INSIGHT

LEAF Engineers share their expertise in the field.

Retro-Commissioning Q&A

Q: What does “retro-commissioning” mean? A: In the context of LEAF’s proven energy efficiency program, retro-commissioning means tuning up an existing building’s HVAC and lighting controls system performance to lower the utility bills. Q: What is involved? A: The basic steps include: • Benchmarking of current utility costs across the district • Analysis of existing...

Back to School Basics: Best Practices for HVAC System Start-Up Procedures

LEAF Engineers has developed this checklist as a document to provide operations, and maintenance strategies to help in the fight against COVID-19 and other respiratory infections and offer practical application advice considering recent CDC and other national publications by health experts. Indoor environmental conditions, especially those directly affected by mechanical ventilation, are extremely critical for...

Building Well Whitepaper

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the normalcy of daily life has been upended, it is safe to expect that even when social activity resumes, "normal" experiences and interactions will be altered for years to come, if not permanently. Similarly, the hyper-focus on health and wellness of the past several months will undoubtedly...

Local Gifted and Talented Seniors Have Opportunity to Shine

As the global Coronavirus pandemic cancels so many year-end milestones and celebrations for students across the country, Fort Bend ISD is proud to announce that seniors enrolled in the Gifted and Talented Mentorship program will have the opportunity to present their research in a unique virtual showcase.

Conroe ISD’s Next School Will Be Solar Powered

In a first for the Conroe Independent School District, Stockton Junior High School will feature two solar panel fields that will be used to energize the building when it opens in August of 2020. At a CISD board meeting on Sept. 16, Easy Foster, director of planning and construction for the district, gave the board...

Model Behavior: Why Energy Modeling Is an Integral Part of the Design Process

Energy modeling software has improved continually since it was first developed more than 30 years ago. As building mechanical and electrical systems become more complex, teams can better analyze them by creating energy model simulations. Energy modeling simulates building operation and produces useful performance data to evaluate design decisions. Energy modeling has been gaining a...

Zeroing In

Excerpt from Civil Engineering Magazine The idea of designing buildings that generate as much energy as they use goes by many names. “Whether people are talking about net zero, zero net, or zero energy, it’s basically all the same thing,” says Paul Torcellini, Ph.D., P.E., a principal engineer for the Commercial Buildings Research Group at...