Thought Leadership

The Energy Model’s Role in Retrocommissioning

Retrocommissioning (RCx), or the assessment and optimization of building performance, is a scientific process that relies strongly on data and technology to deliver effective and reliable results. The tools required to complete the task include the review of existing drawings and energy bills, interviews with building operators, data-logging devices, as well as trends and other … Continue reading The Energy Model’s Role in Retrocommissioning

Non-Ionizing Radiation: Raising Awareness of Health & Safety Hazards for an Older Workforce

By Matthew H. Smith, Senior Health Physicist, NV5 It’s no secret that our workforce is getting older, a trend that is affecting some market sectors more than others. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the median age in manufacturing, for instance, is 44.5 while transportation and utilities sectors show a median age around 45.2, … Continue reading Non-Ionizing Radiation: Raising Awareness of Health & Safety Hazards for an Older Workforce

Consider Alternative Control Methods for Operational Continuity in Critical Environments

By Jason Newhuis, PE, BSCx, CEM, LEED AP, Sr. Project Manager, and Jerry Bauers, P.E., Vice President, NV5 Data centers, commercial office buildings and, especially healthcare facilities, all have one thing in common—mission critical operational space that would suffer from a lengthy shut down or poor operation of HVAC or other mechanical/electrical system. Further, each … Continue reading Consider Alternative Control Methods for Operational Continuity in Critical Environments

Develop and Deliver Winning RFPs

By Dave Harrison, PE, LEED AP The goal of any request for proposal (RFP) is to provide contractors and consultants with the necessary parameters to understand the client’s scope, specific to the project (e.g., required tasks, methods of construction, square footage, construction cost, and estimated number of components), but remain flexible enough to allow the … Continue reading Develop and Deliver Winning RFPs

Beyond the Smart Technology Buzz: Five Top Tips for Investing in Smart Sensors

A MarketsandMarkets report1 predicted the global smart building market will grow from $5.73 billion in 2016 to $24.73 billion by 2021, increasing at a compounded annual growth rate of 34% over this period. Today’s technology advances—from energy management and lighting control to sensors that measure structural damage and stress after a seismic event—incorporate a host … Continue reading Beyond the Smart Technology Buzz: Five Top Tips for Investing in Smart Sensors