New Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus- Inside Look

High Performance Buildings recently published an article on the new Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus.  The campus was designed to reflect three key priorities: human environment, the local ecosystem, and a climate neutral future.  Additionally, the new campus serves as a central hub for employees that were previously located in five different offices.  Total cost of ownership was used to determine the major HVAC and water system design specifications.  An energy model of the design specifications versus ASHRAE 90.1-2004 baseline predicted a cost savings of 34% and energy savings of 40%.  The article provides a detailed lessons learned section as well as IEQ, site and water, transportation and materials.  One issue that continually is a challenge in construction is waste management.  This project successfully diverted 96% of the construction waste preventing 15,900 tons of debris from entering the landfill. In the end, the campus won awards for their design from ASHRAE, IES, and LEED platinum certification.

 

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Refrigeration Commissioning Guide Seeks to Ensure Systems Work Right–Free Download Available | ashrae.org

“Sixty percent of energy use in supermarkets is attributed to refrigeration, and studies have shown commissioning could result in 7 to 25 percent energy savings. A new guide from ASHRAE outlines a commissioning process that would result in substantial savings.”
https://www.ashrae.org/news/2014/refrigeration-commissioning-guide-seeks-to-ensure-systems-work-right–free-download-available

Comments on Proposed Commissioning Guideline Accepted | Energy Manager Today

“ASHRAE Guideline 0.2P, The Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies, describes the procedures, methods, documentation, requirements and physical activities of the commissioning process for existing buildings, systems and assemblies using the principles developed in ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process.”–William Opalka

The proposed guideline is open for public comment from Dec. 6 until Jan. 20, 2014. For more information, visit www.ashrae.orgpublicreviews.

 

3 New Ways to Learn Building Enclosure Commissioning

“We are making significant progress, and demand for qualified BECx professionals is likely to continue to grow, but perhaps the best advice at this point is:

  • Get as much building science education as you can find.
  • Study the “mother” BECx resource—NIBS Guideline 3—from cover to cover.
  • Get out in the field to gain experience in how building science applies to the design, specification, and construction of high performance buildings.   “—-Peter Yost

PECI Training Program Rises to Meet Commissioning Demand

PECI will conduct the first ever in-person commissioning lab in support of our Commissioning Authority Training. The lab in February will take place Sacramento City College, CA. We’ll be using a state-of-the-art facility designed specifically for training purposes while remaining a fully functioning occupied building. One of the really cool things about this site is that, although it’s relatively small, it contains the kind of complex HVAC systems you’d find in a large commercial building; that means students won’t have to walk half a mile between the chiller and the air handler! “