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March Lunch Meeting

Topic: Perception & Acceptance of Commissioning

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30pm

Location: Brother John's

Hoy Bohanon, PE, LEED AP, BEAP 


Hoy Bohanon, PE, LEED AP, BEAP is principal in Hoy Bohanon Engineering, PLLC, a firm that focuses on improving the performance of existing mission critical buildings.  Mr. Bohanon began his engineering career as a research and design engineer, and then gained experience as a project engineer, facilities engineer, facilities manager, indoor air quality research engineer, environmental engineer, and business owner. He has a master’s degree in engineering from North Carolina State University, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. 



Mr. Bohanon has written technical papers and articles on indoor air quality, operations, and maintenance and is a frequent presenter at technical society meetings. He is a recipient of the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award and is chair of ASHRAE Standard 62.1 committee, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality.  He also serves on the bEQ committee,. He is chair of the US Technical Advisory Group panel 1 (general principles) and panel 4 (indoor air quality) for ISO TC205 Building Environment Design.  He is a co-author of The Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning and Performance Metric Protocols for Commercial Buildings: Best Practices Guide. He also teaches multiple courses for the ASHRAE Learning Institute addressing ASHRAE 62.1 and IAQ.  Mr. Bohanon is also a member of the Professional Engineers of North Carolina, US Green Building Council, and I2SL.


Perception and Acceptance of Commissioning


Building commissioning has been around for more than a decade. Commissioning is required by certain sustainability rating programs, certain government entities, and some private sector owners. ASHRAE has published ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 202-2013 as the first national standard for commissioning. How is commissioning perceived and accepted in the marketplace?




Standard 202 is a process standard. How is a process standard different from a prescriptive standard? What is the difference in commissioning to a standard versus other activities that are called “commissioning”? Will following the national standard change either the perception of acceptance of commissioning?





Commissioning is a quality assurance process for building design construction and operation. What can we learn from other quality assurance processes such as ISO 9000? How do lessons from case studies apply to commissioning practice? 


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