April 2024 SeaBEC Meeting Will Be Presented In Person at Morrison Hershfield

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All SeaBEC Members and guests are welcome.

This event is free for SeaBEC members and $10 for guests.  


Morrison Hershfield
600 Stewart Street
Conference Room 101 (off of the 1st floor lobby)
Seattle, WA 98101


Thursday, April 18, 2024

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11:00 am - 11:30 am Socializing & Networking

11:30 am - 11:40 am
SeaBEC Business + Announcements

11:40 am - 1:00 pm
Speaker Presentation and Q&A

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Invisible Improvement: Air Tightening an Office in a Historic Timber Pier

Historic structures provide a significant cultural value and in the case of the Seattle waterfront, link the maritime period around Seattle's founding to the current tourist and commercial center of the city. In addition to to contributing to the local heritage and historic fabric, existing buildings generally also contribute disproportionately to the energy consumption of our building stock. Pier 56 was constructed in 1900 over Elliott Bay as a timber structure and for much of its history was a base for nautical transportation. Today, the lower floor of the building houses several retail and restaurant tenants. The upper floor, approximately 30,000 square feet, is leased by the architecture firm Mithun.

Mithun leased the space in 2000 and as part of a lease renewal in 2020, completed tenant improvements including air sealing. The goal of the air tightening measures was to reduce energy use and improve occupant comfort, which was a challenge for a vaulted exposed timber structure with no cooling and no perimeter heat distribution.

This presentation is a case study covering the pre-improvement multi-fan air barrier testing, diagnostics completed during testing to determine leak locations, remedial work completed during construction, and the final air barrier test. Jeff Speert with 4EA will also include post-occupancy energy use comparison and occupant descriptions of comfort improvements.

 Jeff Speert is a Principal and Office Director for 4EA. He has taken an interest in developing the air barrier testing service and promoting mass timber and off-site constructed elements during his tenure with 4EA. His involvement with Workforce and affordable housing projects has allowed him to help satisfy his desire to build more equity within our society.

Congratulations to our TWO 2024 SeaBEC Scholarship Winners! 

Please join us in congratulating Keeley Taylor and Lucas Benson! 

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