March Green Scene

Text Size:

  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Normal

Current Size: 100%

 Registration is closed for this event
This month's Green Scene is on Wednesday March 16th @ 6pm at the Viana Hotel in Westbury.

Join us at our monthly chapter meeting called The Green Scene. This new format combines a monthly chapter update, informative program, and meet and greet/ networking event for members and professionals to share ideas with other chapter members and the board of directors.

Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc. will give a brief presentation about making buildings greener on a budget.

Retrocommissioning (retroCx) has long been toted as a first step in “greening” the performance of existing buildings that have not been previously commissioned. It is a systematic process for identifying less-than-optimal performance in a facility’s equipment and the control systems, and making the necessary adjustments. While retrofitting involves replacing outdated equipment, retroCx focuses on improving the efficiency of installed systems to meet current load and performance requirements.

EH&E has been commissioning buildings for over 20 years. In the recent few years, a program was designed to improve the performance of existing buildings without having to make significant CapEx investments. EH&E worked with these owners to implement a focused retroCx process for existing buildings including:

  • Conducting energy benchmarking and HVAC performance evaluations using real-time data collection,
  • Identifying corrective actions and no/low-cost measures for improving performance,
  • Implementing actions and measures from above, and
  • Installing a real-time energy monitoring program with continuous feedback to the operations staff

This approach has been implemented on more than 10 hospital campuses having over 35 buildings. More than 10% energy usage reductions were achieved on each campus with a range of 10 to 20%. To date, over $2M in energy savings have been achieved with no CapEx investments. The simple payback on nearly all measures was less than one year. While describing the above projects in financial terms, these programs have been whole heartedly adopted by the responsible parties at these  facilities including the operations and accounting departments, human resources and individual employees. Key to this adoption was transforming the energy and financial data into relevant metrics that these individuals could relate.


Speaker: Michael Della Barba, Director of Commissioning Services, EH&E

Mr. Della Barba manages Environmental Health & Engineering’s (EH&E) commissioning team in the mechanical engineering department, where he has overseen commissioning of more than twenty million square feet of commercial and institutional construction. Many of these projects represent the most sophisticated designs in their market sectors including sustainable offices, healthcare and hospital facilities, advanced biomedical and research laboratories, and data centers.

His current duties include department operations and personnel management, project oversight, and project management on selected projects. Mr. Della Barba’s experience has involved private, public, and institutional projects and entailed negotiations with owners, architects, engineers, suppliers, and labor unions. His responsibilities included contract negotiations, purchasing, planning and scheduling, contract conformance, system testing, and troubleshooting. He has designed EH&E’s program as a quality assurance function by applying a review, verification, and documentation process to the project from design through system operation. His program emphasizes functional testing and performance data analysis as key tasks to ensure system performance.       

While serving as a senior analyst at New England Power Service Company, Mr. Della Barba designed and managed their Building Commissioning program for over 150 projects.  The program is nationally recognized as an industry leader.             

He is also an experienced author, frequent speaker and industry advocate regarding the process and value of building commissioning.



March 16th, 2016 6:00 PM through  8:00 PM
Viana Hotel & Spa
3998 Brush Hollow Rd
Westbury, 11590
United States
Show large map
Phone: 631-988-8082
Event Fee(s)
Member $ 10.00
Non-Member $ 15.00
Event Sponsor $ 400.00

Help spread the word

Please help us and let your friends, colleagues and followers know about our page: March Green Scene

You can also share the below link in an email or on your website.

U.S. Green Building Council - Long Island Chapter
69 Chichester Road
Huntington, NY 11743
info [at] usgbc-li [dot] org