Friday, January 28, 2011

Job Posting - Coffman Engineers Inc.


Coffman Engineers seeks an experienced Mechanical Engineer to join our team in applying engineering skills to a variety of diverse and challenging projects for our Seattle office. The successful candidate will have 6 to 10 years of experience in the consulting engineering field in the design of HVAC, piping and plumbing systems for healthcare facilities, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities.

Requirements include:
  • A four-year degree in engineering or related field
  • P.E. registration preferred, E.I.T. required
  • Healthcare facilities HVAC, plumbing and medical gas systems experience
  • Steam and condensate systems experience preferred
  • Familiarity with sustainable design practices and LEED accreditation preferred
  • A thorough understanding of how various mechanical systems and equipment operate is desirable
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills

Coffman Engineers was founded over 31 years ago. We have offices in Anchorage, Alaska; Honolulu, Hawaii; Los Angeles, California; and Seattle & Spokane, Washington serving clients all over the United States as well as overseas. We provide structural, mechanical, electrical, civil and corrosion control engineering, and project/construction management services for a diverse client base.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer with advancement opportunities for motivated employees.

Apply directly at

Position # 460-1

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Seattle Energy Code Website

Several items have been posted on the Seattle Energy Code website for download within the last month. These can all be accessed from the right hand navigation tab on the Seattle Energy Code homepage:

- A pdf version of the entire 2009 Seattle Energy Code (2 MB) is posted and linked from the 2009 Seattle Energy Code update page:

- The electronic version of the Lighting Summary form (2009sec-LTG.xls, 430 KB)has been updated to correct a minor issue in one cell. If you previously downloaded this form, please replace it with the one now posted on the Nonresidential and Multifamily Residential Forms page:

- The 2009 Seattle EnvStd (7 MB) is now available for download from the Seattle EnvStd page:

Work is underway 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: . 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

Friday, January 21, 2011

February Chapter Meeting - Puget Sound ASHRAE

Program Topic: Advanced Energy Design Guides

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Rock Bottom Brewery - Seattle
1333 Fifth Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

11:30 AM - 12:00 Noon: Registration & Social
12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM: Lunch and Presentation

Theme: Sustainability

Presentation Overview:

ASHRAE, IESNA, USGBC, AIA, and DOE have collaborated on a series of Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs) for at least 30% energy savings beyond Standard 90.1-1999. The guides provide prescriptive packages for each climate zone to reach the 30% energy savings. The AEDGs are accepted for points toward LEED-NC certification (instead of simulation). This presentation provides an overview of the AEDG process as well as examples of packages and case studies from each guide.

Program Presenter: DRURY B. CRAWLEY, PH.D.
Director, Building Performance Products
Bentley Systems, Inc.
Washington, DC

Dr. Crawley leads the development of software for building performance and sustainability at Bentley Systems. Prior to joining Bentley Systems in 2010, he lead the U.S. Department of Energy’s team working to achieve cost-effective net-zero energy commercial buildings by 2025 and was responsible for managing the DOE’s building energy software tools development activities including EnergyPlus and the Open Studio plugin for Google SketchUp.

With more than 30 years of experience in buildings energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability, he has worked in government research and standards development organizations, as well as building software, design and consulting companies. A registered architect, he also has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering on the topic of building simulation as a policy tool from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

He is active in ASHRAE (Chair of Standard 169 Weather Data for Building Design Standards, member of SSPC 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, member of SSPC 140 Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs, member of the Technical Activities Committee, former member of the Research Administration Committee, and former chair of TCs 2.8, 4.2, 4.7, and 7.1). He was made an ASHRAE Fellow in 2009, received an ASHRAE Distinguished Service award in 2003 and a 1999 Symposium Best Paper Award for “Which Weather Data Should You Use for Energy Simulations of Commercial Buildings?”

He is also active in AIA, IBPSA, USGBC (former member of the Research Committee and the Energy & Atmosphere TAG), and serves on the editorial boards of three international Journals. He has written more than 100 papers and articles and made more than 300 presentations on energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy topics throughout the world.

Make your reservation by 5:00 PM Tuesday, February 15th, 2010

COST: Members $35, Guest $40, Students Free

To make your reservations, go to Acteva event web site at:

If you have any questions contact Michel Sotura at or 206-623-0717.

AIA Seattle - Committee on the Environment (COTE)

Our friends at AIA Seattle wanted to share the following with us:

Please consider attending the AIA Seattle COTE’s next case study which will be held at Mithun’s office on Tuesday, January 25th, from 4-6 pm.
Register online at

Two of last year’s What Makes It Green winners will be featured. See attached flyer for more information.

From your AIA Seattle COTE Co-Chairs,
Carl Dominguez & David Winans

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Learn Key Changes in the 2009 International Building Code

Contact: Stephanie Pure, (206) 448-4938 ext. 103,

AIA Seattle course includes information on newly-adopted, significant amendments by the State of Washington and City of Seattle.

Seattle—AIA Seattle, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is offering a four-hour educational course on key changes to the 2009 International Building Code (IBC), including information on use & occupancy, high-rise, incidental use, fire and smoke protection features, and means of egress. The course is presented by Thomas Kinsman, PE of T.A. Kinsman Consulting Company.

Key Changes in the 2009 International Building Code
Tuesday January 25, 2011
Mountaineers Program Center, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, (Located inside Warren G. Magnuson Park)

Cost: $80 AIA Members/Government
$125 Non-Members
$45 Associates
$25 Students w/ student ID

To register, visit:

A limited number of scholarships are available to AIA Seattle members in good standing. To apply, please download and return the application form on the registration page. Questions? Contact Danielle Henderson for more information.

AIA Seattle, an AIA Continuing Education System (CES) Provider, has applied for AIA Learning Units for this course, estimated at 3.5 LU/HSW/SD.

After attending this course, participants will be able to interpret the new:

  • High-rise provisions (such as structural integrity of shaft walls assemblies, SFRM fire proofing, emergency responder radio coverage, smoke removal, stair enclosure separation, 3rd stairway in super high-rises, self evacuation elevators, fire service elevators, and luminous path markings)
  • Incidental use provisions
  • Special occupancy provisions (such as ambulatory care facilities and live-work dwelling units)
  • Smoke and fire protection provisions (such as marking rated wall separations, projections, exterior wall exposure, fire wall intersections with the exterior wall, shaft enclosure exceptions, and curtain wall / floor assembly intersections)
  • Means of egress provisions (such as required egress width factors; accessible means of egress exceptions, special locking of exit doors, unenclosed required exit access stairways, stairway detail exceptions, stair to roof requirements, guards, dead end corridors, and single exit buildings)

Thomas Kinsman, PE is Principal of T.A. Kinsman Consulting Company which serves architects, developers, building owners, and attorneys on matters relating to both the technical and procedural aspects of the building code regulation, and includes providing ICC code training sessions to AIA, government agencies, and architectural firms. In 2000, he retired from a 30 year career with the City of Seattle, 24 years of which was in successively more responsible positions relating to construction code permitting and regulation. He has been active for many years in local, regional, and national code development. Tom has taught building code classes at the University of Washington and has served on the State Building Code Council. He is an Honorary Member of AIA Seattle.

About the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1894, AIA Seattle is a not-for-profit professional association of architects, allied professionals, and laypeople. AIA Seattle provides the architecture community with resources and relationships to make a difference through design. We open doors, provide connections, keep our members and the public informed, and demonstrate our commitment to great design as the key ingredient for livable, sustainable places.


TEGA UPDATE - Kathi Shoemake

Puget Sound ASHRAE

After two months of no TEGA meetings, TEGA meetings for 2011 will start up again in February. The next meeting will be held on February 17th, the day after the chapter meeting. We convinced our February chapter meeting presenter, Drury Crawley to hang around for an extra day and provide our TEGA members a “meat and potatoes” energy modeling presentation.

Mr. Crawley leads the development of software for building performance and sustainability at Bentley Systems. He had also managed the Department of Energy’s building energy software tools development activities, which includes the development of EnergyPlus. With more than 30 years of experience in buildings energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability, he has worked in government research and standards development organizations, as well as building software, design and consulting companies. A registered architect, he also has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering on the topic of building simulation as a policy tool from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

45 minutes to an hour is definitely not a lot of time to cover energy modeling from the basics so I encourage you to bring questions regarding energy modeling and the EnergyPlus program specifically. Please note that we will be starting 15 minutes earlier than usual to ensure our presenter gets to the airport in time for his flight home.

A Cajun po’boy lunch from Where Ya At Matt? will be provided by our gracious sponsors at Columbia Hydronics.

Please RSVP to me so we can get a delicious sandwich (and beignets!) for everyone. The details are below:

When: 11:45AM, Thursday February 17th
Where: Room 4050, Seattle Municipal Tower

Also in TEGA news

Puget Sound Chapter Technology Awards
It is time to start filling in applications for the ASHRAE Technology Awards! If you have been involved in or know of a recent project that has been occupied for at least a year, get it recognized! The ASHRAE Technology Awards starts at the Chapter level. Locally awarded recipients may go on to the Regional and Society Award competitions to be recognized as leaders in sustainable and cutting-edge building design. The application is relatively simple and the deadline of March 4th will be approaching fast. If you have any suggestions of building projects to encourage to apply, please forward me enough contact information for our TEGA committee to encourage the application.

Utility Energy Efficiency Programs and Incentives
It’s a little bit short notice, but this Thursday, the Electric League of the Pacific Northwest’s Monthly luncheon will cover the topic of Energy Efficiency Programs offered this year by local utilities. The dead line to sign up is today!! The meeting is Thursday!! Details may be found here:

Have a great 2011 year!

Kathi Shoemake, LEED® AP, BD+C
TEGA Committee Chair

Tranformational Lecture Series

Transformational Lecture Series (Seattle) Featuring Kath Williams

When: February 08, 2011, from 05:00 pm to 07:00 pm
Where: Seattle Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
Contact: Joyce Shen, 604-909-9559

Speaker: Kath Williams
Principal of Kath Williams & Associates; Past president, World Green Building Council; Executive Vice President, International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL)

Topic: Opportunities in eco-communities: People, Planet, and Profits


Globally the title “Eco-city” is used as a descriptor for every municipal project that is even the lightest shade of “green.” From newly constructed communities in China and Middle East to sustainable infrastructure projects in developed and developing nations, it is easy to bestow upon oneself the title. The questions becomes what are the motivations and what are the criteria? From lessons learned while working around the world, Kath Williams proposes all measurement tools should be framed in terms of values and opportunities for people, profit, and the planet if the goal of sustainability is ever to be achieved.

Bio: Kathy Wahrer Williams, past president of the World Green Building Council, has a diverse background in sustainability—from construction projects to green education. Drawing on her experiences as assistant to the vice president of research at Montana State University, her position as executive director of MSU’s Green Building project, and her service as vice chair of the U.S. Green Building Council for six years, Kath is involved in the development of green building councils and rating systems throughout the world, including India, Taiwan, Australia, UAE, Mexico, and Guatemala.

She has been recognized for her work in supporting the development of two LEED-Platinum buildings in India, Taiwan Semiconductor’s LEED-Gold fabrication plants, and two U.S. Air Force projects in Nebraska. Kath Williams + Associates (KW+A) currently supports sustainable education and LEED projects for clients including US EPA/DOE Labs21, Yellowstone National Park and National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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

Monday, January 17, 2011

Job Posting - Hermanson Company

Job Title: Mechanical Engineer
Department: Engineering
Reports To: Engineering Department Manager


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.


• Coordinates design with other team members (Design Team, Project Manager, Superintendent) to ensure design meets customers’ expectations at quoted cost.

• Performs HVAC load calculations (Carrier HAP program) and plumbing system sizing calculations.

• Makes cost and quality effective decisions on system selections, including equipment selections and layout.

• Calculates duct and piping/plumbing sizing and layout of full systems.

• Plan, elevation, and detail drawings. Full equipment schedules with detailed control sequences of operation.

• Participates in meetings with clients at their offices and the job sites.

• Coordinates CAD work with Engineering/CAD Department Supervisor.

• Identifies and communicates concerns with project schedule, design budget, or technical issues to supervisor.

• Stays current in knowledge of construction codes and design issues/techniques.

• Discusses current projects with supervisor weekly.

• Adheres to Engineering Department and company standards and procedures.


B.S. degree in Engineering plus a minimum of six years experience in design of commercial and light industrial Mechanical systems and/or training. Must have intimate knowledge of the Uniform and International Codes, Washington and Seattle Energy Codes, SMACNA and ASHRAE. Computer skills for various MS Office products, equipment selection programs and load program techniques is required--familiarity with latest version of AutoCAD is desired.

Visit our website at for a complete job description. Send resumes to

Job Posting - Fluke Corporation

Position: Associate Electro-Mechanical Engineer 10-224-FLU000094

Fluke Corporation is the world leader in the manufacture, distribution and service of electronic test tools and software. We are a dynamic market leader with sound financial health. Fluke has achieved the number one or number two position in every market in which it competes. The Fluke brand has a reputation for portability, ruggedness, safety, ease of use and rigid standards of quality. A wholly owned subsidiary of Danaher Corporation (, Fluke is a multi-national corporation headquartered in the greater Seattle area. We offer an entrepreneurial environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. It is driven by the phenomenally successful Danaher Business System. Working at Fluke gives you access to a robust career development process and challenging, “stretch” opportunities.

We are seeking an Associate Electro-Mechanical Engineer to join our team! To learn more about this position and our products, please view the link below:

To learn more about our T-CAL products, please visit:

To apply, please submit your resume to our corporate website:

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tour & Andersson - Hydronic College

The Tour & Andersson Hydronic College will present the seminar "The Three Hydronic Conditions" in Seattle on February 9th, from 2-8 p.m. at the Columbia Tower Club. The TA Hydronic College has been an education resource for hydronic engineering in Europe and other world markets, attended by over 3,000 design and facility engineers annually. In 2010, TA began presenting the seminars in North America, in concert with Victaulic. The seminar is free, and is presented vendor-neutral. Certificates of Attendance are provided for PDH. Seminar attendees will receive complimentary dinner and refreshments, and a copy of the reference book "Total Hydronic Balancing" by Robert Petitjean. To register or learn more about the seminars, go to .

Monday, January 10, 2011

We are very happy to announce our second panel discussion on the Built Environment at Town +Hall, entitled “Cascadia: A Vision for a Restorative Future”. We hope you can join us for this important Thought Leaders forum. Click on the image below to visit the Island Press website:

Panelist Information:
Denis Hayes, President, Bullitt Foundation
Denis Hayes is president and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, a Seattle-based philanthropy seeking to transform Cascadia into a global model of sustainable development. Denis was national coordinator of the first Earth Day in 1970 and is still honorary chair of the International Earth Day Network. At various points in his career, he directed the federal governments’ National Renewable Energy Laboratory, taught engineering at Stanford University, practiced law in Silicon Valley, and founded a number of NGOs seeking to influence government policy, corporate reporting, and consumer behavior. He received the national Jefferson Awards Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the John Muir Award of the Sierra Club, and the Charles Greeley Abbott Award of the American Solar Energy Society. Time Magazine named him as “Hero of the Planet.”

Lucia Athens, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Austin, TX
Lucia Athens ASLA, LEED™ AP is the City of Austin’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. Her book Building an Emerald City, released by Island Press, is intended to inspire adoption of green building, and provide practical solutions for local governments towards that end. Much of the book is based on what she learned during the ten years she led the City of Seattle's green building program, from its inception to a fully integrated technical assistance and green code development initiative. Originally from Texas, Lucia served on the team that developed the first Green Building Program in the nation for Austin. She recently returned to her native state to continue advancing governmental sustainability initiatives.

Professor Patrick M. Condon, University of British Columbia, James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments
University of British Columbia Professor Patrick M. Condon has more than 25 years experience in sustainable urban design; first as a professional city planner and then as a teacher and researcher. He started his academic career in 1985 at the University of Minnesota, moving to the University of British Columbia in 1992, acting first as the Director of the Landscape Architecture program and later as the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Livable Environments. He is now senior researcher with the Design Centre for Sustainability at UBC, a sustainable urban design think tank that evolved from the original efforts of the Chair. In that capacity he has worked to advance sustainable urban design in scores of jurisdiction, both here in Canada and abroad. His most recent publications include Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for a Post Carbon World and Design Charrettes for Sustainable Communities, both from Island Press.

Jason S. Twill, Senior Project Manager, Sustainability, Vulcan Inc.
Currently managing sustainability initiatives at Vulcan Inc., Jason has over a decade of experience in the areas of construction management, architecture, urban planning and real estate development. His work includes research and implementation of portfolio-wide resource conservation measures, creating investment strategies for alternative energy and water systems, and advocacy work for policies that support environmentally conscious design. Jason earned a masters degree in real estate finance and development from New York University and is a trained climate change communicator for both the city of Seattle and The Climate Project. Jason also currently serves on the board of the Cascadia Green Building Council as well as the steering committee for the Climate, Buildings & Behavior Project at the Garrison Institute. Jason is the father of two boys and spends his spare time wandering the Cascade Mountains with his family.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Association of Energy Engineers

Online Submission Forms are due by February 11, 2011.

The Association of Energy Engineers invites you to submit an abstract for consideration to speak at the 34th World Energy Engineering Congress, being held October 12-14, 2011 at the Navy Pier in Chicago, IL.
Suggested Topics
• Carbon Reduction & Sustainable Development
• Energy Basics
• Energy Management
• Energy Policy
• Energy Services
• Green Buildings
• High Performance Buildings
• Natural Gas & Electric Purchasing
• Power Generation
• Renewable Energy
• Transportation Systems
To submit an abstract or to view more topics, please visit Suggestions for topics other than those listed above or on our website may be submitted.

Note: If your company is a product manufacturer or rep firm selling a product, the presentation must be non-commercial in content.

Registration fees for the conference will be complimentary for speakers and chairs.

For questions, please contact:
Michelle Oxner, Conference Speakers Director, Association of Energy Engineers / 770-447-5083, Ext. 215