Building Commissioning for Performance
"You cannot manage what you cannot measure.”
C.L.I. Group, LLC has provided expert home & building inspection services, commissioning, environmental, energy and litigation support services to clients throughout Northeast, Ohio since 1992. We serve both the residential and commercial construction communities providing valuable services including: residential & commercial inspections, advanced IAQ investigations, building commissioning, energy audits, system inspections, LEED consulting and construction defect investigations. Our multi-disciplined team of building, indoor air quality and HVAC professionals have the required skills to thoroughly evaluate most buildings using our "holistic" approach to solving complicated building issues. This helps to alleviate biases which can be introduced when problems are evaluated by those with a single focus or a financial interest.
Building Commissioning Process Management (ASHRAE Certified CPMP)
Commercial & Residential Building Inspections (ICC Certified Combination Inspector)
Residential Energy Services (ICC Certified Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner)
LEED™ Project Management & Consulting (LEED AP's)
Thermal Imaging (Infrared Thermography)
Building Enclosure, Waterproofing and Sealant Evaluations/Commissioning
Commercial Building Inspections (ASTM E-2018 Property Condition Assessments)
Field Audits (Define potential problems during construction)
Exterior Insulation Finish System (EIFS)/Manufactured Stone Assessments/Thermography)
Commercial & Residential "Total Building Commissioning"
Building Science, Forensic Building Investigations
Water Damage Investigation, Mold & other Biologicals, Consulting (IICRC S500, IICRC520)
Waterproofing Evaluations (above/below grade, roofs, plaza decks, etc.)
Remediation Plan Development & Oversight
Indoor Air Quality Management Plans & Surveys
Indoor Air Quality Assessments & Monitoring (Board Certified IAQ Manager, Indoor Environmental Consultant)
VOC (EPA TO-15) Sampling and Mapping
LEED IAQ Testing (EQ Cr. 3.2 Option B)
Facility Dust and Particulate Monitoring
Infrared Thermography Building Envelope & Roof Surveys
Anhydrous Calcium Chloride Moisture Vapor Testing (Concrete moisture testing before floor applications)
Expert Documentation, Reporting & Testimony
Construction Oversight, Management and Progress Reports
Call C.L.I. Group Today for all of your building science needs
(440) 946-7191 or (440) 655-9024
Energy Related Services:
HVAC Services (Review) OH Licensed:
Fire Suppression Enclosure Testing:
Construction, Indoor Air Quality, Energy and Expert Services
We provide services to building owners, property managers, builders, homeowners and the legal community. Our services range from simple walk-through examinations of buildings and homes to extensive investigations and research relating to building science, forensics, engineering, construction failures, moisture issues, waterproofing, indoor air quality, building codes & ventilation. Our services include entire buildings or specialty areas including roofs, waterproofing, HVAC systems, building envelope, combustion analysis, pressure diagnostics, indoor air quality, preliminary evaluations and energy audits.
C.L.I. Group, LLC evaluates each building by looking at the building as a whole system. Buildings are made up of many integral components which operate as a whole to make buildings safe, energy efficient and comfortable for the occupants. We evaluate each building and building component with this in mind. All too often, contractors & sub-contractors, inspectors and others overlook this fact with less than satisfactory results. For example, updating an older building by adding insulation, new windows, adding walls, etc. may create new problems such as depleting needed combustion air, changing building pressures and causing combustion gases to backdraft into the building. Changing building pressures and/or natural infiltration rates can also lead to inadequate fresh air ventilation, indoor air quality issues, moisture and condensation issues and other conditions which should be understood when undertaking such modifications. The same is true in commercial buildings. Is the building being used as it was originally designed? Have modifications been made such a splitting large, open areas into offices? Was the HVAC system updated and balanced to accommodate any such changes? These factors can all affect the building and the occupants of the building and should be evaluated during renovations.
Total Building Commissioning
The Commissioning Process focuses on producing a quality-based system that achieves the Owner’s Project Requirements. The Owner has adopted the Commissioning Process as his/her quality process to plan, design, construct, and operate this facility. As with any quality process, the Commissioning Process provides tools to enable everyone involved in the construction of the facility to verify that the final facility meets the Owner’s Project Requirements.
C.L.I. Group, LLC is an independent agent in the commissioning process, and as such The Commissioning Authority is not responsible for design concept, design criteria, compliance with codes, design or general construction scheduling, cost estimating, or construction management. The Commissioning Authority may assist with problem-solving or resolving nonconformance or deficiencies, but ultimately that responsibility resides with the general contractor and design professionals.
Reference: ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005 The Commissioning Process
Commissioning of the total building is a concept that is rapidly gaining acceptance throughout the industry. With the complexities, costs and liabilities of building today, the prudent building owner is opting to reduce those risks through "total building commissioning". In the past, the commissioning process focused on the HVAC systems for the most part. Total Building Commissioning is changing that concept. Buildings today are much more co-dependent on all major systems functioning as a whole. The major systems of the building are inter-related and therefore must all function within the specification to achieve performance. If any part of the whole is not functioning as specified, there is a high probability that the other integral components will also cease to function within specifications. This adds to high operating costs, equipment failures, poor building performance and increased liabilities to the owner.
For further information on the building commissioning process visit our commissioning area.
Our Other Partnerships:
To provide services to our clients which create safe, efficient and environmentally friendly buildings. We use the latest technology to evaluate, investigate and report on the conditions present in the buildings we evaluate. Paying attention to building behavior can allow for the technician to diagnose problems or defective components in the building and make repair recommendations based on fact rather than speculation. Properly operating and maintaining any building makes the building more comfortable and efficient and results in lower overall operating costs. Whether you are purchasing a building or trying to correct a building with existing problems we can help to assure that you will get the most from your investment. I invite you to browse our site to learn more about the specialized and unique services we offer. These are services you will not get by hiring specialty contractors that evaluate problems with a bias toward the services and products they sell. When hiring a company to assess your building, ask yourself this question..."if my contractor is an HVAC contractor, what are the chances that I will be told my windows or insulation are the reason for high energy costs"? It has been our experience that the majority of the time the answer is no. You would be told your mechanical systems need repair and/or replacement. It is this bias that we have built our company services around. We can evaluate and assess your building "holistically" without the bias of a specialty contractor. Giving you the facts about your building and your options is our ONLY BUSINESS.
C.L.I. Group, LLC always works with the best interests of our clients in mind. We have no hidden agenda and no conflicts of interest. We believe that there is only one way to assure the condition, operation or retrofitting options for any building and that is through Independent Third Party Testing & Verification. Our unique services do not leave questions. We will measure the performance of your building using state of the art equipment which is traceable to the N.I.S.T. to assure accuracy. This allows for decisions to be based on fact rather than fiction. We believe in Measured Results. Our motto is simple " If We Achieve Results, You Achieve Performance". This commitment to being independent allows us to make decisions and offer opinions which are based on the performance of your building rather than on a potential sale.
Please call us if you require the assistance of a fully competent building science, indoor air quality or energy consulting company.
(440) 946-7191 or (440) 655-9024
Al Tibbs, CPMP, CIEC, CIAQT, CIAQM, LEED® AP
C.L.I. Group, LLC
ASHRAE Certified: Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP)
Board Certified; Indoor
Environmental Consultant (CIEC), Indoor Air Quality Manager (CIAQM),
ICC Certified: Combination Inspector (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, building), Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner
United States Green Building Council: LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
NBI Certified: HVAC Balancing & Diagnostics NCI Certified: Combustion/Carbon Monoxide Analysis
Member: RESNET - Residential Energy Services Network; U.S.G.B.C. - U.S. Green Building Council, CGBC - Cleveland Green Building Coalition; RCI - Roof Consultants Institute; (BETEC) Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council; SBIC - Sustainable Buildings Industry Council; ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers
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