Peter Kleinhenz, MS, P.E. received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton (UD). Through his professional and academic career, he has completed over 50 industrial and 20 commercial energy audits. Along with energy auditing, Peter also has significant experience with building energy modeling, HVAC commissioning, green design consulting, and energy efficiency measurement and verification. E-mail him at email@example.com.
How many energy-efficient or certified buildings are not living up to the label? Very, very many, if this Ohio commissioning/auditing firm’s experience is close to typical. They report on common weaknesses in efficiency strategies and on real-life patterns of upgrades gone wrong across an array of equipment types. While flaws in well-intentioned processes remain, a more careful investment of human energy can still yield the desired reduction in building energy.
Retrieving every last bit of performance from the system while stopping short of the surge line is no small feat. Dig into sizing, tower selection, chilled water loads and stability, and condenser water management to leave no efficiency stone unturned. Read more in April issue