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President's Report



For those of you that are practicing plumbing design without a license, here is your chance to gain a useful certification. The CPD from ASPE! I have one and you can have one too by simply studying hard and passing the CPD exam on April 4th and 5th of 2019. Registration for this exam opens on December 1st, 2018 and closes on March 21st, 2019. If you don’t have a PE, then this is the next best thing to have to show your boss that you are dedicated to this profession and willing to learn everything there is to know about plumbing design! There are numerous books available from ASPE to help you study for this exam. The most popular one is the CPD Review Manual!


Another professional announcement, we are looking for individuals who have the PE license to write a letter to the Washington State Licensing Board to support a Plumbing option for the Mechanical Professional Engineering Exam. We have form letters that you can edit (make it your own, as they say on American Idol) and sign. Once there is Plumbing specialty in the Mechanical Engineering License, this will further validate our industry. The you will soon see more plumbing design classes as part of the engineering curriculum in educational institutions.  If you want to get involved contact Jon Franzese who can send you the sample letters. It’s more effective if individuals who already have a PE write these letters.


Just for your information from 2014 to the present our chapter has grown 54%! This is very good compared to the regional (Western US) average of 18%. Our growth has slowed down in the last few years to around 9%, so you know the party will soon be over! Better get your education and CPD to weather the downturn which may be coming. As they say on the Game of Thrones. Winter is Coming!


Frank van der Harst

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VP Membership Report

Well, you can sure tell it’s November.  The temperature has dropped, so have the leaves, and election advertisements are in full swing.


Have to give Jason Hewitt, with CB Engineers, a big thank you for his presentation on his work on a national committee to come up with a new method for calculating hot water demand.  This hot water demand calculator would be in lieu of the outdated Hunter’s Curve.  Jason came through for the chapter with this presentation on very short notice.  Jason’s presentation was very engaging, with a lot of back and forth dialog from the attendees.  Thanks again Jason.


We have a few new members this month.  Please welcome Taylor Goade with Cole Industrial, Tom Pressler with Pressler Engineering, Justin Stanton with PSF Mechanical, and Torrey  Kitchens with Big Dog Sales NW to the Seattle ASPE chapter.  Make sure you go out of your way to introduce yourself and welcome them to the club when you get an opportunity at one of the meetings or events.


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


·         Matt Bohmer                     1 year

·         Dawne Herrick                   6 years

·         Steve Jones                       8 years

·         Nick Natividad                    8 years

·         Justin Ramm                      1 year

·         Rob Westphal                    10 years


Congratulations to all of you!                     


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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Columbia Hydronics Ad

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Cole Industrial, Inc.

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Legislative Report


On October 18, 2018, EPA released a Notice of Sunset for the WaterSense Specification for Commercial Pre-Rinse Spray Valves. The specification will cease to be in effect as of January 1, 2019, at which point WaterSense will no longer label pre-rinse spray valves.


A public-private collaboration, the green code correlates with the International Energy Conservation Code, ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and many other referenced standards. It helps governments streamline code development and adoption; saves them the time and money needed to develop their own codes; and creates uniformity among adopting jurisdictions.


The Water Security Grand Challenge is a White House initiated, U.S. Department of Energy led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. Using a coordinated suite of prizes, competitions, early-stage research and development, and other programs, the Grand Challenge has set the following goals for the United States to reach by 2030:

1.Launch desalination technologies that deliver cost-competitive clean water

2.Transform the energy sector’s produced water from a waste to a resource

3.Achieve near-zero water impact for new thermoelectric power plants, and significantly lower freshwater use intensity within the existing fleet

4.Double resource recovery from municipal wastewater

5.Develop small, modular energy-water systems for urban, rural, tribal, national security, and disaster response settings.


ASHRAE is seeking a third round of public comments on ASHRAE Guideline 12- 2000R, Proposed Revision of Guideline 12-2000, Managing the Risk of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems. Guideline 12 is open for a 45-day public review until Dec. 17. Those interested in reviewing and commenting on the guideline can do so through the ASHRAE Online Comment Database. In this Independent Substantive Change (ISC) public review draft, only revisions in strikethrough and underlined are open for comment.

The purpose of ASHRAE Guideline 12 is to provide information and guidance to assist in control of legionellosis associated with building water systems. It also provides guidance useful in the implementation of ASHRAE Standard 188, “Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems.”


The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), developer of the Uniform Solar, Hydronics and Geothermal Code (USHGC) and Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Code (USPSHTC), is calling for formal code proposals toward the development of the 2021 editions of these American National Standard designated model codes.

The code proposal form, as well as proposal instructions and background on IAPMO’s ANSI-accredited consensus process, can be found at All proposals recommending new text, revised text, or the deletion of text must be written in legislative format and clearly state the reason behind the recommendation.

No proposals will be accepted after the 5 p.m. PST deadline on March 4, 2019.

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

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