Putting an End to Taillight Warranties


The Benefits of Near End of Warranty Reviews Most people that have been in the construction industry are familiar with the phrase “taillight warranty.”  The phrase is used to describe how the only warranty service at the end of a construction project was watching the taillight of your contractors as they drove away, never [...]

Putting an End to Taillight Warranties2021-10-20T20:04:06+00:00

A Guide Through ASTM E 1186


What is it, which strategy is right for you, and how does this test benefit your building? ASTM E 1186 is a testing standard for air leakage as applies to building envelopes & air barrier systems. Air leakage is the cause for many concerns related to occupant comfort and indoor air quality. It also [...]

A Guide Through ASTM E 11862021-08-04T20:27:29+00:00

What is Monitoring-Based Commissioning?


Every few years the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification program goes through a review process and is updated to reflect the constantly changing technologies of today’s world and ways in which to leverage them to improve building performance. When the LEED program was updated to Version 4, a new option was [...]

What is Monitoring-Based Commissioning?2020-06-04T15:32:22+00:00

The Benefits and Uses of Infrared (IR) Thermography


Seeing the Invisible There are few instruments that can provide as much information in a short amount of time as the infrared camera. The IR camera offers a look at how heat energy is moving within a system by showing infrared radiation not visible to the human eye. Infrared thermography (conducted using an IR [...]

The Benefits and Uses of Infrared (IR) Thermography2020-05-06T12:24:08+00:00

An Overview of ASHRAE Guideline 36


Since the beginning of the modern HVAC industry, the design, installation and testing of a building automation system (BAS) has remained relatively untouched. The process is as follows: First, an engineer will develop control drawings and desired sequence of operations for the various pieces of HVAC equipment in their design documents. From there, an [...]

An Overview of ASHRAE Guideline 362021-09-08T17:26:36+00:00

Pushing the Envelope (Testing)


The building envelope can be thought of as a bubble that creates a physical barrier between the interior and exterior. This bubble is comprised of the walls, windows, roof, and foundation all coming together as one system. A poorly constructed envelope allows unwanted air or moisture movement (in or out of the building) that [...]

Pushing the Envelope (Testing)2020-01-24T12:47:26+00:00

Commissioning a Hybrid Woodchip Fired Boiler Plant


Staying Warm in the Land of Lumber (and Moose) SES was hired by a school district in northern Maine to provide commissioning services for their new 213,000-square-foot middle/high school. One unique aspect of this project was the use of a hybrid central heating plant that combined liquid propane fired [...]

Commissioning a Hybrid Woodchip Fired Boiler Plant2020-01-16T19:17:19+00:00

Getting the Last 10%


Getting the Last 10% Anyone involved in construction projects has at least one war story about completing the last 10 percent of a challenging project. The last 10 percent I’m referring to here is the range of tasks or deliverables that can include: punch list work, commissioning issues close-out, as-built documentation, O&M manuals delivery, [...]

Getting the Last 10%2019-07-31T18:45:57+00:00

Canned Routines: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly


Canned Routines: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly I recently found myself sitting in a mechanical penthouse being told by the automated temperature controls (ATC) contractor, through the hum of rotating equipment and the incessant whine of variable frequency drives, that yet another sequence was not provided as specified. Instead, we got a [...]

Canned Routines: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly2019-05-21T03:13:22+00:00