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Meeting Announcement

Our next meeting will be next Wednesday, February 21st, at Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery, Alehouse, and Restaurant.  Check-in is at 11:30.  Details of the meeting topic is listed below.

We have some new changes starting this month.  You can now register and pay via credit card online at the SeattleASPE.net website.  Click on “register now” under the February General Meeting header. There are now member and non-member rates for our lunch meetings.  Members pay $35 and non-members pay $40.  Day of meeting registration fee is now $45 regardless of membership status.  You will also be able to make your meal choice as part of the registration process.

Please register by the end of this week, so we can let Pyramid know how many to plan for.  Sorry for the late notice.

If you are having any issues registering, send me an email with what the issue is.  Please be patient with us as I’m sure there are some bugs to work out with our new process.


Gary Fox – VP Membership

Seattle ASPE

Senior Business Development Representative

CHC - Columbia Hydronics Company

O: 206-431-7692  | C: 206-755-2081

email: gfox@chchydro.com

February 21, 2018                                                                      

ASPE Seattle                                                                              

General Meeting                                                          

RSVP by February 16, 2018



The Speaker:

David Orton, Ridgeline Mechanical Professional Sales


David started his professional sales career in 2005 with Paramount Supply, where he specialized in industrial automation instrumentation and steam specialties for surrounding clientele.  David works closely with engineers, contractors, developers, and local wholesalers to partner and support the various companies he represents.  David regularly leads training events to certify contractors in desired products, as well as provide in-field support as requested.



Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery, & Restaurant

1201 First Avenue South

Seattle, WA 98134



v  Polypropylene Piping & Fittings 

v  Advantages Over Traditional Materials

v  Applications        

v  Long Term Information



11:30 Meeting Commencement

12:00 Technical Presentation

1:00   Meeting Adjournment


v  Fish & Chips

v  Chicken Cobb Salad

v  Ultimate Beer Burger

v  Vegetarian Option: Cobb Salad without Chicken



v  $35 Members

v  $40 Non-Members

v  $45 Day of Meeting



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President's Report

Greetings from the President

We are rolling out some new features on our web site. To find the website just search for “ASPE Seattle” and you should find it right away. You can now RSVP to our meetings on the web site, make a lunch selection (hopefully) and pay for your lunch. Just click on “MEETINGS” and you can take it from there. Yes, it is a little more work on your part to RSVP, but it does save you some time when checking in at the meeting for lunch since you will have paid already. This also helps us lower our write-off costs for no-shows.

Last month you may have read about our ASPE Seattle Chapter elections coming up in May. As it turns out many of the board members expressed an interest in staying on in their current positions, so our needs are not as dire as it could have been. This is great having a board that is enthusiastic about the volunteer positions and willing to continue to serve!

 Another upcoming event is our Product Show on March 21. This year it will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Seattle. This time there will be plenty of parking in the hotel as well as the adjacent building which is a new building called Madison Centre or M5. This was one of my projects (shell and core), so I will be happy to park in there and look at my handy design work! Another one of our board members, Duane Lease worked on that building too! Check out the Rotunda with its two-story living wall, water feature and fireplace on the ground floor when you go through there. It is quite impressive!

The next meeting will be at Pyramid Alehouse again on February 21 and the topic will be on Polypropylene Piping. I look forward to seeing you there!

~ Frank van der Harst ~ President ~


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Membership report

Is anyone other than me tired of the rain yet?  Only a few months to go till Spring and I can’t wait.

Please mark your calendars for our annual ASPE golf tournament.  This year we have reserved Friday, July 27th at the Willows Run Golf Complex.  This is the same course we held our tournament at last year and I thought it worked out pretty well for us, so we’re giving it another go this year.  There will be more information to come, but I just wanted to make sure you all save the date.

I’d like to thank Tom Zinn and Laura Marshall, with AcornVac, for their presentation last month on Vacuum Drainage Design.  Their presentation was well received and generated plenty of questions from the group.  Thanks again Tom and Laura and AcornVac for your contribution to the Seattle chapter.

We have added a few more members to the Seattle chapter in the last month.  Please welcome Mike LeMaster with Charlotte Pipe & Foundry, David Norris with Hermanson, Michael Bell with Victaulic, Ben Muyres with HV Engineering, and Chad Nelson with JH Kelly to the group.  David and Ben have been fairly regular attendees to our meetings, so you might have already met these guys.  Even if you have, please make sure to go out of your way to welcome all these new members to the chapter.

The following members are celebrating February anniversaries with ASPE:

  • Richard Arper                    6 years
  • Melchor Berona                1 year
  • Falcon Clothier                  2 years
  • Michael Curtright               9 years
  • Jeff Lynch                          1 year
  • Steve Lehtinen                  1 year
  • Julie Zyph                          2 years


Congratulations to you all.

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 – Seattle ASPE

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Legislative Report

Vice-President, Legislative Report, February 2018


The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has made available a Water Demand Calculator (WDC) that estimates peak water demand in residential buildings. The WDC will appear in the appendices of both the 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and the 2017 Water Efficiency and Sanitation Standard (WE•Stand). The 2018 UPC and the 2017 WE•Stand are published as American National Standards.

The WDC provides an easy-to-use, statistically based method for estimating peak water supply demand for single and multifamily residential dwellings, resulting in more accurately sized systems consistent with the lower flow rates and consumption values from water-efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances. To assist plumbing system designers and to encourage proper use and promote uniform application of the new approaches for estimating peak indoor demands, the WDC has been developed in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that can be downloaded at: http://www.iapmo.org/WEStand/Pages/WaterDemandCalcuIator.aspx




More than a year ago, a U.S. Department of Energy-sanctioned working group comprised of industry manufacturers, stake- holders and energy-efficiency advocates negotiated new energy efficiency standards for residential and light commercial circulator pumps. The aggressive standard effectively eliminates traditional single-speed motors from this class of smaller pumps, essentially requiring manufacturers to utilize efficient electronically commutated motor (ECM) technology to meet the new efficiency requirements.

Operating under the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC), the working group submitted its term sheet to the DOE in December 2016. However, due to regulatory gridlock in Washington, the rulemaking process has been delayed indefinitely, leaving the industry to press ahead on its own during a time of extreme regulatory uncertainty.



The publication of the 2018 editions of the various model fuel gas codes have recently been completed, including the International Fuel Gas Code, the National Fuel Gas Code and the Uniform Plumbing Code. With this edition, one of the longer standing technical issues has been resolved resulting in a significant revision affecting the electrical protection of corrugated stainless-steel tubing (CSST) when used for gas piping.

Independent industry research performed by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) were used during the 2015 cycle to redefine the electrical bonding required to mitigate damage from arcing due to lightning strikes.


During the 2018 cycle, the GTI research was updated and was reconsidered again to both reconfirm the requirements for conventional (yellow jacket) CSST as well as to validate the performance of an equivalent approach using an arc-resistant (black jacket) CSST.


The 2017 Potable Reuse Compendium collects information on the extent of potable water reuse in the United States and the world, costs, and treatment processes:https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-01/documents/potablereusecompendium_3.pdf


ASHRAE launched its Building Energy Quotient Portal, which will provide a faster, more automated approach to receive a Building EQ Performance Score. The primary goal of the Building EQ program is to promote more energy efficient buildings and give owners actionable recommendations to improve a building's energy use.

Building EQ works on ASHRAE methodologies, standards and the experience of credentialed practitioners. Two different evaluations — In Operation and As Designed — can be used independently to compare a candidate building to other similar buildings in the same climate zone. In Operation compares actual building energy use based on metered energy information. As Designed compares potential energy use based on the building's physical characteristics and systems with standardized energy use simulation. The In Operation rating is available now and the As Designed rating will be available in early 2018.


International Code Council (ICC) proposed code changes that were submitted in early January are moving forward. ICC will post the proposed changes online around Feb. 28, 2018. The Committee Action Hearings, where the technical committee for each code will hear the changes, are scheduled sometime between April 15-25, 2018. The approximate dates of the code hearings will be published with the proposed code changes in February. The complete schedule for the code cycle is published on the ICC website at: www.iccsafe.org



You are invited to submit a paper for consideration as a professional or panel session at the 10th WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, October 3-5, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center. A complete list of potential topics is available on the Abstract Guidelines page: https://watersmartinnovations.com/documents/callforabstractguidelines.pdf


In a new report published in Environmental Research Letters, a team from UC Davis found that in addition to saving 524,000 million gallons of water over the mandate period, state residents also saved 1830 gigawatt hours of electricity — enough to power 274,000 average homes for a year.

That electricity savings meant a reduction of 521,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases, the equivalent of taking about 110,000 cars off the road for a year, the authors wrote.

"The severity of this drought created a unique circumstance that allowed us to make a natural experiment," said Edward Spang, associate director of the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency at UC Davis and the first author on the report. "We wanted to demonstrate that there were additional benefits to all the hard work that everyone did to save water." So, how did all these savings come to be?

The researchers cite previous work that found that roughly 19% of California's electricity demand is related to the pumping, conveying, distributing, heating and treatment of water. So, when residents use less water, the state uses less electricity. This led researchers to conclude that water conservation should be included in the state's slate of initiatives to reduce overall energy consumption.

We Invite You to Join Us – Submit An Abstract Today!

 Click to download the Call for Abstracts Form

Click to download Registration Form

Click to download Sponsorship Brochure


The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) joined with the Jordanian National Building Council (JNBC), Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ), and Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization (JSMO) in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enhance water/sanitation infrastructure in the kingdom through the continued development and enforcement of plumbing codes and standards. “The signing of the MOU marks the consolidation of a true partnership with IAPMO,“ Halaseh said. “This is an opportunity to further develop the Jordanian plumbing code and national standards in addition to product certification and personnel certification of plumbers and inspectors on plumbing systems that can assist Jordan in contributing to solutions dealing with water scarcity."

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


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Technical Report

Hello again Seattle Chapter! I hope everyone has emerged dry, warm and well-rested from a January that featured rainy days, cold mornings, and an early morning lunar eclipse.

In February, the season of AIA Seattle kicks off their monthly happy hour series for the year, starting with a meeting on February 8th. This event is co-hosted by Women in Design, another local organization. This is a great chance to get out and meet with our colleagues in the Architectural community and build some new relationships. I encourage all to attend. Information and registration can be found here with a full flyer on the next page.


 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

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.

Our February meeting will be on polypropylene piping design with a focus on high-purity water piping.

  • Polypropylene Piping & Fittings
  • Advantages over traditional materials
  • Applications
  • Long Term Information


The speaker this month is David Orton of Ridgeline Mechanical Professional Sales.

David started his professional sales career in 2005 with Paramount Supply, where he specialized in Industrial Automation, Instrumentation and Steam Specialties for surrounding cliental. While there, he managed a team of 10+ team members, and worked closely with the local refineries in the surrounding area. After 2 ½ years in upper management with Paramount Supply, David accepted an opportunity with Ridgeline Mechanical Sales, to further develop his skillset and take on a new challenge. Currently covering Western WA and SE Alaska, David works closely with engineers, contractors, developers and local wholesalers to partner and support the various companies he represents. David regularly leads training events to certify contractors in desired products, as well as provides in-field support as requested. He’s committed to ensuring all partners are confident and fully supported as they continue utilizing any of the trustworthy companies he has the pleasure of representing.

2017 – 2018 Meeting Dates and Topics

February 21, 2018     Polypropylene Piping Design

March 21, 2018         ASPE Seattle Product Show

April 18, 2018            Fire Protection for High Storage

May 23, 2018            TBD (Field Trip)

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


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Treasurer's Report

Save the date and spread the word!

ASPE Seattle Chapter’s 8th Annual Technical Product Show!
March 21st 2018 – 5 – 8 PM
New Location!
Renaissance Hotel – 515 Madison Street (corner of 6th and Madison).

This will be the 8th Product Show for our chapter and it seems to get better every year. The Product Show is a great opportunity to see the ‘latest and greatest’ products and innovations in our industry.

We have dozens of manufacturers and representatives who support our Chapter to put this show on. It is a fun time to socialize and network, plus there will be tasty (and free!) food and beverages, so it will be like happy hour! Spread the word and get your co-workers to join us!

We are looking for sponsors and exhibitors to help make this another fantastic Product Show. We will be sending out registration information via email soon and will have copies on hand at the lunch too. Please let us know if you are interested in participating in this great event on March 21st.

Bob Tampa
Product Show Coordinator/Treasurer

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