Charlie Schreier, MS, P.E. received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from UD. He oversees our efforts with AEP. He is also the project manager for the evaluation of the EECBG program for the Ohio Office of Energy. He has worked as a project engineer on multiple commercial and industrial energy audits, LEED® commissioning projects, and much of our statistical regression work. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.