Wilkinson Commissioning Management

The founding principal of Seattle-based Wilkinson Commissioning Management, Ron Wilkinson, PE, LEED AP, CPMP, is the author of the first commissioning training program for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for New Construction and Major Renovations Green Building Rating System and the founding recording secretary for ASHRAE Guideline Project Committee 0.2/1.2, The Commissioning Process for Existing Building Systems and Assemblies/The Commissioning Process for Existing HVAC&R Systems. An ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer and an American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Lecturer, he has spoken on commissioning practices internationally. He is a longtime member of HPAC Engineering’s Editorial Advisory Board.

Commissioning for Schools
The commissioning (Cx) quality-assurance process is especially important for schools not only because our children deserve the healthiest and most productive indoor environments, but because in many parts of the United States, Cx is mandated by law for public and private educational facilities. What's more, school expenses are under increasing scrutiny, and Cx is an important part of minimizing energy use.
Commissioning Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them 
Avoiding these errors will help lower costs and make the commissioning process more useful to the design/bid/build team.
Commissioning and the IGCC
In March, the International Code Council issued the first public version of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC). Although only a first draft, the IGCC is a commendable effort toward raising the bar in building quality. In particular, it is encouraging to see the commissioning quality-assurance process defined more extensively than in previous codes and guidelines.
LEED Commissioning: The Old and the New
2009 saw the rollout of a major evolution in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green-building rating systems.
Existing-Building Commissioning (EBCx) 
Accounting for about 40 percent of energy consumption in the United States and contributing more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than entire nations, existing buildings are becoming the proverbial elephant in the room of energy security. Few had the benefit of commissioning when built and even fewer have undergone existing-building commissioning.
LEED and O&M Budgets
Across the United States, owners are looking to have their existing buildings certified under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System without bankrupting their operation-and-maintenance budgets. The only way for them to reach that goal is to meet the requirements of LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (O&M) 2009.
Sustainable Ventilation in High-Rise Office Buildings 
When it comes to energy, the tendency is for owners of high-rise office buildings to charge tenants for all consumption and make no improvements. This is unfortunate, as opportunities for energy conservation—and, thus, carbon-dioxide (CO2) reduction—through the regulation of ventilation air abound, bringing with them money-saving and public-relations benefits for both owners and tenants.
LEED Commissioning for New and Existing Buildings
The U.S. Green Building Council operates 10 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating Systems. Eight of those systems require commissioning. The other two do not. This article compares and contrasts the eight that do.
Finer Points of Specifying Cooling Towers 
This article discusses open-tower vs. closed-tower design, water treatment, location, and other considerations that play a part in cooling-tower selection.
Plan Early for LEED Commissioning 
Part and parcel of winning a U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification is the auditing of submittal materials to ensure compliance with certification requirements. Unlike an IRS audit, this doesn’t have to be a heartache.
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