20th National Conference on Building Commissioning (NCBC 2013) agenda.
Time Session Summary & Description - Tuesday, May 7, 2013
7:30 a.m.8:30 a.m.

Registration

8:30 a.m.10:00 a.m.

Welcome

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

Keynote Address

Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA
National Institue of Building Sciences
Presentation

In our opening keynote from Mr. Henry L. Green he will share with us the National Institute of Building Sciences many projects and accomplishments. He will focus on high performance and sustainable buildings discussing the value of integrated design, total ownership costs versus first costs and applicable standards, codes, green building rating systems and Federal Mandates.

10:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.

Break

10:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.

Cx as a Start to Continuous Improvement

Arik Cohen, PE
KW Engineering, Inc.
Presentation

Timo Kauppinen
VTT Technologies and Services for Buildings
Presentation
Paper

The speakers in this session present continuous improvement approaches, methods, case studies and findings from multiple, diverse facilities. One presentation reports on an innovative fault detection and diagnostic (FDD) system designed to analyze trend data from the building automation system, identify system faults, alert building staff, and report energy savings from repairing detected faults in three separate existing buildings. The installation of the new FDD system was completed in parallel with a detailed retrocommissioning investigation at these three facilities. The speaker compares building performance and energy savings achieved by artificial neural networks (cloud-based, computerized neural network FDD software) vs. "grey matter" (a traditional EBCx approach), as well as side by side results and feedback on the process, installation and performance of an automated FDD system. The other presentation cites two case studies, each involving a complex district-level control and monitoring center for multiple buildings ranging from schools to office buildings and health centers - a hard-wired system for new construction, and a wireless system installed in existing buildings. Each system ties thousands of occupants together as communities through a centralized system with dispersed sensors. Both the FDD system and the centralized “zonal” control and monitoring system, while distinctly different in kind and application, support overall optimized performance, fault detection and energy management. Topics within these presentations include building automation system integration, data acquisition issues and value potential for users and owners; and consistent energy and systems management.

Whole Building Cx: Energy Strategies & EIS Applications

Michael Chimack, PE QCxP PMP and Craig Engelbrecht
Siemens
Presentation
Paper

Lia Webster, PE
PECI
Presentation

Whole building commissioning starts with a comprehensive energy management strategy that defines energy efficiency and savings goals and optimizes systems and equipment performance. As customers evaluate their needs, the speaker recommends including all major stakeholders in evaluating criteria such as ease and timeliness of implementation; vertical market customization; real-time data integration; level of maturity in terms of building energy optimization; and long-term financial constraints. The speaker shares an approach that leverages a combination of people, process and technology to address each of these individual criteria. The energy information systems (EIS) presentation shows that there are many whole building EIS on the market, with varying claims. The speaker discusses potential applications the EIS may offer in commissioning existing buildings, including detection of equipment faults or system inefficiencies, ensuring persistence of savings, calculating energy savings, and others. The speaker reviews the strategies used by these tools and assess how they best support the commissioning process, focusing particularly on the capacity of various tools in verifying energy savings. The presentation features methods used by these software tools, how the savings they calculate compare to other methods in a series of case studies, and how they relate to IPMVP adherent approaches. Results from a technical assessment of EIS systems available in the market are also highlighted. Discussion includes how the savings results from EIS systems are being used, from performance contracting to persistence tracking to utility programs.

Turning Commissioning Inside Out - An Owner's Quest for High Performance Buildings

John Runkle, PE
Architectural Testing Inc.

Matthias Mueller and Lynn Hinrichs
Divisions of Facilities and Construction Management State of Utah
Presentation

Are you disappointed by or unsure of the energy performance of your new building? The Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management (DFCM) was, so they challenged local and national commissioning firms to collect information on better ways to achieve and verify the performance of buildings. Early on it was clear that the building envelope played a significant part in achieving overall building performance goals and needed to be coordinated with the MEP commissioning effort. Improperly sized equipment, incorrect assumptions on air leakage, and inadequate vapor barriers were all disconnects between the two professional groups - and they weren't talking to each other. A case study on the Holland Centennial Commons at Dixie State College highlights how to achieve building performance through an integrated commissioning effort. Hear and see how DFCM had to change the way they did project planning, procured commissioning agents and educated their architects and contractors in order to achieve the high performance promised.


12:00 p.m.1:15 p.m.

Lunch in Exhibit Hall

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.

Functional Performance Testing: Tools, Rigor and Collaboration

Kent Barber, PE
Keithly Barber Associates
Presentation

David Sellers, PE
Facility Dynamics Engineering
Presentation

This session includes two in-depth presentations: the first offers a tried and proven approach to writing project-specific functional performance test (FPT) procedures with sufficient rigor and repeatability to fully validate systems performance in accordance with the project requirements. This approach, which was developed over 20 years of building commissioning practice, follows a logic progression that utilizes FPT development as a tool for design review, the development of control logic and integration, and the development of Commissioning and Controls Specifications. The second presentation begins by summarizing differences in approach to the intent and process of new construction vs. existing building commissioning, and moves on to describe a case study that details a monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) campus research building project. The presenter suggests "What if" scenarios for HVACR system problems and solutions in existing buildings; functional test components, phases and steps; component level and system level testing hierarchy; and equipment and documentation required for functional testing. Both presentations emphasize the importance of collaboration with the rest of the project team, providing suggestions to identify, assign and work with the team - who should be involved, plus who should be present during testing - and why.

Utility Programs: Part 1

Christopher Plum & Mark Hancock, PE
Center for Energy & Environment
Presentation
Paper

Randy Gunn
Navigant

George Malek, PE
ComEd
Presentation

Two groups of speakers provide utility perspectives and evaluation results for existing building programs in Illinois and Minnesota. The first speakers discuss the results of the State of Minnesota Public Buildings Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program, a federally-funded public agency program limited to government-owned buildings. The program was implemented by the state in multiple utilities' service territories, receiving applications from 900 buildings containing over 31 million square feet located on 68 sites throughout Minnesota. After careful screening, wherein only 60% of applicants qualified as suitable for cost-effective commissioning, the program resulted in average savings of 7.1% over 375 buildings. The speakers present the program features, implementation methods and evaluation process, as well as M&V results and recommendations that will benefit providers involved in similar commissioning programs. The second speakers, representing ComEd and its third-party evaluators, follow up on last year's NCBC report on the evaluation of one Illinois program, expanding to summarize evaluations of several northern Illinois existing building commissioning programs. The speakers present the role of the evaluator; the impact evaluation audit approach and results of EBCx service providers' energy savings calculations; site-specific and overall realization rates; and programs' net-to-gross ratios. This presentation also includes results of process evaluations for the featured programs.

Transition to Stable Operations

Christian Williss
City of Denver
Presentation

Carol Dollard, PE
Facilities Management Colorado State University
Presentation

Facilities staff representatives openly discuss the transitions that take place in a building when occupancy begins. The participants will share what has worked, and not worked, in the commissioning and retro-commissioning processes before and after turn over. The goal of this session is to examine the process and hear the owner’s perspective on what can be done differently during testing, training, turn over and in the warranty phase of commissioning for a successful building. Facility representatives will discuss the state of the building, the documentation and the preparedness of the staff after commissioning services are completed, and how owners and commissioning providers can work together to get it right.

Technology Showcase

Wanda Lenkewich
Chinook Systems
Presentation

Pete Secor
Evergreen Telemetry
Presentation

The QuiCx Project Delivery System has been implemented on hundreds of projects and utilized by thousands of users in the building industry. Over time we have advanced beyond an application that manages basic tasks to a secure, integrated, and sustainable long term solution that spans the complete building lifecycle. Chinook Systems Inc. has been considered by our clients to be a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on building commissioning, computerized maintenance management systems and the secure handling and configuration management of facilities’ record documentation. We are here to help you advance your technology, become more efficient, and expand your opportunities.

Certain wireless technologies have been selected by Honeywell, Siemens, Johnson Controls, and other industry leaders for use in commercial buildings to measure and control air temperature, humidity, and pressure. We will present the key characteristics of these technologies, ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4, and offer tips for successful wireless sensing in TAB and building commissioning.

3:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.

Break

3:30 p.m.5:00 p.m.

Design Phase Cx: Optional or Required?

Bruce Pitts and Jeff Yirak, PE
Wood Harbinger
Presentation

Thomas Anderson, CCP
Cx Associates, LLC
Presentation

This session presents the whys, the hows, and the power of design-phase commissioning - the value of a comprehensive team and strategies for a consequential design review. The session is intended to teach attendees how to use design-phase commissioning to fix problems before construction and to help the design team meet the Owner's Project Requirements (OPR). The speakers address the financial benefits of design review (DR), scheduling DR for maximum benefit, the mechanisms of the design review process, and presentation and communication strategies that enable the design team and owner to fully consider alternative approaches proposed in the design review process. Common challenges and solutions are introduced along with methodology and a process for meaningful design reviews. Anecdotal evidence enlivens this discussion of the BCA's Best Practice documents and LEED's Building Design and Construction (BD+C) requirements that impact cost and value. Participants will come to understand the power of design-phase commissioning, and be able to start applying this quality assurance process to their jobs.

Utility Programs Part 2 - Presentation and Panel Discussion

Moderator
Peter D'Antonio
, PE
PCD Engineering Services Inc.

Derek Shockley
Xcel Energy
Presentation

Dan Reese
PECI
Presentation

Adam Perry
Platte River Power Authority

Jim Zarske
Nexant

Presenters from Xcel Energy (utility) and PECI (energy efficiency program experts) will provide results, program design elements and evaluations of their EBCx programs. The first speaker presents Xcel's EBCx program from the utility perspective. Our second speaker offers the third party implementer's perspective based on designing and implementing multiple existing building commissioning programs on behalf of major California investor-owned utilities

These two speakers will join the PCD Engineering Services facilitator and panel members to examine different approaches and the benefits of utility programs in influencing the market to adopt commissioning practices. The panel will evaluate drawbacks of these programs and discuss how to best structure them to avoid creating a "false market" - as opposed to priming the market to adopt commissioning practice as business as usual. Although focused on existing building commissioning, a portion of the session will also be devoted to examining opportunities for programs supporting the growth of new building commissioning. The panel includes representatives from utilities with diverse program platforms (Xcel Energy and Platte River Power Authority), and nationally recognized and respected energy efficiency consulting firms (PECI and Nexant).

Third Party or In-House Staff?

Mischa Morgera
University of South Florida
Presentation

Pieter Van der Mersch
University of Colorado
Presentation

Participants will be able to hear from owners that have commissioning and retro-commissioning performed by owner's staff. Representatives will relate the successes and failures they see in their commissioning methods as well as explain why they choose to use in-house staff over a third party provider. This discussion will come from the University market perspective, but the principles and lessons learned can be applied to any project or campus facility.

Technology Showcase

Travis Short
sys-tek

Shawn Wattles
Comrent

The Cx/TAB Kit is designed to handle all aspects of a Commissioning and Balancing Project from beginning to end. To better serve our client’s, sys-tek has developed a ground-breaking Commissioning and Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing Software Kit. The Cx/TAB Kit provides a dynamic means of performing TAB/Commissioning projects and provides consistency to the TAB/Commissioning process. The Cx/ TAB Kit automatically creates testing documents and analyzes data collection using built in diagnostic tools. Use of the software potentially cuts the Cx/TAB process times in half. Unique to the software is the graphical representation of data for utilization in documentation turned over to the owner.

Mr. Wattles will describe the applications and value of testing critical power systems with the use of load banks, and will discuss best practices and standards for commissioning new systems and maintaining existing building power systems.

5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Reception

20th National Conference on Building Commissioning (NCBC 2013) agenda.
Time Session Summary & Description - Wednesday, May 8, 2013
7:30 a.m.8:15 a.m.

Experience in Tunnel Commissioning: Case Study

Richard Thorne, PE, CxA
Axiom Engineers
Presentation

Commissioning a tunnel challenges the provider to apply commissioning principles to a completely new environment and uncommon systems. The featured project involved the southbound tunnel in the San Francisco Presidio Parkway Doyle Drive replacement project. This project involved numerous systems that are uncommon for most commissioning projects, and several systems common to other buildings: a split air conditioning unit (no economizer) and two supply fans in the substation. Other commissioned systems include medium voltage transformers, meters, circuit breakers, protective relays; grounding systems, tunnel lighting and motor control centers with soft starters. Special commissioning involved fire and life safety systems, voice and data communication systems, intrusion detection systems, and 24/7 lit signage. The basic commissioning scope of work was extensive and included: training verification, review of O&Ms, factory testing documentation review, pre-functional checklists and functional tests, systems integrated test, and the final report (systems manual). The original scope of work increased to incorporate development of a single line electrical diagram, coordination and planning of all training, phased commissioning, radio rebroadcast training, and additional remote site (Caldecott) integration testing on the fire system. This project covered all aspects of basic commissioning and found numerous deficiencies and issues, ranging from multiple versions of construction drawings to equipment installation, control system, and training, which were resolved through a commissioning team effort.

LEED V4 and Commissioning

Tom Foster
Commissioning WorCx
Presentation

The US Green Building Council has proposed some sweeping changes to the commissioning process in the upcoming version of LEED (4.0). In the initial round of discussions and reviews, the USGBC attempted to introduce building envelope commissioning (BECx), as defined in ASHRAE Guideline 3-2006, as a prerequisite commissioning credit. If BECx had achieved the prerequisite level, it would potentially have doubled the cost of commissioning and brought a whole new group of practitioners into the commissioning industry such as architects and structural engineers. In the final draft, the USGBC reduced the prerequisite scope of envelope commissioning to design review only, with a separate credit for actually commissioning the envelope. In addition, the speaker discusses the effects on the commissioning industry of ASHRAE Standard 189.1 (Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings), which is written in code language and may be adopted in many places. These guides and standards are likely to have a major impact on practitioners. As a current board member of the North Carolina USGBC Chapter and an early adopter of LEED, the speaker has watched transitions taking place and will present breaking changes in how commissioning is perceived (and purchased), and observations about changes that will affect the commissioning industry.

Really Big Chiller Case Study

Leonard Rozek
E Cube Inc.
Presentation

In a 2012 NCBC presentation, the author discussed the case of a 13,000 ton capacity central utility plant (CUP) supplying a 2 million square foot biomedical research campus in Connecticut. This year, he follows up with an expanded look at the facility in operation. The case study illustrates the process used in benchmarking the operations of the CUP, and identifies discoveries of inaccurate data from instrumentation. The author shares lessons learned and corrective actions taken to remove the inaccurate measurements. He provides a summary of the energy efficiency measures developed, approved and implemented, their operation, the resulting energy savings, and costs of implementation. Discussion includes correct operation of variable flow primary/secondary and tertiary pumping, various chiller performance and application, cooling tower siting and control, condenser water temperature control, and application of temperature reset.

8:30 a.m.10:00 a.m.

Out of the Darkness, into the Lighting and Daylighting

James Donson, PE, LC
kW Engineering
Presentation

Lyn Gomes, PE, LEED AP
kW Engineering
Presentation

Joseph Deringer, AIA
Building Science Analytics LLC
Presentation

This session offers three speakers on two aspects of commissioning facility lighting - lighting systems, including electric/electronic controls, and daylighting systems. The first two speakers will lay the foundation for lighting systems commissioning (Part 1), and then focus on the construction phase (Part 2). The first presentation describes impacts of lighting design review and commissioning, using industry standards and real life examples. "Highlights" include early lighting design involvement, along with an overview of the new IES lighting Cx guidelines (DG-29-11); energy and operability implications of early lighting design decisions; a commissioning authority's (CxA) OPR and BOD review methodology for lighting; and a CxA's design review methodology for lighting. Part 2 covers construction phase activities for whole lighting systems (sources and controls), including what to look for in a submittal review; prefunctional testing and opportunities to streamline the process; functional performance testing; and lessons learned from past projects. This speaker will present evaluation criteria and guidance for phases from submittal review through documentation for post-occupancy. The last speaker presents integration of daylighting system commissioning (DL-Cx) into project phases, and compares the latest emerging daylighting standards and requirements. The presentation shows that successful daylighting and its commissioning process must involve an integrated, preventive approach across all building systems, because many daylighting problems are difficult and expensive to fix after installation. Using project examples, this speaker focuses on key DL-Cx activities - identification of daylighting objectives, strategies, technical criteria, metrics and documentation, by delivery phase, from pre-design through operational training.

Have Tools, Will Travel: Cx with a Passport!

Jorge Torres Corto
Empirical Engineering
Presentation

Two providers, experienced in meeting both LEED requirements and government-mandated commissioning in countries "south of the border," share their case studies and knowledge of conditions, opportunities, and challenges to be faced when commissioning buildings in Latin America. For example, recognition of commissioning practices is often low, and is especially challenging within the design community. Government subsidized energy costs are also challenges in creating awareness within the real estate and facility management communities. Project management expectations and/or language can be barriers to timely completion. Climate is distinctly different from the rest of North America. Codes differ. Resources differ. The reduced labor rates and proximity to the world's largest economy has also given Mexico the opportunity to expand its manufacturing square footage, but at the same time transnational companies are demanding more sustainable approaches, both to manufacturing processes and to office space. Water scarcity and Mexico’s current infrastructure have made water management a mandate, from storm water to waste water treatment. This implies that the energy utilized for distribution of potable water, treatment of waste water, distribution of treated water and controlled discharge of storm water are site-based energy requirements. The potential for meeting occupants’ comfort requirements with passive and natural systems is much greater, even during peak seasons, often yielding substantial energy savings. The authors contend that commissioning in these circumstances may be more challenging - but also more rewarding.

Cx in Healthcare

Evan Wyner, PE, CCP
Strategic Building Solutions, LLC

Joseph Lorino, PE
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Presentation

Kenny Reed, PE, CxAP, CEM and Carrie Nordby, QCxPSM
ME Group
Presentation

By definition, healthcare facilities' infrastructures are complex. Building performance is mandated by stringent codes, multiple standards, and a variety of legal healthcare requirements. This session provides an overview, with case studies, of existing building commissioning and new building commissioning of healthcare facilities. The first speakers show case studies, including the existing building commissioning scope for aging VA Medical Center facilities, in a presentation describing the commissioning priorities that must be addressed in any healthcare environment. They describe the process, limitations, and implementation of successful facility improvement measures, as well as a project cost-benefit analysis including energy and non-energy related benefits. The speakers discuss difficulties in obtaining cost effective solutions for equipment that is at the end of its useful life, operation of specialty systems, allowing facilities to keep up with technology, and concerns with testing and implementing changes in a continuously occupied facility. They also provide an overview of strategies for defining the appropriate scope for aging healthcare facilities. The second presentation focuses on the new building commissioning scope, describing hospital-specific priorities related to risk, patient care, early planning, codes and standards, stakeholder involvement, and commissioned systems. The speaker reviews the balance of equipment redundancy and capacity, infection control, equipment failure, planned shutdowns, and code-required risk assessments that are specific to healthcare facilities. He also details additional requirements affecting commissioning authorities that are imposed by state and local codes, accreditation agencies, TJC, and hospital performance criteria beyond typical energy-related systems.

10:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.

Electrical Systems Cx - Reliability and Hidden Dangers

Tony DiLeonardo
Wick Fisher White

Russel Carpenter
Verizon Wireless
Presentation

Catherine Melander, PE
Questions & Solutions Engineering Inc.
Presentation

Reliability is a priority for 911 service and communication centers in the event of catastrophic incidents. So, too, must healthcare facilities function at 100% at all times. These speakers provide insight into design-through-construction phases of commissioning for two different 7x24 mission critical environments – telecommunications networks and hospitals, where power is vital to the operation of equipment and infrastructure. The telecom presentation brings an owner representative from Verizon Wireless to answer such questions as, how does thermography assist with the commissioning process on electrical systems? Why do we need load banks and their connected points? Who should be present during functional testing, and where it should be specified? The speakers will present completed projects along with numerous examples of test procedures and electrical systems commissioning necessary to keep data equipment and mechanical infrastructure reliable. The second presentation explores the what, when why and how of common issues found during commissioning of electrical power systems, many of which are not detectible until a failure or fault occurs. In addition, the presentation looks at the electrical/mechanical system interfaces that are critical in the emergency power system testing and provide examples of the types of mechanical problems discovered during emergency power system testing.

New Codes and Standards: Challenges and Opportunities

Gerald Kettler, PE, CCP
Facility Performance Associates, LLC
Presentation

Maia Speer, PE
Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers
Presentation

Daniel Lemieux
Wiss, Janney Elstner Associates, Inc.
Presentation

These presentations look at new building codes and standards affecting the commissioning industry and commissioning authorities (CxA): the new ASHRAE Standard 202, "The Commissioning Process for Systems and Assemblies," which is nearing completion and soon to be published; the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) that took effect in July 2012; and ASTM Standard 2813-12, "Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning." ASHRAE Standard 202 will set the minimum requirements for the commissioning process and is derived from the process described in ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005. The speaker explains the organization and contents of the standard and its relationship to other standards and guidelines, and its application to construction projects. The CALGreen code sets minimum standards for most new non-residential and residential construction projects in California. It also mandates commissioning for buildings of specified size and project cost. This speaker presents an overview and summary of the CalGreen's sections and major divisions, summarizing commissioning requirements and major changes to current codes. The presentation includes examples of how the code is working and how it's not, how different jurisdictions are interpreting the code, how it's changing design and construction practices, and lessons learned in the first year after adoption. The speaker outlines challenges for building officials, designers, and commissioning providers, along with commissioning provider qualifications and certifications testing currently under development by the International Code Commission (ICC). The final speaker describes the new ASTM 2813-12 Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning. The building enclosure, per ASTM E2813-12, "refers collectively to all materials, components, systems, and assemblies intended to provide shelter and environmental separation between interior and exterior, or between two or more environmentally distinct interior spaces in a building or structure."

Turning Squiggle Lines into Useful Information

Randy Mead, CEM, CMVP
Control Technologies, Inc.
Presentation

Bernard Keister, PE
Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers
Presentation

The speakers present descriptions, integrated disciplines, systems and protocols for trend analysis in new and existing buildings using building automation systems. Whether testing for new construction or running recurring tests on existing buildings, no single battery of tests can capture all of the equipment operation modes in the all of the possible load and seasonal conditions that vary throughout the year in a typical building. Continuous commissioning or monitoring-based commissioning are often cut from first-cost construction budgets, or are not being implemented effectively. For most buildings, useful MBCx is not being put in place. The speaker describes trend logs and a range of other data gathering capabilities typical of a building monitoring system (BMS). commissioning providers, contractors, owners, and engineers will learn the value of using a BMS' constant vigilance to their advantage on their buildings. The speaker describes how to put together the disciplines of data analytics, building automation systems, and measurement & verification protocol to create a robust building automation system re-tuning (BASrx) program that can be deployed as a stand-alone optimization measure, as part of a larger commissioning project, as a measurement & verification application, or as a monitoring based commissioning system (MBCx). Discussion includes a case study, a live MBCx demonstration, and a business model with potential financial savings for commissioning professionals. This presentation closes with "Randy's Rules of Re-tuning", an informative and entertaining look at lessons learned from real projects.

12:00 p.m.1:15 p.m.

Lunch - Keynote

Bob Gohn,
Navigant Research
Presentation

Mr. Gohn will present findings from Navigant Research’s recent Building Optimization and Commissioning Services report, which predicts a jump from $2.2 billion in annual commissioning sales to $4.4 billion worldwide by 2020. The report examines the worldwide market for building commission services, market drivers, barriers, along with global demand-side dynamics. The report also analyzes future technology trends in continuous commissioning.

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.

Fire Life Safety Commissioning

Matthew Klaus
National Fire Protection Association

Douglas Fisher
Fisher Engineering Inc.

David LeBlanc
Rolf Jensen Associates, Inc.
Presentation

How much Fire and Life Safety systems commissioning is included in your Cx plans today? The process is still in its infancy, but with the recent adoption of NFPA 3, “Recommended Practice on Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems,” an industry guideline is now available for owners and commissioning providers. The presenters discuss why the year-old NFPA 3 was developed, and provide a summary of the content including the qualifications of Fire Commissioning Agents (FCxA) and how they fit in into an overall whole building commissioning team and process. Now that this document has been on the streets for a year, what have we learned? Why has NFPA 4, "The Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing" been proposed? How does it differ from NFPA 3? What is the standard's current status? The presenters cover recommended practices and lessons learned from fire protection and life safety systems in new construction and existing building commissioning projects. Actual project examples highlight the effectiveness and benefits of the commissioning process, pitfalls to watch out for, and the differences between standard industry practices - such as acceptance testing – and the NFPA 3 commissioning process.

The Next Generation of Cx - A New World Paradigm?

Jim Magee
Facility Commissioning Group
Presentation

Darren Draper, PE
Epsten Group Inc.

Mark Warren, CCP
WSP USA
Presentation

Two presentations take a look at commissioning from the outside (external pressures on the industry) and from the inside (how to structure your business to accommodate changes on the way). The first speaker introduces potential effects of the recently released International Green Construction Code (IgCC), which is the first model code to include sustainability from design through certificate of occupancy. This code was followed by the ICC Commissioning Guideline to clarify commissioning requirements contained in the IgCC. Exploring new world paradigms for code enforcement of commissioning, the author asks and provides some answers to these important business questions – what does it mean for a commissioning authority to be code compliant? How will local authorities having jurisdiction enforce implementation of code mandated commissioning process? What will codes require in terms of qualifications for commissioning services providers? Will commissioning authorities be required to have extensive knowledge of all codes? What level of liability will this impose on commissioning providers? The second presentation focuses on new challenges that face commissioning authorities within their own businesses, such as staff development; fee pressure; clarity of the services provided; staff training; managing staff nationally and internationally; efficient services delivery. The speakers show a brief presentation and then open each topic to the audience for discussion of strategies that will help commissioning authorities overcome challenges to thrive in an increasingly competitive industry. Sources include USGBC, CALGreen and New York City Local Law 87. Business references are included from the Boston University course on Sustainable Design and Commissioning.

Economizers and VAV Systems: Variable Performance, Constant Problem

Dave Moser, PE
PECI
Presentation

Ron Simens
Facility Dynamics Engineering
Presentation
Paper

Airside economizers are common components of HVAC systems in commercial buildings. However, they are prone to failure, and when they fail it can go unnoticed for years. A recent study showed that restoring performance of airside economizer systems is the most commonly implemented measure as part of existing building commissioning (EBCx) projects. The speaker will present specific examples of applying the EBCx process to airside economizer systems, from the planning phase through ongoing operations. The speaker will discuss methods for evaluating system performance, determining and implementing corrective actions, conducting training and developing and executing ongoing airside economizer maintenance plans. While calibration of the temperature and humidity sensors at the AHU is relatively simple to verify, VAV airflow verification, especially at minimum operation, can become complex. If VAV airflow does not accurately control in minimum mode of operation, several performance issues, which can result in occupant discomfort and excessive energy usage, can occur in building systems. Using material from a retrocommissioning project in a large medical research facility, the presenter identifies practical methods for initial VAV system evaluation. Several VAV airflow measurement methods will be summarized to allow class participants to understand practical VAV performance limitations and operation in minimum mode.

3:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.

Break

3:30 p.m.5:00 p.m.



R/Evolution: 21 years of NCBC and Commissioning Education

Wayne Dunn, PE, PEng
E.W. Dunn
Presentation

Closing Remarks

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

Wayne Dunn has attended and presented at all 21 NCBC conferences. To celebrate its 21st annual event, Wayne will briefly trace NCBC's history - who, what, when, why and how of breaking new ground - and its evolution as the hub for exploration, analysis and education about quality performance in the built environment. He'll summarize who has entered the conversation, and how the industry has gained recognition as a result. Wayne will lay out some of the main commissioning issues and practices presented over the years, describing how some solutions have become embedded in standard commissioning practices and others are continuously under discussion to this day. For example, who really engages in a project's commissioning plan and implementation, and at what point in the building cycle? What issues continue to impact best practices? What emerging issues are affecting today's Commissioning Authorities and their businesses? How has information and technology changed the way you work, from pencil and paper to cloud-based planning and reporting? And finally, Wayne will present his own view of the future for the commissioning industry and for commissioning professionals.