When it comes down to it, some commissioning is better than no commissioning. However, this author brings his opinions and experiences to bear in reminding us that familiarity with the different types of commissioning can earn big savings if used at the right moments in your building’s life. A second author contributes a sidebar on retrocommissioning and the considerable payback that process can generate.
Many engineers tend to avoid or delegate the nitty gritty of a ground source heat pump system, from soil moisture effects to building system (im) balance. It's time for designers to get in the loop. Learn more about Grounded In Reality in the December issue. Other topics in the December issue include health care HVAC, Boilders, check out the Back2Basics, and more.