I am proud and excited to announce that HPAC Engineering will sponsor its first Commissioning Green Buildings (CGB) Conference and Expo Oct. 21 and 22 in Las Vegas. CGB will be co-located with the fifth annual Engineering Green Buildings (EGB) Conference and Expo at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Both conferences will feature excellent networking opportunities, cutting-edge educational sessions, and an exposition featuring the latest green technology and products.
So why CGB? For one, the green-building and sustainability initiative is gaining momentum. Green buildings have more value in the real-estate market and save energy. CGB also is a perfect bookend to EGB. As Portland Energy Conservation Inc. wrote in a paper titled "Commissioning to Meet Green Expectations," commissioning and green-building design have three things in common:
Another important reason for launching CGB is that attaining the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in a new or existing building has become the gold standard for verifying building performance. Therefore, commissioning takes on an even more important role to ensure that a new building's mechanical systems are achieving optimal performance.
Earning LEED certification for any of the nation's 5 million existing non-residential buildings represents a great opportunity for facility owners and managers, as well as mechanical-systems engineers and designers. Retrocommissioning, or ongoing commissioning, is essential to improving and optimizing building performance for existing buildings.
Plus, the size of the commissioning market is staggering. A study by FMI Corp., a consulting firm for the construction industry, reported that the commissioning market for new buildings increased from $114 million in 2001 to $806 million in 2004, a growth of more than 600 percent. FMI forecasts the commissioning market will grow another 65 percent over the next three years to become a $1.3 billion segment of the construction industry.
So there you have it--EGB and now CGB. The time is right.
Make sure to check HPAC Engineering and www.hpac.com for details.