Retrocommissioning standards released
NEBB issues procedural standards on retrocommissioning to save the environment while saving building owners money.
owners of the nearly 5 million commercial buildings in the United States
can reduce their impact on the environment by as much as 30% through
retrocommissioning, a process that ensures that all HVAC and integrated
building controls are operating a peak performance. To assist in saving
building owners money and reducing the impact on the environment, NEBB has
issued Procedural Standards for Retrocommissioning of Existing Buildings to provide direction and standards for performing
retrocommissioning services for existing buildings.
Procedural Standards for Retrocommissioning of Existing Buildings establishes
a uniform and systematic set of criteria for the performance of the
Retrocommissioning (RCx-EB) process when applied to existing building systems
such as a building's mechanical, electrical, and building envelop systems.
standards are divided into three parts. Part 1, Standards, covers definitions,
requirements for quality control, quality compliance, instrumentation
requirements, and report requirements. Requirements for instruments and test
equipment are identified. Part 2, Process, is devoted to providing a detailed
explanation of the retrocommissioning process. Part 3, Procedures, cover the
technical procedures for retrocommissioning of existing buildings.
this manual has come at a time when governmental agencies, engineers,
architects, and building owners are relying on retrocommissioning as a vehicle
to address issues that prevent existing buildings from meeting their current
facility requirements as well as performing at optimal levels. The NEBB
retrocommissioning procedural standards are designed to provide essential information
to analyze needs and produce desired results.
more than 600 certified firms that are working closely with building owners,
architects, engineers, and construction contractors to reduce the environmental
impact of heating and cooling systems on the environment while cutting building
operating costs at the same time.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
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