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2014 NEBB Annual Conference Presentations, April 5, 2014

Improving the operational performance of the nation’s offices, schools, hospitals, and other commercial buildings offers significant energy savings. It also requires highly skilled and qualified workers, particularly as building technologies become more advanced. Yet there are currently no national guidelines for energy-related professional credentials, posing a major barrier to the quality, consistency, and scalability of this workforce.

In the absence of national guidelines, many different workforce training, certificate, and certification programs have emerged. They address different scopes, assess different skills, and demonstrate varying degrees of quality and rigor.

DOE and NIBS are responding to this challenge by engaging industry stakeholders to develop voluntary national guidelines that will improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce certificate and certification programs for five key energy-related jobs, including Commissioning Professional. This session will describe the project objective, approach, timeline, and opportunities to get involved.

Speaker: Deke SmithDeke Smith SMALL
Deke is the Program Director for the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC), a council of the National Institute of Building Sciences. The CWCC is sponsored by the Department of Energy.

Once completed, almost all high rise buildings are sentenced to a life of high energy costs, indoor air pollution, smoke risk and potential structural (or moisture) problems. Faced with this dismal proposition, the buildings industry has searched for a more effective solution. 

Air leakage measurement is fast becoming the diagnostic method that can most effectively pinpoint problems in existing buildings and improve the energy efficiency of new buildings. As a result, full enclosure leakage tests are already required in some jurisdictions and soon will be required in others.

This presentation will show how building engineers regularly fix these problems in existing buildings after occupancy and alternatively, how they can be fixed for one tenth to one thousandth the cost during design and construction.   The presentation includes a review of test results from several high rise buildings that have undergone compartment by compartment air leakage tests that would have identified these problems.   Air leakage measurement methods will also be discussed, showing how problems can be fixed easily prior to occupancy by proper commissioning and how building designs can be improved to avoid problems in the first place.

Speaker: Colin Genge colingenge_small
Colin Genge is the CEO of Retrotec, a Washington State based company that has been designing, selling and training users of blower door-fans, precision pressure gauges and analytical software since 1980. He has made major contributions to door-fan energy standards such as US Army Corps of Engineers, Canada’s CGSB 149 as well as fire suppression standards such as NFPA 2001 and ISO14520 for the containment of clean agent fire suppressants in protected rooms and buildings.
Laboratory VAV airflow design has been a challenge for designers to create a solution that would provide energy savings while still being able to provide safety to the occupants.  Deciding what airflow control device to use requires consideration of many factors including new changes to ANSI Z9.5 which allow for lower minimum airflows in higher hood density installations. The differences between open loop airflow control typically used on Venturi valves will be compared with the traditional closed loop airflow control used on blade dampers. The focus of this session will detail designs using both venturi valve and blade terminals and give guidance to designers on when each could be applied. 
Speaker: Jarvis Penner Jarvis penner
Jarvis is a mechanical engineer with seven years of experience in to VAV airflow control. As the Product Manager for Critical Controls at Price Industries, he is highly involved in product strategy, research and development. In addition to the development of venturi valves, Jarvis specializes in healthcare room pressure and laboratory controls systems.
Did you ever wonder why some contractors seem to grow and prosper while others work just as hard but seem not to be going anywhere?
During this session, review 15 things that most successful companies have in common. We will go through a "checklist" to see how you are doing and will come away with all kinds of ideas to improve the profitability of your company. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to begin to put together a game plan for PROFITABLE growth. Some of the things the program will cover include:
  • Labor Pricing (how to calculate profitable hourly rates)
  • Cash Flow Budgeting (projecting cash flow needs)
  • Business Plans (develop a plan for the future)
  • Marketing Plan (newsletters, company brochures, direct mail pieces)
  • Customer Base (how to create a data base and use it effectively)
  • Customer Response Cards (design your own and learn how to set up an overall program)
Speaker: Bill Kinnard Bill Kinnard_small
Bill Kinnard has 29 years’ experience in Business Training, HVAC Sales, Service Management, Sales Management and Customer Service. He has worked with companies both large and small and has a unique ability to connect with people.

Bill has a real passion for teaching contractors to better understand their businesses and help their employees become superior performers. 
The 2014 TAB Practical Exam Proctors session will offer a review of current requirements and a technical session on grading for the candidate. There has been much discussion on the grading criteria across the country and the need for consistency. NEBB's TAB Committee members will discuss the process and define the currently recognized grading criteria.
Speaker: Tom Hanlon Tom Hanlon
Tom is a member of NEBB’s TAB committee. He has more than 40 years of experience in refrigeration systems, control system design, installation, start-up, project management, technical consultation, and systems commissioning.
For Commissioning projects to be successful, a trained technician proficient at testing HVAC systems, controls systems and other systems for commissioning is imperative. It is also evident that having qualified technicians who can perform effective commissioning testing increase the profit and the quality of the commissioning program, and also allows the Commissioning Certified Professional to run more projects with a higher quality deliverable. NEBB is currently working on a Building Systems Commissioning Technician Training and Certification Program. Join the session to learn about the program and its elements.
 Speaker: Jim Bochat Jim Bochat
Jim Bochat, President of Commissioning Concepts, has been involved in the Arizona engineering and construction industry for over 40 years. His experience includes mechanical design, mechanical construction, controls, test & balance, commissioning and retro-commissioning.

Jim is a former NEBB President and has been instrumental in developing and teaching commissioning standards for NEBB. He is a Life Member of ASHRAE and serves on the GPC-30, GL1.2, PMP project committee and certification committees.
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