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Mckew H.,IPD Group andover
Engineered Systems | Year: 2010

The importance of an improved framework for building operating decisions is discussed. When a facility manager takes over a project at the end of construction, he will most likely not have either a well documented operating budget or a month-to-month energy consumption profile to measure actual building system performance. It is very popular and politically correct to initiate energy retro-commissioning project with the goal of reducing a building carbon footprint, while these same building owners continue to overlook the need to include operating budgets, month-to-month energy consumption profiles, and/or PM work-order systems on capital project. Experience has shown that building programs do not want to fund the measurement and verification credit because it requires an investment to monitor, measure, and report on the building's energy performance during the warranty. Source


McKew H.,IPD Group andover
Engineered Systems | Year: 2010

Experts suggest that the back2basics (B2B) educational program needs to be modified to encourage energy retro-commissioning activities. Energy retro-commissioning projects are gaining significant popularity, as they have the potential to prevent climate change and minimize its adverse impacts on the environment. It is essential for the B2B program to focus on improving HVAC systems, while making efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The educational program needs to be re-designed to help in overcoming some of the key issues associated with reducing energy consumption and its associated carbon emissions while improving space comfort and operating costs. The program will continue to follow the data collection process by showing the importance of documenting existing air and water operating conditions. Source


McKew H.,IPD Group andover
Engineered Systems | Year: 2010

A consultant engineer can gain profit by asking what a contractor needs from his construction documents and designs. Computerized drafting standards and master specifications are easy to create and a consultant can always add more to his drafts by simply clicking and saving. Design engineers must sit down with contractors who are frequently hired to furnish and install the engineer's design and ask the builders what is needed for the construction documents. They should consult prior to start CAD software program or master specification electronic document. The consultant should ask their contractors not tell them so as to gain maximum profit. Source


McKew H.,IPD Group andover
Engineered Systems | Year: 2010

Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E., integrated project delivery facilitator for the IPD Group, RDK Engineers, discusses about energy technician course in building automation for technical high schools. McKew says that these technical courses are aimed to increase communication skills, English, writing, and public speaking of the prospective mechanical engineers aiming for a profession in the building industry. The foundation of the energy technician education course include understanding automatic temperature control sequences of operation, occupancy scheduling of specific rooms, and scheduling of systems, setpoints, and lighting controls. The technical course also include infrared scanning of equipment, panels, distribution, and building envelope, troubleshooting problematic systems, maintenance and repair of control devices, and understanding utility bills and cost of energy. Source

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