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Looking for High Performing Buildings? Look for Trouble – Via Monitoring Based Commissioning

Jan 13, 2014

Contact: Jodi Scott
Public Relations

ATLANTA – When it comes to ensuring your building is operating as designed, the best action you can take is to look for trouble.

“Once a building has been commissioned and is operating efficiently, the goal is to keep it that way,” H. Jay Enck, Commissioning & Green Build Solutions Inc., Buford, Ga., said. “Even the most effectively commissioned building can go bad. That’s why it’s important to look for operational issues trouble and fix it before it becomes a costly issue.”

Enck is a speaker in a seminar taking place at ASHRAE’s 2014 Winter Conference, Jan. 18-22, at the New York Hilton, New York, N.Y. The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo®, held in conjunction with the Winter Conference, runs Jan. 21-23,  www.ahrexpo.com. The Expo, held at the Javits Convention Center, takes place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as opposed to the traditional Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

For complete Conference information and to register, visit www.ashrae.org/newyork.

The seminar, Effective Best Practices for Successful Building Systems Commissioning, is being held on Monday, Jan. 20. It is part of a track focused on Improving Building Performance through Commissioning, Operation and Maintenance.

“The concept of commissioning of buildings during new construction and renovation has grown across the globe in the past decade or so,” seminar chair James Vallort, P.E., Environmental Systems Design, Chicago, Ill., said.  “This has paralleled the continued push toward improved designs for energy and water efficiency. Unfortunately, there has been less focus on helping to ensure that there is continued high performance after construction is complete. Monitoring Based Commissioning is presented as a solution. In addition, this seminar explains the testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB) functions, and describes the commissioning interface and cooperation with the balancing effort including review of specifications, qualifications and reports.”

Enck’s presentation focuses on the Application of Monitoring Based Commissioning to Building Systems.

Also presenting at the seminar is Gerald J. Kettler, P.E., AIR Engineering and Testing, Dallas, Texas, on Commissioning and Test, Adjust and Balance: A Team Activity. He will share tips on understanding the interrelationship of commissioning and TAB; understanding the basics of the TAB air and water procedures; observing and checking quality of the TAB preparation and on-site operations; and reviewing and evaluating the TAB results and reports.

Other sessions in the Improving Building Performance through Commissioning, Operation and Maintenance track include:

  • Performance-based Codes and Standards: Catalyst for Energy Efficiency Retrofits in the 21st Century?, Sunday, Jan. 19
  • Design to Ensure Building Performance with a Comprehensive M&V Process: A LEED Platinum Case Study, Sunday, Jan. 19
  • Fault Detection, Diagnostics and Control for Packaged Commercial Rooftop and Split Residential Units: What's New?, Sunday, Jan. 19
  • Getting to Green: Where's the Value in "Next Level" Operations and Retro-cx? And your Energy Audit is Worthless...or is it?, Monday, Jan. 20
  • Presentation of Conference Papers Session, Monday, Jan. 20
  • Making Historic Buildings Sustainable, Tuesday, Jan. 21
  • U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Efficient Buildings Hub's Findings and the Future of Equipment and System Design Applied to Building Retrofits, Wednesday, Jan. 22
  • Project Delivery from Design to Operation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Wednesday, Jan. 22

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.