WHPA Names New FDD Committee Co-Chairman


Joe Schmutzler has been elected as the co-chairman of the Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD) Committee of the Western HVAC Performance Alliance (WHPA) and this was announced by the institution’s executive committee.

Schmutzler is a big addition to the institution because he has over 11 years of experience working with and then for Transformative Wave. He also has necessary certifications as a certified energy manager, LEED accredited professional, and certified lighting efficiency professional.

According to Danny Miller, the President of Transformative Wave, “We believe Joe Schmutzler, in addition to being a great asset for Transformative Wave, will shine as co-chairman of the Western HVAC Performance Alliance’s Fault Detection and Diagnostics Committee and we are proud to have a member of our organization serve the industry by taking on this responsibility.”

The FDD Committee is working closely together with a large representation of stakeholders to help determine, explore, and promote research into FDD benefits and opportunities for commercializing FDD products done by utility energy efficiency programs, HVAC workforce, code and standards approaches, and training channels.

Meetings have been held to review and assess present goals, opportunities, and some membership concerns that need to be settled to achieve smooth transition into his new responsibilities. The committee’s next area of focus with Schmutzler will be the “in-field FDD”.

Aside from FDD, some committees in the Western HVAC Performance Alliance provide expert legal counsel from the building performance industry about HVAC systems. Some of the institutions that they help include the California Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs), California Energy Commission (CEC), and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

“I’m excited to be working on this opportunity to improve the market for quality HVAC system fault detection and diagnostics. Too often, packaged rooftop HVAC units are forgotten about as soon as they are installed and have a long history of poor operation. This committee is working to improve the function and operations of these systems to reduce costs for customers,” Schmutzler said.

The Western HVAC Performance Alliance is a coalition of HVAC, facility, energy efficiency, and property management organizations, educators, researchers, and regulatory agencies whose decision-maker level appointees work with each other to restrict and control energy waste.

On the other hand, Transformative Wave has been committed to developing and bringing to a market an increasing line of energy saving and environmentally responsible solutions to deal with deficient packaged HVAC rooftop units since 2009.