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 ( ) 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 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.

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: