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Articles by Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.

Commissioning: Design-Phase Commissioning By The Numbers

November 1, 2008
Better late than never, but cheaper early than late.

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Commissioning: Why Design-Phase Commissioning?

October 1, 2008
Get ready for the next time someone asks you.

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Commissioning: Enter The Matrix

September 1, 2008
Sorting responsibilities early creates a better future for everyone on the team.

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Commissioning: Who Does That?

August 1, 2008
In today’s process, the old boundaries don’t apply, yet coordination is as critical as ever.

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Commissioning: LEED® Commissioning Design Review

July 1, 2008
As with so many things, the when is as important as the what or how.

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Commissioning: Fast-Track Commissioning

June 1, 2008
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

May 1, 2008
For commissioning agents, the difference is nuanced but significant.

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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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