Elevate Building Commissioning’s first trade show experience is in the books. We wanted to shout a big thank you to the OSFMA board for putting on the conference as well as all the other vendors and attendees who helped welcome us. There will be more firsts in the coming months but this was big because we were able to make some great, hopefully lasting, connections.
The 2017 OSFMA conference brought together facilities and operations staff from all over Oregon with specialty renovation providers, custodial equipment vendors, controls contractors, architect groups, engineering firms and (most importantly, we think 🙂 ) commissioning providers. Classes throughout the day were provided for the facilities directors and operators to learn new ideas and share with their peers. The trade show featured a sold-out array of booths to explore putting the new ideas to practice. As a booth vendor we were able to prioritize meeting both the conference attendees and conference vendors since both relationships will be valuable to us moving forward. Among other things we were able to discuss: energy code with the Oregon Department of Energy, Senate Bill 1149 school project initiation with the Oregon Energy Trust, mountain climbing and skiing with the Vernonia district, existing building commissioning with a number of school districts, new school design with Soderstrom Architects, being certified as an Oregon Emerging Small Business and perhaps the most common “what do you guys do?” Believe it or not, we love answering this question!
We believe building commissioning is an essential piece of the construction and building life puzzle and to spread knowledge of implementing the process is a win in all circumstances. After all, most people don’t know existing building commissioning has a typical energy cost payback of less than a year and new building commissioning has a typical energy cost payback of less than 5 years.
If you were or weren’t able to make it to OSFMA 2017 please contact us with any other questions you may have.