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Commissioning for Design-Build Project Delivery

by Nick Baker, P.E., CCP, GPCP, LEED AP BD+C and Jeff Yirak, P.E., CCP, GPCP, LEED AP BD+C This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. A few years ago, Nick Baker wrote an article outlining how different project delivery methods affect the commissioning provider’s relationships with the project owner, design team, and contractor. We […]

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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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The Many Aspects of Fire Protection Design Analysis

by Mike Lehner, P.E. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. The fire protection discipline covers a broad spectrum of systems and building design considerations. A fire protection engineer is knowledgeable about conventional fire suppression and fire alarm systems, egress systems (exits, exit door hardware, emergency lighting, exit signs, and wayfinding signage), building […]

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Tricks of the Trade for Hydraulic Calculation

by Mike Lehner, P.E. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. NFPA 13, the standard for sprinkler system installations, requires that the sprinkler system designer perform a hydraulic calculation to verify that the system is sized correctly for its specific application. This involves determining the total friction losses in the system and ensuring […]

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Simplification for Sustainability: Power over Ethernet (PoE)

by Bob Eastman This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. A term heard more and more in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) system world is “Power over Ethernet,” or PoE. PoE is a network technology that uses a single network cable from a PoE network switch to deliver both power and network […]

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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 Road Less Traveled: the Monitoring-Based Commissioning Option

by Jacob Odell This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. LEED v4 launched in late 2013 with substantial changes to the LEED Green Building Design and Construction certification system, including many that affected commissioning program requirements needed to achieve certification. 2017 is really the first year we’re starting to see LEED v4 in […]

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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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Knowledge is Power: How Data Can Improve Space Efficiency

by Bob Eastman This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Space planning and building system design involve a cycle of questions, answers, and new questions based on those answers. The ultimate question: How is this space to be used and will that use change over time? We design based on studied evidence, but […]

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