Procuring K- 12 Commissioning in 2024 

In this blog, we aim to assist K-12 capital project teams and owner’s representatives in Washington State by clarifying the commissioning process for school projects. We’ll highlight the differences between the Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP) and the Washington State Energy Code, Commercial Provisions (C408), and offer insights for crafting effective Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) […]

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Existing Building Commissioning – A Low-cost Path to High Energy Savings

An energy audit is the process of reviewing all energy-consuming features of a building, classifying the end-uses of the energy consumption (HVAC, lighting, plug loads, etc.), looking for high energy end-uses and making recommendations for Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs). Simple payback calculations are typically provided for each EEM and are prioritized to provide the building […]

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The Importance of Existing Building Commissioning for Building Owners 

As a building owner, you understand the importance of caring for and keeping your building running smoothly. However, over time, building systems and components can become less efficient or fail altogether. That is where existing building commissioning comes in.  What is Existing Building Commissioning?  Existing building commissioning (EBCx) is the process of optimizing the performance […]

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Early implementation of Washington State’s Clean Building Performance Standard can help building owners save money

In early 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed HB-1257, the Washington Clean Buildings Performance Standard, into law. The legislature requires that the majority of facilities greater than 50,000 gross square feet will need to meet or exceed a prescriptive energy usage target based on the type of facility, with the largest buildings needing to comply […]

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How Commissioning Shapes the Built Environment

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Over the past few years, the focus in the construction and design, especially in the K-12 world, has shifted to thinking about the built environment. Simply put, the built environment considers and encompasses more about a space – it includes what the space is used for, who the space is used by, and how we […]

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Washington Clean Buildings Performance Standard Consulting – Now Offered by PV

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Performance Validation is excited to announce we will be offering consulting services to help clients across Washington bring their facility portfolios into compliance with the new Clean Buildings Performance Standard (HB1257). HB1257 is a recently adopted legislative measure that requires existing commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet to meet or exceed energy benchmarks as defined […]

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