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.

The Adventures of Johnny Tundra, Cold-Weather Engineer: Unit Ventilator
It was an early winter in Angela, Mont. Although only mid-November, the surrounding peaks of the Judith Mountains to the west were already capped in snow. The wind kicked up vaporous wisps of powder in the crisp morning air.
The Adventures of Johnny Tundra, Cold-Weather Engineer: Butterfly Valve
Johnny Tundra knew from the sound of his cell phone that it was trouble. Nobody would call him at 5:30 p.m. on a Friday except somebody who was in trouble with a legislature in session at the state capitol in Helena, Mont.
The Adventures of Johnny Tundra, Cold-Weather Engineer: Damper Blades
It was a brisk February morning and Johnny Tundra, the engineer from Big Timber, was on the road to Angela, Mont. The wind was kicking up a bit across the prairie, sweeping the snow across the highway in blankets of undulating white. The sun was bright enough to blind, and inside Johnny's International Harvester Scout station wagon it was easy to forget the outside temperature, failing to make it above zero.
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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