Articles by Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.

Thank You, Steve Jobs

The hard part was more about presentation and persuasion than waiting on technology.
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Third-Party TAB Consulting In Sync With Third-Party Commissioning – Its Time Has Come.

The people in the industry don’t necessarily make a loud argument for it, but the results often do. How to get this ball rolling, sell it, and see it through from design to occupancy? Look ahead by looking below.
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Twenty Years and Counting

It’s been an interesting two decades (and counting), commenting on the industry one page at a time.
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Energy & Environmental Management Is A Team Effort

Organize the players and communicate the successes.
This past March, I asked the question, “Do you have a corporate sustainability plan?” and recently I was discussing this topic with a director of a physical plant for a major college on the East Coast. He commented, “Energy conservation and environmental management should be a team effort.”
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Based on Cx-3 ATC/FPT and TAB-3 software

Month 2 - The Energy Conservation Opportunity: K through 12 School Building Unit Ventilator System & Associated Exhaust Retro-Commissioning Application
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Update: A Company Of One

It doesn’t have to go exactly according to plan to be progress.
Since I became a “company of one” this past January, I have been far busier than I had estimated when I wrote out my business plan. I guess that is a good problem, but it has taken me 10 months to get things under control and fit within my new five-days-a-week schedule (no more working Saturdays, Sundays, or evenings).
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MAKING THE ADJUSTMENT To Integrated Project Delivery

So far, this industry transition is — surprise! — not a fast one.
In the past, I have written about the integrated project delivery (IPD) process and my advocating it over design-bid-build, construction management, and/or performance contracting, but I’m troubled by the slow progress of IPD into the design, construction, and O&M business.
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Based on Cx-3 ATC/FPT and TAB-3 software

Refer to January 2010 B2B for an introduction to energy auditing and energy retrocommissioning. A good guideline for implementing an energy audit is the ASHRAE Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits manual.
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Tomorrow's Environment: We Get Startup Sheets For Terminal Equipment Why Not Commissioning Sheets?

Here’s a manufacturer’s competitive advantage waiting to happen.
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Better Project Delivery: Health Care Infrastructure Projects

Here, our long-time forward-thinking columnist uses a common hospital scenario to walk you through the shift from Design-Bid-Build to an Integrated Project Delivery approach. See how the job can get done with similar personnel on a considerably shorter schedule, resulting in a greater team investment in the project’s success and yet more time to get on to other work.
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