Right here at the top, I want to tell you that this issue is sporting one of the better collections of columns that I can recall in ES. On the harder engineering side, Paul Ehrlich gets behind the scenes of the preliminary sleuthing to be done when you’re hunting for better BAS performance. In the back, Howard McKew renews his look at how to handle the awkward but almost surely inevitable territory of finding some fault in a fellow engineer’s work.
And on the commissioning front, Rebecca Ellis draws a distinction with “Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should” that you don’t see often if ever: if the owner wants to sign up for a more sophisticated system than he’s truly prepared to operate (regardless of what the owner says or believes at the time), then the building is probably not headed toward its best possible performance. Is the client always right?