Phillips is the team leader for AEC’s Building Energy Evaluation Services Business Team (Boulder, CO) and manages a variety of projects, including retro-commissioning, energy savings performance contract support, demand-side management support, load research studies, and measurement and verification. He has performed hundreds of preliminary and detailed energy audits in his eight years as an energy engineer, in which he has diagnosed many system problems and energy savings opportunities, spanning a variety of building and system types. His extensive field experience and thorough understanding of HVAC system operation and control enables him to quickly and comprehensively identify system problems and potential candidates for improved system performance, occupant comfort, and energy savings. Phillips also supports AEC’s Sustainable Design Assistance Team in areas related to LEED accreditation, and frequently works with AEC’s Commissioning Team in support of their commissioning and retro-commissioning efforts. He can be reached at 303-444-4149.
From AHUs to new chilled water loop management to lighting and life safety, the upgrades to these two state office buildings were as numerous as they were effective. However, this story is especially notable for the analysis that led to the project decisions - including omitting a couple of innovative options for cost - and the verification that confirmed the payoff. Thus, this handsome Tennessee couple not only save money but also serve as role models.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.