Monitoring-Based Commissioning and Audits

QuEST conducts all-level ASHRAE energy audits that, once implemented, deliver persistent savings

QuEST has built a successful track record by achieving superior energy and operational performance for our customers. As experts in energy auditing, commissioning, and construction management—as well as a principal engineer who has held a leadership position in the governing body of ASHRAE—we know that recommendations and implementation are two sides of the same coin; our recommendations are rooted in the knowledge of how measures will behave in a whole building context. We know what technologies will best serve the savings goals and design of an individual building. In short, our service extends beyond numbers. We truly deliver confidence.

QuEST has pioneered an approach to building commissioning that integrates industry-standard measurement and verification (M&V) methods into building operating procedures, giving owners simple and effective tools to help them maintain ongoing, efficient operations, while providing a means of documenting savings and tracking results over time. This integrated approach, demonstrated at the University of California at Berkeley’s Tan Hall and at UC Davis’ Shields Library, has won recognition for Best Practices in Monitoring-Based Commissioning for 2007 and 2008 at the UC Sustainability Conference. QuEST also helped Macy’s Department Stores win a “Flex Your Power” award in 2008 from the State of California.

As a measure of our best practice, QuEST was selected to conduct retrocommissioning technical reviews by Pacific Gas & Electric. Since 2012 we have served in a third-party capacity reviewing incentive applications and contractor bids secured by building owners, making sure their scopes adequately reflect the intent of the performance findings. We will, for instance, provide advice on measures being implemented and deliver a post-implementation report that includes final savings, costs, and payback calculations according to the M&V plan; and if desired, train the owner requirements for ongoing maintenance and monitoring.