VS Energy and our guests discuss the HVAC Commissioning process and the importance of quality commissioning in depth. The commissioning process is often overlooked, performed incorrectly or incompletely, or treated as a checklist at the end of a project. Our team of industry professionals will give insight into personal experiences, best practices, and outline the correct commissioning process throughout the series. We will discuss shared experiences of commissioning failures, corrective actions, and results.
One Size Does'nt Fit All
In this episode Nick, Jim, Mark, and Clay discuss how although there are ASHRAE commissioning guidelines that should always be followed in the commissioning process, specific care should be taken to ensure the commissioning plan is project specific. Often times, commissioning documents are re used from job to job and do not fully reflect the systematic requirements of the facility. Our team of experts discusses the commissioning process in general, the copy and past trap, and much much more. Tune in for a great episode on commissioning!
Should Have Been Caught In Commissioning
In this episode Clay, Mark, Nick, and Jim discuss some common overlooks by commissioning agents that should have been caught during the commissioning process. Our team of experts outline what they think the number 1 cause of missed items in commissioning is, cover some horror stories caused by seeming simple misses, and discuss why attention to detail is critical in the commissioning process. We break the discussion down by systems, and outline the critical items to check and verify in the commissioning process along the way. Tune in for a very fun and informative episode!
Performance Contract Failures
Mark, Nick, and Clay discuss the world of performance contracting in this episode. We break down what a performance contract is in the ESPC (Energy Savings Performance Contract) world, compare and contrast to internally funded energy projects, and cover the risks involved (for the ESCO and owner) in a performance contract. We also dive into some common causes of performance contract failures, outline some cases, and break down the path forward to remediation. Performance contracts can be very successful, but when there are failures, it takes a team of skilled individuals to do the forensic analysis of the project, and help paint the path forward. Our subject matter experts Mark and Nick have many years of experience with performance contracts and provide their opinions and expertise throughout the episode!
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Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing
In this episode Mark, Nick, and Clay discuss the importance of Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing in the Commissioning process. TAB plays a critical role and acts as the foundation for the commissioning process. Through the episode we cover the basics of TAB, how TAB is performed, what some common mistakes are caught in TAB, when the TAB process occurs, and much more. Tune in for a great discussion on the TAB process and relevance to Commissioning.
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A dive into the world of Retro Commissioning
In this episode Mark, Clay, and Nick take a dive into the world of retro commissioning. Retro commissioning is defined as a process to improve the efficiency of an existing building's equipment and systems. It can often resolve problems that occurred during design or construction, or address problems that have developed throughout the building's life as equipment has aged, or as building usage has changed. There are some similarities to re commissioning and even an energy audit but we outline the key differences in all of these. We also cover when retro commissioning should occur, best practices for it, and outline the good, bad, and ugly of retro commissioning. Tune in for a great discussion and to learn about retro commissioning from our industry professionals!
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The Re-Commissioning Process
Join Mark, Clay, and Nick for a dive into the re-commissioning process for HVAC systems. Re-commissioning can be thought of as very similar to the commissioning process, just re-done after a facility has been in operation for some time to ensure a building is operating per original design. We also discuss how critical it is to draw the distinction between re-commissioning and its counterpart retro-commissioning. The re-commissioning process can be done when the facility has not mechanically or functionally changed form the original intention/design. Throughout the episode we cover this process in detail from start to finish, outline what a successful re-commissioning project is, and dive into the do's and dont's of the process.
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