Communication Opens Doors to Design Quality – by Don Zerrip CxGBS®

One of the most common consistencies seen in building commissioning is the quality level of designs being presented in the DD and CD level. It is clear in reviews that designers are being pressed to lower prices and are looking for ways to reduce their costs, however sometimes this is [...]

By | June 30th, 2011|

Coastal Humidity: Resolving Pressure Issues in Charleston – by Jesse Ross CxGBS®

In 2009 CxGBS® was contracted to provide retro-commissioning services and provide recommendations for a historical building in downtown Charleston, SC. The building was beautiful and designed with the highest quality in mind when they were first constructed, but was now tasked to lower energy use. During my first visit to [...]

By | June 23rd, 2011|

Know Your Boundaries! Clarification of a LEED Boundary – by Danna Lopez CxGBS®

LEED boundary, site boundary, project boundary, property boundary. While each of these terms can refer to different types of boundaries, they are commonly used interchangeably and incorrectly among team members of a LEED project. This can obviously cause a lot of confusion and miscommunication, and ultimately lead to time consuming [...]

By | June 16th, 2011|

Are Owners and Designers taking full advantage of energy simulation software? – By David Cantrill CxGBS®

It appears that more often than not, energy simulations for buildings are being performed to satisfy requirements of the various sustainable rating systems in the industry today. What owners are looking for from the energy model is whether or not the building designed by the design professionals they hired will [...]

By | June 9th, 2011|

Ambiguous, Inconsistent, or Conflicting Project Plans and Specifications – How to Get What You Don’t Want – By Josh Orr

Recently, we provided a price quote for fundamental commissioning for LEED (construction phase only commissioning) on a project based on specifications that were inconsistent and ambiguous. This is definitely not the foundation for a successful project. Getting what you don’t want in a construction project is easy: just provide plans [...]

By | June 2nd, 2011|