NCBC 2012

May 15 & 16, 2012

Nashville Airport Marriott
Nashville, Tenn.


Monday, May 14, 2012

The Southeast Chapter of the BCA (SERBCA) offered a pre-conference workshop titled “The Next Step in Building Performance Verification: Automated On-going Commissioning” on Monday May 14th from 1:00 to 4:30 PM. This workshop featured Frank Mayfield, M2M and David Peck, SCIenergy, who shared knowledge about commissioning software tools and how they support the on-going commissioning process as well as product demonstrations.

Tools of the Cx Trade

Frank Mayfield
M2M Systems Integrators

BACbone Demonstration

Frank Mayfield
M2M Systems Integrators

How Technology Improves the Cx/Rx Process

Dave Peck

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

20th National Conference on Building Commissioning (NCBC 2012) agenda.
Time Session Summary & Description
7:30 AM5:00 PM Registration
8:3010:00 AM

Opening Plenary

Mark Miller, PE, CCP, CEM
Strategic Building Solutions, LLC
BCA President

Keynote Presentation: Human Behavior and the Commissioned Building

Susan Mazur-Stommen, PhD
Director, Behavior and Human Dimensions Program ACEEE

You just commissioned the building and successfully improved the building’s performance by saving energy and reducing operational costs. Now the occupants and operators take over—and as statistics show performance takes a turn for the worse. Why is it human behavior challenges the persistence of savings from commissioning? What could incent building operators and occupants to keep the commissioned building working at the commissioned performance levels? Join Susan Mazur-Stommen from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy in her keynote presentation during the NCBC opening plenary session where she will discuss the relationship between human behavior and energy efficiency in the built environment.

10:0010:30 AM Break
Track Fundamentals of Cx Business of Cx Data Driven Cx
10:30 AM12:00 PM

Starting Your Project Right

Anthony M. DiLeonardo, LEED AP, CxA
Wick Fisher White

Matthew Malinosky, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CCP
Questions & Solutions Engineering, Inc.

Molly Meyer, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CEM
Questions & Solutions Engineering, Inc.

Successful new construction is the result of setting the right expectations up front and maintaining the project’s scope, schedule, and budget. Commissioning can be of significant help to the project’s success but often relies on the right selection of the commissioning provider and enabling the provider to help in achieving project goals. This session will provide perspectives on how to utilize the request for proposal to get better results from the commissioning provider while also discussing how commissioning can provide support for keeping to the project schedule.

The Financial Imperatives of Commissioning

Kenny Reed, MAE, CxAP, CEM, LEED AP BD+C
M.E. Group, Inc.

Wood Harbinger, Inc.

C. Mark Howe, PE, LEED AP
Resolute Facility Services

Leonard R. Rozek, CPMP, CEM, CDSM, LEED AP
E Cube, Inc.

In today’s economy, building owners are asking questions about building commissioning that go further than just the initial costs of commissioning services. Facility executives now, more so than ever before, want to know about the ROI of building commissioning. This session will help attendees understand and communicate the financial imperatives of performing commissioning in today’s economy.

The ROI of new building commissioning will be presented through a series of case studies. The presentation will provide an analysis of previous studies that estimated the ROI and included the different costs and savings used within those studies. These case studies will be reviewed to develop a sampling of the different types of payback analysis that have been published on the ROI of commissioning projects. The analysis will include the various types of costs savings and the assumptions used to develop the cost savings estimates.

An Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx) Program, if done correctly with a methodical process and the right tools, can bring quick wins for the facility to improve energy and facility performance; all on a relatively tight budget. Using the BCA Best Practices as a foundational platform, the speaker will explore and present the three tiers of the EBCx improvement measures; free procedural changes, maintenance items, and capital improvements. The advantages and disadvantages of each tier will be discussed along with the associated costs and gains of each.

The Effective & Accurate Use of Trends

Ben Burgoyne, ACP, LEED AP
Ebert & Baumann Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Dave Guberud, QCxP
Ring & DuChateau, LLP

Rachel Rueckert, PE, LEED AP, QCxP
Ring & DuChateau, LLP

This session will provide an overview of what can be accomplished through trend logging. A method of building system trend data analysis, known as Operation Diagnostics, that involves the creation of ideal patterns for comparison to actual building data visualizations, will be reviewed in the first of two presentations. The second presentation will review the potential pitfalls of trend data information, diagnosing an issue, the potential discreetness of acquiring trends, the smoke and mirrors of what a control contractor can do to make a trend look better than it actually is, the differences in COV (change of value) versus interval, and using good trend Information to identify the mechanical facts of life, and the paradigm of do you need controls to mask the issue to make it work.

12:001:30 PM Lunch in Exhibit Hall
1:303:00 PM

Strategies for Cost-Effective EBCx

Peter D'Antonio PE, CEM, LEED AP
PCD Engineering


Anthony M. DiLeonardo, LEED AP, CxA
Wick Fisher White


Rod Rabold
UNC-Chapel Hill Energy Management

Ed Faircloth
Gilbane Building Company

Want to learn more about overcoming cost barriers to Existing Building Commissioning? Join Peter as he provides specific techniques to more cost-effective approaches to EBCx and hear about case study results for office, multi-family, and mixed commercial/industrial facilities. Following Peter’s presentation a panel will further discuss EBCx experiences from the owner, provider, and operator perspectives.

Coordinating with Industry Partners

Michael J. King, FCSI, CCS

Daniel Frasier, PE, CCP
Cornerstone Commissioning, Inc.

John R. Schneider, PE, BSME MSEA QCxP
Private Consultant

Successful commissioning of any project starts with a collaboration of focused, dedicated and motivated team members, with well defined roles and responsibilities.

In the beginning of this session, the confusion amongst design professionals, commissioning authorities, owners and contractors as to how to organize the many documents that must be created when the commissioning process is employed will be discussed. For example, commissioning contract documents are unique, similar to the professional services agreements between owners and the A/E team, but with clear differences that require exploration. The need for a parallel set of contract documents for the commissioning process that are crafted to blend provisions from various established documents in order to achieve the goals of the commissioning process will be explored.

The session will continue with a presentation on the importance of why MEP coordination is critical to the turnover phase and how the commissioning process can serve to proactively streamline the preparation of the installed systems for readiness. Examples of various delivery systems, from poor to excellent, will be presented as well as techniques and tools that have proven highly effective in the successful delivery of projects.

Enhancing Performance with Monitoring Based Commissioning

Mark Arney, PE, CEM
Facility Dynamics Engineering

Boban Ratkovich, M. Sc., P. Eng, CEM, BESA, LEED AP
C.E.S. Engineering Ltd

Monitoring Based Commissioning (MBCx) has certainly gained popularity in the recent years. The need for energy performance verification and post-construction optimization of LEED buildings is part of a greater industry trend towards performance-based commissioning that extends into the operational phase of the building. This first part of this session will describe MBCx as a method for evaluating and optimizing the energy performance of LEED NC targeted buildings during first year of operation. The second part of the session will highlight a case study of a successful MBCx program implemented at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB). This presentation will provide a synopsis of the program, an overview of UCB’s current results, and their approach to project management. Other case study successes will also be presented.

3:003:30 PM Break
3:305:00 PM

Commissioning Specialty Spaces

Michael Rosenberg, PE, CEM
Glenmount Global Solutions

Mark Warren, CCP, LEED AP
WSP Flack + Kurtz

Data Centers and Campus Laboratory Facilities have unique operational requirements and levels of systems reliability that can differ greatly from the typical facility. This session will review the inter-relationship of critical environment systems, requirements for systems redundancy, and building owner’s perspectives on laboratory commissioning. In addition the session will cover the Integrated Systems Testing approach to data centers and functional testing plans for complex laboratory systems.

Panel: Attributes of a CxA

Bradley Brooks, Ed.D.

Michael Eardley, PE, LEED AP, CCP
Cannon Design

Mark Miller, PE, CCP, CEM
Strategic Building Solutions, LLC

Developing commissioning authorities is integral to delivering high performing buildings. This panel discussion will focus on the key attributes of a commissioning authority. Presenters will examine the process of defining the job task, knowledge, skills and abilities of the commissioning profession. From this process training is being developed to meet these needs. You will hear about a large scale training being release later this year. The final presentation will discuss the need to have a process to certify the knowledge and experience of commissioning authorities and the firm. Bring your questions and ideas to be a part of this discussion as we define the key attributes of the commissioning authority.

Commissioning Before & After Construction: Beyond the Norm

Shane Nault, PE, CEM, CxA, LEED AP BD+C
Building EnergetiCx, PLLC

Steve Harrell, LEED AP O+M, CEM, CxA

David Claridge, PE, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University

This session highlights new trends for what will be expected of commissioning authorities before and after construction. Commissioning authorities are now being asked to perform building energy simulations for LEED projects.

The first presentation will define building energy simulations and will outline the different types of energy modeling, including data driven and future simulations. This presentation also will provide an overview of the building energy simulation tools that are available and provide an understanding of how the building energy simulation process can be beneficial to the project team when trying to maximize LEED points under Energy and Atmosphere Credit 1, Optimize Energy Performance.

The second presentation will highlight how we can keep newly commissioned buildings operating efficiently after construction. Existing building commissioning (EBCx) and Continuous commissioning can be the quickest and most cost effective ways to reduce energy consumption and improve comfort in any type of existing building. Case studies in a hospital environment will be offered in detail demonstrating the importance and effectiveness of combining HVAC system retrofit with system optimization theory and advanced technologies across multiple Veteran Administration Health Care facilities.

5:007:00 PM Exhibitor Reception

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

20th National Conference on Building Commissioning (NCBC 2011) agenda.
Time Session Summary & Description
7:30 AM5:00 PM Registration Open
7:30 AM8:15 AM

Breakfast Session — Introduction to the BCA

Track Beyond the Basics Hot Topics Coloring Inside the Lines
8:3010:00 AM

Beyond Boundaries: Building Enclosure Commissioning

Darren Draper, PE, LEED AP BD+C, QCxP
Epsten Group, Inc.

William R. Nash, PE
Whitlock Dalrymple Poston & Associates

This session is an introduction to building enclosure commissioning based on the most current National Institute of Building Sciences Guidelines and ASTM Standard Practices. Through this session you will learn how the commissioning process is defined and applied to the building enclosure. You will also learn what design phase approaches should be considered to ensure long-term enclosure integrity, as well as looking at the resultant long term benefits of building enclosure commissioning itself, from building performance to energy efficiency, and the most liability-prone components.

Cx + O&M = Success

Kristin Heinemeier
UC Davis—Western Cooling Efficiency Center

Cannon Design

This session will highlight the importance of the partnership of commissioning and operations and maintenance to provide optimal building operation.

The presentation will start off with a description of the similarities and differences between the commissioning process and the maintenance process, and why we should care. When should you do one or the other? How can they be applied harmoniously? How is commissioning implemented within the maintenance structure of a campus structure? Commissioning and maintenance are two distinct, yet similar processes. The various improvements made throughout the CEC’s HVAC Demonstration Program will be discussed along with a classification of each as either commissioning or maintenance. The Western HVAC Performance Alliance has been considering the differences between these two processes and their research is also included.

The second portion of this presentation will focus on the importance of involving facility personnel in the commissioning process and providing sufficient training to improve persistence. Studies and the personal experience of this presenter have shown that there is a direct correlation between the energy savings success of a building and the quality of training and involvement of the facility personnel. CxAs as ambassadors of energy responsibility and teachers of better building operations need to become a partner to the facility personnel both during and after the commissioning process to ensure sustainability.

“Codes, Standards & Guidelines, Oh My!”

Gerald J. Kettler, PE, CPMP, CxA, CIAQM, BEMP
Facility Performance Associates

Michael Chelednik, AIA
URS Corporation

Mark Miller, PE, CCP, CEM
Strategic Building Solutions, LLC

Want to better navigate the abundant world of commissioning codes, standards & guidelines? This session can help.

The speakers in this session will walk through the latest and greatest commissioning codes, standards and guidelines and help you determine the salient points of each and which is most applicable to your commissioning project(s). Of particular focus will be the ASHRAE Commissioning Standard, the ASHRAE Existing Building Commissioning Guideline and the IGCC Commissioning Guideline.

10:0010:30 AM Break
10:30 AM12:00 PM

Fire Protection & Life Safety System Commissioning

Douglas W. Fisher, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Fisher Engineering, Inc.

Robert J. Knoedler, PE, CEM, CxA
Hanson Professional Services Inc.

Principal members of the NFPA Technical Committee on Commissioning Fire Protection Systems will provide a step-by-step approach to fire protection and life safety systems commissioning based on recommendations from NFPA 3. The integration of fire protection and life safety systems commissioning as part of the total building commissioning team will be discussed. Actual projects examples will be used to highlight the effectiveness of the commissioning process and how it is different than acceptance testing noted in the NFPA installation standards. A brief discussion of the documents current status and potential future status of integrated testing will also be provided.

Commissioning the Sun: Popular Renewable Systems

Wayne A. Dunn, PE, P. Eng.
E. W. Dunn

Pete Salmon, LEED AP BD+C
Eaton Corporation

This session takes new look at solar and photovoltaic systems and how they are commissioned. This presentation will cover best practices for these renewable energy systems from the commissioning perspective, emphasizing lessons learned through design, construction and functional testing.

Commissioning providers, owners, designers and construction teams working with these special systems can apply lessons learned from these experiences to benefit their own projects.

Industry Drivers of Commissioning: Programs & Legislation

Michael C. English, PE, CCP, LEED AP
Horizon Engineering

Randy Gunn

George Malek, PE, LEED AP

In today’s market utility programs and the inclusion of commissioning in legislation is having the biggest impact on market penetration and acceptance for the commissioning practice. With limited investment funding many owners require the encouragement of incentive programs, cost-share opportunities and mandates to make commissioning a priority. In this session attendees will see some examples of successful and innovative commissioning programs and recent legislation and will discuss the potential impacts these elements will have on the future of commissioning.

12:001:30 PM

Lunch: Celebrating 20 years of NCBC

Take a look back at the last 20 years of the NCBC. See how far we have come—not just from overhead projector transparencies—but the level of content being delivered. Fourteen years ago the BCA was formed based on work done at NCBC funded by the US Department of Energy. See how these two have grown and developed over the years and see what’s next for them.

1:303:00 PM

Beyond the Basic Air Handling System Commissioning

Arik Cohen, PE
kW Engineering

Peter Pollard, PE
kW Engineering

In this session, presenters will identify strategies that can provide value beyond the basic air handling system commissioning. The first part of this session will include best applications, current strategies and benefits that define a quality commissioning process for wireless pneumatic thermostats (WPT). This presentation will include several case studies that show quality commissioning of WPTs is essential. The second portion of the session will discuss past, present, and future strategies and benefits of commissioning a system with VAV supply-air temperature reset (with reheat) with real-world examples and experiences.

Strategies for Persistence

RetroCom Energy Strategies, Inc.

Ryan Hughes, PE, CEM, LEED AP
Eaton Corporation

After all that hard work a well commissioned building can quickly slip back into a wasteful and inefficient state. Persistence is one of the nagging goals of commissioning that is largely out of the CxA’s hands. Or is it? Attendees at this session will learn some key strategies to implement during the commissioning process to improve persistence.

Measurement and verification (M&V) is the first step in understanding the savings and ultimately the persistence as well. One presenter will explain the core components of M&V, how it is applicable to LEED and the IPMVP, what systems should be involved in the process, and how to implement it. The presentation will also include examples of monitoring equipment, what an owner should expect from the process, and real-world examples of M&V.

CxA and owner pair up in another presentation to demonstrate the successful use of building automation system displays to present essential information in usable formats to the facility operator so that performance problems can be quickly recognized after the CxA is gone.

Big Picture Commissioning: IST & Cloud Based Cx

James Goodall
Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Dale Davis
Keithly Barber Associates

Mark Walter
Keithly Barber Associates

This presentation will step back and take a big picture look at the commissioning process including how to streamline the management of project data and how integrated system testing can ensure a building’s systems play together nicely after being individually commissioned and tested.

Part of this presentation will focus on the value and application of cloud based commissioning. Cloud based commissioning provides a level of transparency and access to data and deliverables with an ease never before seen in the commissioning process. This presentation will include an evaluation of existing cloud-based commissioning software and examples of this process in use today.

Integrated System Testing (IST) or Total Building Integrated Testing (TBIT) is designed to test the entire building to make certain that all systems are working together properly. TBIT moves the building past the individual system or sequence functional performance testing to the modes required during catastrophic failure. The testing also provides invaluable training for the building operators while taking the building through several scenarios that they hopefully will never see again and gives them the ability to activate and reset prior to building occupation. This presentation will walk through the planning and execution of the TBIT including commonly missed step, preparation checklists, test scripts and findings workbooks, and final reports with recommendations. TBIT is often the most overlooked part of the commissioning process being completely ignored by LEED and produces some startling results in every application.

3:003:30 PM Break
3:305:00 PM Closing Ceremony