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2018 December Building Commissioning Workshop


Commissioning has evolved over the last 20 years from an HVAC system start-up and testing process to a whole building quality assurance/quality control exercise. It’s also required by the current Washington State energy code.

As the commissioning service evolves, so does the way commissioning providers apply the process, as well as who is involved in it. To be truly successful and for the benefits to persist, the process must not only integrate the systems and equipment serving the facility, It also needs to integrate all of the players involved with the conception, design, construction, operation and day to day use of the facility.

If you’re a facilities operator or manager, owner’s rep, engineer, architect, contractor, subcontractor, testing and balancing technician, or a commissioning provider yourself, you will play a vital role in the success of the commissioning process on the next project you touch. Come find out how you can play your part well!

Join us for an interactive, one-day workshop that will cover all aspects of the commissioning process from project start to finish. Through a variety of group activities and in-depth scenarios hosted by boots-on-the-ground commissioning professionals, attendees will be immersed in the commissioning process, learning more about commissioning team roles and responsibilities, major commissioning milestones, what to look for during testing and troubleshooting, and the transition from project to ongoing operations.

Attendees will gain valuable practical insight on skills, strategies, and communication and documentation protocols essential to applying the process on "real world" projects.

The bulk of the workshop will be interactive exercises built around Sketchup models of the central plant and mechanical systems serving the Hyjend Hotel, a 566 room high-rise where the operating team has initiated a retro commissioning process. During the course of the exercise, the attendees will explore the mechanical spaces with the instructor, looking for the clues that point to the 40 plus retro commissioning opportunities that exist in the models in a mock scoping exercise.

Following the scoping exercise, the instructor will work interactively with the attendee to develop some of the opportunities that are identified, including:

•Discussing and illustrating how the necessary field data would be collected and analyzed using basic spreadsheet tools and free industry resources.

•Discussing and illustrating how an implementation scope of work would be developed to capture the savings,

•Discussing and illustrating how the implementation would be verified to ensure that the desired outcome had been achieved.

While the exercise is built around a mock retro commissioning project, the technical skills that will be applied are common to virtually all forms of commissioning, from design phase through construction and ongoing operations.

The attendees will be able to fully participate in the exercises by watching the materials projected by the instructor. However, past experience has shown that some attendees like to have copies of the models and spreadsheets so they can follow-along on their own personal laptops. Towards that end, SketchUp and Excel files will be made available on a website the morning of the class so that those attendees who are so inclined can download them and work along with the instructor during class on their own laptops. There will also be a USB drive available with the files on it at the classroom.

To use the models, attendees will need to have a copy of SketchUp installed on their laptops: Please visit http://www.av8rdas.com/sketchup-models.html to find necessary files and instructions.

If you do choose to do this, please understand that there will likely not be much to support you directly in working with the models in the class room. So, you will be on your own to some extent.

But all you need to know is how to navigate in the models, which is pretty easy to pick up for most people. The web page at the link above provides links to tutorials to help get you up to speed. Ultimately, if you run into difficulties, you will still be able to fully participate via the projected imagery and spreadsheets that will be used during the workshop.


Facility Dynamics Engineeringspecializes in providing optimal building performance to facilities and their control systems through the commissioning process. For nearly 30 years ago, our team has demonstrated that a building can operate the way it was designed to or with certain measures, even better than its intended design. With numerous repeat clients and a portfolio of over 4,000 projects, our team of engineers is comprised of former owners, superintendents, and facility managers allowing our owner-focused approach to successfully lead every project with a unique understanding of all involved stakeholders.

As a gifted educator and speaker,David Sellers, PEhas secured his niche in the commissioning community as a leader in commissioning and controls design by making the holistic commissioning process an imperative element of a successfully run building. He leads many of our seminars on controls design offering over 40 years of hands-on experience to a growing number of operators who are best trying to understand and operate buildings while meeting the goals of improved comfort, seamless operation, and at times, energy and financial savings. A testament to his commitment to the commissioning community is his multiple sessions at the National Conference on Building Commissioning, the on-site development and training work associated with the Marriott Advanced Engineering Program, and multiple Pacific Energy Center workshops. In 2017, David was the recipient of the Benner Award which recognized outstanding performance in ensuring that commissioning is seen as “business as usual” in the commercial building industry.

Wood Harbingeris a multidiscipline engineering and commissioning firm with 50+ years of experience in the Pacific Northwest. Their commissioning project portfolio includes healthcare, education, military, and transportation projects, including the SR-520 Floating Bridge and major installations at Naval Base Kitsap. PresenterShaun May is a Professional Electrical Engineer and Certified Energy Manager with a passion for the collaborative nature of the modern commissioning process.


December 5th, 2018


8:00am to 5:00pm


Wood Harbinger
929 108th Ave NE, Suite 1000


Member Cost: $325.00 (includes GST)
Non-Member Cost: $400.00 (includes GST)

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