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Commissioning: Optimizing Building Performance

Rick Vance, Viridian


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Racquet Club at 5111 Sanderlin Ave

5:30p social, 6:00 dinner, 7:00 program


Course Description:
Good long-term building performance starts with a building that performs as intended upon completion.  Effective commissioning defines the owner’s requirements and ensures that building systems are designed, installed, and operate as intended.  This course will define the Commissioning (LEED prerequisite) process including Owner's Project Requirements, design and installation review, functional testing of the building, and close out procedures.  It will educate attendees on the benefits of commissioning, the commissioning process, the key elements of each commissioning activity as well as the deliverables provided as part of commissioning framework.  The result is an understanding of how commissioning helps optimize building performance for the long-term and creates a better product for the project team and the owner.

Learning Objectives:
Describe how an Owner's Project Requirements for energy efficiency, occupancy schedules, sustainability goals, preferred setpoints, and an understanding of an owner's previous problems can help improve design and functionality of, and long-term satisfaction with a building.

Describe how Commissioning fits into the design schedule and the benefits of third party review of mechanical/electrical and envelope systems during the design phase.

Describe Commissioning inspection of mechanical/electrical and envelope systems and how this ensures long-term performance and durability of the building.

Describe functional testing of mechanical/electrical controls and systems to ensure functionality, energy efficiency, and long-term performance of a building. Will also discuss the close out procedures for an owner and follow-up opportunities to create a positive transition between construction phase and ownership phase.

Add to Calendar 04-17-2014 17:30 04-17-2014 20:00 11 CSI Memphis | INTRO TO BUILDING COMMISSIONING Presented by Rick Vance, Viridian 5111 Sanderlin Ave Memphis, TN 38111 Mike Zielinski

Through his previous professional experience, Rick has gained expertise in sustainable business development and LEED certification for a range of large scale, international projects including hotels, high-rise residential and commercial buildings, and community developments. In addition, Rick has worked with global companies to develop organizational energy and carbon management policies, including low carbon product development and connected real estate services. Rick has participated in various types of LEED projects including: LEED-Neighborhood Development, LEED-Commercial Interiors, LEED-New Construction and LEED for Existing Buildings. 
In 2009, Rick was a Team Advisor for the Greenland Quest, an unsupported vertical crossing of the Greenland icecap to raise awareness of global warming is-sues and the need for sustainability. Through his participation, Rick advised team members and supporters on sustainable development practices. 
In addition to international work, Rick has developed and managed local, sustainable projects in Little Rock including community events and green business ventures. As Executive Director of the MacArthur Park 5k Race and Evening Event, Rick and his team built an annual fund raising event that supports community improvement of the downtown Little Rock area. 
Rick has presented on sustainable development and energy management to various groups including the Dubai Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) regulating authority, RealComm and BOMA, Dubai International Business Women Group, and the Global Project and Process Management Association. 


2010 to Present: Senior Project Manager, Viridian, Little Rock, AR 
2008 to 2010: Vice President - Business Development, Pacific 
Controls Inc.
2008 to 2010: Sustainability Consultant, Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development
2006 to 2008: Project Manager, Clinton Foundation, Little Rock, AR


Rick’s current responsibilities include new construction energy services including fundamental and enhanced commissioning, building envelope commissioning and indoor air quality testing, energy management business development and project stakeholder training and education.
Commissioning services are provided to private organizations and governmental agencies, K-12 schools, non-profit organizations, as well as, higher education. Through Viridian, Rick is an on-call commissioning provider for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Central Arkansas, Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.


Viridian is an independent sustainable building consulting firm specializing in Commissioning, Energy Services, LEED Consulting, Building Testing, and Building Asset Evaluations.

Established in 2007 as a response to the growing demand for independent building commissioning services and sustainable building practices, Viridian is a leader in the field of sustainable design. We provide building stakeholders innovative and sustainable solutions to develop high performance facilities that are more energy efficient and reduce environmental impact, all while realizing significant financial savings in both upfront and life cycle costs.

Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, our goal is to transform the built environment with sustainable solutions that are environmentally sound, socially responsible, and economically feasible.

Viridian provides building solutions to building owners, architects and engineers to meet sustainable building objectives through programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) green building certification program. We are uniquely positioned to represent our clients in an independent and unbiased manner. We do not provide architectural or mechanical design services, represent any products or manufacturers, or provide energy service contracting services. Our firm consists of a full time staff of 26 employees with offices in Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Dallas, Texas.

Text Box: Rick Vance, CxA, CEM, 
Energy Services
Senior Project Manager


University of Arkansas at LR
B.S. in Construction Management
National Honors Society for Construction

Sigma Lambda Chi


LEED AP Building Design & Construction 

Certified Energy Manager

Certified Commissioning Authority

IECC Commercial Energy Inspector with ASHRAE 90.1

IECC Commercial Energy Plans Examiner with ASHRAE 90.1


U.S. Green Building Council
Arkansas Chapter

Central Arkansas Chapter

The Association of Energy Engineers