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Existing Building Commissioning Process: Implementing RetroCommissioning on your project

GBCI: 0920001136

Learn about the RetroCommissioning process and how to implement this process on an existing building, with lessons learned from a commissioning professional and Professional Engineers.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LEED AP O+M
  • LEED Green Associate

LEED version: v4

Published on: August 28, 2014

Average: 4.7 (3 votes)
4.666665

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Learn about the RetroCommissioning process and how to implement this process on an existing building, with lessons learned from a commissioning professional and Professional Engineers.

This course will give a quick overview of commissioning and the benefits of commissioning for existing buildings, followed by how to implement RetroCommissioning by walking the participant through each step of the process. Benefits of and difficulties with implementing the commissioning process on existing projects are evaluated. Finally, a sample case study is given by professional engineers, who discuss lessons learned on the Retrocommissioning implementation process.

Objectives

  1. Explain the benefits of commissioning a building
  2. Evaluate existing building opportunities
  3. Demonstrate the RetroCommissioning Process
  4. Determine how to implement retrocommissioning for an existing building, by applying case study knowledge and lessons learned
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Intermediate

Created by

Green Building Services, Inc.
Portland, OR
United States

Leaders

Ted Spear

Associate Principal Green Building Services, Inc.
Mitch Chvilicek, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CxA Senior Commissioning Consultant, Green Building Services
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8 commentsLeave a comment

Commissioning Engineer, Leidos

I would appreciate more educational presentations for the experienced commissioning and energy engineering professionals. This presentation was not educational for me; I've seen the same basic concepts presented dozens of times in the past 15 years. Time to stop repeating Cx basics and start helping each other deliver results that are meaningful and affordable to our clients. The amount of paperwork that this presentation suggests is necessary is way too much!

Also, Cx Providers and Energy Engineers: Please stop using simple payback; it is a meaningless statistic - especially ridiculous when talking about ongoing commissioning. ALL future ownership costs must be considered when evaluating energy efficiency projects, not just predicted energy savings. The best way to assess energy projects in life cycle cost analysis.

Plus, the go/no-go determination in simple payback years in completely arbitrary. In the example given in this presentation, the utility demands that all measues that payback in 4 years be implemented. Why not 5 years? What's better: a 4-year payback with a 5-year life expectancy or a 10-year payback with a twenty-year life expectancy? What about ongoing maintenance cost comparisions between the two choices?

Founder, DCarbon
Pro Reviewer
5

An excellent, highly detailed, step by step process to undertake building commissioning and retro commissioning in buildings. Great (real) photographs and detailed graphs and slides. Good presenter keeps the flow going (even with a little repartition) but at least makes it real.

This course will be very helpful for project team members working on LEED for existing buildings as well as facility managers in charge of building operations as it highlights the importance of building systems commissioning. Additionally, it provides a step-by-step approach of how to implement commissioning process at existing buildings. Consistency in structure, way of presentation and outcomes is clear throughout the course. On a personal basis, this course allowed me to better understand commissioning process at existing buildings.

Owner - Building Sage, KJWW Engineering Consultants PC
Pro Reviewer
4

Well done presentation with detailed process AND excellent examples and images! They do an great job with the total Retro-Commissioning process and describe a good standard-of-care for this kind of a project. The example of a real project with lessons learned was a good addition to the overall presentation.

Senior Commissioning Consultant, Green Building Services, Inc.

Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

Founder & CEO, BuildingWise, LLC
Pro Reviewer
5

An excellent, highly detailed, step by step process to undertake building commissioning and retro commissioning in buildings. Great (real) photographs and detailed graphs and slides. Good presenter keeps the flow going (even with a little repartition) but at least makes it real.

Senior Commissioning Consultant, Green Building Services, Inc.

We appreciate your kind words.

Very useful overview of the commissioning process for me.
I am involved in a similar type project retrocommissioning activity now with a certified commissioning agent.
This course supported my learing in this area.

Senior Commissioning Consultant, Green Building Services, Inc.

Thanks for the comment. I am happy that this course supported your learning of existing building commissioning.

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