Friday, February 26, 2010

Puget Sound BetterBricks Awards

Puget Sound BetterBricks Awards is Less than a Month Away

Puget Sound ASHRAE members are encouraged to register for the upcoming Puget Sound BetterBricks Awards on Thursday, March 25th. Held at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, the BetterBricks Awards will honor 11 building professionals from a variety of backgrounds with a wealth of energy efficiency accomplishments. This year, Puget Sound ASHRAE is a sponsor of the Design Engineer category so please join us at the event in saluting all of the 2010 winners.

Stephen Wright, Administrator with the Bonneville Power Administration, will deliver the keynote address.

Cocktails and appetizers will be served starting at 5:15 p.m. Register today!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

AIA Seattle Presents:

Subject: IPD; The Lean Machine - Children’s Hospital Case Study
Date: March 26, 2010, 9:00 – 12:00
Location: Sellen Construction, 227 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle
Admission: $5 for AIA members and $20 for nonmembers

Credits: 3 LU’s

Learn from one of the few teams in the country that has participated in an IPD project using a lean process; Seattle Children’s Hospital new outpatient facility.
The AIA Seattle Practice and Ethics Committee invite you to join;

Jeff Giuzio, Owner’s representative from The Seneca Real Estate Group
Brian Zeallear, Architect from NBBJ
Jack Avery, Contractor from Sellen Construction Company
Dean Eriksen, Mechanical Engineer from AEI Engineers
Dean Peterson, Mechanical subcontractor from University Mechanical

The guests will detail their use of lean principles in the design and construction of Children’s Hospital Outpatient facility, including how they used the process to achieved LEED certification and present ideas on how the process can be transferred to smaller projects and firms.

The seminar will achieve the following learning objectives;

1. Understand the fundamental difference between IPD and the traditional “design-bid-build” model.
2. Learn the relationship between lean project delivery and relationship contracts (multi-party).
3. Identify the core transferrable processes in IPD, including how to design the right level of IPD for you.
4. Provide ideas for steps that can be taken now to prepare your firm for the IPD future.

Monday, February 22, 2010

March Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Washington Athletic Club
1325 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

11:30 AM - 12:00 Noon: Registration & Social
12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM: Lunch Served & Program

Make your reservation by Friday, March 5 (See Below)


ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Tim McGinn Discusses
Low Impact Mechanical Systems

ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Tim McGinn, an inspirational speaker at EngineeringVision 2030, returns to discuss low impact/low energy mechanical systems at our March chapter meeting.

McGinn, a partner with Cohos Evamy in Calgary, Alberta, holds mechanical and electrical engineering degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and has over 25 years experience as a consulting engineer. His passion is specialization in designing low impact/low energy mechanical and electrical systems for green buildings.

McGinn will share with us examples of successful North American green building projects that utilize downsized conventional systems, displacement ventilation, underfloor air distribution, multi-stage evaporative cooling, radiant chilled slabs, and hybrid natural ventilation.

With extensive experience in green building design and the integrated design process, McGinn will provide practical “hands-on” knowledge of strategies to reduce the energy impact of new construction and major renovation projects.


Our March meeting theme is ASHRAE History. Chapter Historian Kathi Shoemake will be pulling out old photographs and relics of our chapter history for us to enjoy while gathering before lunch. Additionally, our speaker Tim McGinn is our ASHRAE Region XI Historian and will share with us the history of ASHRAE's expansion into the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Western Canada.

Make your reservation by Friday, March 5

Cost: ASHRAE Chapter Members $35; Guests $40; Students $15

To make your reservation go to the Acteva event web site:

If you have questions regarding registration, contact Scott Vollmoeller at or 206-262-1010.

For directions to Washington Athletic Club:

Friday, February 12, 2010

Northern Housing Forum

Northern Housing Forum
Inuvik March 22-25, 2010

Bill Semple with CMHC is hosting a Northern Housing Forum in Inuvik.
He is looking for participation from through out Canada and the Northern USA.
If you really want to experience the great things about the Canadian Arctic than Inuvik is the place to be.

For more information go to:


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

4-5pm at AIA Seattle


* What Makes It Green 2010 planning update
* Seattle Energy Code proposed updates with John Hogan, City of Seattle (We encourage you to review the attached document and attend our meeting or one of the meetings below to learn more and provide input on this important update to the energy code. See below for more information.)
* Other ongoing activity updates

Please join us. New members always welcome.

Also, if you haven't already joined, register for our Google group for up-to-date communications of COTE's most recent activities

Carl Dominguez and David Mount
AIA Seattle COTE Co-chairs

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

ASHRAE ’10: Building the Future

ATLANTA – A standard set to be a game changer in the industry was introduced at ASHRAE’s 2010 Winter Conference, while work continued on other programs and standards that will help the Society build a more sustainable future.

Some 2,500 people attended the conference, held Jan. 23-27, in Orlando, Fla. Also taking place in conjunction with the meeting was the Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition, which attracted nearly 45,000 registered visitors and exhibitor personnel. The Expo featured an 8 percent registered visitor increase from the last show in Orlando in 2005 and a new record for the Southeast. Other highlights included 1,823 exhibiting companies representing 29 countries and 206 first-time exhibiting companies covering 354,013 net square feet or more than eight acres.

The ASHRAE conference offered a technical program with more than 100 sessions, 22 educational courses and numerous social events. The meeting also featured more than 600 meetings of technical, standards and standing committees, developing guidance for the future of the industry and ASHRAE.

“These are exciting times,” ASHRAE President Gordon Holness said. “The industry reaction to our Building Energy Quotient program has been very positive. We are happy to have such distinguished partners as the General Services Administration join with us in piloting the program. The long-awaited Standard 189, which was published at the Orlando conference, will have a tremendous impact on the industry. In my travels this year, there has been much excitement about moving forward toward greater energy efficiency. As U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu told us last year, ‘energy efficiency isn’t just low hanging fruit; it’s fruit laying on the ground.’ The time has come for truly sustainable buildings.”

The biggest buzz at the conference centered on publication of the green standard from ASHRAE, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the U.S. Green Building Council. Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is the first code-intended commercial green building standard in the United States. The standard provides a long-needed green building foundation for those who strive to design, build and operate green buildings. From site location to energy use to recycling, this standard will set the foundation for green buildings through its adoption into local codes. Learn more at

Other conference highlights included the technical program, with its theme of Building Sustainability from the Inside Out, featuring more than 100 sessions. The most well-attended sessions were How to Assess the Performance of Sustainable Buildings, Standard 189.1 Overview, Enhanced Dehumidification Strategies with Energy Recovery in a Hot Humid Climate, High Performance HVAC Systems in LEED Platinum Projects: A Selected Showcase, Noise and the Mechanical System Design Process and High Density Cooling Issues Update. More than 400 people attended the technical plenary session addressing H1N1.

In addition, the two-part Standard 189.1 Overview seminar can be viewed for free at The seminars are part of ASHRAE’s first-ever Virtual Conference, which provides access to more than 250 presentations and PDFs of posters. Register or access presentations at

Also offered were the ASHRAE Learning Institute’s five Professional Development Seminars and 17 short courses. The most popular courses were Successful Solar Applications, Using Standard 90.1 to Meet LEED Requirements, The Basics of a Proposed Standard on High-Performance Green Buildings, Designing toward Net-Zero-Energy Commercial Buildings, Determining Energy Savings from Energy Efficiency Projects: Applying IPMVP and Guideline 14 to Performance Contracting and LEED, and District Heating and Cooling.

The Conference also served as the launch of ASHRAE’s newest certification program, the Building Energy Modeling Professional certification, with 62 candidates taking the exam. As building owners and developers become increasingly concerned about rising energy costs and potential obligations under climate change programs, building energy modeling helps provide a preview into a building’s likely energy use and allows decisions affecting energy use to be made before a shovel even hits the ground. The new certification ensures that professionals modeling a building’s energy use have the skills necessary to produce an accurate model.

Top selling publications included Standard 189.1-2009, The 2009 Pocket Guide and newly published books including the Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning; the Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings: The Business Case for Building Owners and Managers; and Dampers and Airflow Control.

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.


Editors Note: Photos from the meeting can be obtained by contacting Jodi Scott at or Amanda Dean at

Monday, February 1, 2010

Lloyd Lennart WALLSTROM, P.E.

Lloyd Lennart Wallstrom, Professional Engineer, was born October 25, 1921, in Seattle, WA. He passed away peacefully, following medical complications from a fall,on January 23, 2010, in Bellevue, WA. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Betty-Jeane (Wesseler) Wallstrom, a brother, Ira C. Wallstrom, a sister, Rhoda K. Nyland, and a son, Bruce L. Wallstrom. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Lloyd spent his 38 year career with Bouillon Christofferson & Schairer in Seattle, WA. He was a Distinguished 50-Year Member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration andAir-Conditioning Engineers). He became a Fellow of ASHRAE in 1981 and participated in the writing of numerous ASHRAE Standards.