RON WILKINSON, PE, LEED AP, CPMP

RON
WILKINSON, PE, LEED AP, CPMP
Principal,
Wilkinson Commissioning Management
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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.

Articles
HVAC in Popular Movies: Did Hollywood Get It Right?
Hollywood long has been known for—ahem—taking liberties with the truth (just ask any composite character). In this video gallery, longtime HPAC Engineering Editorial Advisory Board member Ron Wilkinson, a professional engineer who moonlights as a film critic, takes a look at 13 movies and three TV series whose makers were not about to let HVAC fundamentals get in the way of a good story.
DDC Gain Without the Pain 
For Class A office buildings, which compete for the most prestigious tenants and command the highest rents, expectations are considerable. No one makes allowances for, say, a Class A building’s age or the types of systems installed. And so it is for 345 California Center, a 48-story, mixed-use property in San Francisco’s financial district. Looking to keep down costs while improving the tenant experience and making a statement about how technology is being applied to make the building work smarter and better, Chief Engineer Tim Danz sought to upgrade from pneumatic controls dating from the facility’s mid-1980s completion to direct digital control.
Commissioning Provisions of the International Green Construction Code
The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) is the first internationally acknowledged code focused on high-performance buildings. It contains a comprehensive and detailed treatment of high-performance-building strategies, including energy conservation and commissioning (Cx). The author of this article, a communicating member of the working committee that developed the Cx portions of the IgCC, discusses the intent of the Cx sections.
New York City's Greener, Greater Buildings Plan 
In December 2009, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed the four legislative components of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. These laws are setting the pace for commissioning in the heavily inertial world of American building design and construction. This article reviews the impact these laws have had on the commissioning community in New York City and beyond.
The Case for Commissioning Existing Buildings 
Existing-building commissioning (EBCx) has been slow to gain acceptance in the operations-and-maintenance (O&M) community, partly because EBCx often is confused with O&M/preventive maintenance.
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.
The Adventures of Johnny Tundra, Cold-Weather Engineer: Controller
Riding along the snow-covered road on the way to Rock Springs, Mont., was just as peaceful as could be. The road was in poor repair, but the snow and ice had filled in most of the potholes to where the ride was smooth enough. Winter sub-zero temperatures had made way for more moderate spring weather, at least slightly above freezing. Johnny Tundra's trusted basset hound, Gas Train, was riding next to him in the cab, asleep as usual. A bump in the road raised the hound to semi-consciousness and caused a general relocation of his capacious jowls. "No need to get excited," Johnny said.
The Adventures of Johnny Tundra, Cold-Weather Engineer: Pipe Chase
Johnny Tundra was headed home after finishing his latest commissioning project in Miles City, Mont. The flat prairie highway stretched out ahead of him was packed with snow and ice and was flanked on both sides by frozen and forbidding mesas. The setting sun poked over the Crazy Mountains to the west and shed a frosty stream of light through the frigid December air. The cab of Johnny's truck, the International Harvester Scout, was warm despite the outdoor-air temperatures hovering around zero.
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.


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