Pete Sabeff, PE, LEED AP, Technical Advisor and Founder
Education: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University
Years in the Industry: 50
Registrations/Certifications: Professional Engineer in AZ, CA, CO, LA, MO, NC, ND, SD, WA, WI
Professional Affiliations: ASHRAE, NCEES, USGBC
I do what I do because… I love to make things work properly. Restoration and taking systems to new levels of performance is both satisfying and truly sustainable.
My favorite tool in the field is… Communication. Curiosity and asking pertinent questions always leads to very interesting and enlightening conversations, permitting all parties to gain new insights and levels of success normally not achieved nearly as quickly.
One fact about me that always surprises people is… How hands-on I can be – from the boiler room to the board room.
My favorite non-work related hobby is… Restoration projects – home, buildings, wood, metal, anything!
Education: Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering, Environmental Systems, University of Colorado
Years in the Industry: 41
Registrations/Certifications: Professional Engineer in AK, CA, CO, NY, OH, OR, SC, WA, WV; Certified Energy Manager (CEM); Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP)
Professional Affiliations: ASHRAE, AEE, BCxA, NCEES
I do what I do because… I like the challenge and diversity in helping others. It never gets boring because every engagement is special and unique. I value helping others to do what is right, based on having the best information available, even when we don’t always have everything right at hand! That’s where experience counts.
I like what I do because… There are always new lessons to be learned and new approaches to our service delivery. If you are not adapting, you are not staying in step with the industry. In other words, embrace change!
My favorite non-work related hobby is… Travel. As a kid, my family toured most of the United States by station wagon, packed with our trustworthy Sears wax-coated canvas tent and Coleman gas stove, and visited most of the National Parks in the continental US. I enjoy going to new places and learning about history, culture, and cuisine of the region.
Registrations/Certifications: Certified Commissioning Authority; Johnson Controls, Inc. TechEDGE; GE Fanuc Systems Design and Engineering; Landis and Gyr Powers HVAC and DDC.
Professional Affiliations: ASHRAE, AABC, USGBC, BCxA
I like what I do because… It ensures that clients are getting the building that they paid for. As the cost of energy keeps increasing, properly tuned buildings can help manage that cost and save money in the long run.
My favorite piece of advice for building owners is… Do not VE out controls! Building Automation can be a great tool to save money in the long run if set up correctly and commissioned by a third party.
My favorite mode of transportation is… Fast cars that are fun to drive.
Aaron Frees, PE, CxA, LEED Green Associate, Associate/Satellite Manager
Education: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Graduated Cum Laude
Years in the Industry: 14
Registrations/Certifications: Professional Engineer in CA; LEED Green Associate; CxA through AABC Commissioning Group
Professional Affiliations: ASHRAE, ACG, NCEES
I like what I do because… The relationships I develop with my clients are genuine win-win, mutually beneficial relationships. It is rewarding for me to provide a service to my client that truly creates value for their asset portfolios that, in most cases, far outweighs my team’s financial impact on the client.
The most interesting building I’ve worked on is… The Hollywood Casino located in Lawrenceburg, IN. The main casino (gambling) floor had the unique challenge of requiring it to be built floating on the Ohio River to comply with local gaming laws. The construction type, equipment used, and even operation personnel was sometimes pulled from the traditional building industry and other times from the Marine industry. All of the systems and ancillary, connected, buildings functioned as one seamless facility to meet the clients, and client’s customers, entertainment needs!
My favorite mode of transportation is… Sailing! I enjoy the freedom of sailing; it brings me closer to nature and away from the hustle and bustle of major cities. It is the amazing to me that one of the most sustainable modes of transportation that exists today is still one of the oldest ever created!
Education: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Years in the Industry: 28
Registrations/Certifications: Professional Engineer in WA and OR; LEED AP; CxA through ACG
Professional Affiliations: ASHRAE; BCxA; ACG; ASME; IPSE; ASME; WSSHE
I do what I do because… In high school I had two career interests; I became concerned about the environment and wanted to do something that could help improve our impact on the earth. I also like to know how things work and really liked to test them… mostly destructive testing.
Early in college, I became interested in building systems and how they worked. Soon after, I began working in the construction management department at the University of Missouri as a student intern, and that was when it began to click. I soon discovered that buildings had controls and those controls directly affected the energy use of the building. In many of the buildings, there was lots of opportunity to get them to work better, which in turn would have a positive impact on the environment.
The most interesting building I’ve worked on is… The Spheres; simulating a rainforest at 10,000 feet in Seattle is no small feat!
My favorite tool in the field is… My pockets; I’ve found I can get myself into trouble if my hands aren’t in there!
My favorite piece of advice for building owners is… The best way to save energy is to turn it off.
My favorite non-work related hobby is… I began racing bikes in college, which was a lot of fun, I had plenty of time to train… as my professional career began there was less and less time, then marriage and children which take more time. Recently, I began commuting on my bicycle to work, riding about 15 miles a day, which is great training for bike racing. For the last three years, I’ve been participating in cyclocross races around the Puget Sound area. I’ve really enjoyed pushing myself and learning what it takes to improve.
My favorite place in the world to be is… My uncle’s dairy farm in the summer sitting on the fence looking at cows.
Education: Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University; Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Years in the Industry: 36
Registrations/Certifications: Professional Engineer in CA, CO, HI, KY, MI, OK, TX, UT, WY; LEED AP BD+C
Professional Affiliations: ASHRAE; ASES; BCxA; USGBC
The most interesting place I’ve traveled for work is… Mexico City to work on a project for Abbott Pharmaceuticals.
The most interesting building I’ve worked on is… The Gateway Visitor Center of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii, because it is cooled by deep seawater (which is also used to condense moisture for irrigation).
My biggest inspiration is… My parents – scientists and professors, but moreover, fascinated by the world around them.
My favorite mode of transportation is… Bicycle, obviously.