Addressing Operational Challenges in Commercial Facilities Using Automated Ongoing Commissioning

  • Justin M. Lee LEED AP BD+C
  • Samuel W. Quinn PE, CEM, LEED AP
Keywords: Addressing Operational Challenges, Commercial Facilities

Abstract

Today’s facility operators and managers are tasked with operating increasingly sophisticated systems to manage both tenant comfort and equipment reliability while simultaneously being held accountable to keeping energy consumption under control. Fortunately, facilities today produce a large amount of data that can be leveraged to help manage these efforts, and there are automated processes available to prioritize this information in a smart and efficient manner. One such process—automated ongoing commissioning—improves operations and enhances occupant experience by providing facility personnel with valuable insights into large amounts of building data on a real-time basis.

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Author Biographies

Justin M. Lee, LEED AP BD+C

Justin Lee is a professional engineer with more than a decade of experience in the fields of energy engineering, HVAC design and sustainable real estate. Mr. Lee delivers client value through the delivery of innovative smart building optimization solutions. His knowledge of energy efficiency includes a thorough understanding of sustainable design principles. Prior to joining AtSite, Justin was a project engineer with TOLK, Inc. where he worked on the design and construction of HVAC systems in large commercial office buildings, government offices, fitness centers, commercial and government data centers. He is a certified energy manager and a LEED accredited professional. Justin received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Email: jlee@atsiteinc.com.

Samuel W. Quinn, PE, CEM, LEED AP

Sam Quinn is an energy engineer at AtSite, where he works with facility directors and building engineers to identify and evaluate energy reduction opportunities. Through his analysis of facility systems and real-time data, he identifies anomalies and specific energy opportunities for operational improvements. Sam works with a variety of clients in industries that include commercial buildings, multi-family residences, healthcare and education. Prior to joining AtSite, he conducted biofuel research at the University of Vermont where he received his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in business administration at the University of Washington in Seattle. Email: squinn@atsiteinc.com.

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Published
2018-01-01
Section
Articles