Category Archives: Commissioning

Benchmark Testing Explained

by Paul Greenwalt, EIT I recently read an article about the Chicago Archdiocese’s Archbishop Blase J. Culpich announcement that the Archdiocese will be benchmark testing all of their buildings to confirm that they are as energy efficient as they can be. This got me thinking about the benefits of existing building commissioning as well as […]

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Interview with a New Vice President

Bruce Pitts, CPMP, CSBA, LEED AP, was recently promoted to Vice President of Commissioning and Industrial Systems. With over 40 years in the industry and with Wood Harbinger, Bruce has a comprehensive leadership perspective and exceptional breadth of technical expertise. Bruce has led Wood Harbinger’s successful commissioning practice since its inception in the early 1990s.

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Desktop Stereo System: In Pursuit of Excellence

By Jeff Yirak, P.E., CPMP, LEED AP BD+C, O+M In my last post on the subject, I charged a capacitor to install in my desktop car stereo (desk stereo?) system. It’s not much of a system; it’s actually just a 600-watt amplifier bridged for mono channel operation and a 12-inch subwoofer supplementing some typical full-range […]

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Experiments with a Pressure Washer

by Paul Greenwalt, E.I.T A while back I was given a pressure washer for free. The report was that it was no longer building pressure. This seems like a fundamental aspect of a pressure washer. While I love tinkering with small engines and electronics, this one sat in the garage until the walkways and decks […]

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Getting to Know Us: Bruce Pitts

The Wood Harbinger team is made up of diverse and interesting people, who bring all kinds of backgrounds, professional experiences, and insights to our firm. In this blog series, we’ll share a little something about each of the people behind our successful engineering projects. This week, the spotlight’s on Bruce Pitts, CPMP, CSBA, LEED AP […]

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Getting to Know Us: Paul Greenwalt

The Wood Harbinger team is made up of diverse and interesting people, who bring all kinds of backgrounds, professional experiences, and insights to our firm. In this blog series, we’ll share a little something about each of the people behind our successful engineering projects. This week, the spotlight’s on Paul Greenwalt, an engineer with Wood […]

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I Take Charge, and So Does My Capacitor

by Jeff Yirak, P.E., CPMP, LEED AP BD+C, O+M Have you ever wanted to charge a capacitor, but were afraid to do so? Are you afraid of the rapid charge and discharge behavior of these devices? I recently charged a capacitor so I’m here to tell you all about it. Capacitors store energy similar to […]

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Thermochromism: A Novelty with Real Benefits

by Paul Greenwalt, EIT It dawned on me this morning as I was getting my coffee that not many people understand the phenomena of thermal reactivity. My coffee mug is a brilliant little oddity for the scientist, engineer, or anyone mesmerized by marvels. When the mug warms up above a certain temperature the thermochromic paint […]

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Getting to Know Us: Nick Baker

The Wood Harbinger team is made up of diverse and interesting people, who bring all kinds of backgrounds, professional experiences, and insights to our firm. In this blog series, we’ll share a little something about each of the people behind our successful engineering projects. This week, the spotlight’s on Nick Baker, E.I.T., CCP, LEED AP […]

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