Review Commission Machine Guarding Decision

FDR Safety

The Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission issued an employer-friendly machine guarding decision that is important for employers. The Commission focused on how the machine functions and how employees operated it.

OSH Review Commission: Machine Guarding Decision

FDR Safety

The OSH Review Commission issued an employer-friendly machine guarding case decision that is important for employers. 16-1167, 2020) reversed a Review Commission Judge and vacated a citation under 29 CFR 1910.212(a)(1) for allegedly failing to guard the “hold-down” pistons of a power shear.


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Testing, Testing: Commissioning During COVID-19


Building commissioning has remained a priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but with tiny mechanical rooms that make social distancing a challenge on site, building operators and engineers must get creative to safely stick to their projects’ commissioning schedules.

Commissioning Hydronic Systems, Part 4

Contractor Magazine

In this, the final article on commissioning, we will discuss the other parameters in need of testing and documentation

The basics of building commissioning


Commissioning isn’t a new concept. The term actually dates back to shipbuilding; a commissioned ship is one that’s deemed ready for service. However, a ship must pass several milestones before setting sail. The equipment has to be installed and tested, problems need to be identified and corrected and the crew is extensively trained. Similar to ships, buildings undergo the same functional testing before occupancy

Commissioning study finds median energy savings of 3% to 16%


The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released results of a study on building commissioning that found a median energy savings from 3% to 16%, depending on building type.

Miyamoto Named Chair of California’s Seismic Safety Commission

ENR Construction

California’s Seismic Safety Commission names as chair seismic-resistant design expert H. Kit Miyamoto

OSH Review Commission makes important machine guarding ruling

FDR Safety

In a significant ruling, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has tossed out a machine guarding citation issued by OSHA to an energy company. But the Review Commission said that the judge misinterpreted the phrase “reasonably predictable,” saying there was no evidence that any employees were stationed at or near either piece of machinery. The post OSH Review Commission makes important machine guarding ruling appeared first on FDRsafety.

Top 10 Commissioning (Cx) Pitfalls


This blog is part of a series, check it out: Top 6 reasons to commission your building Commissioning! absolutely everyone) What to look for in a commissioning agent Top 10 Commissioning Pitfalls The goal of building Commissioning is to uncover and address issues with the installation and performance of building […]. Commissioning Energy Green Building Renewable Energy Sustainability

Building Commissioning: A ?Return to Work? Necessity


Here, stok’s commissioning team lays out how to safely bring your building back online and efficiently adjust operations during COVID-19 based on what we know now about the pandemic. If you need support with determining and documenting changes, a commissioning agent can provide recommendations for SOO revisions, QC the new SOO, and provide a checklist for facilities teams to adapt to new conditions. #2: Ongoing commissioning.

Commissioning hydronic systems, Part 1

Contractor Magazine

When I first started in this business 40 some years ago, our equipment selections and system designs were much simpler

Seven lessons learned on commissioning projects


Commissioning helps projects achieve greater occupant comfort and satisfaction, higher building energy efficiency, and ensures ease of maintenance for the building engineering staff. Ultimately, commissioning is where the rubber meets the road in terms of building design. Commissioning a building is how an owner is able to have full confidence that the building is operating as designed and that we aren’t wasting a single dollar on inefficient systems

Hudson River construction program commission would open door for federal funds

Construction Dive

Officials from New Jersey, New York and Amtrak on the proposed Gateway Development Commission would handle the $13 billion Hudson River tunnel and $1.6 billion Portal North Bridge projects

6 Reasons to [properly] Commission your Building


Top 6 reasons to commission your building. Commissioning! absolutely everyone) What to look for in a commissioning agent (coming soon) Top 10 Commissioning Pitfalls (coming soon) Congrats! Commissioning Energy Green Building This blog is part of a series, check it out! Who is it good for? You’ve just invested in some new systems that will make your building more […].

Commissioning hydronic systems, Part 2

Contractor Magazine

Suffice to say, there are no less than a 1000 different ways to do a system, but they all contain the same basic equipment

Commissioning hydronic systems, Part 3

Contractor Magazine

Today’s boilers come with turndown ratios that result in having to test the appliance at a minimum of three different points on the appliance’s modulating scale

From project planning to post-construction: Navigating the commissioning process


This is the second post in our series examining the basics, benefits and boundaries of building commissioning. Read part one of the series here.

Texas Facilities Commission Adopts BIM

Collaborative Construction

Austin - The Texas Facilities Commission (TFC), the agency within the State of Texas that oversees the state’s real estate development as owners and operators of state facilities, today announces its adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for state design and construction projects." Texas has pulled the trigger, officially adopting BIM for use on on TFC projects. This will have a HUGE impact on the AEC Industry in Texas and around the country.

Understanding retro commissioning


One of the biggest criticisms of the LEED process is its claim that using it will help save on operating costs, while in fact, many projects don’t reach that goal. Of course, until a building is completed and systems begin to operate, the owner doesn’t know how much energy the building really uses. Once a building has some history, energy models can be modified to make better projections for the building’s energy consumption.

What to look for in a Commissioning Agent


This blog is part of a series, check it out: Top 6 reasons to commission your building Commissioning! absolutely everyone) What to look for in a commissioning agent Top 10 Commissioning Pitfalls (coming soon) Commissioning (Cx) is the process of verifying that building systems are installed, balanced and functioning as […]. Commissioning Who is it good for?

Increase the value of your commissioning process

Contractor Magazine

The market for building commissioning services has always been dynamic – it is not uncommon to receive project bids that differ by a factor of two or three. Matt Schwartz, PE, Sr. Associate & Greg Shank, Principal, Altura Associates. Business shapes the tools, then the tools reshape the business. read more.

145-MW Floating Power Station Commissioned for Santo Domingo

ENR Construction

Barge-mounted 145-MW plant commissioned for Santo Domingo

AIA releases new architect commissioning document


The American Institute of Architects has released AIA Document C203 – 2017 Standard Form of Consultant’s Services: Commissioning. C203-2017 replaces B211-2007, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: Commissioning. The form is intended to be used as a supplement to AIA Document C103–2015, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Consultant without a Predefined Scope of Consultant’s Services as a guide for drawing up a contract for commissioning services

Sounding The Alarm For Proper Fire System Commissioning

ENR Construction

In the engineering community, one small miscalculation or overlooked detail could prove to be disastrous

California Energy Commission slashes flow rates for urinals, faucets

Contractor Magazine

In response to the historic drought being experienced in California, the California Energy Commission has gone beyond WaterSense standards, mandating that new urinal installations use no more than a pint per flush and faucets max out at 1.2-GPM. The new requirements will take effect next year. read more. Plumbing

Hytrol Investing More Than $20M In Arkansas Expansion

Business Facilities

Advanced Manufacturing Arkansas Capital Investment Daily News Featured Manufacturing Research & Development Arkansas Economic Development Commission corporate expansion Employment Fort Smith Governor Asa Hutchinson Hytrol material handling Site Selection

OK Commission Says Workers' Comp Alternative Unconstitutional

Construction Equipment

. On Friday, the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission called the alternative workplace-benefit plans that some employers adopted under the law "a water mirage on the highway that disappears upon closer inspection," and ruled unanimously the law that allows employers to opt-out of state-regulated workers' comp plans.

Guidelines for Building Commissioning in the Works

Construction Dive

There are several new developments to report in the effort to develop guidance for optimizing building performance through commissioning. In one such development, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recently began taking comments on proposed Guideline 0.2P, The Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies.

US International Trade Commission Rejects Duties on Fabricated Steel, Despite Commerce Findings

ENR Construction

International Trade Commission threw out anti-dumping and countervailing duties on fabricated steel from China, Mexico and Canada The U.S.

Commissioning! Who is it good for (absolutely everyone)


Top 6 reasons to commission your building Commissioning! absolutely everyone) What to look for in a commissioning agent (coming soon) Top 10 Commissioning Pitfalls (coming soon) Commissioning (Cx) is the quality control process of documenting and achieving the performance requirements […]. Commissioning Energy Green Building This blog is part of a series, check it out! Who is it good for?

Michigan Becomes 1st State to Form Infrastructure Commission

Construction Equipment

Michigan is first in the nation to implement a coordinated effort to better manage the state’s drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, transportation, and private utilities under legislation signed July 2 by Gov. Rick Snyder. Having sound and modern infrastructure is vital to the health and well-being of the people of Michigan,” Snyder said. This legislation helps us take the necessary steps to ensure Michigan has a modern and reliable infrastructure system

Sales commission or salary: The conudrum

Construction Marketing Ideas

in some fields, such as real estate sales, there seems to be only one answer: pure commission. Residential contracting consultant Michael Stone has never wavered in his belief (and advocacy) that residential contractors should employ sales representatives who work on pure commission. The contractor says: Commission salespeople do not know how to treat people. I do not hire sales people in my stores based on commission only.

Project Update: Commissioning Underway at Hopewell Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility

PC Construction

The $71 million design-build Phase 2 Nitrogen Removal Improvements project at the Hopewell Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility is now in commissioning with full startup scheduled for this spring. Current work includes process checks for all. All Projects Water & Wastewater Treatment

Kit Miyamoto Is Named Chair of California's Seismic Safety Commission

ENR Construction

Structural engineer and seismic-resistant design expert will guide body that probes quakes and recommends risk reduction policies

Calif. commission approves ‘emergency’ balcony code changes


The California Building Standards Commission recently approved emergency regulations enhancing the California Building Code (CBC) balcony and walking surface construction requirements

Texas Facilities Commission Named ENR Texas & Louisiana's 2020 Owner of the Year

ENR Construction

Under the guidance of the Texas Facilities Commission, construction is progressing on the Capitol Complex Project—a nearly $900 million effort that will create a destination that celebrates the capitol and centralize all state agencies

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Named ENR MidAtlantic Owner of the Year

ENR Construction

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission has been selected as ENR MidAtlantic Owner of the Year

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces Grant Recipients

Buisness Facilities Contributed Content

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) has awarded $350,000 in grants for nine projects. The post Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces Grant Recipients appeared first on Business Facilities. Plains Arts Blog-Sept-2013 Goodland Grants Independence Kansas City Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Lawrence National Endowment For The Arts Newton St. Posted by Heidi Schwartz.

FERC Decision Puts State Renewable Portfolio Standards At Risk

Green Building Law Update

In a decision that critics have called “unprecedented” the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on December 19, 2019 issued an Order Establishing Just And Reasonable Rate “to protect the competitive capacity market administered by PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.” But the two Democrats on the FERC blasted the decision, saying with one writing that it puts the commission on the “wrong side of history in the fight against climate change.”.

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Should Commissioning Be Required for Small Buildings?

Construction Dive

Should commissioning be required for all buildings that are designed and built to meet American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 189.1-201, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, regardless of size?