests attended the January 13 lunch meeting at the Washington Athletic Club. Those in attendance included ASHRAE Region XI Director and Regional Chair (DRC) Erich Binder and eight Past-Presidents of Puget Sound Chapter. The meeting included a 90th birthday celebration for Rod Kirkwood, who served as Chapter President in 1962-63 and as ASHRAE Society President in 1973-74.

Seattle Steam Company Biomass Boiler Project Overview
Stan Gent, President and CEO of Seattle Steam Company, provided an overview of Seattle Steam’s wood waste boiler project. He began his presentation by discussing the factors behind selection of urban wood waste as a fuel for the new boiler, including availability – King County has more urban waste wood available than any other county in the United States – and stability in cost compared to fossil fuels. The presentation included three time-lapse videos of components being installed at the plant: the boiler, bag house, and fuel storage silo. The presentation concluded with an interactive discussion between Mr. Gent and the audience regarding the plant’s operation and overall environmental impact, as well as the outlook for future sustainable district heating plant projects in urban centers throughout the United States.
Past-Presidents Honored
Following the lunch presentation, Chapter President Leslie Jonsson recognized Past-Presidents of Puget Sound Chapter for their service and dedication.

Eight Past-Presidents were in attendance at the January meeting (Left to Right): Steve Nicholes (1989-90), David Fernandes (1996-97), Jill Connell (1997-98), Paul Bonaci (1998-99), Rod Kirkwood (1962-63), John Bergo (2000-01). Pat O’Donnell (2005-06), Scott Sherman (2008-09).

Happy Birthday Rod Kirkwood
ASHRAE Region XI DRC Erich Binder provided his greetings to the chapter and recognized Rod Kirkwood on his milestone of 90 years by presenting him a letter from ASHRAE Society President Gordon Holness. President Holness’ letter offered his personal congratulations and highlighted the continuing importance of the words spoken by Mr. Kirkwood in his address to the Society in 1973: “Optimum Energy Utilization Through Technology”. Leslie Jonsson presented Mr. Kirkwood with a birthday card signed by chapter members and an ASHRAE Cross pen. While cake was being served, Mr. Kirkwood's son, Rod V. Kirkwood, spoke about his father’s achievements and passion for ASHRAE and energy efficiency. Following the singing of Happy Birthday, Mr. Rod R. Kirkwood addressed the group and provided an inspirational history of overcoming challenges to develop the country’s first Energy Conservation Standard – 90-75.

Rod Kirkwood is presented with a congratulatory letter by Erich Binder, ASHRAE Region XI Director and Regional Chair. The letter is from 2009-10 ASHRAE Society President Gordon Holness.

Rod Kirwood and Chapter President Leslie Jonsson with the 90th birthday cake prepared in his honor.