Building Innovation 2014 Conference & Expo Program: Commissioning Symposium

Commissioning Symposium:
Optimizing Performance through Commissioning

Earn 3.0 Learning Units/Health, Safety, Welfare

Thursday, January 9, 8:30 am - 11:45 am

Building Commissioning AssociationIn recent years, building owners have grown increasingly interested in using building commissioning—the process for achieving, verifying and documenting that the startup, operation and performance of facilities, systems and assemblies, and training of owners and operators—meets defined objectives and specified criteria.

Commissioning is a valuable tool to help owners optimize a building’s performance, but confusion abounds as to what commissioning is, who is qualified to perform it and the different types of commissioning agents. The Commissioning Symposium: Optimizing Performance through Commissioning, aims to clear up some of that confusion by providing an introduction to the commissioning process.

Building commissioning has become a growing profession, focused on assisting both public- and private-sector building owners in reaching their performance goals. However, misperceptions about commissioning thrive across the built environment, from building owners, to design professionals, to code officials.

The half-day Commissioning Symposium will focus on the process of commissioning, the roles of key participants and the desired results. Speakers will also clarify the differences between commissioning for new construction and existing buildings.

Following an introduction to commissioning, two panels consisting of representative participants in the commissioning process will address commissioning for new buildings and retro-commissioning respectively. Audience members will then have an opportunity to get immediate feedback from the panelists in an interactive question and answer (Q&A) session.

  • Gerald "Jerry” Kettler, PE, CCP, CPMP, Chair, ASHRAE Standing Standard Project Committee 202, and Managing Principal, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, The Centre for Building Performance
  • Jim Bochat, President, Commissioning Concepts
  • Steve Wiggins, Associate Partner, Newcomb & Boyd

Symposium Schedule

The presentations below are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. PDF

8:30 am – 8:45 am


8:45 am – 9:15 am

Introduction to Commissioning
Gerald Kettler

Chair, ASHRAE Standing Standard Project Committee 202

9:15 am – 9:45 am

Commissioning for New Construction
Steve Wiggins
, Associate Partner, Newcomb & Boyd

9:45 am - 10:15 am

Commissioning for Existing Buildings
Jim Bochat
, President, Commissioning Concepts

10:15 am – 10:30 am


10:30 am – 11:30 am

Commissioning Case Study: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Commissioning Provider:
Michael E. Luffred, ACP, QCxP, Eaton Energy Solutions, Inc.

General Contractor/Construction Manager:
Michael Lloyd, Clark Construction Group, LLC.

Design Professional:
Charles A. Rowland, P.E. LEED AP, KlingStubbins Inc.

Facilities Representative:
Matthew A. Burkholder, P.E., National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Building Owner:
Dan Kailey, P.E., PE LEED AP, QCxP, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

11:30 am – 11:45 am

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