September Chapter Meetings

September 18-19, 2017

Everyone knows what commissioning (Cx) is, and when you specify it, you know exactly what will be done, right? Well...Why Bother Commissioning?

Ever wonder why there is sometimes a 5:1 price range for Cx services on bid day? Perhaps it isn't quite so clear to the bidders. Jim Dirkes (Building Performance Team) and John Jeffries (FISECx) will present their experience about why that might be, what ASHRAE says in its two Cx Guidelines, how they apply to projects of different scope and complexity, and specific reasons why Cx routinely provides payback for designers and owners that is less than 24 months.

You will gain greater understanding and appreciation of when, where and why commissioning is applicable to your projects.


Jim Dirkes
The Building Performance Team

Jim Dirkes is the founding member of The Building Performance Team and loves to provide greater understanding to commercial building owners and designers about how their building’s performance affects their company’s overall success.

He has been involved in the design, commissioning, analysis and modeling of HVAC systems since 1975, believes that high performing buildings allow people to enjoy greater quality of life than they might otherwise have and is proud to help his clients reduce overhead and improve competitiveness.

Using Rocky Mountain Institute’s definition, Jim is a “Black Belt” energy modeler, but has also earned the rank of 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and assisted his wife of over 40 years in raising seven children to outstanding levels of faith, talent, compassion and maturity.

John Jeffries

John Jeffries is the founding member of FISECx LLC and is focused on serving the Federal and Public sector markets. As a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), FISECx is involved in projects ranging from medical center renovations at FE Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming to the Biological Science Building at the University of Michigan. Portage Public Schools and Troy Public Schools round out some of the current projects the firm is engaged in.

Since 2012, John has been continuously focused on new construction commissioning. His focus is on the owner and end user, in that commissioning can provide the continuity between early owner expectations and delivered systems that meet those expectations…not by chance, but by design.

A former Marine, husband of nearly 30 years and a father of 3 with one recently returning from the desert; he continues the motto “to serve those who serve others”.


Grand Rapids

Dinner Meeting
Mon. Sept. 18th
University Club
Grand Rapids

Lunch Meeting,
Mon. Sept. 18th
The Beacon Club

Traverse City
Lunch Meeting,
Tuesday Sept. 19th
The Village at Grand
Traverse Commons