Session 704

November 1, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Massachusetts Room (Lobby Level)

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Case Study: It's a New Facility!  What Possibly Could Go Wrong?

Kristofer G. Anderson


KG Anderson - Bath, ME

Session Description 


This case study looks at a medical laboratory that was designed and built into an existing building in 2010. It took 8 years, but the numerous issues have finally been corrected while the laboratory has been operating 24/7/365. The issues found are not necessarily unique to a laboratory and the lessons learned are easily transferable to other projects. The final phase of recommissioning the laboratory resulted in $124,000 in annual energy savings with improved thermal comfort throughout. Unfortunately, the cost to the customer has been enormous both in lost revenue, lost productivity, high energy consumption, and the cost of corrective measures. Attendees will learn the failures and remedies of issues such as redundancy in design, value engineering, thermostat placement and installation, snow entrainment, and pressurization.

Presentation Categories:  Building Design & Construction; Energy Efficiency; Facility Operations & Management; Investigations, Testing & Research


Presentation Level: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced

About Kristofer Anderson


Kris Anderson is the founder and President of K.G. ANDERSON, a Maine consulting engineering firm since 2002, which offers industrial, commercial, healthcare, and residential customers independent assistance regarding building energy, HVAC design and diagnostics, envelope design and forensics, retro-commissioning, and indoor air quality. Kris has a diverse background in the building and construction industry spanning 37 years.

Kris holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Norwich, and is a Maine Licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional, and Certified Energy Manager. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Building Commissioning Association (BCA), the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), and Member of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council (MIAQC). Kris is a frequent speaker at conferences on the subjects of indoor air quality, HVAC, building forensics & science, and retro-commissioning. He is also a Volunteer Firefighter.

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