John Herboth, PE, CxA, BET-CP, EMP, is a senior commissioning engineer at Affiliated Engineers Inc. Since 2018 he was actively involved in leading fire life safety testing and inspection services at NorthWest Engineering Service, Inc. where he started his commissioning career in late 2007. He currently serves as the northwest chapter president of the building commissioning association (BCxA). He believes that sharing project successes, failures, and best practices is a professional duty.
Smoke damper testing is often overlooked, which can lead to dangerous situations in buildings should a fire incident occur. Testing, though, is a complex process and is best left to professionals who know and understand the codes.