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Introduction to Building Envelope Commissioning

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Time: 12:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m. (CT) / 10:00 a.m. (MT) / 9:00 a.m. (PT)
Length: 60 minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Kevin Perri, Energy Services Project Manager, Viridian
Category: Training and Education  
The importance of a tight building envelope in regards to overall energy efficiency and occupant comfort is well established by agencies and organizations such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Department of Defense (DoD), American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and many others. 

Designing and constructing a tight building envelope is just as important as the proper design and construction of the building’s mechanical systems.  Often times, the mechanical systems get blamed for occupant comfort issues, when in reality, a poor building envelope could be the real culprit.  The performance of a mechanical system is limited to the performance of the building envelope.  Because of this limitation, it is just as important to commission the building envelope system as it is to commission the mechanical systems.   

This webinar will focus on the overall building envelope commissioning process.  Topics will include considerations during design reviews, what to look for during site visits, and describe how functional testing is performed on building envelopes.

  • Explain what building envelope commissioning is
  • Describe the benefits/downfalls of the building envelope
  • Identify common areas of concern that are usually overlooked in the building envelope
  • Explain how functional testing is performed on building envelopes 
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 Kevin Perri is a Project Manager for the Energy Services division of Viridian, an independent building consulting firm based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Kevin holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Valparaiso University, is a Certified Commissioning Professional, Certified Energy Manager, LEED Accredited Professional, a commercial energy plans examiner and field inspector with ASHRAE 90.1, certified as an in indoor air quality tester, and a licensed field auditor of the Air Barrier Association of America.

Kevin has been involved with projects for K-12 schools, higher educational institutes, federal and state government buildings, and hospital facilities ranging in size from 1,000 square feet to 2 million square feet. His current responsibilities include reviewing design documents, specifications, and submittals, conducting subcontractor training, doing site inspections, and carrying out performance testing. Prior to joining Viridian, Kevin worked as an energy auditor for a national and state funded project to reduce carbon emissions.

With his background and education of energy efficiency and building envelopes, Kevin has the experience and knowledge to ensure important details are addressed before and during the construction process to optimize energy performance and cost savings.

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