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Experience the day-to-day activities of the Commissioning Process (CxP), from pre-design through the first year of operation. Developed by the Building Commissioning Association (BCA), this course features in-depth discussion and workshop activities to help you implement each task. Prior understanding of the CxP, as defined by ASHRAE Guideline 0, is highly recommended.
Learn how to:
- Implement the full Commissioning Process from planning through first year of operation
- Apply best practices to improve project outcomes
- Create OPR documents, review drawings efficiently, develop targeted checklists and tests, and much more
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the step-by-step application of the Commissioning Process (CxP) in every project phase. Learn the full scope and procedures of a true CxP effort as you progress through an example project from planning through first year of operation. Follow the process defined by ASHRAE Guideline 0, with interactive, practice-based learning opportunities.
Who Should Attend?
- Commissioning authorities and managers: You will gain practical experience in every stage of the CxP, giving you an advantage over your competition.
- Project managers, owners, and facilities staff: Become an educated consumer of commissioning services. You will be able to request the services that meet your project needs or develop your internal skillsets.
- Architects, engineers, contractors, and other project team members: Experience the CxP from the provider's point of view. You will be able to integrate your efforts on future projects for greater benefits and improved profit margins.
MONDAY (8 AM to 5 PM)*
Winning the Work–An Overview of the Business Side of Commissioning
- Business aspects of commissioning
- Ways to attract clients
- Key selling points
- How to identify target markets
- Introduces the "Class project" that will take participants through every stage of the commissioning process during the five-day course
Determining the Owner's Needs–Developing the Owner's Project Requirements
- What the OPR includes
- Why it's important
- Methods available for creating the OPR
- Experience an OPR workshop
Creating the OPR Document
- Summarizing workshop results
- Creating narratives, performance criteria, measurable goals
- "Red flags" when reviewing OPRs
Forming the Commissioning Team
- How and why to form a commissioning team
- Roles and responsibilities
- How to help an owner select an architect/engineer
- How to develop a communication plan
Pulling It All Together–Formalizing Commissioning Using a Commissioning Plan
- Purpose of a CxPlan
- How to develop the CxPlan
- Example CxPlan
TUESDAY (8 AM to 5 PM)
Meet Your Architect and Engineer
- Addition of the A/E to the "project" team
What's a Basis of Design and Why Do We Need One?
- Purpose and content of the BoD
- Example BoD discussion
Helping the Design Team Deliver High Quality
- Tools to help the design team
- Design reviews
Workshop Design Review
- Workshop design review of the "class project" plans
Preparing for the Construction Phase, Part I
- Pre-construction phase activities
- Preparing for verification checks
Preparing for the Construction Phase, Part II
- Functional test procedure development
- Planning for O&M requirements
Note: A one-hour orientation session for the UW-Madison commissioning exam begins at the end of class Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY (8 AM to 5 PM)
Test Procedure Group Project
- Participants develop a basic test procedure using information available at this stage in a project
How to Make Your Job Easier–Integrating Commissioning into the Process
- Commissioning specifications and their role in the overall process
- How to develop and integrate Cx specifications
- Purpose and benefit of integrated specs
Requesting, Reviewing, and Using Submittals
- Role of submittals
- Why submittal review is important
- How to request and review submittals
- How submittals play a role in upcoming commissioning activities
Tracking Checklist Completion
- Value of tracking
- What information tracking provides
- How tracking checklists aid in scheduling construction phase activities
Team Meetings and Conflict Resolution
- Techniques for effective team building
- Conflict avoidance and resolution
- Commissioning team meetings
Site Visit Procedures
- Tools and skills necessary to plan and execute a commissioning site visit
- Importance of regular site visits
- Knowledge that is gained
- Effect on other members of the project team
THURSDAY (8 AM to 5 PM)
Integrating Commissioning with TAB Activities
- Providing value to the owner
- Understand the distinction between TAB and the commissioning process
Performing Test Procedures
- Testing techniques for a variety of system types
Testing Real Systems–Hands-On Exercises; Test Intro
- Group activity session
- Hands-on testing experience at the course location
- Why and how to maintain regular, organized reports
- Ways to resolve issues
FRIDAY (8 AM to 3 PM)
Assuring Quality O&M Documentation and Training
- Importance of quality documentation and training
- Features that identify documentation or training as high-quality
Occupancy and First Year of Operation
- Commissioning authority's role
- What types of issues or problems to expect
- How to maintain involvement with the owner and project
- Developing and executing seasonal tests
- Preparing and executing the warranty review
Continuous Commissioning, Recommissioning, and Retro-Commissioning
- Differences between these concepts
- Implications of each
Spreading the Word–Final Report and Case Studies
- Value and importance of the final report and case studies
- Elements that go into the final report
- Audience report
- Value of the report to the life of the building and project
Planning a "Lessons Learned" Meeting
- Meaning and purpose
- Benefits available to all team members
Dr. Ian McIntosh is a Program Director for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Office of Engineering Professional Development (EPD). He joined the EPD Facilities and Building Systems team in December 2020 after being a frequent lecturer and course developer for the past 20 years. His responsibilities include teaching, directing and business development for commissioning certification courses related to project management, existing buildings, and building enclosures. He is also the owner and founder of ianTEACH LLC, which provides innovative and strategic performance-based training and coaching to engineers, architects, construction and facilities management professionals in various sectors of the national building industry.
He is a BCA Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) with over twenty years of dedicated experience in Total Building Commissioning (a Quality Assurance/Quality Control process) and has managed numerous energy, commissioning, retro-commissioning, and LEED® commissioning projects throughout the nation. As a Commissioning Provider and Mechanical Engineer, Dr. McIntosh has prepared and led several Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR) workshops, written and integrated numerous commissioning specifications, co-invented and implemented electronic bar-coded checklists, system manuals and tracked owner cost savings. He has also executed hands-on in-depth field work, performed functional performance testing of complex HVAC systems/subsystems and coordinated full-scale operation & maintenance (O&M) and user training programs.
Ian holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of the City University of New York (CCNY) and earned his Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Solar Energy Lab at UW-Madison. He and his wife of 16 years like to spend quality time with their four children.
Chad S. Grindle is Senior Manager of Technical Services for Cellular Dynamics International. He is a licensed professional engineer with over 16 years of experience as a consultant developing, managing and implementing the commissioning process for a diverse, national client base.
Today Mr. Grindle applies his knowledge and experience with the commissioning industry in the management of facility design, maintenance and operations for Cellular Dynamics International (CDI), an industry leader in autologous stem cell research, development, and manufacturing. Currently, Mr. Grindle's efforts includes adaptation of the commissioning process to facilitate validation efforts for CDI's new cGMP facility and headquarters in the Madison area, as well as several expansion and adaptation projects with CDI's current facilities.
Carl Lundstrom is the Director of Energy Services and Solutions at Dewberry, with over 35 years’ experience in the energy, sustainability, and building commissioning industry. In this capacity, he manages the development of projects for federal & private customers related to energy and sustainability improvements such as commissioning and retro-commissioning, design-build upgrades, energy audits and use assessment, energy modeling and daylighting analysis, energy measurement and verification, renewable energy design, USGBC LEED MEP design, lifecycle cost analysis, EPA Energy Star Application, energy management dashboards, building automation systems, utility monitoring and control systems, and monitoring based commissioning. Carl is experienced with managing major IDIQ contracts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and GSA. Carl is a member of the Building Commissioning Association. He is a former President and board member of the Association.
Stephen is a commissioning expert with over 30 years’ experience engineering, constructing, commissioning, operating, and maintaining buildings and systems. He brings deep engineering understanding and hands-on perspective to diagnosing problems and optimizing buildings. Stephen’s experience includes hundreds of new construction and renovation projects, variously as contractor, engineer, and owner. Prior to starting Stephen Turner Inc. in Providence in 2009, Stephen joined CTG Energetics, a large nationwide commissioning practice, in 2005 where he led commissioning teams on large complex projects nation-wide. Stephen worked at Brown University from 2000 to 2005 and was the commissioning coordinator for all major capital projects. He developed the University’s campus-wide commissioning program, site utilities master plan, and campus metering plan. He has provided commissioning services in over one hundred buildings across the USA and around the world.
Joy Altwies, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP+, is a program director for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Engineering Professional Development (EPD).
For over 15 years, Dr. Altwies has developed and taught continuing education courses emphasizing high-performance building design and construction, mechanical system design and operation, energy efficiency, and commissioning. She also develops and teaches graduate courses in the Master of Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) degree program.
Prior to joining the University, Joy worked as a consulting engineer focusing on green building projects and commissioning. She is an active member of ASHRAE and the US Green Building Council. Joy holds a Bachelor and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and earned her Doctorate in Environment and Resources at UW-Madison. Her interdisciplinary research investigated the impact of building energy code policies on technology adoption in the commercial and residential building sectors.
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Leading the Commissioning ProcessCourse #: RA00846
Leading the Commissioning ProcessDate: Mon. March 02, 2020 – Fri. March 06, 2020
Fee covers morning and afternoon breaks, scheduled lunches, and course materials
- CEU: 3.8
- GBCI: 38
- PDH: 38
- LU/HSW: 38
Leading the Commissioning ProcessDate: Mon. November 11, 2019 – Fri. November 15, 2019
Fee covers morning and afternoon breaks, scheduled lunches, and course materials
- CEU: 3.8
- GBCI: 38
- PDH: 38
- LU/HSW: 38
Leading the Commissioning ProcessDate: Mon. February 04, 2019 – Fri. February 08, 2019
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