Chris Fasano, Project Engineer

Q/A with Chris Fasano, Project Engineer Employee of the Year 2016 Any favorite quote or line from a movie? “The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors ... Read More
 

The Relationship of BECx to LEED V.4

LEED Version 4 has recently put the spotlight on Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx), in a good way. In the event your project is pursuing the credit associated with “Enhanced Commissioning”, you will be required to retain a BECx Agent, and quickly. BECx has been introduced to ensure the performance of the enclosure is coordinated with all related building systems, and to increase the overall energy efficiency of the building.

Some of the key factors associated with the new version are highlighted below:

  • Minimum Requirements for Exterior Enclosure.
  • Enhanced Commissioning Credit, BECx Agent during DD Phase.
  • Enhanced Commissioning Credit, BECx Agent responsibilities throughout the project.
  • Enhanced Commissioning Credit, Provide Post Occupancy Review and Support.
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Tips for Ensuring Proper Building Enclosure Commissioning


Part Three of our Building Enclosure email series will discuss... Tips for Ensuring Proper Building Enclosure Commissioning

We have put together the following tips to ensure that you are well covered and versed in what you should expect when moving forward with this service:

  1. Is the BECx Agent Qualified? A qualified BECx Agent should not only have experience in the Commissioning process, but also demonstrate a vast knowledge in the fundamental principles of building envelope design, engineering, fabrication, installation, and testing of a variety of cladding systems.
     
  2. Understand the standards. Your BECx Agent should be well versed in the accepted industry standards which include ASTM E2813, Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning; ASTM E2947, Standard Guide for Building Enclosure Commissioning, NIBS Guideline 3-2006 and ASHRAE Standard 202, Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems.

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What are the Benefits of Building Enclosure Commissioning?

Part Two of our Building Enclosure email series will discuss...
  1. Ensure systems are properly detailed and specified.
  2. Ensure proper material fabrication methodologies (improves material longevity).
  3. Ensure systems are properly installed on-site.
  4. Ensure systems are meeting the specified performance criteria post installation.
  5. Avoid issues post occupancy.
All of these benefits can help you to save money and energy!
Would you like more information about Building Enclosure Cx? Send us an email with your inquiries. We are also available to schedule a phone call or meeting to discuss your needs/questions!
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Benefits of Steam Trap Surveys

Now's the time to start thinking about your steam usage!

Written By: Steven Johnson, Project Engineer, Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP

When performing a steam trap survey on your building’s systems, owners/operators receive a comprehensive map of how efficiently their current steam systems are operating. A well-executed steam trap survey will also include a plan for increasing the system's efficiency by detailing which steam traps have failed or are not functioning within their peak operating parameters. Another benefit of a properly conducted steam trap survey is that, once completed, a database will be in place to monitor the lifespan of the plant’s steam traps and provide insight as to when each steam trap should be replaced. Once the failed steam traps have been replaced, significant savings, in not only energy costs but also makeup water usage, will be realized. 

Other major benefits of maintaining a properly functioning steam plant originates in the mechanical room itself. Steam traps that have failed to open or are leaking will allow steam to travel through the condensate piping, resulting in high temperature condensate, or steam, reaching the condensate pump impeller. If either of these fluids reach the impeller, the fluid will flash upon an increase in pressure and cause cavitation. Cavitation is devastating to pump performance and will often require a major pump overhaul. Failed steam traps will also increase the air temperature of the mechanical room. In most cases, mechanical equipment will function optimally at lower air temperatures. The lower temperature environment that a fully functional steam plant creates indirectly increases system performance, thereby decreasing operating costs. 

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What is Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx)?

HEA loves to stay ahead of the curve - who doesn't? This is why we've put a lot of effort into our newest service offering, Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx). This process will deliver an efficient building and can also keep your facility in tip top shape. But, first...
 

What is Building Enclosure Commissioning?

 
BECx is a quality-oriented process implemented to provide a building enclosure that meets (and most times, exceeds) Owner's Project Requirements.
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Amanda Komornik, Executive Assistant

Amanda Komornik, Executive Assistant, has been selected as the Employee of the Month Q/A with Amanda: If you could vacation anywhere on the planet, where would you go? South America – specifically, Argentina and Uruguay. What is... Read More
 

Vistana Signature Experiences, Kaanapali Ocean Resort Lot 3 (Kaanapali, HI)

Description of the project: This luxury resort project encompasses 780,000 sf with a construction cost of $73 million. HEA was hired to provide MEP commissioning services for their 390 luxury villas, 10,000 sf lagoon-style pool, beach bar, restaurants, retail and fitness spaces located on 16 acres of Maui’s Kā‘anapali Beach.

 

What services we are providing: HEA is providing MEP commissioning services, including: co-generation system, air handling units, VAVs, smoke control, variable and fixed speed exhaust fans, condenser water pumps, water source heat pumps, booster pumps, source and rejection well equipment, backup hot water boilers, heating water pumps, industrial water pumps, electrical main and distribution gear, emergency generator, electrical sub-station, domestic water booster pumps and piping, pool and spa equipment, fire protection, fire alarm, lighting control system and building management systems.

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