Please join us for ACG’s 6th Annual Conference on Total Building Commissioning!
With the dawn of a new decade, energy is on building owners’ minds as never before -- and commissioning providers are increasingly who they are turning to for help in improving their buildings’ system performance and energy efficiency.
Early-bird Deadline: February 26, 2010
Topics for this year’s conference include the unveiling of the AABC Energy Management Professional certification program, making the business case for retrocommissioning, commissioning of the building envelope, a look at the record-breaking CityCenter mega project, a review of the Building Energy Quotient program (currently in pilot testing), and an analysis of what the recently released Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings, means for commissioning providers.
We hope you will join us for this timely and highly educational conference. See you in Las Vegas!
Brian Toevs, P.E., CxA
ACG President
Pre-Conference Program
Wednesday, April 14
CxA Workshop & Certification Exam
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Separate Registration Required!
The workshop will discuss the practical application of the commissioning process as described in the ACG Commissioning Guideline, and provides an excellent opportunity for candidates to prepare for the ACG certification exam.
For commissioning providers interested in certification, contact ACG at 202-737-7775 or for more information about eligibility. To download a membership application form, visit the ACG website at, click here
Pre-Conference Program
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Group Room Rates:
$169 – Standard room at Mandalay Bay
$209 – One-bedroom Suite at adjoining THEHotel (an all-suite property)
Hotel Reservations Deadline:Friday, March 12, 2010

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ACG would like to thank the following sponsoring organizations for their generous support of the meeting and of ACG.
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Professional Development Hours
PDHs will be offered for attendance at the CxA Workshop and the technical sessions of the meeting program. Please contact ACG headquarters for more information.
Professional Development Hours
The AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) is the nation’s largest association of certified commissioning authorities, dedicated to providing professional, independent commissioning services, and to educating the construction industry about the benefits of commissioning. The organization includes more than 500 certified commissioning authorities (CxAs) at over 250 certified member companies. Visit us online at
Conference Program
Thursday, April 15
7:00 a.m.. – 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Keynote Address:
The CityCenter Project
Hear an official from the recently opened megaproject discuss the challenges and features of the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the United States. The $11 billion, 17 million sq ft, mixed-use urban complex is located on 76 acres on the Las Vegas Strip.
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
ACG General Business Session
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
AABC Energy Management Professional Presentation
Andy Heitman, CEM, CxA
Building Energy Sciences, LLC
Join us for an extended discussion of AABC’s 6-phase process for developing a strategic energy management plan for building owners.
The process, which applies the structured approach and system performance focus of commissioning to energy analysis, is the backbone of the forthcoming AABC Energy Management Guideline, as well as the AABC Energy Management Energy Professional (EMP) certification.
Building Energy Sciences
Committee chairman Andy Heitman will explain the systematic process in detail, as well as its philosophy of an independent consultant applying a holistic, practical approach relying on field testing and analysis—rather than theoretical assumptions—to fulfill the owner’s needs.
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m. – Noon
Making the Business Case for RetroCommissioning
Evan Mills, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
You know that retrocommissioning can save an owner significant amounts of money in maintenance costs and energy usage, but what happens when they want more data than a rule of thumb?
LBNL maintains the world's largest database of actual commissioning project costs and energy savings. Evan Mills will discuss the multi-year project that compiled case-study data on costs, energy savings, the patterns of deficiencies and corrective measures, and non-energy benefits – as well as the resulting analyses of cost-effectiveness, savings persistence, and greenhouse-gas abatement.
Dr. Mills, a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), holds a PhD in Environmental and Energy Systems Studies and has worked extensively on energy-related projects during his 25 years at LBNL.
12:00 Noon – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Roundtable Discussions
For the first time since ACG’s inaugural meeting in 2005, the conference will feature a range of small-group roundtable discussions on commissioning, energy, and business topics. Join in to discuss the most important issues in the industry with your commissioning colleagues.
Possible topics: independent 3rd party commissioning, controls verification, electrical commissioning, TAB verification, marketing, the AABC energy management program, LEED requirements for commissioning, who should hire the test and balance agency on a commissioned project.
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient
Dave Weigand
Speaker TBA
Buildings use 40 percent of energy in developed countries—but how can the nation’s building stock move toward net-zero-energy use without knowing exactly how much energy each building uses?
The Building Energy Quotient program—now in its pilot phase—seeks the answers to that question. With metrics for measuring both the energy the building is designed to use and the energy actually being consumed, this program can help us to close the gaps between intention and operation.
4:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Get-Acquainted Reception
Friday, April 16
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
ASHRAE 189.1: What Does it Mean for Commissioning Providers?
Kent Peterson, P2S Engineering
Chairman, 189.1 Committee
The newly published Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings, aims to revolutionize the building industry by providing long-needed guidance for those who strive to design, build and operate green buildings. Jointly developed by ASHRAE, IESNA, and USGBC, 189.1 is the first code-intended commercial green building standard in the United States.
189.1 Committee Chairman Kent Peterson will explain the goals and scope of the new standard—including energy use and efficiency, water use, IEQ, and others—with particular focus on the standard’s potential impacts on the commissioning process.
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Building Envelope Commissioning
Kevin Knight
Director of Building Envelope Commissioning, Architectural Testing, Inc.

John Runkle, P.E.
Director of Forensic Services, Architectural Testing, Inc.
Building envelope (or enclosure) commissioning is an essential part of total building commissioning. Mr. Knight and Mr. Runkle will discuss the history, codes and standards that lay the foundation for building enclosure commissioning, with detailed descriptions of mandatory steps in each individual phase. The presentation will be augmented with photographic representations of key functional performance tests, as well as discussion of a series of case studies. This essential presentation will conclude with an analysis of trends, how enclosure commissioning works with MEP commissioning, and anticipated changes in the near future.
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
EnergyIQ: Action-Oriented Benchmarking
Evan Mills, Lawrence Berkeley Labs
Dr. Mills will discuss an ongoing project to create the next generation of non-residential energy benchmarking tools. LBNL’s "action-oriented" benchmarking tool—EnergyIQ—is designed to provide opportunity assessments based on benchmarking results, as well as decision-support information.
Craig Howkins
The EnergyIQ tool offers a wide array of benchmark metrics and supports both cross-sectional benchmarking for comparing the user's building to its peers, as well as longitudinal benchmarking for tracking an the performance of an individual building or enterprise portfolio over time. The tool can connect with EPA's Portfolio Manager, enabling users to move their data in either direction between the two programs, and is tailored to help lay the groundwork for investment-grade audits and professional engineering modeling of energy-efficiency upgrades.
The “Decision Support” module assists in refining action plans, creating design-intent documentation, and implementing improvements. More information and a demo are available at:
11:15 a.m. – Noon
Insurance for Commissioning Professionals : Risks & Solutions
Diane Mika, XL Insurance – Design Professional Group
This session will explore the dynamics of risk in the commissioning process and provide real-world solutions that will help you mitigate your exposure. Drawing on over 30 years of XL Insurance claims research and analysis, Diane Mika will address risk transfer (insurance) and offer insights into the business practices that can drive your risk—contracts, client selection, project team capabilities and communication.
Diane Mika is the Assistant VP of Loss Prevention and Client Education for XL Insurance’s Design Professional group. In her fourteen year career in professional liability insurance, Diane has focused on the creation of loss prevention, risk management and business practice education programs for design professionals.
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