Building Performance Diagnosticians are consultants with building sustainability, diagnostics, and data analysis expertise who guide clients and partners in planning, designing, and operating high-performance building systems that improve the efficiency of the building and quality of life for the occupants.
Most Building Performance Diagnosticians hold a bachelor’s degree in mechanical, electrical, or architectural engineering (or another engineering discipline) from an accredited program, or commensurate degree and experience with building systems. They have an advanced understanding of building systems across disciplines and proven experience in at least one discipline such as HVAC, plumbing/piping, electrical, lighting, instrumentation and controls, or building envelope systems. They also have advanced understanding of major tenets of high-performance building design including renewable and alternative energy strategies, daylighting, embodied energy, indoor environmental quality, material composition, water efficiency, and life cycle assessment.
Building Performance Diagnosticians usually inspect or evaluate building envelopes, mechanical systems, electrical systems, or process systems to determine the energy consumption of each system, identify opportunities to improve the operation, maintenance, or energy efficiency of building or process systems, and quantify energy consumption to establish baselines for energy use. They might also inspect newly installed energy efficient equipment to ensure it was installed properly and is performing according to specifications.