Our President, Rebecca Ellis, has been writing a monthly column in Engineered Systems Magazine since 1998. Read June’s column below: There are two primary reasons building owners find value in the commissioning process. First, successful third-party commissioning delivers a high level of confidence that the building systems meet the owner’s requirements at the end of…

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Our President, Rebecca Ellis, has been writing a monthly column in Engineered Systems Magazine since 1998. Read May’s column below: Last month I wrote that Number 8 in my Top 10 Elements of Commissioning is Training of the future building operators. This month Number 7 is Systems Documentation. These are both critical elements that can be…

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Our President, Rebecca Ellis, has been writing a monthly column in Engineered Systems Magazine since 1998. Read April’s column below: Number 8 in my Top 10 Elements of Commissioning is Training of the future building operators. No matter how technically successful a project’s functional performance testing is, if the people responsible for maintaining proper operation of…

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Our President, Rebecca Ellis, has been writing a monthly column in Engineered Systems Magazine since 1998. Read May’s column below: As discussed in my last three columns (February, March, and April 2021), there are a number of retro-commissioning activities that can be completed remotely. However, there is much to be learned from seeing, touching, and hearing…

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CenterPoint Energy: Energy Efficiency & Technology Conference Webinar By Rebecca Ellis / September 9, 2020, 9:00 am Commissioning or Recommissioning for Energy Efficiency and Improving Overall Building Performance. Rebecca Ellis will present the business case for commissioning & recommissioning for energy savings and improved building performance. Her presentation will include common low cost/no cost energy…

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Energy Exchange 2020 August 10 – 14, 2020 https://www.energy-exchange.com/ From August 10th through the 14th, Questions & Solutions Engineering will be an participating in the virtual Energy Exchange 2020! Thousands of participants, including federal energy management professionals, will convene remotely at the Department of Energy’s largest annual training event. The QSE team plans to showcase…

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On July 13, 2020 Rebecca Ellis will be panelist for a web-based presentation and discussion of re-opening museums in Minnesota during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other participants will include the State of Minnesota Department of Health, the Office of the Governor, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums, and Otter Tail County…

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FirstService Residential Condominium Board Training October 29, 2019 Rebecca Ellis was asked to address a gathering of condominium association board members from about 15 high rise facilities in the Twin Cities. She presented information about a few typical ventilation (makeup air and exhaust) systems and plumbing system types found in high rise multifamily housing. She…

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Energy Exchange 2019 United States Department of Energy Denver, Colorado August 20-22, 2019 Rebecca Ellis presented on the topic of Ongoing Commissioning: An Approach for M&V to Unlock & Sustain Energy Savings. She explored the barriers to implementing Measurement & Verification Plans and how the Ongoing Commissioning process can be used to overcome those barriers. The…

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South Dakota Physical Plant Director’s Conference Office of the State Engineer Pierre, South Dakota June 6-7, 2019 Roger Thue and Rebecca Ellis presented to the entire conference on the topic of Building Systems Retro-Commissioning. After a brief introduction to the retro-commissioning process, Roger and Rebecca shared real project findings, recommendations, and benefits. Roger and Rebecca…

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