Tag Archives: Existing Building Commissioning

What If? Commissioning Team’s Dream Commissioning Job

by Nick Baker, P.E., CCP, GPCP, LEED AP BD+C; Shaun May, EIT, CEM; and Jacob Odell This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. This month, we let our commissioning team’s imaginations run wild to answer the question, “What if you could do any kind of commissioning job…what would it be?” True to form, […]

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The Big Picture Perspective: Whole Building/Whole Campus Facility Condition Assessment

by Nick Baker, P.E., CCP, GPCP, LEED AP BD+C, Shaun May, EIT, CEM, and Jacob Odell This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Over the last six months, we have noticed a substantial increase in facility owners seeking facility condition assessment services.

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Getting Beyond “It’s Been Like That For Years”: Systems Assessment

by Nick Baker, P.E., CCP, GPCP, LEED AP BD+C, Shaun May, EIT, CEM, and Jacob Odell This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Facility condition assessments are a proactive path towards assuring that building systems are operating the way they should be (per design) and/or the way they need to be (per facility requirements) […]

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Monitoring-based Commissioning: A ‘Boots on the Ground’ Perspective

by Nick Baker, EIT, CCP, GPCP, LEED AP BD+C This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. The practice of commissioning is all about assuring that building designs meet the needs of the owner and end-users, that installed systems meet the design intent, and that these systems also function optimally at startup and over […]

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Existing Building Commissioning: “Surprise Management”

by Jeff Yirak, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, O+M of Wood Harbinger. This article adapted from a presentation given at a WSSHE Puget Sound Chapter Energy Conservation seminar on September 17, 2014. View the PowerPoint version here. Change is inevitable, and this is true for something as seemingly inanimate as a building. Small modifications, improvement, or […]

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Seattle Sustainability Summit

By Jeff Yirak, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, O+M I attended bisnow’s recent Seattle Sustainability Summit on August 27th. Having never been to one of these events before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I donned my taupe sport coat and met a great group of people at the Four Seasons Seattle. I arrived early […]

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Avoid Surprises with Existing Building Commissioning

By Jeff Yirak, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, O+M This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Alexander Graham Bell got it right when he said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Whether new construction or remodels and tenant improvements, successful construction projects are planned, executed, monitored, and checked. When building a […]

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Can Existing Building Commissioning solve all of your current facility headaches?

By Jeff Yirak, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, O+M How many stories begin with “it was a dark and stormy night”?  With a classic opening like that, the story could go anywhere, right?  I have a new classic opening line for consideration: “we want you to come and see if you can figure out what’s wrong”.  […]

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