Articles by Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.

Commissioning: Submittal Reviews

April 1, 2008
Redundant? Not if different experts look for different problems.

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Commissioning: Nice Building -- How's It Work?

March 1, 2008
It will work worse on day two, unless training is organized and completed.

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Commissioning: Put That Stroll On The Schedule

February 1, 2008
A few “what goes where” walks now will free up time for the big picture later.

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Commissioning: Design Delays

January 1, 2008
A late-project logjam on the consulting firm’s side isn’t fun for anyone. Here’s how to avoid it.

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Commissioning: LEED® EB Streamlines for 2008

December 1, 2007
The goal: motivating owners while maintaining procedures.

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Commissioning: Forwarding The Retro Process

November 1, 2007
Further benefits await beyond the equipment.

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Commissioning: Stop, Look & Listen

October 1, 2007
Over the last couple months, this column has been about retrocommissioning, commissioning existing building systems that have never been commis-sioned before. There is no question that there is great potential to be realized through a retrocommissioning process, primarily in terms of improved system performance and decreased energy consumption. However, successful retrocommissioning is not something can be accomplished in a vacuum by a commissioning professional; it depends heavily on the building’s O&M staff.

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Commissioning: How Much Of A Good Thing?

September 1, 2007
Deciding to retrocommission is just the first step.

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Commissioning: When to Retrocommission?

August 1, 2007
From additions to age, different factors make the argument for or against.

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Commissioning: Core & Shell and Tenant Fit-Out Projects, Part 3

July 1, 2007
A good manual is almost as important as whether the right people read it.
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