Apr 05, 2018 | Written by Elizabeth Ford | Commissioning and Validation

Commissioning Lessons Learned – Communication!

I’d like to share lessons learned from the past year’s commissioning activities.  It is ever important in all engineering work, but this year the consequences came more into focus. 


Mar 22, 2018 | Written by Mark Felgate | MEP Engineering, Commissioning and Validation

5 Examples of Good Engineering Practice Exceeding Minimum Requirements of Building Codes

As we progress in our growth as a design engineer, we have teachers along the way.  Some teachers are senior design engineers that instruct and teach us what good engineering practice is all about.  Some teachers are lessons learned from experiences that teach us that there may be a better way to design something.


Mar 08, 2018 | Written by John Butterfield | Commissioning and Validation

Commissioning Lessons Learned: “The real-life importance of O&M manuals and training”

Congratulations! You’ve been promoted, and now you oversee the maintenance and operation of a brand-new building. You look on in pride at your shiny new facility. The architect, engineers and contractors have left, and now it’s all yours.


Jan 23, 2018 | Written by Keith Sheldon | Commissioning and Validation

This Is The Year Of Retro-Commissioning. Here’s why!

There are many buildings out there that were built in the 1980’s, 1990’s and early 2000’s that are now approaching thirty to forty years old and are still in perfect working operation, or are they?  What’s old is now new again, right? Maybe in some cases, but I don’t know too many people that are still wearing jean jackets, listening to walkmans and sleeping on waterbeds these days.


Dec 21, 2017 | Written by Keith Sheldon | Commissioning and Validation

Commissioning Lessons Learned – Effective Meetings

One of the lessons I’ve learned through many years of commissioning is how to conduct an effective meeting. We have found that you can actually invite too many people to a meeting. Typically with commissioning, we want to have all interested parties involved in the meetings to discuss the issues at hand.


Nov 30, 2017 | Written by Matt Reed | MEP Engineering, Commissioning and Validation

My Building Was Commissioned. Why Am I Still Getting Complaints From The Building Occupants?

My first experience with the Commissioning V-Model was 10 years ago while interviewing with Hallam. It was being used as a visual tool to give me a brief overview of the Commissioning Process that we used. Being new to the field I took note of how effective the V-Model was.


Oct 26, 2017 | Written by Keith Sheldon | Commissioning and Validation

Can Commissioning Be Leveraged Into The Qualification Process?

Well it really depends on who you might be asking that question of. When I think of this it always brings me back to a famous bit from the Seinfeld TV series, when George has his two worlds colliding. One world involves his trusted friends, Jerry, Elaine and Kramer, and the other his girlfriend Susan. One world is his sanctuary and then it collides with his other world, Susan.


Feb 02, 2017 | Written by Elizabeth Ford | MEP Engineering, Commissioning and Validation

My Path to Becoming A Certified Healthcare Constructor

My work includes several healthcare projects at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Cornell University Health Services.  These projects are technically complex and conducted for a demanding industry.  I feel it is important to have the latest information and appropriate skill set to serve our healthcare clients, so I joined the American Society


Oct 13, 2016 | Written by John Butterfield | MEP Engineering, Commissioning and Validation

Seven Recommendations to Ensure Proper Building Operating Sequences


Many years ago, when I first got into building commissioning one of my mentors told me that over 70% of building operating issues stem from unclear expectations, and/or unclear communication.

Despite significant changes in equipment, codes and technology; clarity of expectations and communication remain as pertinent today as they did back then. 

Here are seven recommendations for ensuring that MEP building systems, operate as they are intended to.