The required sophistication of air systems in a healthcare setting and the process of working in existing hospitals present many obstacles to the TAB process. The case studies presented highlight how to anticipate such obstacles as well as clearly outline the constraints the team must work with to achieve success.
Identify the common challenges to the TAB process that existing hospitals present.
Explain the reason for an existing conditions assessment prior to a project design.
List the benefits of the TAB contractor performing a design review.
Describe the items to be discussed at a TAB integration meeting.
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Miles Ryan is a commissioning engineer at Questions & Solutions Engineering in Chaska, MN. He has eleven years’ experience in the industry, getting his start as a Civil Engineering officer in the Air Force. He served in various roles overseeing the design, construction, and operation of facility mechanical systems at Grand Forks AFB, ND. In 2015, he became a mechanical systems instructor at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). Since leaving active duty in 2018, he has remained on faculty at AFIT as an Air Force Reservist to continue teaching courses in HVAC control systems as well as HVAC design and analysis. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Montana State University and M.S in architectural engineering from University of Colorado Boulder. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Ohio.
Rebecca is a nationally recognized leader in the building commissioning industry. In addition to being a licensed professional engineer in 17 states, she is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds commissioning certifications from ASHRAE, the Building Commissioning Association, and the AABC Commissioning Group. She has Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and the University of Minnesota, respectively. She has helped define mainstream commissioning services and has written a monthly column about commissioning for Engineered Systems magazine for more than 20 years. Rebecca is Founder and President of Questions & Solutions Engineering, a consulting engineering firm committed to working with facility owners and operators worldwide to achieve high performance from their new and existing mechanical, electrical, and life safety systems.
An independent Testing and Balancing Agency certified by the AABC shall be engaged to Test and Balance the HVAC systems. Systems shall be balanced to plus/minus 10% of design requirements. The contractor shall place all systems and equipment into full operation for Testing and Balancing. One copy of the final Test and Balance report with the AABC National Performance Guaranty shall be sent directly to the engineer of record. Provide five (5) additional copies to the contractor.
AIA-Format LONG-FORM SPECIFICATION
Section 230593 – TESTING, ADJUSTING AND BALANCING FOR HVAC
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