March Newletter Print

President's Report

Greetings from the President

It is now the month of March and as usual we will have our Product Show this month. March 21 to be exact. It will be at the Renaissance Hotel in Seattle at 515 Madison Street, right along the I-5 Freeway. It will be at 5PM to 8PM. Before the show, starting at 4PM, we will have a presentation by Steve Hart, who is a Seattle King County Public Health Senior Plumbing Plans Examiner, about the new requirements for a plumbing permit in his jurisdiction, with particular emphasis on the permit requirements for Commercial Restaurants and Kitchens. Most of us plumbing designers and engineers will frequently be tasked with laying out a plumbing system to support a kitchen. This is usually not too complicated, but it will be nice to know exactly what is required to be on the documents, to get a permit in Seattle. You do not want to miss this presentation!

One schedule that I frequently use is a Kitchen Equipment Connection Schedule. This schedule is different from the Plumbing Fixture Schedule because it identifies all the pieces of kitchen equipment, not specified by the plumbing designer, that must be supported by the plumbing system. This equipment is not purchased by the plumbing contractor but is hooked up by the plumbing contractor. This hookup usually involves hot water, cold water, stops and supplies, backflow preventers, booster heaters, pressure reducing valves, gas valves, gas manifolds, gas solenoid valves, indirect waste to floor sinks, p-traps for trench drains by others, direct waste and vent, and our favorite connection to grease interceptors. As you can see it can get quite involved. The remarks column is a good place to specify the details associated with each piece of equipment. Most of this information can frequently be copied from the kitchen equipment consultant’s drawings. For larger kitchens the owner or architect will frequently employ a kitchen consultant. Always ask for these drawings if they are available and check if they are up to date. A lot of headaches can be resolved after careful coordination with the kitchen consultant.

Another big day coming up for us is World Plumbing Day on March 11. This is the ninth year that it has been celebrated. It’s a good thing to take note of, because plumbers play a vital role in protecting our health and safety. If any one of our ASPE members is making a presentation about the merits of plumbing or the plumbing engineering profession to any of the local schools, please let me know. The ASPE Seattle Chapter can get points for these, which count toward our award of merit. ASPE has a canned power point about this which you can use for your presentation. All you have to do, is go through the slides and add a few anecdotes about your personal experience. This could satisfy the inner teacher in you!

During our last board meeting we were discussing the complications of plumbing fixture flow rates, hot and cold water mixing valves and keeping legionella under control. It is getting harder to figure out a good design that can satisfy all the issues. Perhaps generating and storing water at hotter temperatures makes more sense now. I have been kind of “old school” about this and just set the water heaters at 120 degrees F and circulate as close as possible to the fixtures that need hot water. A mixing valve at the water heater just seemed like an unnecessary expense. Some of these mixing valves cost more than the water heater! Now we have codes that requires circulation within 2 feet of public lavatories and mixing valves at public lavatories as well as other fixtures such as bathtub fill valves. Our plumbers are having a hard time getting hot water to these fixtures, especially when architects can’t stand the sight of an access panel for a mixing valve. Now the mixing valve is farther away from the fixture. If you don’t use the fixture for a while, who knows what is growing in those pipes, that hot water can never flush out (because of the mixing valve). I can see the reasoning behind the mixing valves. They are to prevent scalding of children and the elderly. I can see the need to control legionella. This can harm or kill individuals with lower immune systems, like the elderly. As I am becoming elderly myself it seems I may become the victim of scalding if the water is too hot or legionella if water is not. I certainly hope that we can come up with some reasonable design codes, to prevent these horrors of plumbing from happening.


~ Frank van der Harst ~ President ~

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ASHRAE Program

Registration:Use the Special Code ASPE0318 for a member discount

ASPE Member: $45   | Guest: $50 | Students: FREE!

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Membership report

Spring is just a couple of weeks away and we can already see signs that its coming.  The daffodils are starting to bloom, the sunshine is a little more frequent, and the ASPE Product Showcase is just around the corner.

Speaking of the Product Show, this year’s show is being held March 21st at the Renaissance Hotel in the Courtyard Ballroom from 5 – 8 pm.  Steve Hart, the King County Plans Examiner, will be putting on a presentation on the Phase II rollout of the Seattle and unincorporated King County plumbing plan review.  Steve’s presentation will take place in the Visions Room, on the 27th floor, of the Renaissance Hotel from 4 – 5 pm.    

I’d like to thank David Orton, with Ridgeline Mechanical Professional Sales, for his presentation last month on Polypropylene Piping Design. Even though our turnout for the meeting was smaller than usual, David’s presentation generated plenty of questions.  Thanks again David, and Ridgeline Mechanical Professional Sales for your contribution to the Seattle chapter.

We have one new member to the chapter.   Please welcome Jonathan Capua the Seattle ASPE chapter.  Jonathan is a student in Alaska, so we might not see him as a regular at our monthly meetings.  If you do, make sure to go out of your way to welcome Jonathan to the chapter.

The following are the members celebrating anniversaries with ASPE this month:

  • Nagi Bachour                      3 years
  • Cliff Chamberlain                2 years
  • Reed Jackson                     3 years
  • Kevin Jones                        8 years
  • Ed Kommers                       7 years
  • Elhussein Mirghani              2 years
  • Bryan Murdach                    8 years
  • Dennis Richards                19 years

Congratulations to each one of you!

We have a new website for all our chapter communications; to include meeting, product showcase, and golf tournament registration and payment.  We are working though some bugs in the system and hope you can be patient with us as we work some of these little glitches out.

Just a reminder to put July 27th in your calendars for the annual Seattle ASPE Golf Tournament at Willows Run Golf Course.  There will be more information to come, but just wanted you to make sure to save the date.  We had a great time last year and are sure to have an even better tournament this year.

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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Cole Industrial, Inc.

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Legislative Report


Vice-President, Legislative Report, March 2018


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. A vote on the measure may come as early as this week in the Washington State Senate.

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:

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):

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


U.S. Customs and Border Patrol see value in protecting the value of the UPC mark of conformity. Their diligence helps prevent counterfeit marked products from entering the marketplace.

Baltimore U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 2,990 stainless steel sinks, that if authentic would have an MSRP of more than $1 million, for displaying a counterfeit UPC shield design.

The shipment of sinks arrived from Malaysia and was destined to an address in Maryland. CBP examined the shipment for Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties enforcement. During that examination, CBP officers discovered the UPC shield logo.

CBP officers and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) specialists verified the authenticity of the UPC shield logo with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, the registered trademark holder, who determined the use of the logo to be unauthorized.

CBP seized the entire shipment of sinks as counterfeit for using registered markings without trademark holder's authorization (19 CFR 133.21).



IAPMO is delighted to announce that CEO GP Russ Chaney has been elected to serve as chairman of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Directors. His one-year term began Monday, Jan. 1.

ANSI is a private, nonprofit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment system.


The Republic of Indonesia Ministry of Industry has officially appointed PT. IAPMO Group Indonesia as a Conformity Assessment Body with the capabilities of Product Certifier and Testing Laboratory for SNI certification of the SNI 03-0797-2006 Seated Water Closet Standard. This appointment is based on Minister of Industry Decree No. 44 Year 2017.

The official appointment means that PT. IAPMO Group Indonesia is able to offer testing and certification to SNI 03-0797-2006 for domestic and overseas manufacturers of seated water closets.


The National Institute of Building Sciences National Council on Building Codes and Standards (NCBCS) issued a new white paper, “Engaging Code Officials Early in the Process to Achieve High-Performance Buildings”.

In recent years, building owners and communities have increasingly focused on improving the design, construction and operation of buildings to meet enhanced levels of performance. People within the building industry recognize the role that increased collaboration during the design and construction process can play in realizing the desired levels of performance. However, the collaborative process, to date, largely leaves out one important participant—the code official.

Many communities are adopting customer-service focused models to engage with their citizens. The code department can and should serve as a shining example of a customer-centered municipal function, while maintaining its important mission of assuring community safety. The code department’s historic and long-standing charge of ensuring health, safety and welfare is synonymous with community growth, development and prosperity.

Involving code officials, such as building, fire, mechanical and plumbing officials early in the project provides the project team with comprehensive client services while helping to deliver predictable enforcement expectations. This initial engagement creates a link between stakeholders, economic development and health, safety and welfare by involving the relevant authorities.

NCBCS undertook an effort in 2017 to examine the benefits of involving code officials early in building projects and how jurisdictions and code departments could begin engaging earlier in the design process.

In this white paper, the NCBCS looks at shifting the paradigm, offers suggestions for implementation and addresses potential challenges. The paper also includes a draft meeting agenda for jurisdictions to reference when setting up initiation meetings with teams when beginning new projects.

NCBCS unveiled the white paper at its Annual Meeting, held during Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C.

View the white paper:

Reprinted from National Institute of Building Sciences, Thursday, January 11, 2018


In this white paper, the NCBCS provides a brief overview of the adoption cycle process and highlights both the concerns and the benefits of adopting current codes and standards. View the white paper:

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

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Technical Report

It’s an exciting month for ASPE Seattle Chapter! Our annual product show will take place on March 21st! We will be skipping our normal monthly meeting for March and will return in April focusing on fire protection for storage. Our final monthly meeting for the 2017-2018 session will be in May.

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:

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:


2017 – 2018 Meeting Dates and Topics

March 21, 2018         ASPE Seattle Product Show

April 18, 2018            Fire Protection for High Storage

May 12, 2018            TBD and Seattle Chapter Officer Elections


~ Jonathan Franzese, PE, PEng, CPD ~ Vice President, Technical ~



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Treasurer's Report

Help spread the word!

ASPE Seattle Chapter 8th Annual Technical Product Showcase
March 21st 2018 - 4 - 8 PM
Renaissance Hotel - 515 Madison Ave downtown 
      4 – 5 PM Special pre-event presentation – Visions Room, 28th Floor
      5 – 8 PM Product Show – Courtyard Ballroom, B Level

It’s not too late to help get the word out about our 8th Annual Seattle ASPE Product Showcase. Centrally located at the Renaissance Hotel, this new location offers an upgrade from year’s past.

There will be complementary food and beverages for everyone attending. The Cocktail Bar is thanks to Hurley Engineering and the Appetizer Buffet is sponsored by Gordon & Associates.

This year we have a special pre-event guest speaker! Steve Hart, King County Plans Examiner will present the Phase 2 Roll Out of the King County Plan Review from 4-5PM in the Visions Room upstairs.

Here’s your call to action!

1) Please help spread the word! Tell your colleagues, customers, and friends.
          Did we mention free food and drinks?!

 2) Post and/or share the announcement in this newsletter! 

 3) Note the new location – Renaissance Hotel on the corner of 5th and Madison.

 4) Register for this event on our updated website –!

We have received a fantastic response from our great vendors and this will be our largest show to date! That means there will lots of cool new products to check out and lots of opportunities to network.

This will be another great event and shouldn’t be missed! Thank you for your support of our ASPE Chapter! I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Bob Tampa
Treasurer & Product Show Coordinator

8th Annual Seattle ASPE Technical Product Showcase Sponsors

Applied Systems Technologies

Bailey Sales

Beacon Medaes

Braley-Gray & Associates

Cascade Products

Cole Industrial

Columbia Hydronics


Georg Fischer

Gordon GT & Associates - Appetizer Buffet Sponsor!

Hollabaugh Brothers  

Hurley Engineering – Beverage Bar Sponsor!

Johnson Industries



McWane Plumbing (AB&I and Tyler Cast Iron)

Mechanical Agents 

New Age Castings


PacWest Sales

RepCo NW

Ridgeline Mechanical Sales

Spec Sales

Stone-Drew/Ashe & Jones


Synergy Sales NW



Western States Sales

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T&S Brass

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