Next Energy Engineering Forum scheduled for May 16 from noon until 1:15 pm

We are working with the Energy Trust of Oregon to present a series of Energy Engineering Forums throughout 2018. These free events consist of one hour technical presentations followed by fifteen minutes of Q & A. Complimentary lunch and certificates of attendance will be provided. Be sure to join our mailing list to be notified of this and other AEE CRC events!

May 2017 Energy Engineering Forum – Improving Energy Performance by Testing Adjusting and Balance (TAB)

We are working with Energy Trust of Oregon to present a series of Energy Engineering Forums in 2017. This free event consists of a one hour technical presentation followed by fifteen minutes of Q&A. A complimentary lunch and certificates of attendance will be provided.

Improving Energy Performance by Testing Adjusting and Balancing (TAB)
John M Herboth, P.E. CxA, EMP, BET CP
Northwest Engineering Services Inc. (NWESI)

The presentation on TAB and Energy Use will discuss how a building’s heating and cooling systems balancing can lead to energy use changes. The presentation will use specific project details in a discussion on the challenges regularly experienced by TAB providers from design, through construction, and after a building is occupied plus how those issues have impacted the end product’s energy use.

We will also be hosting this event as a webinar. Please use the link below to register for the event


John Herboth is a Commissioning Project Manager at Northwest Engineering Service Inc. but also leads & performs TAB on projects up and down the I-5 corridor. Over the last 9.5 years with NWESI, he has commissioned over 50 projects and has been involved in over 18 TAB projects. Over the last 3 years he has led the firm’s building envelope testing services and in 2015 started their building envelope commissioning services.





2016 Wrench of the Year Award Winners

Congratulations to Andy Hart from Owens Corning and Vlad Davidovich from Blount International.

The Wrench of the Year Award honors two true “wrenches” – folks diligently working in the ducts, rafters, floors and trenches to make machines run right and tight. The awards are given to personnel working in facility management where their work contributed significantly to energy efficiency improvement during the award year. Winners are involved in day-to-day management of facility operations, efficiency measures or procedures, and their work has demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement in energy efficiency.

“They are all deserving and it is difficult to pick just two from such a strong field,” said past Wrench winner, Don Eaton of Darigold. Jason Jepsen, member of AEE CRC, adds, “The Wrench of the Year Award seeks to recognize the grit and gristle of successful energy system improvements. It’s where the rubber meets the road, the details that matter and need to happen. Who is going the extra mile to keep machines and operations on tack?”

Andy Hart looked to ambient conditions for 20% electricity savings. Tracking and tuning, he optimized heat-activated ink drying and shrink wrap processes. He also proposed and evaluated evaporative cooling for process water avoiding a mechanical chiller purchase and operation. Vlad Davidovich likewise found energy savings in setpoints adjustments, variable speed drives and attentive plant operation. Recent projects include Strategic Energy Management, custom programming of air handlers and a heat recovery chiller, combined saving over 4 million kilowatt-hours.

The Wrench of the Year Award includes an attractive trophy, a $500 check, the Commercial Energy Auditing Reference Handbook (donated by Fairmont Press), and the responsibility of helping to select next year’s winners. The trophy is beautiful enough to mount in the living room, yet useful enough for the shop. The 12″ Blue-Pointe crescent wrench is fastened with powerful magnets, allowing quick removal for energy efficiency improvements. The winners were nominated and selected by peers working in the energy field, and honored at the AEE CRC Annual Holiday party at Lompoc Brewery’s Sidebar.

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APEM Summer 2016 Forum

APEM is holding their Summer Forum on Friday June 3rd. This event is focused on new developments in variable speed technology. Their experienced and knowledgeable speakers will share their expertise and experiences from decades the field. After an introduction to the theories and practicalities of variable speed technology, they will present on new applications for variable speed compressors and follow a case study of the implementation of variable speed technology on air and water systems. This forum will also feature vendors who will be there to answer questions and provide hands-on learning opportunities.