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Apr 2016


Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway,
Tacoma, Washington,
Tel: (253) 830-6601

Northwest Facilities Expo 2016


Northwest Facilities Expo is a broad based facilities event with an emphasis on green buildings that features the latest products and services in the industry. Don't miss the opportunity to expand your knowledge of current trends in the industry, find products that will start saving you money immediately and network with your peers. Northwest Facilities Expo meets the needs of attendees from industries such as aerospace, government, education, food processing, computer manufacturing, healthcare, port facilities, textiles, forest products, hospitality, finance, retail, utilities and many more.

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Apr 13   

Session 1 8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Walking the Building to Find Low-Cost Operational Improvement Opportunities Neil Bavins, President, PSR Mechanical There are common opportunities for energy and operational savings in most buildings. Finding these opportunities can be as simple as walking around and using your five senses – for example, noticing unoccupied areas that are over-lighted, over-heated or over-cooled; excessively hot or vibrating equipment; condensation; stains; odors. This session covers the fundamentals of how to detect efficiency issues through building scoping, building energy analysis, and night walks.

Session 2 8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. How to Choose the Correct Roof For Your Building Neal Bailey, CentiMark Corporation This session will provide information on how to select the right roof system for your building. Learn about current commercial roof system assemblies – including roof deck types, insulation types and roofing membranes – along with the advantages and disadvantages of each. Also discussed will be code requirements that will affect your roof.

Session 3 9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Swedish Medical Center in Issaquah – an Impressive Green Hospital Jeff Grinzel, Building Systems Engineer, Swedish Medical Center-Issaquah According to the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, Swedish Medical Center in Issaquah is one of the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. for energy performance. Hear about some of the facility’s impressive green features, which include: hydronic heating, a green roof system, energy-efficient lighting and controls, daylighting, heat-recovery chillers, intelligent controls, and efficient operations.

Session 4 9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Practical Thermal Imaging Applications Larry Scott, Fluke Corp. This session will provide information about infrared thermography, and about practical applications for the testing of electrical systems, pumps, bearings, motors, steam traps, tank levels, roofs and building envelopes. Included will be a case history showing some of these applications and their energy-saving/maintenance improvement benefits; the case history also details ways in which infrared testing can help improve safety, product quality and process performance.

Session 5 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Water Conservation for Northwest Commercial and Industrial Facilities – a Panel Discussion Moderator: Tom Hovde, Snohomish Public Utility District Panelists: Ryan Cox, Principal Engineer, Tacoma Water Arece Hampton, Senior Conservation Program Manager, Seattle Public Utilities Mike Brent, Water Resources Manager, Cascade Water Alliance Companies in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area were affected by the unusual water conditions of 2015 – an abnormally dry year, with record-low snowpack and unusually warm weather. To deal with that situation – and also to plan ahead in case the dry conditions persist into future years -- municipalities and water companies in the Northwest have tools and resources to assist area commercial and industrial facilities with water conservation. This informative panel discussion will have participants from three regional water suppliers, telling what assistance they are providing, and about water efficiency improvements that have occurred because of their programs. Gain information that can benefit your facility.

Session 6 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. How to Achieve Optimal HVAC System Performance Through Regularly Scheduled Maintenance Brian Lewis and Michael Lukes, Total System Services Learn how to optimize HVAC system performance and reduce downtime through predictive maintenance (PdM) or regularly scheduled preventive maintenance (PM). The speaker will outline how PM focuses on component-based tasks (involving filters, coils, sensors, etc.) and PdM goes a step beyond – using condition-monitoring equipment and analysis to check for deficiencies that aren’t obvious, but when found may save significant amounts of money or alternatively signal serious problems. Included will be HVAC system PM/PdM checklists and recommended scheduling information.

Session 7 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Benefit your Facility through Net Zero Energy Certification Marisa Hagney, Living Future Institute Learn about Net Zero Energy Building Certification provided through the International Living Building Institute's NZE Certification Program. Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) may be achieved by relying on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewable generation to meet all their HVAC and electrical needs. If your building is already performing at Net Zero Energy and has not yet registered for NZEB Certification, you can still certify. Learn about the NZEB Certification process, and hear about some impressive buildings that have been certified.

Session 8 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Practical ADA Compliance – Be Sure Your Facility is in Compliance Michael Schneider, Principal, Endelman & Associates PLLC This session will describe the most common building access violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act per the current 2010 ADA Standards. Topics will include accessible routes, ramps, curb ramps, restrooms, doors, service counters, accessible parking, and more. Also discussed will be new scoping provisions, which may affect your facility. Included will be photos of non-complying conditions.

Session A Special Film: 2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Water: the Lifeblood of Energy All types of energy are dependent on water – learn facts you didn’t know in the free screening of this informative and thought-provoking documentary. Water: the Lifeblood of Energy, describes the connection between water and energy, and how utilities municipalities, and industry across the western U.S. are using combinations of collaboration, conservation, and new technology to squeeze more use out of every precious drop of water. The film was produced by Prairie Public Broadcasting with support from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Apr 14   

Session 9 8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. How to Measure Light Use Patterns and Track Room Occupancy – Data Loggers Solve a Common Problem Duane Lewellen, Senior Project Manager, Smart Buildings Center The application of room occupancy sensors to lighting systems can help achieve significant energy savings in buildings. However it is often difficult for building operators to know where occupancy sensors are needed, due to the lack of data about when lights are left on in unoccupied rooms. An effective solution to this problem is to utilize data loggers that measure light use patterns and track occupancy. Find out the details in this informative session.

Session 10 8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Implementing Ultrasound for Energy Saving and Condition Monitoring Applications Brett Mohr, U.E. Systems Ultrasonic testing has many applications for saving energy and monitoring equipment conditions within a facility. The speaker will describe how to use ultrasound to: find compressed air system leakage, locate leaking or stuck-open steam traps, trend rotating machinery to predict failure, and to assist lubrication needs.

Session 11 9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. The LEED Restoration of King Street Station Chris Frost, ZGF Architects LLP A historic landmark in Seattle, King Street Station was given an extensive restoration over a century after its opening that strengthened the building's core and made it a sustainable investment in Seattle's future. The project achieved LEED Platinum certification and is performing 56% better than ASHRAE 90.1 requirements. Hear about the many sustainable features of this regional transportation building, including geothermal heating and cooling system, natural ventilation, daylighting, and solar panels.

Session 12 9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. The Tool Lending Library – What It Is, and Benefits For Washington Facilities Duane Lewellen, Senior Project Manager, Smart Buildings Center Ever wish you had an extra data logger or two? Or an infrared camera or CO2 meter? Chances are you’ll find exactly what you need at the Tool Lending Library (TLL) – a program of the non-profit Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, funded by the Washington State Department of Commerce – which loans building measurement equipment free of charge to facility managers and operators working on short-term energy efficiency projects within Washington. Learn about the program and about local facilities’ experiences with TLL: what project were they working on; what tool(s) was borrowed; and what was the benefit for their project.

Session 13 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Benefits of Wireless Temperature Monitoring and Asset Tracking -- Providence Everett Medical Center’s Experiences Peter Smeltz, Providence Everett Medical Center, Bud McIrvin, Providence Everett Medical Center Providence Everett Medical Center has built a robust system of wireless temperature/humidity monitoring and asset tracking. Learn from that facility’s experiences about the operational benefits and costs of implementing such a system.

Session 14 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Arc Flash Hazards – How to Keep Your Company Compliant Bob Fuhr, President, Power Studies Inc. Learn how to stay in compliance with the most current regulations (OSHA and NFPA 70E-2015) involving protection of workers from electrical arc flash hazards. The session will discuss the physical nature of arc flash, equipment labeling requirements, and personal protective equipment.

Session B Special Film: 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Water: the Lifeblood of Energy All types of energy are dependent on water – learn facts you didn’t know in the free screening of this informative and thought-provoking documentary. Water: the Lifeblood of Energy, describes the connection between water and energy, and how utilities municipalities, and industry across the western U.S. are using combinations of collaboration, conservation, and new technology to squeeze more use out of every precious drop of water. The film was produced by Prairie Public Broadcasting with support from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Session 16 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Bed Bugs – Guidelines for Identification, Treatment and Prevention Jen McCauley, Eden During the past decade, bed bugs have become a publicized problem across the U.S. in apartment buildings, schools, hotels, hospitals, and offices. This presentation will discuss the reasons for this bed bug resurgence, and provide information on bed bug identification, inspection and treatment techniques. Learn how to protect your facilities with a response plan that includes prevention and monitoring.

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Duane Lewellen

Duane Lewellen is a Senior Project Manager, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council he will be leading the Tool Lending Library project at the Smart Buildings Center located in Seattle, Washington. Energy Efficiency is smart business and a key driver of economic prosperity for the Pacific Northwest. At Smart Buildings Center we’re exploring new energy data analytics and visualization techniques to advance energy efficiency. Our new Innovation Center, opening Fall 2015, will be a place to meet, train and access sophisticated tools from our Tool Lending Library. He is the Owner of Lewellen Associates LLC an energy efficiency consulting firm helping commercial and residential building owners and operators achieve and maintain their energy efficiency goals. Services offered include energy management planning, energy audits, energy performance tracking and reporting, training programs for operations & maintenance personnel, project commissioning, and energy education.

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