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
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
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
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”.