September Meeting

September 10, 2020
11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
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Reducing Energy 10% to 40% utilizing Existing Building Commissioning and No Capital Investment

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Presenters: Victor Saeh, LEED AP BD+C, CEM, CxA


Many organizations are focusing on energy reduction today and are engaging the services of Professional Engineering firms to assist in the achievement of some level of energy reduction in their facilities that is sustainable. Various approaches ranging from an ASHRAE Level I or Level II Energy Audit to some form of Existing Building Commissioning can accomplish this goal albeit some accomplish the goal better than others. This presentation will discuss a particular approach of existing building commissioning, tools utilized and necessary for an effective projection of energy savings, measurement and verification and the importance of implementing the proper program for sustaining the savings over time.

Learning Objectives:

  1. There are distinct differences and benefits between Energy Audits and Existing Building Commissioning.
  2. Capital intensive measures are not a prerequisite to reducing energy in and aging, existing facility.
  3. The importance of identifying the operational improvements that can be achieved by making strategic changes to the Sequences of Operation at the Building Automation level.
  4. How to measure and verify savings in a holistic manner.

About the Speaker:

Victor Saeh is a Principal for Existing Buildings Commissioning Services with Smith Seckman
Reid (SSR). He is primarily responsible for maintaining client relationships, directing the
operations of all existing buildings commissioning line of services including the Continuous
Commissioning (CC) and Retro Commissioning programs. This includes activities related to the
assessment of potential sites, implementation of all customer-agreed energy measures, system
optimization, customer support and training, as well as continual monitoring of systems during the
implementation process to ensure optimum performance. As a controls expert, Victor reviews
sequence of operations, control drawings and computer programming for HVAC systems with a
special focus on code efficiency, simplicity and manageability. Victor has years of experience
developing programs for various systems and has led a variety of project teams in developing and
directing functional tests on systems. He also assists the design and construction teams in
troubleshooting HVAC controls and integration related problems.
Victor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and has over 23 years of
professional work experience. He has been involved in projects in the United States, South
America, and the Middle East. His previous positions include companies like Siemens Building
Technologies where he gained extensive experience on controls system design and programming.
He has also worked as a technology consultant for ASIC designs. Victor is a Certified Energy
Manager (CEM), a Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA), and holds a LEED AP BD+C


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