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Commissioning September 26, 2022

Eight questions for the AE industry in the fall

Eight frequent questions pertaining to the A/E industry are highlighted with advice for industry CEOs and investors.

By Morrissey Goodale
Commissioning August 15, 2022

Project Profile: UNC Health Surgical Tower Commissioning

The Surgical Tower project is a new 325,000 SF medical tower including 24 fully licensed operating rooms.

By University of North Carolina
Commissioning August 15, 2022

Project Profile: One Vanderbilt

The commissioning process for a job of this magnitude was extremely complex due to the size of the building, the relationship to the future office and retail tenants, and the coordination among a myriad of public transportation options connecting to the tower.

By Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Commissioning August 15, 2022

Seven things to consider when selling your AE firm

Selling your AE or environmental firm can be a daunting process

By Morrissey Goodale
Commissioning May 10, 2022

Will your facility fail when it matters?

Integrated testing steps of building systems beyond HVAC.

By Mark A. Gelfo
Commissioning May 3, 2022

Retro-commissioning taboo: The ugly truth of savings degradation and what to do about it

Evaluating and adjusting energy systems can enable a healthcare facility to focus on its mission: patient care.

By Ashley Downes
Commissioning April 28, 2022

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed commissioning articles in 2022

Read the best articles about commissioning including commissioning giants, commissioning processes, smart buildings and more.

By Chris Vavra
Commissioning April 8, 2022

Weekly merger and acquisition update: April 8, 2022

This week Morrissey Goodale reported ten U.S. deals and six international deals involving companies from Sweden, the United Kingdom, Finland and Japan.

By Morrissey Goodale
Commissioning March 14, 2022

Tips for performing integrated systems testing

Integrated systems testing incorporates multiple related systems, rather than a single piece of equipment or a single system

By Chris Smith
Commissioning February 17, 2022

Clash detection in building information modeling

Like improvements from 64-bit games to 4K virtual reality epics, there has been a parallel evolution in Building Information Modeling.

By Dodge Construction Network
Commissioning February 11, 2022

Tips for Fast-Tracking Construction Projects Responsibly

“I wanna go fast!”

By Elizabeth Jenkins
Commissioning January 14, 2022

Improving energy efficiency, sustainability and resiliency using FCAs Retro-Cx and energy road maps

A certified member from the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) joins a panel outlining different pathways building owners, commissioning providers, and energy managers can improve energy efficiency and overall operations, including maintenance, sustainability and resilience.

By Energy Management Association (EMA)
Commissioning December 1, 2021

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed articles, November 2021

Read the best articles in November 2021 including: Product of the Year winners, Commissioning Giants, power factor correction, BAS replacements and more.

By Chris Vavra
Commissioning November 1, 2021

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed articles, October 2021

Read the best articles in October 2021 including: Commissioning Giants, chilled water plant performance, holistic lighting systems and more.

By Chris Vavra
Commissioning October 29, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: October 22-28, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. Commissioning giants, life safety requirements, automated fault detection diagnostics, BIM and COVID-19, and UV light benefits

By Chris Vavra
Commissioning October 22, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: October 15-21, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. Commissioning giants, emergency lighting codes, environmental conservation, circuit coordination and IAQ facilities.

By Chris Vavra
Commissioning October 22, 2021

Deliver smart buildings using CSI Division 25, commissioning

The use of CSI Division 25 and commissioning are critical to the successful design and operation of a smart building

By Timothy Howe, Marcus Myers and Jeri Pickett
Commissioning October 15, 2021

2021 Commissioning Giants

The 2021 Commissioning Giants data reports on the top 25 firms

By Amara Rozgus
Commissioning October 15, 2021

The future of building commissioning

As technology changes, commissioning becomes more enhanced and advanced

By Liz Fischer
Commissioning August 17, 2021

What is commissioning?

Understanding the process for realizing efficient buildings that meet the requirements of their owner.

By Jordan & Skala Engineers
Commissioning July 20, 2021

Commissioning emergency power systems

Commissioning emergency power supply systems requires thorough knowledge of codes and several building systems

By Jesse Felter and Mark A. Gelfo
Commissioning December 1, 2020

Ask an expert: Justin Garner provides input on COVID-19

Learn from an expert at Engineered Air Balance Co. about the engineering, commissioning, test and balance and business aspects of COVID-19

By Justin Garner, PE, LEED AP, CxA
Commissioning November 6, 2020

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: October 30 to November 5, 2020

Read the best articles from the past week. Commissioning giants, hot water heating boilers, hospital ventilation, electrical systems and higher ed design.

By Chris Vavra
Commissioning October 15, 2020

2020 Commissioning Giants

The 2020 Commissioning Giants data reports on the top 25 firms

By Amara Rozgus
Commissioning October 13, 2020

Commissioning Guideline offers best practices, approaches

ACG’s reimagined document recognizes new priorities now that commissioning is business as usual

By The AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning June 30, 2020

Commissioning during the COVID-19 crisis

Troy Byers from Commissioning Consultants provides input on how commissioning of HVAC systems is being handled during COVID-19

By Troy Byers, PE, CxA, TBE, LEED AP, NEBB CP
Commissioning June 11, 2020

Peer review of MEP engineering, commissioning services for alternate care site provided

Peter Basso Associates was asked to provide a peer review and MEP services for a temporary field hospital in Michigan.

By Camille Thompson
Commissioning April 7, 2020

Video: Challenges of Phased Projects from the Commissioning Perspective

There are challenges for the commissioning process with projects that have a phased turnover scheduled, but there are ways to mitigate them.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning March 31, 2020

Video: Commissioning in the Building Codes

Commissioning has been increasingly integrated into codes and standards and there are tools commissioning authorities and code officials can use to support compliance with these codes.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning March 24, 2020

Video: Using State-of-the-Art Fault Detection & Diagnostics Tools in MBCx

Automated fault detection and diagnostics (AFDD) is a powerful tool in the fast-growing area of monitoring-based commissioning.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning March 17, 2020

Video: Using Data Analytics to Automate and Enhance the Commissioning Process

Consultants in commissioning, energy management, monitoring and verification analytics software is a powerful tool and it provides new service offerings to improve facility performance and eliminate drift.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning February 18, 2020

Video: Commissioning Electrical Systems in Mission Critical Facilities

Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities requires great care and planning and save clients the extreme costs from system outages due to improperly tested equipment or insufficient levels of testing

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning February 4, 2020

Video: Tales of Commissioning a Net Zero Building: Lombardo Center at Millersville University

This case study presentation examines the challenges and rewards associated with making the Lombardo Center at Millersville University a net zero building.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning January 21, 2020

Video: Greater than the Sum of its Parts The Interdependence of MEP and Envelope Cx

This presentation will discuss the “whole building” commissioning process, industry standards, and code requirements to show how a well-integrated BECx + MEP Cx process provides synergistic benefits to building owners and enhances building performance.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning January 7, 2020

Video: Commissioning a Biomass Heating System in a Remote Alaska Community

The Southeast Island School District (SISD) learned valuable lessons that led to improved Owner’s Project Requirements, revised design criteria, and important startup and operational criteria.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning December 17, 2019

Video: Commonly Made Commissioning Mistakes

This list of commonly made mistakes and oversights illustrates a perfect storm of commissioning folly.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning November 12, 2019

Video: Commissioning of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Massive Project…Details Matter

This presentation demonstrates how commissioning activities were incorporated as early as possible into the construction schedule, reveals how Cx data was tracked to resolution, and highlights Cx activities for the stadium’s remarkable 1.2 million gallon rainwater retention and re-use system.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning November 5, 2019

Video: Evolution and Benefits of a District Wide Commissioning Program

Orange County Public Schools is the ninth largest in the U.S. In 2009, OCPS initiated a commissioning program for new schools and major school additions limited to HVAC systems, construction and acceptance (testing) phase Cx services.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning October 14, 2019

The value of building commissioning: current market status

The Building Commissioning Association partnered with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to confirm the value of commissioning for providers, facility owners and building industry stakeholders

Commissioning October 14, 2019

Linking commissioning, TAB to deliver better buildings

When the commissioning authority and the testing, adjusting and balancing contractor collaborate throughout the design and construction phases, it results in improved building construction

By Phil Allen, PE, LEED AP, QCxP, CCP, Peter Basso Associates, Troy, Michigan
Commissioning September 24, 2019

Video: Managing Commissioning in a 185-Facility Health Care Corporation

This presentation will focus on how HCA utilizes a Cx database to assist two commissioning agents with this workload.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning September 17, 2019

Video: The Case for Cx: Updated Landmark Study Shows Evolution of Cx Costs & Benefits 2004-2018

This session will explore the results and findings of a 2018 update to the database and study, and discuss the challenges of accurate data gathering, particularly for ongoing and monitoringbased Cx.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning September 16, 2019

What makes building commissioning successful on a project

The continuous development of the construction industry combined with the Great Recession has left the impression that commissioning is a commodity-based service to be engaged as required by certain codes and authorities.

By Greg York
Commissioning September 9, 2019

New Belgium Brewing Company: East Coast Brewery & Distribution Commissioning

Commissioning for maximum production.

By Affiliated Engineers
Commissioning September 6, 2019

4 Signs Your Commissioning Expert Will Get You the Most ‘Bang for Your Buck’

How do you know that you’re hiring the commissioning agents who will help you save the most money over the long haul of your building?

By Steve Carroll
Commissioning August 30, 2019

How Ongoing Commissioning Could Benefit Your Manufacturing Operation

With new technology, there is another option to consider — and it potentially could save you even more and extend your building’s life even longer.

By Steve Carroll
Commissioning August 13, 2019

AKF Group project profile: Millersville University Net Zero Lombardo Welcome Center

Millersville University Net Zero Lombardo Welcome Center, Millersville, PA

By AKF Group
Commissioning August 13, 2019

Burns & McDonnell project profile: DFW Airport Terminal Renewal & Improvement Program

DFW Airport Terminal Renewal & Improvement Program, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

By Burns & McDonnell
Commissioning May 3, 2019

What you need to know about building commissioning

The unprecedented technology advancements of the last three decades have only made the built environment more sophisticated, but at the same time the perceived relevance of commissioning has suffered.

By John Wixson
Commissioning April 10, 2019

PBA Chairman, Peter J. Basso, PE, FASHRAE, and Principal Randy M. Wisniewski share Experience/Thoughts on Peer Review – A Commissioning Fringe Benefit or More

Basso and Wisniewski of PBA, Suggest Input from 'Knowledgeable, Experienced Peer Reviewers'

By Peter J. Basso, PE, FASHRAE, Chairman and Randy M. Wisniewski, Director of CA/CX Services, PBA
Commissioning April 9, 2019

Designing resilient buildings

Existing building commissioning (EBCx) is a vital factor in designing resilient buildings.

By Woody Thompson, PE, CxA, CEM, REP, CBCP, CPMP, LEED AP; RS&H, San Antonio
Commissioning March 25, 2019

Commissioning of electrical systems

Commissioning of electrical systems has become an integral and well-established part of the building design and construction process. However, as cities and states increasingly pass more stringent energy legislation while new technologies continue to present countless possibilities, building systems will get smarter and more interconnected—and the role commissioning plays in the built environment will continue to expand.

By Vahik Davoudi, PE, LEED AP; Ander Sahonero, PE; Gaurav Thatte, EIT; and Rahul Mittal, EIT; Arup, Los Angeles
Commissioning March 14, 2019

Considerations for electrical testing and commissioning

The need for testing and commissioning electrical equipment and systems varies by project, client, system, and building codes.

By Brian Rener, PE, LEED AP, SmithGroup, Chicago 
Commissioning March 5, 2019

Video: Case Study: Re-Commissioning an Industrial Gas Chiller

This case study examines re-starting, re-commissioning, and optimizing an industrial gas chiller used for drying well-head natural gas.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning February 26, 2019

Video: Integrate Operational Readiness Services with Building Commissioning

This session provides attendees methods and techniques for integrating operational readiness services into existing Cx offerings.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning February 19, 2019

Video: Decommissioning: What You Need to Know in the Absence of Standards

This case study investigates the exterior and interior of a school, identifying risks and findings with over 10 hazardous material categories that will help engineers create a more ideal demolition.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning January 29, 2019

Video: How is Energy Resiliency Dependent Upon Commissioning?

This presentation will convey the importance and dependence of facility Cx/EBCx as a critical, if not the most important aspect, of energy resiliency.

By CxEnergy
Commissioning January 22, 2019

Video: A NFPA 70B & 70E Overview: Eliminate the Risk of Electrical Hazards & Avoid Expensive Shutdowns

This session focuses on the importance of electrical safety and maintenance programs, OSHA requirements and definitions for CFRs 1910.147 & 303 and 305, guidance of NFPA 70E and 70B standards on electrical safety and recommended practice for electrical equipment maintenance.

By Bhanu Srilla, Grace Engineered Products, Inc.
Commissioning December 18, 2018

Video: The Evolution of Commissioning at the University of Texas at Austin

This presentation examines the needs of an institutional client, and the gap left by the traditional new building commissioning process.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning November 16, 2018

10 reasons lighting controls commissioning goes bad

To ensure complex systems function as intended, a formal commissioning process needs to be established.

By John Yoon
Commissioning November 13, 2018

7 ways to use drones in building design, construction and maintenance

Drone technology is helping redefine the way we design, construct and maintain buildings.

By Peter Wu
Commissioning November 13, 2018

Video: Fundamentals of Test & Balance for Engineers, Cx & Energy Providers

The presentation covers many of the key test and balance issues that if properly addressed can ensure that any project goes smoothly.

By Brian Venn, TBE, CxA, Mechanical Testing, Inc.
Commissioning October 22, 2018

Case study: Collaborative delivery serves U.S. Coast Guard well

A U.S. Coast Guard multimission building and vessel-support facility project required a revised site plan, ultimately benefitting the project’s overall outcome.

By Matthew Goss, Mario Vecchiarello, Kurt Van Heiningen
Commissioning October 18, 2018

Case study: IPD at work in health care

Collaboration between engineers and contractors leads to waste elimination and cost savings.

By Mike Zorich, PE, LEED AP; and Dave Pflipsen, PE, LEED AP
Commissioning October 17, 2018

Reinforcing the engineer’s role in the IPD method

Integrated project delivery (IPD) requires a team approach and buy-in from all players, including the architect, engineer, contractor, and owner. The consulting engineer plays a significant role in the IPD process.

By Robert J. Garra Jr., PE
Commissioning October 16, 2018

Closing the loop—how commissioning can come full circle

Just about every building project, from a skyscraper to a small hospital renovation, must be commissioned to ensure its safety and functionality. By focusing on proper systems operation, problem solving, and teamwork, commissioning can ensure systems function as intended.

By Mike Haemmerle, PE; and Eric Stephens, PE, CXA
Commissioning October 16, 2018

Video: Tunable White Lighting — Minimize Risk During Commissioning and Satisfy Your Client

This presentation will educate the audience on the user interfaces needed to make immediate changes and verifications to a lighting control system in order to meet WELL building requirements. It also covers commissioning requirements.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning October 15, 2018

Taking design-build further: Southland’s connected solutions

The Design-Build method is growing in popularity as owners become more familiar with its benefits and develop a better understanding of how to approach it.

By Ken Robinson
Commissioning October 11, 2018

2018 Commissioning Giants

The 2018 Commissioning Giants data reports on the top firms that elected to enter the program this year. Here’s a look at the top 25 firms.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Commissioning October 9, 2018

Video: Leading without Authority: Engaging the Project Team

This presentation explores collaborative techniques and is open to interaction and sharing of additional ideas and methods.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning September 27, 2018

CxEnergy 2019 heading to Orlando

Early exhibitor and sponsorship sales brisk, prospectus now available.

By CxEnergy
Commissioning September 20, 2018

Designing industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities

More than just places to make and store products, industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities are becoming more complex. Owners are more demanding in the face of ever-evolving supply chain demands and technological advancements.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Commissioning September 18, 2018

Smart building systems optimization

Integration and interoperability in smart buildings enhance value and reduce risks for the building owner.

By Salvatore Bonetto Jr., RCDD, EIT, CDT; and Theodore Fowler, PE, PENG
Commissioning September 18, 2018

Video: Lab Retro-Cx: The Rebirth of a Research Facility

This presentation explains the changes that are necessary to keep laboratories in the best operational conditions.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning August 14, 2018

Video: Case Study: Cx of South Airport APM/ITM Complex at Orlando International Airport

This session provides a real world example of how to approach the Cx of a $650 million project with multiple contractors and stakeholders.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Commissioning April 17, 2018

Strategy: It’s not just the name of the game, it’s what your clients want

Strategically alignment now means anticipating future client needs and industry trends.

By Dave Maxwell, Dewberry
Commissioning October 12, 2017

2017 Commissioning Giants

Building commissioning providers—at all levels—reported making more money in the past fiscal year than in the previous year. Here’s a look at the top 25 firms.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Commissioning October 5, 2017

Strategies for electrical labeling and documentation

Electrical equipment must be correctly labeled and documented. Follow these strategies to achieve enhanced safety and documentation.

By Richard Vedvik, PE, IMEG Corp.; and Dan Winter, PE, Faith Technologies
Commissioning May 18, 2017

The evolving role of commissioning providers

The role of commissioning providers (CxPs) is changing which means more successful project delivery.

By Bruce A. Pitts, CPMP, CSBA, LEED AP, Bellevue, Wash.
Commissioning March 14, 2017

Case study: Commissioning at St. Catharines

Commissioning at an Ontario hospital required a wide scope of testing the electrical components.

By Michael Steward, PE, LEED AP, CannonDesign, Chicago
Commissioning December 27, 2016

The difference between mounting and installing

Even in the dictionary, the term mounting is not the same as installing.

By Michael Heinsdorf, PE, LEED AP, CDT, ARCOM MasterSpec, Washington D.C.
Commissioning April 21, 2016

An engineered approach to ongoing commissioning

Ongoing commissioning improves energy efficiency in existing buildings.

By Michael Eardley, PE, LEED, CCP, CBCP, CannonDesign, Boston
Commissioning March 17, 2016

Commissioning and the technology evolution

With smarter application and availability of technology to achieve and drive longer-term performance results, commissioning providers (CxPs) are finding themselves at the forefront to learn, coach, and lead the application of technology in the built environment. Learn the challenges, roles, opportunities, and recommended methods for incorporating technology solutions into the commissioning process and improving building performance.

By Michael Chimack, PE, CEM, and Jesse Sycuro, PE, CEM
Commissioning March 17, 2016

Ten ways to incorporate technology into your commissioning process

Here are the top 10 recommended methods for incorporating technology solutions into the commissioning process and improving building performance.

By Michael Chimack, PE, CEM, and Jesse Sycuro, PE, CEM
Commissioning March 16, 2016

Using online commissioning tools

Properly and strategically positioning an online commissioning tool can significantly differentiate a service provider from its competition, saving time and money and adding significant value.

By Joshua Gepner, Curtis Aubry, and Elizabeth A. Jenkins
Commissioning December 11, 2014

Warehouse commissioning lighting system

By commissioning the lighting system, this company saved electricity and improved the safety of its high-bay lighting fixtures in this warehouse.

By Michael Chow, PE, CxA, LEED AP BD+C, Metro CD Engineering LLC, Powell, Ohio
Commissioning December 11, 2014

Commissioning lighting systems

The complexity of lighting design has made commissioning of lighting controls an essential part of projects. Commissioning for the most part is voluntary; however, if an owner is contemplating U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification or if ASHRAE 90.1-2010 compliance is required, commissioning is mandatory.

By Michael Chow, PE, CxA, LEED AP BD+C, Metro CD Engineering LLC, Powell, Ohio
Commissioning August 31, 2014

Building commissioning challenges, solutions

Commissioning, recommissioning, or retro-commissioning, can be a challenge—and the more complex a facility is, the more boxes an engineer has to check to get the job done right. Here, a group of expert engineers explain how to succeed on such projects.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Commissioning August 31, 2014

Building commissioning challenges, solutions: Sustainability, energy efficiency

Commissioning, recommissioning, or retro-commissioning, can be a challenge—and the more complex a facility is, the more boxes an engineer has to check to get the job done right. Renewable energy systems, photovoltaics, and other sustainable systems must now be commissioned.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Commissioning May 12, 2014

Project Profile: UHAT Facilities

Through benchmarking and strategic energy auditing, together, ES2 and UHAT collaborated to optimize operations and maintenance procedures.

By Jesse Gentling
Commissioning March 26, 2014

Case study: Retro-commissioning a data center

These examples illustrate how a typical direct M&V process can be conducted in RCx projects.

By Moh Heidari, CEM, CBCP, MSME, AlfaTech Consulting Engineers, San Francisco
Commissioning January 17, 2014

Lighting commissioning: Highlighting code compliance

ASHRAE Standard 90.1 provides guidelines for designing lighting and lighting control systems. Commissioning these lighting systems is a key requirement of the 2010 edition of the code.

By Phillip S. Allen, PE, LEED AP, QCxP, Peter Basso Associates, Troy, Mich.
Commissioning January 14, 2014

Averting a data center legal crisis

Engineers involved in data center design can limit their potential exposure by taking a few simple steps.

By Jocelyn L. Knoll, JD, and Colin Wicker, JD, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Minneapolis
Commissioning October 29, 2013

Commissioning surges ahead

Building commissioning continues to grow, and engineering firms can benefit from adding the service for clients.

By Amara Rozgus
Commissioning October 21, 2013

The state of commissioning in 2013

Despite challenges both new and old, and an economy that is improved but still not roaring, commissioning firms remain hopeful about the upcoming year.

By Ray Bert and Amanda Thomason, AABC Commissioning Group, Washington, D.C.
Commissioning September 26, 2013

ASHRAE Standard 202 on commissioning released

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 202: Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems is ASHRAE’s first standard focused on the commissioning process.

Commissioning August 13, 2013

Registration open for ACG commissioning workshop, exam

Registration is open for the next ACG CxA Workshop and Exam, which will be held Sept. 24, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

Commissioning June 27, 2013

Big data archaeology and the consulting engineer

The digital footprint we create today will help anthropologists tomorrow.

By William J. Kosik, PE, CEM, HP Technology Services, Chicago
Commissioning June 13, 2013

Commissioning workshops announced

ACG's CxA workshops and webinars have been scheduled for the rest of 2013.

Commissioning May 29, 2013

NEBB retro-commissioning seminar, exam

NEBB's Technical Retro-Commissioning Seminar and Exam will be held July 17 to 20, 2013.

Commissioning April 17, 2013

Retro-commissioning seminar, exam

NEBB's Retro-Commissioning seminar and exam is being held July 17 to 20, 2013, in Portland, Ore.

Commissioning March 1, 2013

ACG Conference on Total Building Commissioning registration open

ACG's 9th Annual Conference on Total Building Commissioning will include workshops and certification exams.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Commissioning January 17, 2013

NEBB Basic Building Systems Commissioning seminar, exam

NEBB is holding a seminar and exam on building systems at IAPMO's world headquarters in Ontario, Calif., April 10-13, 2013.

Commissioning October 26, 2012

Communication in commissioning

An effective commissioning authority must bring far more than technical skills to the project team. Communication skills of all types are key.

By John K. McFarland, PE, CCP, CEM, LEED AP, WorkingBuildings, Atlanta
Commissioning October 18, 2012

Commissioning the BAS

Following a thorough commissioning process that incorporates best practices is essential in delivering a building that meets user requirements and design intent.

By Mike Eardley, PE, LEED AP, CCP, Cannon Design
Commissioning October 17, 2012

Commissioning best practices: Electrical — Top 10 deficiencies and challenges

These are the most common deficiencies or challenges workers face when working on a commissioning project.

By John Hebert, PE, LEED AP BD+C, and Catherine Melander, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Commissioning October 17, 2012

Commissioning best practices: Electrical

Commissioning electrical equipment ideally begins early in the design phase of the project and continues through the completion of functional performance testing.

By John Hebert, PE, LEED AP BD+C, and Catherine Melander, PE, LEED AP BD+C,
Commissioning October 16, 2012

The state of commissioning in 2012

Commissioning continues to expand to cover more systems, and energy-oriented existing building commissioning is still seen as the future. But a weak economic recovery and concerns about “commissioning lite” leave providers slightly more pessimistic than in 2011.

By Ray Bert and Lexi Gray, AABC Commissioning Group, Washington, D.C.
Commissioning October 15, 2012

Lighting commissioning guidelines and standards

The complexity of lighting design has made commissioning of lighting controls an essential part of projects.

By Brian K. Baumgartle, PE, LC, LEED AP, CMTA Consulting Engineers, Prospect, Ky.