HVAC Design/Construction Process

Commissioning

Remote System Readiness Verification

As technology advances, the pre-functional checklist is becoming a thing of the past.
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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When I started building systems commissioning 25 years ago, it did not take long to figure out that more was needed to confirm that the commissioned systems were complete and ready for testing than just the general contractor’s word for it.
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Prepare And Complete An HVAC Project Closeout Punch List

It’s nobody’s favorite part, but the road to performance goes through this paperwork.
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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This is the fourth and final column on preparation and completing specific consulting engineering tasks that are traditionally covered in the design engineering firm’s consulting fee.
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Tablet As Building Engineering Tool, Part 4: Operations & Maintenance

Analytics to workorder management, energy audits to light meters — the spectrum of apps for facility engineering tasks continues to get wider and more versatile.
By Jeffrey Seewald, P.E,
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“Collaboration is unavoidable.”
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Motor Selection HVAC Design

Who actually specified that motor? Did they keep the entire system in mind or were they simply specifying one component at a time? And will that spec require over-speeding the motor?
By Gary Hamilton P.E.
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Often, an HVAC system is designed by the selection of individual components and not by a whole-system approach
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Commissioning

Unsampled Systems

Choosing not to sample every system can be a gamble, but here are some ways to lower your risk.
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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Over the past two months, this column has addressed the issue of sampling systems for field functional performance testing
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Preparing For And Assisting In System Startup

When it’s time to flip the switch, design engineers must be present to ensure proper system design.
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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Many consulting engineers will tell you that time invested in the construction phase is beyond their scope of work and, of course, the fee has been all used up and “we can’t afford to waste our time” with equipment and associated system startup.
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Commissioning

Functional Performance Test Sampling

So you’ve decided on your sample size. What next? What happens when a system failure is found?
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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Last month, this column addressed the need for (and philosophy behind) sample testing certain systems when 100% functional performance testing (FPT) is impractical from a time and/or budget perspective.
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Building Program to Basis of Design for an Assisted Living Building Renovation Project

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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At some point in time, most building owners make the business decision to build, renovate, or expand their facilities.
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Commissioning

Functional Performance Test Sampling

Testing it all typically isn’t an option. How to determine what (and how many) to check?
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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In the standard commissioning process, there are two primary technical activities that occur on site at the end of construction and prior to systems acceptance by the owner.
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20 Reasons Your Green Building May Not Have Green Indoor Air

A few are more familiar and worth a reminder, while some are pretty sneaky. Others may have gotten there before the first occupant. In any event, any “sustainable facility” can sustain IAQ damage without attention to these sorts of risks.
By Dale Walsh, MS, CIH, LEED-AP BD+C
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The word green conjures images of a lush, vibrant ecosystem that is full of healthy living things and fresh air.
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