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Articles by Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.

commissioning: DECOMMISSIONING

May 1, 2006
As with last month, I'd like to introduce a new commissioning term, which isn't exactly mainstream in the commercial and institutional building industry. This time, the word of the month is decommissioning. Although a rigorous process of decommissioning has been standard operating procedure for a number of years at the Pentagon Renovation Program, I have otherwise only heard of it with respect to nuclear power plants, naval vessels, and some industrial installations.
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Commissioning: Presenting Pre-Commissioning

March 25, 2006
The commissioning lexicon currently includes terms such as recommissioning, retro-commissioning, and continuous commissioning. This month, I'd like to explore a concept that may not be new, but which I believe is an integral part of commissioning a building renovation project. By giving it a name, I'm hoping it may be more likely to become common practice. I'd like to dub it pre-commissioning.
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commissioning: PINPOINTING Building Success

March 1, 2006
What is the definition of a great building? One of the keys to success for a great building project is achieving the intended performance (design intent) of the building systems at the end of the project. However, owners don't usually undertake the effort and expense of a capital project in order to simply say that the project was great. Owners want buildings that stay great and meet the needs of the people and programs for which the buildings were designed and constructed.
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Commissioning: Can We Be Intelligent?

January 3, 2006
Smart buildings require smarter commissioning.
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Commissioning: Why Be Rigorous? (Part 2)

November 27, 2005
Custom tests yield lasting benefits.
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Commissioning: What Is A Test?

September 30, 2005
Take the time to figure the rigor.
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Commissioning: How Much To Test?

August 29, 2005
Better to pick your battles but fight them fully.
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Commissioning: Maintenance Responsibility vs. Operational Turnover

July 29, 2005
What do we do when somebody moves in before everything is checked out?
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Commissioning: Testing Intersystem Functionality

June 28, 2005
The relationships between systems can be complex, but there's still room to simplify.
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