Monitoring-Based Commissioning and the Continuous Improvement Cycle


This presentation will define monitoring-based commissioning and discuss its role in the context of comprehensive energy management based on ISO 50001’s four-phase Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle of continuous improvement. It is structured around each of the four phases and how monitoring-based commissioning contributes and enhances the best practices therein.

Monitoring-based commissioning has emerged as a promising solution to uncover and track energy savings opportunities. Average energy savings of 5% from no/low-cost energy conservation measures as well as improvements in operations and maintenance are two of its most sought-after benefits. But monitoring-based commissioning is more than just an isolated measure to find easy cost savings: It is a profoundly useful tool and practice for every step of a comprehensive energy management program that builds on its successes to drive further improvement.

The cycle of continuous improvement is the concept underlying the ISO 50001 energy management standard. Fundamentally, this cycle employs four phases that repeat on an ongoing basis: Plan, Do, Check, Act. In this presentation, participants will learn the role that monitoring-based commissioning plays in each phase and how they can take advantage of this innovative practice to improve their own energy management plans.

Presented By

Marie Curatolo, C.E.M.
Project Manager
Environmental Systems Design, Inc.

Marie Curatolo is a Certified Energy Manager and Project Manager on the Energy+Eco team at Environmental Systems Design, Inc. in Chicago, IL. With an eye on both cost and carbon footprint reduction, she leads energy efficiency projects in large commercial buildings, including energy auditing and planning, benchmarking, building optimization, and energy retrofits. Her team of subject matter experts provide a range of energy and sustainability services to clients all over the world. Her prior experience includes serving as an in-house energy manager for a commercial banking real estate portfolio, and as an energy consultant for Chicago Public Schools.

She sits on the board of the Network Empowering Women at Environmental Systems Design, Inc., on the Alumni Council for the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington, and on the Auxiliary Board of the Shedd Aquarium. She previously was a speaker at the Society of Women Engineers WE18 Conference.