Sandra LaFlamme, P.E., C.E.M., C.B.C.P.

17-Oct-2018, 3:00 - 3:30PM

Session: Latest in Commissioning

Track F | Energy Services

Doing More with Less: Commissioning Small and Medium Size Buildings

Sandra LaFlamme, P.E., C.E.M., C.B.C.P.
Senior Energy Consultant


There is little dispute that commissioning large buildings with fully functioning building automation systems offers an excellent return on a customer’s investment. Commissioning improves occupant comfort and air quality in a building, and reduces maintenance costs. It also saves energy and benefits the environment.

But what about small and medium-sized buildings? And structures with marginal building automation systems? Or buildings running wild before their planned controls upgrades are to start? Or buildings currently running poorly while their owners consider retaining a contractor for a future performance contract? What can these buildings’ owners and facility managers do now, to be cost effective in optimizing their building controls? What types of low- and no-cost savings opportunities might there be?

This session will answer these questions.

The presentation will benefit commercial building owners, commissioning providers, vendors, and efficiency engineers operating in the small to medium-sized building market. It will demonstrate evaluation principles for determining the level of commissioning appropriate in these buildings by considering the ranges of energy savings they can expect to achieve.

The session will also share case studies, with savings and cost information, from this underserved segment of the commercial building market. The discussion will also cover savings expected from common energy-saving controls. Participants will take home a building automation system checklist for their own or customers’ facilities to help them better discover these opportunities. They will also receive a list of free resources for optimizing their building control systems.




Sandra LaFlamme has over 20 years of experience working in the energy efficiency field. She has a Professional Engineering license from the State of Vermont, has been a Certified Energy Manager for the past 15 years, and is a Certified Building Commissioning Professional. Prior to entering the energy efficiency field, she designed heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and plumbing systems for all types of commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and working as an HVAC and plumbing designer for many years, she pursued her interest in environmental issues and took a job as Energy Manager for the University of Vermont. She then worked for Vermont Gas as an Energy Services Engineer focusing on natural gas saving projects and was responsible for working with customers to achieve savings targets cost effectively. Sandra is currently a Senior Energy Consultant for VEIC, where she has worked for the past 10 years helping customers reduce their carbon emissions and energy costs.


Track: F Energy Services | Session: Latest in Commissioning