A Technical Forum conference call was conducted on August 26th, to determine revisions that will be considered for the final draft of the document. The following is a list of revisions and topics that resulted from this discussion to be considered:
- Introduction - this section of the specification will be expanded, to discuss how this document is intended to be used by the Project Development (PD) team and the Quality Assurance (QA) provider(s). It will explain when certain approaches should be applied (such as energy modeling versus spreadsheet analysis, or when to use various Measurement and Verification options), keeping in mind available resources and the associated risk and uncertainty that may result. The section will also detail specific responsibilities of the PD team and QA providers, and the timing associated with the tasks involved with the project development and review efforts.
- Financing - different financing options are available, and each possess different levels of risk and uncertainty. This section will be revisited to ensure that these different options are explained, and that the risks and responsibilities associated with this financial analysis effort are clearly defined.
- Design, Construction and Verification - It is important to define who has responsibility for operational performance verification, how these efforts can be integrated into the M&V processes, and depending on the responsible party, how this affects risk.
- The definition of building operational plans should be integrated into the construction documentation and operational manual, developed by the building owner or PD team, and subsequently reviewed by the PD team and QA provider, to avoid issues with building or energy performance and expectations.
- “Quality Management” - The term “Quality Assurance” will be replaced with “Quality Management,” to address the thought that quality cannot be assured. That this document is intended to help deliver quality and reduced risk through a structured, well defined, quality management process. Specifically, the specification will explain that this document is intended for “Engineering Services Quality Management.”
- ISO 50001 - the International Standards will be reviewed and appropriate references introduced into this specification that support methods and best practices described in the document.
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