John Seryak, MS, P.E. is founder and CEO of Go Sustainable Energy in Columbus, OH. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from UD, a Department of Energy (DOE) Pumping Systems Energy Expert, and an instructor for three Building Operator Certification courses. He is a board member of Advanced Energy Economy Ohio, and has served on the conference organizing committees for the Manufacturer’s Education Council for several years, and for the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio. 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.
Many engineers tend to avoid or delegate the nitty gritty of a ground source heat pump system, from soil moisture effects to building system (im) balance. It's time for designers to get in the loop. Learn more about Grounded In Reality in the December issue. Other topics in the December issue include health care HVAC, Boilders, check out the Back2Basics, and more.