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President's Report

Greetings!

In case you missed it, we had a great Product Show this past month! With the presentation by Steve Hart, Plans Examiner for Public Health Seattle King County, to start things off, we managed to draw the biggest crowd ever to the Show! Thanks to Steve Hart for his presentation, thanks to all the vendors who contributed financially to the Show, and thanks to all of you for coming to the show! A special thank you, goes to Bob Tampa, our treasurer for the ASPE Seattle Chapter, who put this all together. This was an interesting orchestration of table layouts, venue selection and advertising that resulted in a successful show. Thank you all again.

Our next meeting on April 18 will be at Pyramid Alehouse again, so be sure to register online typing in ASPE Seattle. Click on Home Page and then click on Meetings. Find the next meeting which is April 18 topic: “Fire Protection for High Storage”, click on Register Now. Now you can use your e-mail address to register! This is new and should be easy for everyone to use. The type in your password. You know the same one you use for all your bank accounts, Netflix and your work computer. Just kidding. Just use one you can remember. And you’re in! Verify your member information, press Continue, click on either Member, No lunch, or Non-Member. Then Continue. Now select a lunch! Best part. Click Continue and you know the rest.

Coming up in May, will be the elections for the ASPE Seattle Chapter officers. Anyone who is an ASPE member can run for a position if they want to. For most of the positions, the incumbents are interested in staying on, so they are running unopposed. There is one position that no one is running for. That is the Administrative Secretary. We are actively searching for someone to volunteer for this position. The only thing you need to do, is take notes at all the meetings. Plus, it would help if you could bring the projector and screen to the general meetings. The benefits are great! You will have the opportunity to participate in making decisions at the board meetings, your lunches and dinners are free at all the meetings, and you have a good chance of going to the National Convention at ASPE expense. As an Administrative Secretary you will also be exposed to other positions on the board, that may interest you in the future.

We have two more meetings this fiscal year and then we break for summer. Our next big event will be the Golf Tournament on July 27. Same place as before at Willows. Last year we had a great time! Gary Fox is usually the one who organizes this along with the help of Kevin Jones, Bob Tampa, and Julie Zyph. We thank them for their tireless volunteerism. This year Gary is throwing in some interesting diversions! If you like golf, you don’t want to miss this! A word to the non-golfers, like me, with the weather starting to turn better it’s a good time to start practicing your golf.

See you at the next meeting!

~ Frank van der Harst ~ President

 

 

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Membership report

Our Product Showcase turned out to be our biggest one yet.  It was great to see all the support from both the members and vendors to make this show a success.  A big thanks goes out to our treasurer, Bob Tampa with Braley Gray, for putting this show together.  It takes a lot of coordination to pull this off and Bob did it almost singlehandedly.  I’d also like to thank the vendors for their enthusiasm and financial support.

I’d also like to thank Steve Hart, with the King County Plans Examiner’s office, for his presentation on the rollout of the new Seattle and unincorporated King County plumbing plan review process.  Steve had a pretty full house for the presentation prior to our Product Showcase. There will be more information to come as the process evolves.  Thanks again, Steve, for your support of the ASPE chapter.

Please welcome two new members to the Seattle ASPE chapter.  Anna Farlow, with McKinstry, and Randy Stabnow, with Auburn Mechanical, are the latest to join our chapter.    If you haven’t already met these two, please make sure to go out of your way to introduce yourself and welcome them to the group.

The following members are celebrating anniversaries with ASPE this month:

Andrew Hamilton                             1 year

Krasimira Pesheva                           1 year

Steve Nastruz                                    7 years

Congrats to each of you.

We are still working the bugs out with our new SeattleASPE.net website.  If you run into an issue, please feel free to let me know what you’re struggling with.  In addition to regular communication with the membership, we are also using the new site to register and pay for our monthly meetings, golf tournaments, product showcases, and fishing trips, so we need to make sure everything is working as it should.

Remember, we have our annual golf tournament coming up July 27th at Willows Run.  There will be more info coming out in the next few weeks.  Make sure you mark the date in your calendars.

If you’re not already a member, please consider joining the Seattle chapter.  This is a great venue to network with other engineers and vendors.

~ Gary Fox ~ VP Membership

 

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Legislative Report

SPECIAL WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATIVE REPORT; A DEVELOPING STORY

PMI Urges Washington State Senate to Heed Scientists Concerns About Legionnaires Disease Prior to Vote on Plumbing Standard

PMI, an association of companies that make water-efficient toilets, showerheads, faucets and urinals — has expressed concerns to state legislators that proposed legislation, ESHB 2327, to ratchet down flow rates below federal WaterSense levels without proper research may result in unintended consequences that could endanger public health.

Washington’s flow rates are now in line with federal regulations. The proposed legislation would reduce them to the WaterSense level for toilets and below WaterSense levels and equal to California levels for urinals, showerheads, and bathroom faucets. California is the only state with plumbing standards more stringent than WaterSense levels, having implemented them in response to the state’s drought emergency.

Here is what the regulation, if passed, will require:

For more information about the possible unintended consequences of the proposed regulation, read more here:

https://www.safeplumbing.org/news/pmi-press-releases/article/washington-state-senate-urged-to-heed-scientists-concerns-about-legionnaires

For a direct link to the bill, which could take effect as early as January 1, 2020, we direct you here (you may also submit your comments to the sponsors):

http://apps2.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2327&Year=2017&BillNumber=2327&Year=2017

The status of the bill at the time of our publication is as follows.

IAPMO SEEKS TECHNICAL CORRELATING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The committee will be responsible for resolving conflicts, achieving correlation among the recommendations of the technical committees, and correcting errors and omissions in the UPC and UMC. More>>

ASA OPPOSES WASHINGTON STATE’S APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY STANDARD

The American Supply Association (ASA) and its membership submitted letters of opposition to the State of Washington’s proposed bill, HB 2327, Appliance Efficiency Standards. The proposed bill, as written, will require plumbing fixtures to adhere to maximum flow-rates and flush volumes that have not fully been researched and implementing these maximum limits could lead to unanticipated negative impacts on the ability of the plumbing system to deliver safe drinking water to the consumer and to properly remove waste from the premises.

NSF INTERNATIONAL TO HOST LEGIONELLA CONFERENCE

NSF International will host Legionella Conference 2018 — Managing Legionella and Other Pathogens in Building Water Systems. The event will be May 9-11 in Baltimore, Maryland. More than 40 speakers will take part.

Conference attendees will discuss and learn the latest monitoring, treatment and management approaches for preventing the spread of Legionella in buildings, hospitals and cooling towers. The three-day event is sponsored by the national Science Foundation and, according to NSF, it is the first-time experts from the industry, academia, public health, medicine and government have met to discuss Legionella and other pathogens found in water-distribution systems.

UPDATED WATER TREATMENT STANDARDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-802 (2017): Sustainable Water Treatment Media and WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 (2017): Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems have been designated American National Standards by ANSI and are now available for download in ASPE's online store. For more information on the Water Quality Association's Sustainability Certification Program, go to wqa.org/sustainability.

ICC RELEASES PROPOSED CODE CHANGES

The Group A proposed changes, which include those for the IPC and IMC, can be found here and will be debated at the 2018 Committee Action Hearings on April 15-23 in Columbus, Ohio.


 

WHAT IS A PLUMBING CODE?

A plumbing code is simply an installation guide to be followed for plumbing systems in the jurisdiction which has adopted it. Plumbing codes are designed to prevent installation of faulty plumbing which may create a public health hazard by inducing disease epidemics into the community.

A code is just one of four safeguards usually present in public control over plumbing.

The second protection for the public in the plumbing industry is certification. Plumbers in Washington State must demonstrate to a certification body — the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries — that they are competent in their craft and they have met the training requirements to be able to competently install plumbing systems according to code standards.

The third protection for the public is the permitting process. This process insures that installations are properly documented, and designs are reviewed to meet community standards. The process also gives the inspector a plan to check before the consumer has spent money on the contemplated plumbing work.

Finally, there is the fourth protection of the public — the inspection itself. The inspector checks the completed job against code standards and either approves it or requires the plumber to make changes which will meet the standard.

Appropriate to the goals of the public health authority, all four safeguards are typically under the control of the health department of the community.

- Reprint courtesy of MCA of Western Washington


 

PUBLIC REVIEW OF COMMERCIAL BUILDING INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE STANDARD IS OPEN

The deadline to comment on ASHRAE/ACCA 180: Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial Building HVAC Systems is April 16, 2018. More>>

ANSI CELEBRATES ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY
At ansi.org/100 you can find historical content, event information, and interactive tools detailing how ANSI and its members have evolved to meet the needs of U.S. industry, government, and citizens.

VANCOUVER AIMS TO CAPTURE AND CLEAN 90% OF THE CITY'S RAINWATER

The city's Rain City Strategy includes new rainwater management practices that combine green infrastructure with conventional pipe systems. More>>

ARREST MADE IN CASE OF FRAUDULENT CERTIFICATES BEARING THE ANSI MARK

An individual in India who created and distributed nearly 500 fraudulent certificates under the entity name “Accredited Certification Services Pvt. Ltd.” has been arrested. The case was initiated after the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) became aware of the forged certificates bearing the ANSI logo and involved local law enforcement authorities in Lucknow, India.

According to authorities, the accused had confessed during a police interrogation, to having operated his business for two years, charging up to 25 thousand rupees ($390) per certificate.

Click to download Registration Form

THE ALLIANCE FOR WATER EFFICIENCY’S ISSUES POSITION PAPER

“Transforming Water: Water Efficiency as Infrastructure Investment” purports that there could be an economic benefit between $2.5 and $2.8 billion per billion dollars of direct investment. The U.S. Gross Domestic Product would see benefits of between $1.3 and $1.5 billion per billion dollars invested.

 

NEW ASSE STANDARDS FOR WATER HEATERS

NewASSEstandardsforwaterheaters arebeingproposedasameansofcontrollingthe temperature of the hot water. The three standards would provide equivalency to temperature limitingandcontrollingvalves.Currently, the IPC only recognizes ASSE 1O70 (ASSE 1070/ASME A112.1070/CSA B125.70) orASSE1016 (ASSE 1016/ASME A112.1016/CSA B125.16)for regulating the maximum temperature of hot water. The ASSE 1084 water heater standard is equivalenttoanASSE1070valve,whereasthe ASSE 1082 water heater standard is equivalent to an ASSE 1016valve. Another change will allow the use of anASSE1085waterheatertosupplyemergency fixtures.TheASSE 1085waterheaterstandardis based on being equivalent to ASSE1071.

Each of the proposed changes are draft standards. However, ASSE hopes to have these standards finalized before the end of the IPC code-change cycle.

 

NSF NAMES MANAGER OF BUILDING WATER HEALTH PROGRAM

NSF International appointed Christopher Boyd as general manager of its building water health program in North America.

Boyd recently worked for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in New York City where he led the agency's response to the largest Legionella outbreak in the city's history. Boyd also reorganized the response to building and environmental outbreaks and oversaw the implementation of the first Legionella controlling regulatory standards in cooling towers.

NEW SOLAR POOL AND SPA HEATING SYSTEM STANDARD IS RELEASED

ICC/APSP 902/SRCC 400-2017 establishes minimum requirements for the safety, performance, and installation of solar heating systems installed in residential and commercial swimming pools and spas. More>>

NEW SEATTLE PERMIT SYSTEM LAUNCHES ON APRIL 30 (NOT APPLICABLE TO SEATTLE/KING COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PLUMBING PERMITTING)

SDCI will launch new permitting software on April 30, 2018. All permitting, licensing, inspections, and complaints functions will be available in the new system as of that date. Some preliminary application activities will be affected prior to that date as we prepare to move data to the new system. We will temporarily stop accepting inspection request services on Friday, April 27 at 12:00 p.m. We expect to begin accepting inspection requests in the new system at 10:00 a.m. on Monday April 30.  The deadline to request inspections to be conducted on Monday, April 30 is Friday, April 27 at 12:00 p.m.  Pre-application submittals, exemption requests (ECA or Shoreline), grading season extensions, permit renewals and permit revisions must be submitted prior to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.
 
If you are a regular or occasional applicant, an interested member of the public, a city employee who interacts with the system regularly or someone who uses the data SDCI produces, the articles in the Seattle Services Portal Help Center will provide you with useful information about applying for permits, scheduling inspections, searching for information and more. SDCI will offer public orientation sessions sometime after we launch the new system.

OMNIBUS BILL PRESERVES WATERSENSE, PROVIDES WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

The recent Omnibus Bill signed into law keeps the WaterSense program intact and fully-funded at approximately $3 million for the year. The voluntary partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identifies efficient and high-performing water consuming products.

It has been reported consumers have saved more than $33 billion in water and energy bills since the program’s inception in 2006.

“IAPMO and its many industry partners have worked tirelessly to show the broad support this important program enjoys,” said Dain Hansen, IAPMO senior vice president of government affairs. “This coalition includes diverse voices — manufacturers, contractors, home builders, and environmental advocates; groups from across the political spectrum. For Congress to include such an explicit provision supporting WaterSense is a victory not only for U.S. business, but also for each homeowner who will continue to see water savings and ultimately lower utility costs.”

DOE DETERMINES STANDARD 90.1-2016 PROVIDES COST, ENERGY SAVINGS COMPARED TO 2013 VERSION

After receiving and reviewing public comments, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has finalized DOE's determination that the 2016 edition of the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1: Energy Standard for Buildings, Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings improves overall energy efficiency in buildings subject to the code compared to the 2013 edition of Standard 90.1.

DOE estimates national savings in commercial buildings of approximately:

  • 8.3% energy cost savings
  • 7.9% source energy savings
  • 6.8% site energy savings

EPA SEEKS COMMENTS ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO WATERSENSE LABELED HOMES REQUIREMENTS

The Notice of Intent details possible changes in technical and efficiency requirements and the certification and labeling process, and includes specific questions on which feedback is requested. More>>

IAPMO'S 89TH CONFERENCE HEADS TO PHILADELPHIA

For its 89th annual Education and Business Conference, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) is moving from "The Last Frontier" to the "Athens of America." Attendees last year gathered in Anchorage, Alaska — this year they'll converge on Philadelphia.

   Michael Curtright, CPD, LEED AP, Vice-President, Legislative

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Treasurer's Report

I want to thank everyone who was part of our 8th Annual Technical Product Showcase this past month. This includes all the vendors who sponsored tables to display their products as well as all the attendees who took the time away from work and free time to check it all out!

By all accounts, this show was a record! We had record attendance from the plumbing community (nearly 100 engineers/contractors/officials!) as well as displaying vendors (39 table-tops).

Thank you to Steve Hart for making his presentation and to the Seattle ASPE Board Members who helped out with the show set-up and registration! The show couldn’t have gone on without your assistance.

We received some good feedback on the new venue and we are always looking for ways to make this event better and provide even more value to our chapter. Please let me know how we can improve!

Lastly, we are looking for someone to assist me next year and be Co-Product Show Coordinator. Please let me or any of the Board members know if you are interested!

Bob Tampa – Treasurer/Product Show Coordinator

 

2018 Seattle ASPE Technical Product Show Sponsors

Applied Systems Technologies

Bailey Sales

Beacon Medaes

Braley-Gray

Cascade Products - Navien

Cole Industrial

Columbia Hydronics

Conbraco

Georg Fischer

Gordon GT & Associates – Appetizer Bar Sponsor!

Hollabaugh Brothers

Hurley Engineering Cocktail Bar Sponsor!

Johnson Industries

Kohler

Lubrizol

McWane Plumbing

Mechanical Agents

Mechanical Sales

Mechanical Solutions

Mifab

New Age Castings

NIBCO

Norpac

PacWest Sales

RepCo NW - Scheir Products

Ridgeline Sales - Aquatherm

Spec Sales

Stone-Drew/Ashe & Jones

Suntoya

Synergy Sales NW

Victaulic

Viega

Western States

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Technical Report

Hello,

I was sad to miss the Product Show last month due to some unforeseen work travel, but I heard it was a smashing success. A big thank you to everyone who came out to support the Seattle Chapter and to all the vendors and exhibitors who filled the show with new products and innovations

Our April meeting will be focus on Sprinklers Used in Storage Occupancies, including:

  • Control Mode Sprinklers
  • In-Rack Sprinklers
  • Early Suppression Fast Response Sprinklers
  • Dry Barrel Sprinklers
  • Large K-factor sprinkler heads

 

The presenter this month is Gregg Vlahakis, National Technical Representative with The Viking Corporation).

Gregg has been involved in the fire sprinkler industry for the past 35 years. After spending the first part of his career on the contracting side of the fire sprinkler industry, Gregg joined The Viking Corporation. Gregg has represented the Viking Corporation for the past twenty-seven years serving as a Territory Manager and a Technical Representative. Gregg’s responsibilities include educating both contractors and engineers in the Western United States on current Building and NFPA codes, fire sprinkler heads and devices and their application. As the National Technical Representative for Viking the past 17 years, Gregg has been responsible for the training and educating of MEP firms, architects, consulting engineers, Fortune 500 company engineers, fire sprinkler contractors and fire protection authorities throughout the Western region of the United States and Canada. Gregg has conducted training seminars for various fire sprinkler associations and has served as Co-Chairman of the Southern California Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association. Gregg sits on the NFPA 140 Committee and is a Professional Member on the National level of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and has served on the board for the SFPE Southern California chapter for the past 10 years.

ASPE is planning a joint event with the Seattle ASHRAE chapter targeting sometime in fall 2018. We are proposing either a joint general meeting or perhaps a Young Engineers event. If you have any suggestions or are part of both Chapters and want to be involved in the planning, please let me know.

In February, the season of AIA Seattle kicked off their monthly happy hour series for the year. These meetings are a great chance to get out and meet with our colleagues in the Architectural community and build some new relationships.

Information and registration can be found her: https://www.aiaseattle.org/2018happyhour/

A reminder for the end of summer, the 2018 ASPE Convention & Exposition will be held in Atlanta, GA from September 28 – October 3. If you are interested in being a presenter for one of the technical sessions, you can find out more information here: https://www.aspe.org/CallforPresenters

2017 – 2018 Meeting Dates and Topics

April 18, 2018             Sprinklers Used in Storage Occupancies

May 12, 2018             Seattle Energy Code / Seattle Chapter Officer Elections

~ Jonathan Franzese ~ VP Technical

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