Are Commissioning Laws A Bitter Pill or a Benefit?

March 17, 2014
Laws in California, New York and Illinois now require owners of certain sized new buildings to “commission,” or survey their energy use. Are these a bitter pill for building owners or do they yield important benefits? Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Jerry Schmits, director of business development with KLH Engineers, Energy solutions group, about some unexpected benefits that arise from commissioning.

Laws in California, New York and Illinois now require owners of certain sized new buildings to “commission,” or survey their energy use. Are these a bitter pill for building owners or do they yield important benefits? Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Jerry Schmits, director of business development with KLH Engineers, Energy solutions group, about some unexpected benefits that arise from commissioning.

About the Author

Lisa Cohn | Contributing Editor

I focus on the West Coast and Midwest. Email me at [email protected]

I’ve been writing about energy for more than 20 years, and my stories have appeared in EnergyBiz, SNL Financial, Mother Earth News, Natural Home Magazine, Horizon Air Magazine, Oregon Business, Open Spaces, the Portland Tribune, The Oregonian, Renewable Energy World, Windpower Monthly and other publications. I’m also a former stringer for the Platts/McGraw-Hill energy publications. I began my career covering energy and environment for The Cape Cod Times, where Elisa Wood also was a reporter. I’ve received numerous writing awards from national, regional and local organizations, including Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Willamette Writers, Associated Oregon Industries, and the Voice of Youth Advocates. I first became interested in energy as a student at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, where I helped design and build a solar house.

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