April 2021 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Spring has sprung! Well, kind of, depending on where you are. Having just returned from a weekend excursion to Fairbanks, AK and experiencing -20°F overnight while viewing the aurora, I certainly welcome some more sunshine and warmer days.

We have rescheduled the ASPE Seattle Product show (AGAIN!) for next March. (2022) By that time, we should be able to hold it in person and if not, I don’t know….I don’t want to think about another year of lockdowns and strange times.

As one of our main responsibilities as an engineer and as a professional society is public health, I would ask that each of you be advocates for the advancement of vaccine information and facts. The City of Seattle as well as many other places are running mass vaccination clinics and I encourage everyone to take advantage of these and to stay safe and continue masking up when in public.

I would like to thank our March speaker, Lauren Berenato, with Jomar for an extremely thoroughly and enlightening presentation on valves and valve actuation. I know I learned a lot and it was a great refresher since it’s been a little while since I have had to specify that many automated valves.

This is a continuing reminder that it is easy to join other Chapter meetings virtually and if you see a topic that would be great for our group, please share it with Linda or me. You can see all educational opportunities are being presented by other Chapters here: https://education.aspe.org/upcoming

ASPE 2021 Technical Symposium
Save the Date: ASPE is planning their 2021 Technical Symposium, to be held in San Diego, CA from September 22-26. More information and registration will be available in April.
https://www.aspe.org/2021-tech-symposium/

Stay safe, wash your hands, wear a mask.

 

Cheers,
Jonathan Franzese
President, ASPE Seattle

 

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T&S Brass

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Technical Report

Greetings ASPE Members,

April is here, and with it comes new opportunities to learn and excel at our professional duties.  While we still await the time we can meet again in person, these meetings offer a great way to stay in touch with each other, as well as remain up to date on the current processes in our professions.

Upcoming Chapter Meeting

Our guest speaker for April is Craig Johnson, a National Sales Manager at AcornVac who has been with Morris Group Intl now for 21 years. He is married, has 3 grown children, lives in the central part of California and loves to cook but wishes he had more time for golf.

We are excited to announce a new AcornVac Continuing Education course. In it you will learn how vacuum plumbing assists design professionals in addressing the need for healthy, safe, and sustainable building design.  

We will start out by exploring the differences between vacuum plumbing and gravity plumbing and how they compare regarding sustainability, health and safety. We will review how vacuum plumbing contributes to LEED projects as well as community health and safety with a cleaner and ultra-low volume toilet flush. We will also address how vacuum plumbing responds to the need for repurposed use of existing buildings and on-going “future flexibility” in facility use.

Finally, we’ll review case studies that include justice and healthcare facilities as well as retail and commercial projects.

Meeting Learning Objectives

  • Identify key components of a vacuum plumbing system and explain how they work together.
  • Explain the benefits of vacuum plumbing as compared to traditional gravity plumbing.
  • Explain how vacuum plumbing systems benefit the environment.
  • Explain how Vacuum Plumbing can help buildings become LEED certified
  • Explain how Vacuum Plumbing systems can reduce the spread of infections.

Course Credits

  • AIA Approved – 1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour
  • GBCI Approved – 1 GBCI General Hour for LEED Professionals


Link for the meeting: 
https://education.aspe.org/products/seattle-chapter-meeting-vacuum-plumbing-for-future-ready-design-apr-2021

  • The price is free for members and will be $25 for nonmembers ( which is basically equal to the monthly dues amount for individuals).
  • Here is a link for nonmembers who need to create an accounthttps://education.aspe.org/moreinfo

We look forward to welcoming Craig to our meeting and finding out what’s new!

Sincerely,
Linda Burman, PE
VP Technical ASPE

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Braley-Gray - OilMinder

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Legislative Report

APRIL 2021 LEGISLATIVE REPORT - SPECIAL EDITION

This special edition of our Legislative report highlights the significant changes effective this new code cycle. This edition focuses on Washington State Amendments to the Plumbing Code, Energy Conservation Code (plumbing specific), and House Bill 1444. It also informs you of your opportunity to shape our next code cycle - the 2021 model codes.

A May special edition will focus on Seattle and Bellevue amendments.
Let us get started!

WASHINGTON STATE PLUMBING CODE – SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT NEW AMENDMENTS TO THE 2018 UPC (INCLUDING APPENDICES A, B, AND I; EXCLUDING CHAPTERS 12 AND 14; EXCLUDING CHAPTER 5 REFERENCES TO FUEL GAS AND ELEMENTS OF COMBUSTION; EXCLUDING ALL REFERENCES TO BUILDING SEWERS)

Effective Date: February 1, 2021 (by Governor’s Order on 1/18/21)
WAC Chapters 51-56
Chapter 2, Revised definitions:

218

Chapter 3 amended:

Chapter 4 (Superseded by WA State House Bill HB1444):

Chapter 4 amended:

Chapter 5 amended:

Chapter 6 amended:



Chapter 9 amended:

Chapter 13 amended:

Chapter 15 amended:

Chapter 16 amended:

Chapter 17 amended:


WASHINGTON STATE ENERGY CODE (COMMERCIAL) – SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT
NEW AMENDMENTS TO THE 2018 IECC

Effective Date: February 1, 2021
WAC Chapters 51-11C

C404 – Service Water Heating and Pressure-Booster Systems

  • Table C404.2 Minimum performance of water heating equipment - Updates the efficiency requirements for water heating equipment to the latest federal

  • C404.2.1/C404.2.2 High input rated service water heating systems - Expands the scope from gas to all water heating equipment serving high-output systems and provides specific requirements for residential occupancies.
    • C404.2.1 – High Input-Rated Service Water Heating Systems (Non-Residential) – All water-heating equipment installed in new buildings (other than Group R) where combined input rating of equipment is ≥ 1,000 MBH shall be a heat pump water heater with COP ≥ 2.0 OR gas-fired heater ≥ 90% efficient.
    • C404.2.2 – High Input-Rated Service Water Heating System for Group R-1 and R-2 Occupancies – New construction projects where install equipment is ≥ 1,000 MBH requires 25% of water heating energy to be on site generated renewable OR heat recovered on site OR heat pump OR high efficiency NG heater.

  • C404.6 – Insulation of Piping – New requirement stating that hot water piping insulation shall be continuous through hangers and supports.

  • C404.9 Domestic Hot Water Meters – Domestic hot water meters were required previously on group R-2 occupancies (2015 WSEC). There are now added exceptions for dwelling units not in Group R-2 occupancy

 

WASHINGTON STATE HOUSE BILL HB 1444 AND IT’S EFFECT ON PLUMBING FIXTURE EFFICIENCY

Standard Effective Date: 01/01/2021
Maximum water consumption limitations (these supersede WA State Plumbing Code Section 407.2):

  • Residential lavatory and kitchen faucets – 1.5 GPM
  • Public lavatory faucets (non-metered) - .5 GPM
  • Showerheads – 1.8 GPM
  • Water Closets – 1.28 GPF
  • Urinals (wall-mounted) - .125 GPF
  • Urinals (other than wall mounted) - .5 GPF

 

SHAPING THE NEXT CODE CYCLE OF THE 2021 MODEL CODES – YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

2021 Group 1 Code Proposals Notice
Deadline May 31, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
The State Building Code Council has begun the new adoption and review process for the 2021 code editions. The deadline for code change proposals for the Group 1 Codes (IBC, IFC, WUIC, WSEC-C) is May 31, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. The process for the Group 2 Codes (IBC structural, IRC, IEBC, IMC, UPC, WSEC-R) will begin in the fall of 2021. The anticipated effective date for the 2021 codes is July 1, 2023.


Click here for the 2021 Code Review and Adoption Schedule.

 

Michael Curtright, V.P. Legislative

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Schott

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VP Membership Report

As of April 6th, 2021, our Seattle Chapter has 115 members!

The following are celebrating their ASPEversaries this month:

Name

Member Since

Steven Nastruz

4/4/2011

Neil Lester P.E.

4/5/2021

Andrew Hamilton

4/6/2017

Brent Johnson

4/15/2019

Krasimira Ivanova Pesheva CPD

4/18/2017

Thank you for keeping your membership active! 

ASPE Membership Drive!

ASPE is currently holding a membership drive that started on 3/1/2021 and ends on 7/31/2021.  By participating in the membership drive, ASPE members can help the Seattle chapter earn points toward a free registration and hotel room for the 2021 ASPE Tech Symposium in San Diego, which the Chapter can bestow on one lucky member.

It’s easy to participate & earn points because the drive is conducted all online via ASPE’s member community, ASPE Connect. Both ASPE members and nonmembers can participate, while also benefitting from the daily exchange of knowledge and networking on ASPE Connect. 

Points will be awarded for:

  1. A nonmember signing up for the Connect FREE 30 Day Trial
  2. A nonmember who signed up for the Connect free trial AND signing up for an ASPE membership
  3. Number of Chapter members participating on the Open Forum (as a percentage of Chapter membership)

Points will be totaled at the end of every month from March through July. In early August, the Chapter with the most points will be awarded a full 2021 Tech Symposium registration and a hotel room for the length of the event (September 22–26) to award or raffle off to a lucky Chapter member. (Travel + meal costs are not included.)

For more information, view The Road to San Diego membership drive flyer. Questions? Contact Gretchen Pienta at [email protected]

So, SPREAD the word, and START RECRUITING your colleagues!

 

Go to https://www.aspe.org/blog/aspe-announces-the-new-road-to-san-diego-chapter-membership-drive/ for more info. 

I look forward to seeing you at this month’s meeting!

Ann Napier
VP Membership

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McWane Technical Services

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2021 Tech Symposium

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Women of ASPE Report

The Women of ASPE continue to meet monthly and plan for community outreach, student mentorship and sponsoring youth in plumbing related fields. 

We continue to grow and expand our membership.  To follow what we are doing here follow us online.

WOA Links and social media tags

Website: https://www.aspe.org/membership-global-community/membership/special-interest-groups/women-of-aspe/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/203299903473073

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8462331

Instagram – womenofaspe
Hashtag #WoASPE

If you are interested in becoming a member or have any questions, please contact me via phone or email.

We are next working on planning a spring virtual event for Region 4 member which covers the entire west coast.  Look for details coming soon!

Linda Burman, PE
WOA Liaison – Region 4 West

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