Fifth Annual Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Conference a Success


For three days in May, San Jose, Calif. hosted some of the best minds in HVAC testing, adjusting and balancing to discuss the latest trends and get certified in building.

The fifth annual TABB Conference opened with news of TABB globalization. Erik Emblem, TABB administrator, announced that he had recently traveled to Seoul, South Korea to visit a contractor who submitted an application to become a TABB Contractor. “Testing, adjusting and balancing is unique.

TABB has also received inquiries from firms across Europe and the Middle East. “TABB has kept a rigorous pace, which it has maintained since its inception. We must be able to adapt to the new markets and new technologies that evolve,” stated Emblem. “That is how we will compete and stay ahead of the curve in the globalization of today’s markets.”

The general session of the TABB conference was designed to be full of information to help contractors and technicians in the TAB market. Presentations and discussions included:

  • Indoor environmental solutions, given by Susan and Richard Wing of Wing’s Testing and Balancing Co.;

  • GreenBuildings, LEED and the TABB Contractor, given by Mark Kukla of Air Systems in Rochester, N.Y.;

  • Natural Ventilation by Sezin Eren Ozcan of CatholicUniversity of Leuven, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Heverlee, Belgium;

  • The International Certification Board (ICB) Report, where conference attendees were able to ask questions and make comments to members of TABB’s governing body, the International Certification Board;

  • A break-out session on the TABB Affiliates, which gave attendees the opportunity to ask questions and interact with TABB Affiliate members on what it means to be a TABB Affiliate and how to become one; and

  • A Customer Trust course, in which attendees’ reactions to clients and situations through role-playing were analyzed, and where they were subsequently provided the tools to communicate effectively with customers.

A building commissioning workshop was held by the National Energy Management Institute (NEMI) prior to the start of the TABB Conference. The workshop was followed by a two-hour exam, which offered those who qualified the opportunity to become certified in building commissioning. Providing instruction at the workshop was Mary Coffey, a TABB Certified Supervisor from Modern Controls in New Castle, Del. “Building commissioning is an inspection of all building systems that determines whether they are working according to their design and interacting correctly with each other,” stated Coffey. “It’s becoming a more widespread practice, and the TAB professional needs to be on top of it. The development of this certification demonstrates that TABB is ahead of the curve in this field once again.”

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