Tuesday, March 27, 2007

ELCCA Report QC Checklist

Topic: A quality-control checklist for the ELCCA report, sampled from comments of the ELCCA reviewers

  • Preface
    • Verify date, client, analysts name and job number on title page
  • Section 1 Executive Summary
    • The executive summary should include a description of the overall project and how the building will be operated; refer page 41 to 2005 ELCCA guidelines. This should be covered by formula linking Paragraph A.1 & A.2 to Section 2; if not, then you're using an old template. Update from master template.
    • Verify signature from architect and engineer have been obtained on the "Statement of Compliance" page; forward PDF copy of report if requested.
    • Verify signed and dated professional engineers stamp at the lower right hand corner of the "Statement of Compliance" page.
    • Verify there are no #VALUE! errors appearing in any calculations
  • Section 1 PFEC
    • Verify that the correct alternative has been selected
    • Verify all "blue" input statements, and assure that they the agree with the selected alternative.
    • Verify that the U-values calculated in Section 4 match the U-values shown on the PFEC.
  • Section 6 High Performance Alternative
    • Verify that the High-Performance Alternative has been compared to an ASHRAE 90.1-2004 Appendix G compliant baseline using packaged rooftop units, without "rotation averaging" or "glazing leveling", for purposes of energy goal comparison. If this baseline is not one of the standard alternates analyzed, then include an eQuest "Annual Utility Bills" report at the end of this section comparing this baseline to the best-performing parametric runs of the other simulations:
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  • LCC, Estimate, & Maintenance Calcs
    • Verify there are no #VALUE! errors in any calculations
  • Appendices
    • Verify contents of the PDF appendices; ensure that all sections have been exchanged from the template.
  • Appendix A
    • Verifying that all comments on the workplan have been addressed. Be sure that any supporting simulation reports required by the comments have been included in Appendix C (e.g. envelope alternatives, daylighting, etc.).
  • Appendix A thru E:
    • Verify that there are NO pages in the appendix which are carried over from an old job.
  • Preprinting Final Check
    • Do a keyword search on the name of the facility, city, architect and owner from which the template was copied; assure that all pages containing references to the previous facility, city, architect and owner have been exchanged.
      • Note this doesn't mean 'do a search and replace'.
      • Finding previous references indicates that pages in the PDF report document need to be replaced with output pages from the analysis.
      • Perhaps an entire section or appendix was overlooked; skipping this step risks finding out from the owner, architect or reviewer after publication.
    • Working from front to back and utilizing the PDF bookmarks, verify that all major sections (Table of Contents, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 etc.) and lead sheet of each appendix begins on odd pages. Insert or delete an 8.5x11 or 11x17 "This Page Intentionally Left Blank" sheet as required.
  • Source Spreadsheet
    • QC checks for the authors only
    • Click the 'Reset All Page Numbers' button to ensure proper page numbering prior to printing replacement pages.
    • Note the integer value in the cell in the PFEC spreadsheet to the right of the EUI number. If it needs to be changed, reprint both the PFEC and Section 1.

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