Connecticut’s Mission to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Schools


When the COVID-19 outbreak hit the northeast, Connecticut was quick to take initiative and implement measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. One of these measures was to conduct studies on the indoor air quality and ventilation rates of the state’s educational facilities. While the numerous companies assisting with these studies and corrections [...]

Connecticut’s Mission to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Schools2023-04-03T23:58:18+00:00

Sample and Select: Determining the Scope of Envelope Testing


There’s no one size fits all solution for selecting and sampling envelope testing specimens. Each project is a different size with differing types of windows and owners with unique needs and goals. All these variables play a factor when approaching envelope testing on a project. Specifications might outline exactly how the testing should be [...]

Sample and Select: Determining the Scope of Envelope Testing2023-03-01T21:25:59+00:00

When to Hire a Commissioning Agent: How Early is Too Late?


While you could wait until construction starts before bringing a Commissioning Agent (CxA) onboard, you’d be missing out on significant benefits by waiting until that point, and could even be doing your project a disservice. Involving a CxA early in the process will help you make sure your goals and needs for the project [...]

When to Hire a Commissioning Agent: How Early is Too Late?2023-02-17T15:21:03+00:00

What is Retro-Commissioning?


Retro-Commissioning (RCx), sometimes referred to as Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx), is an important process for optimizing the performance of existing buildings. It involves the comprehensive evaluation of a building’s systems, their components, and how they interact with each other. The goal of RCx is to identify areas of improvement in the building’s operation maintenance, [...]

What is Retro-Commissioning?2023-02-24T13:56:43+00:00

Short Term Tests, Long Term Benefits


When performing envelope testing, whether spray testing or adhesion testing, the results are clear immediately following the test. Same-day results could trick some into thinking that the benefits of envelope testing are short-term. However, most of the benefits of building envelope testing occur in the long term, as they provide peace of mind that [...]

Short Term Tests, Long Term Benefits2023-02-24T13:56:15+00:00

Connecticut State Building Code Commissioning


What are the Connecticut State Building Code Commissioning Requirements? Building and energy codes are constantly changing, evolving and often reference additional codes and standards. In the State of Connecticut, commissioning is not only standard good practice for construction but also a code-driven requirement in the Connecticut State Building Code. Like all codes, they often [...]

Connecticut State Building Code Commissioning2023-02-24T13:55:52+00:00

What is Building Commissioning?


Across the nation, various energy efficiency, sustainable and high performance programs require building commissioning to be incorporated into construction projects. Many national, state, and municipal codes also require commissioning. While engaging a design and construction team in a project is standard practice, commissioning still is often approached with ambiguity. Given how long commissioning has [...]

What is Building Commissioning?2023-02-24T13:55:27+00:00

When A Test Fails Before It Begins


Building envelope testing is an important quality control measure for nearly all construction projects, but there are times when pursuing envelope testing does not make sense because it is not adding value to the project. More and more project leaders are testing their windows, roofs, and air-vapor barriers to ensure that their building is [...]

When A Test Fails Before It Begins2022-10-21T15:09:09+00:00

Why You Should Select a Third-Party Commissioning Provider


As the field of commissioning has grown and evolved over the past 25+ years, it has become a valued component of building projects in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (A/E/C) industry. There are hundreds of highly respected and qualified commissioning providers throughout the country. Many of them are part of a team within larger engineering firms. When [...]

Why You Should Select a Third-Party Commissioning Provider2023-02-24T13:54:34+00:00

ECM Tip #10: Optimizing Variable Air Volume Lab Airflows


Laboratories, whether in a college/university, medical building, or research facility, are one of the highest energy-consuming functions in any building. Lab spaces require large amounts of outside air, have high air change rates, and in many cases strict space temperature and humidity requirements. The HVAC systems that serve these spaces typically operate 24/7, 365 [...]

ECM Tip #10: Optimizing Variable Air Volume Lab Airflows2022-09-30T12:31:03+00:00
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