Author Archives: Shaun May

The Blackout Test: Coordinated Testing for Complicated Utility Infrastructure

by Shaun May, EIT, CEM This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. We spend the vast majority of our lives within the built environment. We put our trust in buildings, bridges, and utility infrastructure, and sometimes take for granted that they will safely meet our needs. It’s really only in times of emergency […]

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Cradle to Grave Sustainability: Electric Vehicle Batteries

by Shaun May, EIT, CEM, and Mitchell Hughey This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. An oft-undiscussed element of sustainability in the built environment is the “cradle to grave,” concept—that is, the sustainability factor of not only a finished product, but the impact throughout the lifespan of all products and materials, from production, […]

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Back to Basics for Energy Code-Required Commissioning

by Shaun May, EIT, CEM and Jacob Odell This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. The latest Washington State Energy Code (WSEC 2015) requires Fundamental Commissioning performed by a Certified Commissioning Professional. For many of our clients, commissioning isn’t a new concept—projects pursuing LEED require Fundamental Commissioning, so if you’ve participated in a […]

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Mechanical Systems that Deliver More with Less

by Shaun May, EIT, CEM and Paul Greenwalt, EIT. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Mechanical design is going through a shake-up as energy efficiency and multi-use, flexible spaces become higher priorities in many building types. The latest Washington State Energy Code (WSEC 2015) is also driving major change.

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The Path to Enlightenment: Energy Metering and Management

by Shaun May, EIT, CEM This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Energy management is a hot topic in today’s business climate, and also a growing interest of mine. I spent last year studying to become a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and am proud to say that as of May 2017, I am […]

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Adventures in Homebrew

by Shaun May, EIT If you drink beer, read on. If you truly love beer, like my colleague Ben and I, read on. But be forewarned, this tale is not about why you should love beer. This tale is about deepening a love that has already taken hold. A love brewing inside, bubbling, frothing, steeping. […]

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An Engineer’s Guide to PC Builds

by Shaun May, EIT In addition to being a commissioning engineer at Wood Harbinger, I am a landscape photography hobbyist and freelancer. I aspire to capture the highest quality images of the most beautiful and rare natural moments… sunrises, sunsets, and the stars from remote locations, and in addition infuse digital art to bring the […]

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An Active Approach to Passive House Design

by Shaun May, EIT This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Back in October 2016, the AIA Seattle’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) gathered for a “Sustainability Slam,” which I attended. The evening featured many informative presentations. Two of them, by NK Architects, caught my attention. They both focused on Passive House building […]

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Price v. Preparation: The Growing Importance of Qualifications-Based Selection

by Shaun May, EIT This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Highly tuned building systems offer the promise of energy efficiency and conservation. This often results in cost savings to building owners through reduced energy consumption and capitalized utility company incentives as well as contributes to meeting building codes, benchmarking policies, and green […]

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