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Commissioning "Outside" the Box, Alternatives and Shortfalls of Traditional Pre-Functional Checklists


Pre-Functional Checklists (PFCs) are basic and traditional components of the commissioning process. Often called construction checklists, these documents are common pain points for commissioning providers and project team members. In its infancy of ASHRAE Guidelines and BCxA best practices, PFCs have evolved very little outside of the model of electronic or app-based delivery methods. This has often resulted in pre-functional checklists being put off, ignored, or at worst “pencil-whipped,” only to be completed at the last moment. It has left many commissioning providers asking the question, “Can’t we do better as an industry to find an alternative route to success?”

Kenny and Alex will summarize the traditional PFC intent and process and provide multiple alternatives to bridge the gap and improve relationships in the field with the team, while not sacrificing quality to achieve first class commissioning outcomes. They will include examples of setting up your project for success when considering strategies for PFCs.


  • Kenny Reed, PE, CCP, CEM, LEED AP

    Kenny is an advocate for performance assurance and developing strategies that leverage technology and facility operations data to improve building system performance. He has 11 years of industry experience and has led large commissioning teams for complex mission critical facilities. He is experienced in mechanical systems performance assurance and energy efficiency analysis and reviews mechanical design control sequences that simplify operations and improve efficiency. He is passionate about the benefits and persistence related to ongoing and monitoring based commissioning and is well versed in fault detection software and optimizing their use in new and existing facilities.

  • Alex Metschke, PE

    Alex’s 8 years of experience includes that he is a licensed Mechanical Engineer who has worked on a wide range of projects from healthcare facilities, laboratories, retail and restaurants, to mixed-use apartments, to multi-story buildings. Alex brings a steady volume and variety of design experience and data analytics with his commissioning work His design, data analytics, and commissioning experience are a valuable asset in diagnosing and optimizing systems for commissioning and energy focused projects.

August 3, 2020
Mon 10:20 AM PDT

Duration 1H 0M

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