Building Commissioning Agent
Balsam Energy Consultants, PLLC, provides energy auditing, retro-commissioning, and other energy consulting services in the commercial, industrial, and institutional markets. Owner Kevin Brock is a licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina, with more than 30 years’ experience in building systems design, construction, commissioning, and building energy analysis.
Engineering and construction management expertise is at the core of our business helping our customers evolve their facility operations. Our partnership with SAS®, the world leader in analytics, brings our customers a consultative IOT-enabled managed service: Activate. Activate integrates facility data and business systems with analytics to deliver meaningful results.
Our work speaks for itself: from our work with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to transform their roadway lighting system to high-efficiency modern smart roadway technology, to working with school systems to design and build energy positive schools, We continue to deliver kickass outcomes to our clients. By focusing on tenant comfort, operational savings, and conservation, we connect our client’s performance directly to their business results.
Building EnergetiCx is an independent commissioning firm dedicated to improving and ensuring the energy efficiency of buildings for a sustainable future. The firm offers whole building commissioning services for new and existing buildings, energy engineering and sustainability consulting to building owners, architects, contractors and others for commercial, institutional, educational, municipal and industrial applications.
Building EnergetiCx is a leader in the field of commissioning and sustainability and to date has commissioned more than 90 projects totaling more than 12 million sf and been involved on more than 100 LEED projects. Our firm is a one of only three firms in North Carolina that is certified as a Certified Commissioning Firm (CCF) by the Building Commissioning Association (BCA) and our team includes licenses engineers, certified commissioning professionals, certified energy managers, LEED accredited professionals and WELL accredited professionals.
We are the owners ’Trusted Steward’ for their high performing facilities, verifying that systems are performing as expected.
Coefficient Engineers provides collaborative, efficient engineering solutions for your Built Environment. HVAC system designs that save you money and energy and keep you comfortable are our specialty. If you need building commissioning services, energy modeling, simulation and analysis, refrigeration systems, or advice on low GWP refrigerants, we can help you with these and many other solutions. Our owner is a 20-year HVAC industry veteran and licensed professional engineer with LEED credentials and ASHRAE High Performance Building Design certification. We have the expertise you need for your next building project now.
We specialize in commissioning new buildings and retrocommissioning existing buildings to ensure they meet their Owner’s Operating Requirements. We guide the design and installation of energy efficient and cost effective Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning systems and controls. Our goal is to provide long term value for building owners, to make sure building operators are properly trained, and to enhance the sustainable, carbon-friendly footprint of the built environment.
What is Commissioning?
Commissioning is a quality control process that ensures that a building owner gets the fully operating building that he paid for. In its most effective form, Building Commissioning starts at the conceptual design stage, and ends when the 12-month warranty period expires. It is also most effective when performed by a Commissioning (Cx) Agent who is independent of the Architect, Engineer, and Contractor, under contract directly to the Owner. It is most commonly applied to the mechanical systems, but also may include the electrical and life safety systems. These are the dynamic systems of the building with all the moving parts and complex interactions that provide the safety and comfort that the building occupants and owners expect. (http://www.bldgcx.com/what.htm)
Our primary business is commissioning new buildings and Retrocommissioning existing buildings to ensure that they meet Owners’ Operating Requirements, operate in an energy efficient and sustainable manner, and that building operators are properly trained. All of our efforts are focused on learning, and sharing knowledge gained and “lessons learned” with our present and future potential clients (and anyone else who is interested). We are actively involved in promoting commissioning through USGBC board membership, Building Commissioning Association participation, and facilitating training seminars for the Professional Engineers of North Carolina. We are also participants in the NC State Commissioning Committee and the PENC commissioning committee.
Experience and Credentials
Commissioning WorCx was founded based on 25+ years of Design/Build mechanical, electrical, and controls installation and service experience. During that time we worked closely with owners to help them evaluate their needs and then designed systems to meet their needs (and budgets). We oversaw the installation of mechanical systems, building management control systems and associated electrical installations. We were involved internally and externally with startup, test and balance, and commissioning of all these systems. We provided training or personnel to maintain and service the systems on an ongoing basis. We saw first hand that the systems met the owners’ requirements and fixed them when they didn’t.
This “cradle to grave” involvement embodies what commissioning is really all about. It is about total focus on the owners’ needs, and how to meet them.
We have demonstrated our abilities by achieving Certified Building Commissioning Professional status through the Association of Energy Engineers.
In addition, we were born and raised in the Triad and graduated from college in the Triangle, so our focus is completely on this area and we are not going anywhere else.
Our commissioning approach is very hands on. We can communicate well with contractors, subcontractors, Engineers, and Owners at the on-site level. Our relationship with suppliers and contractors at all levels, and extensive knowledge of how the marketplace works allows us to expedite on the job issue resolution.
We follow and adhere to the Building Commissioning Association’s Attributes and follow the procedures outlined in ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process.
HICAPS is a full-service Project Management Company specializing in Construction Management, Building Diagnostics, & Public Safety Telecommunications. Our successful project management involves the understanding of the dynamic relationships on any project.
HPBS helps clients enjoy their buildings by creating an environment that is energy efficient, healthy, moisture managed, durable and sustainable. HPBS is at the forefront of high performing buildings and has participated in multiple research projects for improving building performance in existing buildings and new construction. HPBS is leading the industry in building enclosure consulting and performance testing. HPBS has tested some of the largest and most complicated buildings in the country. The team understands the importance of providing both design review consulting and testing services to ensure projects meet specifications and owners goals.
Optima Engineering is an experienced, Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing & Technology engineering design consulting firm with offices in Charlotte and Raleigh. Optima has extensive project experience in a number of sectors, including healthcare, government, mission critical, higher education, K-12 education and commercial properties around the United States. Our firms industry-leading expertise includes BIM IPD (with Revit and Navisworks), Technology Design, Mission Critical CFD analysis, Building Commissioning, Code understanding and compliance, Energy Modeling and Energy Management. Our employees maintain numerous professional certifications including, P.E., LEED AP, CPD, CEM, Lighting Design Certification and associations including ASHRAE, ASPE, NFPA, USGBC, IEE, BCA, AEE, and more. We have a dynamic, young, talented staff that emphasizes thorough and frequent communication with our clients, high-quality design work, accurate budget projections and careful schedule tracking. We take pride in our position as a reliable, knowledgeable source for creative and resilient building design solutions.
Over our 35 years of experience, we have amassed over 100 professionals ranging from geotechnical engineers to inspection staff. Our fully-certified laboratories are equipped for handling a wide array of materials testing and inspections. Our expertise in our field has been foundational to building our reputation for client responsiveness and accountability.
From the very beginning of our company, we have pushed the front lines of innovation. We were one of the first companies in the DC market to offer 3rd party code inspections. Nationwide, we pioneered providing whole building air barrier testing and we’ve lead our industry in offering building envelope commissioning services. We hire ambitious professionals to bring new ideas to the table as we continue to look for the next “new” thing that can be combined with our current service lines to enhance the industry.
We design our process to meet each client needs. From contract type to deliverables, if you are looking for something specific, we can make it happen. We utilize closely-knit office locations to maneuver manpower deployment and assistance. Our flexible staff makes deployment to out-of-footprint projects easy. Stevenson Consulting is one of a handful of companies in our industry that offers fully-guaranteed lump sum pricing by communicating with the client to produce a fully customized fee.