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3.02 Supported Retrocommissioning: A New Paradigm for Operating & Maintaining Buildings

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Track: Sustainability/ Environmental Stewardship
Format: General Presentation
Organization: IFMA
Knowledge Level: 200 level
Session Description: Those familiar with Retrocommissioning (RCx) know that it is an extremely cost-effective method for reducing energy costs in existing buildings, quickly and without the need for capital investments.  Unfortunately, RCx projects do not sustain the energy savings they create over the longer term. This means the process must be repeated in the future in order to recapture the energy efficiency gains that the original RCx project was designed to provide. Our building operations paradigm needs to change.

Review RCx benefits and typical RCx results. Analyze the "players" maintaining the status quo and how they contribute to diminishing savings, including FMs, building engineers, contractors and vendors, and building occupants. Understand the conflicting motivations of each player in the energy efficiency game. Discover an alternative approach to sustain energy cost savings.  Understand that continuing to manage your energy and environmental issues in the same manner that you have been doing in the past will change nothing – the outcome will remain unchanged. Review actions for the FM, including building a strategic energy plan, engaging an independent consultant, pursuing the SFP credential, setting performance goals and conducting a skills assessment for operators.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the critical participants in building operations and their role in maintaining the status quo.
  • Understand the differences between traditional Retrocommissioning vs. Supported Retrocommissioning.
  • Learn how to sustain energy cost reductions resulting from Retrocommissioning over the long term.
  • Put an end to the erosion factor that plays such a damaging role in most RCx projects.
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    Stephany Cull, BEP, CBCP, CSDP
    RetroCom Energy Strategies Inc

    Stephany Cull is the founder and CEO of RetroCom Energy Strategies Inc., an independent consulting firm focused on Building Systems Commissioning & Retrocommissioning, Green Building Services (LEED) and Energy Engineering. Stephany has been involved in the energy and technical services industry for almost 25 years. She holds designations as a Certified Business Energy Professional, a Certified Building Commissioning Professional and a Certified Sustainable Development Professional, from the Association of Energy Engineers. Stephany is a regular speaker on the topics of energy and sustainable buildings at events across the U.S., including the World Energy Engineering Congress, IFMA Industries Forum, IFMA California Sustainability Mayday, Pacific Energy Center, Bay Area Sustainable Buildings Conference, Green Action Summit, Facility Decisions Conference, National Facility Management & Technology Conference, California Society for Healthcare Engineering Annual Institute, Institute of Real Estate Management, and others. She is the author of the Retrocommissioning section in the Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering & Technology.

    Wayne Whitzell, Leed AP, GBO
    RetroCom Energy Strategies
    Executive Vice President

    Wayne Whitzell, Executive Vice President at RetroCom Energy Strategies is a LEED AP and Certified Green Business Operator(GBO). As an IFMA chapter leader, he is the co-founder and organizer of the IFMA California Sustainability Mayday (a sustainability summit for existing buildings) from 2008-2010. Wayne is an evangelist for the need for sustainable practices in the existing built environment. A skilled speaker with nearly 20 years of O&M experience, his lectures range from Leading Green Change to Measuring Asset Life Cycle and Avoided Costs. Wayne believes that if you cannot convey your idea on the back of a napkin, then you need to spend more time refining it. This comes across in his presentation style and slide content by avoiding what he calls, "death by Powerpoint," and connecting with the audience rather than reading from slides overstuffed with content. As one IFMA member once said, "He turns a normally dry topic into something we could really relate to. Don't miss the opportunity to see this guy talk!"