Thursday, August 23, 2012

Puget Sound ASHRAE is proud to be a partner of the Seattle Design Festival!  The 2012 Festival is the second annual celebration in Seattle of the relevance and power of design.  The 4-day “super weekend” of design, September 20-23, will show how design adds value to our lives, our city, and our region.

The second annual Seattle Design Festival will bring speakers, tours, exhibits, outdoor installations, activities, films, and more to South Lake Union from September 20-23, 2012With its theme of “Engage Your World,” the Festival invites the public to participate in a conversation about urban life that is both playful and serious.

The hub of the festival will be the “Design Block” on John Street near Denny and Westlake, where you’ll find cargo containers turned into pop-up shops and activity stations, simple materials into street furniture, and weather balloons into a “cloud” for projections. Mingle, browse, relax; enjoy food tastings, a beer garden, music, and more...
The “Design Block” is free and open to the public. Some events require tickets and reservations. The Seattle Design Festival is a program of Design in Public, a multidisciplinary nonprofit organization that promotes the role of design in improving our community.
Puget Sound ASHRAE Sponsored Event:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Headquarters Tour
Exclusive Registration through ASHRAE:

Twitter: @DiPSeattle #sdf12

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Job Posting – Stirrett Johnsen Inc. 
Kitsap County, Washington
We are looking for an experienced mechanical engineer who has knowledge of mechanical and industrial construction and wants to play a key role in our well established, privately owned and operated company.  We are actively engaged with design of plumbing, industrial piping and HVAC systems.
Applicant must be able to work in a deadline-driven environment, work on multiple projects, coordinate / lead successfully within the office and provide excellent customer service.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
·         Provide system design and layout
·         Equipment selection and estimating
·         Work with drafters to prepare construction plans for permit and customer approval
·         Provide code expertise – plumbing and mechanical
·         Cost estimating
·         Visit jobsites and attend job meetings on occasion
·         Identify and find applications for new products
·         Coordination with architect, structural and other related trades
·         Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering with minimum 5 years experience
·         Experience in mechanical design and plan development
·         Knowledge of UPC IMC, IBC, WSEC and other building related codes
·         Knowledge of LEED
·         Understanding of CAD.  Knowledge of Revit/BIM
·         Ability to learn and work with other team members
Benefits include:  health and dental insurance; 401K, profit sharing, paid vacation and holidays
If you are interested and qualified, please send your resume with cover letter to Diane Almojuela at

2012 Seattle Design Festival by Design in Public
The hub of the second annual Seattle Design Festival will be the outdoor “Design Block” of exhibits, activities, installations, food and music (Friday-Sunday). In addition, from Thursday-Sunday, the Festival offers tours, films at SIFF Cinema, exhibitions, speakers, and workshops around the theme of “Engage Your World.”  

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Save the Date

NEEA Annual Stakeholder Meeting - October 16, 2012 Spokane, Washington
NEEA Annual Stakeholder Meeting: Stories of Regional Collaboration
October 16, 2012
Please join NEEA for a gathering of our partners at our second annual stakeholder meeting on October 16th in Spokane, the afternoon prior to EFFICIENCY CONNECTIONS NORTHWEST.
Together, we will share your stories of results through collaboration, and share ideas for how we can continue to accelerate the market adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices in the Northwest.

The event is October 16th from 3:30 – 5 PM at the Doubletree Spokane City Center, followed by a networking reception generously sponsored by Colehour + Cohen and Fluid Marketing Systems from 5-7 PM.

If you have questions, or a great collaboration story to share, please contact us! 

421 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 600, Portland, Oregon 97204
503.688.5400 | Fax 503.688.5447 |

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Detail of "Dear Seattle" installation, 2011 Seattle Design Festival; Studio Matthews
AIA Seattle Launches Design in Public

AIA Seattle members have been working hard over the past two years to bring you a new affiliate nonprofit organization, Design in Public, creator of the Seattle Design Festival. Design in Public is a multidisciplinary organization that promotes the role of design in improving our community. Inspired by successful models in cities around the world, the organization was founded in 2011 by AIA Seattle in direct response to feedback from our members about the importance of an elevated discussion of design in the public realm.
The new Design in Public website highlights its work throughout the year, including this year's festival, scheduled for September 20-23, 2012.  You will still be able to access the Festival's offerings directly at

The annual Seattle Design Festival is the region's largest interdisciplinary design event. This year's theme, "Engage Your World," explores ways that design can improve and increase our interactions with the urban environment. The four-day event features activities, exhibits, films, tours, speakers, and a pop-up "Design Block," the hub of this year's festival, in South Lake Union.

Design in Public plans to expand its public programming beyond the annual Design Festival to a set of comprehensive, year-round offerings that enable creative thinking and relevant, design-based solutions to community challenges.

As Steven McKay, Principal, DLR Group said at a recent fundraiser for Design in Public, "Great design can be inspiring, beautiful, innovative, efficient and functional, but the measure of truly great design... is [whether it] engages and elevates the human experience." Design in Public has the power to be a "catalyst" for a movement in our city and region that changes its course.  

Sharpen your skills in Energy Modeling, Refrigerants or Cold Climate Design at one of ASHRAE’s three upcoming specialty conferences taking place in October and November 2012. These conferences feature peer-reviewed papers, presentations with hands-on information presented in a non-commercial format, Professional Development Hours and networking opportunities

Energy Modeling Conference, Oct. 1–3, 2012

Atlanta, Georgia
Building on the successful Energy Modeling Conference format in April 2011, this conference highlights numerous hands-on application-type presentations. Of special interest is the interactive session with modeling software developers presenting common modeling scenarios on how their specific software can model a scenario, whether there are any limitations and what might be the best work around and exceptional modeling practices to obtain acceptable results when the tool cannot model the scenario “out-of-the-box.”

ASHRAE/NIST Refrigerants Conference, Oct. 29–30, 2012

Gaithersburg, Maryland
This conference provides an opportunity for participants to learn about the latest information on alternative refrigerants, likely time schedules, transition requirements, environmental effects of refrigerants, new refrigerant performance considerations and what will be required to phase-out the use of high GWP refrigerants with alternatives and other technologies. This is the fourth jointly sponsored conference between ASHRAE and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and presents peer-reviewed papers.


Nov. 12–14, 2012

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The principal objective of Cold Climate HVAC 2012 is to provide key elements of a strategy by which scientists, designers, engineers, manufacturers and other decision makers in cold climate regions can achieve good indoor environmental quality (IEQ), with a minimum use of resources and energy. Some 60 peer-reviewed papers presented by diverse, international authors showcase world-wide perspectives and practices in cold climate design.

Experience an ASHRAE conference first-hand!
Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing!


Friday, August 10, 2012

Job Posting - CDi Engineers

Located in Lynnwood, WA, CDi Engineers is Mechanical Engineering organization centered around strong client relationships, focused on health care facilities, and designed around a sustainable future through the use of sound fundamentals.

At CDi, we believe that relationships are of the utmost importance. Everything we do is driven by our dedication to establishing and sustaining solid relationships with our clients, associates, employees and friends. We value integrity above all else. Our core services include: sustainable design, mechanical consulting, and energy engineering. We are an engineering firm with a singular discipline and a focus on sustainability. Experts in our field. Problem solvers. Check us out at

CDi Engineers, has an immediate opening for a Designer with 3-4 years of experience. The candidate will be responsible for design and layout of mechanical and plumbing systems in a 3D modeling software.  Must have 3-4 years experience in mechanical equipment specification, client site visits, and the ability to read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, etc.  REVIT experience is preferred but not required.

CDi also has an immediate opening for an entry level Mechanical Engineer; recent and enthusiastic college graduates are welcomed to apply.

CDi has an excellent benefits package including company paid medical, dental, life, and long term disability insurance as well as a 401(k) Plan, ESOP, and PTO. Salary for both positions is DOE and CDi is an EOE.

If you are interested and qualified, please send your resume with cover letter, including salary expectations, and your resume to HR Director, Dawn Green at

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

SEDR is hosting a presentation on IES Energy Simulation Software.

One of the major players in energy simulation is Integrated Environmental Solutions, with software targeted towards Engineers (VE Pro) and Architects (VE-Gaia).  We will hear from Nathan Kegel (IES Ltd). and Ken Hall (Director of Sustainable Design, Gensler).  Gensler uses IES (VE-Gaia & VE-Pro).
Nathan and Ken will provide architects, engineers, sustainability consultants and academia with an overview of both early-stage and detailed analysis capabilities within the IES software, many of which are applicable to various LEED rating systems including ASHRAE 90.1 PRM (Appendix G).
The software is ASHRAE Standard 140-2007 certified, EPAct Qualified, and is accepted for LEED Energy, Daylight, Comfort, Water & Ventilation Credits by the Canadian & US Green Building Councils.  A host of other international rating systems can also be analyzed in the including BREEAM, Green Star, GreenMark, New Zealand, and LEED India.
Other capabilities include importing 3D model buildings from Google SketchUp and Revit; Climate and Solar analysis; Lamp/luminaire selection and Artificial Lighting Design & Analysis; Day lighting Analysis including both Radiosity (LEED IEQc8.1) & Radiance ray-tracing methodologies; Daylight harvesting implementation for energy savings; Glare Analysis; Occupancy Comfort (LEED IEQc7.1); Renewable Energy Technologies Analysis (LEED EAc2, EAc6).
Presenter Bios:
Nathan has over 10 years of HVAC design experience and building modelling experience.  He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is active in a host of sustainability organizations including ASHRAE, USGBC, and IBPSA.  He has recently been asked to serve on the board of directors for and is the co-founder of the IBPSA Twin Cities chapter.  Nathan is familiar with many modelling tools including Trane TRACE, Carrier HAP, eQuest, and IES .  In his current role, he provides training, support and consulting to customers across North America.
Ken Hall, AIA, is Director of Sustainable Design Systems at Gensler, a global planning, architecture and interiors design firm.  Ken leads the firmwide initiative to integrate sustainable design performance modeling and simulation into practice.  Hall is a nationally certified Sustainable Building Advisor and LEED AP with 30 years of experience leading technology innovation and adoption.