Articles by Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.

Commissioning: Fast-Track Commissioning

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Feel the need for speed? Strong planning will let you keep pace on the homestretch.
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Commissioning: Design-Build Vs. Design-Bid-Build

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For commissioning agents, the difference is nuanced but significant.

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Commissioning: Submittal Reviews

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Redundant? Not if different experts look for different problems.

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

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

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Commissioning: Put That Stroll On The Schedule

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

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Commissioning: Design Delays

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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

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The goal: motivating owners while maintaining procedures.

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Commissioning: Forwarding The Retro Process

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Further benefits await beyond the equipment.

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Commissioning: Stop, Look & Listen

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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?

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Deciding to retrocommission is just the first step.

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