Upcoming Webinar to Examine Existing-Building Commissioning, Energy Auditing

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The webinar, entitled “Commissioning Best Practices for Existing Buildings,” is suited for various professionals in the construction industry, including architects, engineers, owners, contractors, and construction managers.

Early next month, WPL Publishing will host a webinar to help professionals in the construction industry make existing buildings more energy efficient.

Existing buildings typically are filled with opportunities to save energy and improve occupant comfort. Existing-building commissioning, sometimes referred to as retro-commissioning (RCx), is the most direct way to find those opportunities and capitalize on them. RCx is a systematic, documented process that identifies low-cost operational and maintenance improvements and brings the buildings up to the design intentions of its current usage. The webinar is designed to familiarize webinar attendees with the scope and potential of retro-commissioning and prepare them to get the most out of the process. To register for the 90-minute event, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. (EST), visit http://tinyurl.com/2cnue48.

The webinar also will touch on the differences between energy auditing and commissioning and when to use each for the most benefit. Instructors from Green Building Services Inc. (GBS) will use their extensive hands-on experience to illuminate the opportunities to enhance the performance of existing buildings. They will focus on the commissioning of energy-using equipment such as mechanical systems, lighting, and related controls and how this can result in improved indoor air quality, comfort, and energy efficiency.

Addressing attendees will be GBS consultants Ted Spear and Roy Steege. Mr. Spear has effectively managed all aspects of facility, energy, landscaping, and housekeeping operations for buildings. He has experience implementing computerized maintenance management systems, energy, construction, inventory, and personnel management systems. Mr. Steege has more than 40 years of hands-on experience in the HVAC industry. He brings a wide range of experience in testing, adjusting, balancing, and commissioning of HVAC systems and has extensive troubleshooting and problem-solving expertise, especially with legacy and modern controls systems.

Following their presentations, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing relevant topics.

Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/2cnue48.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces three construction newsletters: Construction Claims Advisor (http://www.constructionclaims.com), Green Building Insider (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com), and Construction Advisor Today (http://www.constructionadvisortoday.com). The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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