Monitoring-Based Commissioning in Performance Contracting  

Education Type: 
1.5 Hours
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This training provides information on incorporating Monitoring-based Commissioning (MBCx) into energy performance contracts, specifically energy savings performance contracts (ESPC) and utility energy service contracts (UESC). It includes a description of MBCx and its uses, benefits of MBCx in each project phase, and approaches for integration of existing and new MBCx systems into energy project financed with performance contracting.


Jesse Dean, Senior Engineer, NREL  

Jesse Dean has worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for 14 years and manages the technical support NREL provides to various emerging technology demonstration programs. Jesse provides technical assistance to the Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) energy savings performance contract and energy management information systems (EMIS) initiatives. Jesse also supports multiple demonstration programs that focus on conducting laboratory and field testing of emerging technologies to accelerate commercialization and market adoption, while simultaneously addressing federal agencies' most pressing environmental priorities. Jesse has B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in civil engineering.

Tom Harris, J.D./M.B.A., B.S. Electrical Engineering, Project Manager, NREL  

Tom leads NREL support for FEMP's Energy Savings Performance Contracting Program, which he has participated in since he joined NREL in 2009. He also leads NREL's Engage energy system capacity modeling program. Tom enjoys working to remove barriers and empowering people to drive competitive, clean energy transitions.

Kurmit Rockwell, PE, CEM, LEED AP, U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program  

Kurmit Rockwell serves as ESPC program manager where he oversees services, tools, and resources needed to assist agencies with implementing successful ESPC projects. Over a career spanning 25 years, Kurmit's work included engineering and all aspects of ESPC project implementation for federal, state, and local governments. His work in the public and private sector energy services industry has focused on evaluation and implementation of energy and water cost saving technologies, smart building energy optimization services, renewable energy systems, and demand side management. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University and a master's degree in building systems engineering from the University of Colorado. He is a registered professional engineer in multiple states.

Phil Voss, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Phil Voss provides technical assistance for alternative financing programs and projects, supporting the the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program ESPC, UESC, and distributed energy initiatives. His work includes cross-coordination of these initiatives, performance-period support for ESPC projects, training development and delivery, and efforts to advance implementation of energy sales agreements at federal facilities. Phil also has experience managing project technical assistance, strategic energy planning, and representing NREL with a range of federal and non-federal clients. Phil has a B.S. in architectural engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Evaluate MBCx and how it can improve facility energy performance;
  • Identify how MBCx benefits energy projects implemented with performance contracting;
  • Evaluate how MBCx supports ECM performance in each phase of the project life cycle; and
  • Identify available resources to help implement MBCx in an energy project.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: