Resources

Thurston Engineering Services is active and involved: in the work we do, in the associations we enlist to, in the community we live, and in the way we live. As such, we have much to share.

Associations

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba (APEGM)
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES)
Building Commissioning Association (BCA)
Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Saskatchewan Chapter

 

News

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Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings, Coordinating Registered Professional (MECB-CRP)
Posted Jul. 30, 2015

As a natural extension of our energy modelling for the Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings (MECB) Performance Path option, Thurston Engineering Services can now serve as the Coordinating Registered Professional (CRP), required to issue a stamped MECB Certificate of Compliance to the Manitoban municipality prior to final occupancy.

 

As energy modellers, we believe we are in the best position of all consultants to provide this: the Modeller is the one that is guaranteed to look at all energy systems (architectural, mechanical and electrical) with respect to MECB requirements.  With this cross-scope knowledge, it is simply a matter of discussing any learned MECB compliance issues with other professionals on record (as would be done with the model anyways), and then confirming that construction is as per consultants' MECB-compliant design.  The added cost is minimal, as was the intention with the adoption of MECB.


As always, Thurston Engineering Services strives to add as much value as possible to the process: we encourage teams to add a Modeller early in the process so that the model can be used to gauge cost effectiveness of design options, rather than just used as a verification tool.  Besides, a great advocate of energy modeling and early energy design discussion, Manitoba Hydro (www.hydro.mb.ca), will foot all or most of the energy model bill through its design incentives.  Zero cost, lots of benefit.  
 

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Measure performance and improve your existing building
Posted Jun. 24, 2015

While there is a lot of incentive to build new buildings as efficiently as possible, what about the mass of existing buildings that make up a majority of our built environment?  What is being done to improve the energy and water efficiency of these buildings?


The leader in this sector is BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada), and its BOMA BESt program which sets "realistic standards for energy and environmental performance of existing buildings based on accurate, independently verified information" (www.bomabest.com).  Thurston Engineering Services has itself seen the benefits of this program:


1. Reductions in electrical and natural gas consumption;
2. Reductions in water consumptions (and thereby reductions in sewer and infrastructure charges);
3. Increases in the % of diversion of garbage to the landfill;
4. Increased awareness in the daily operations of a building; and
5. Reduction in the overall GHG footprint a building has on the environment.


The process is simple and effective.  First, register your building to the program.  Upon approval, complete an on-line questionnaire to assess your energy performance, environmental performance, and your management practices.  Within this questionnaire are helpful tips and recommendations, giving you immediate value from the program.  Then, third party verification is needed to add to the BOMA BESt Assessment.  


Thurston Engineering has been a service provider of many third party verifications (or audits), intending not only to satisfy requirements of the BOMA BESt program, but also to add maximum value to the process by talking face-to-face with owners and operators and bringing all of our experience to the table: we will provide a priority list of industry-proven recommendations suitable for our climate, our energy cost structure, and your building, so that the owner is left with a smart system improvement and equipment replacement program for years to come.


While certification is great, we believe there should be more benefit to the program than a sticker to put up next to the elevator.
 

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What did we learn in 2014?
Posted Nov. 19, 2014

Thurston Engineering Services continued to learn in 2014, attending two of the largest conferences in our areas of expertise: 2014 National Conference on Building and Facility Operations (covering topics relevant to commissioning and energy management), and eSIM 2014 (energy modeling).

 

In addition to validation that our services are in line with practices across the country, we came home with information to share.  At the National Conference on Building and Faciltiy Operations, it was discussed that many building owners are going to a continuous optimization program: it takes 2 years to get a building humming and, as such, it is well worth retaining a commissioning agent for 2 years after occupancy rather than just until occupancy.  At eSIM 2014, Thurston Engineering Services gained expertise in daylight modeling, learned of the burgeoning technology of model-based predictive control where buildings will predict their loads and most efficiently address them (as opposed to today's reactive control), and obtained evidence that most energy models UNDERESTIMATE energy use and specifically, overestimate savings with demand control ventilation.

 

These are a just a few tidbits - our industry is constantly changing.  Exciting!

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