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Taking Care of Business: Talk About a Strange Dream

December 31, 2008
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People dream about a lot of things and I am no exception. The topics range from the bizarre to the very real-like. Lately I have experienced a flurry of dreams and fortunately, most have been fairly normal. Until last night.

Yes, this is an HVACR-related topic. The dream I had last night involved building retro-commissioning. Sounds like I lead an exciting dream life doesn’t it? I bet very few of you dream about building retro-commissioning. But the more I thought about it, the more the dream made sense and could be an omen.

In a nutshell, retro-commissioning basically involves a reevaluation of an existing building’s energy-using systems and implementing a plan to improve energy efficiency. It is kind of like a “tune-up” of the building’s mechanical system to achieve maximum energy efficiency and lessen the carbon footprint.

So here I was in a remote location. I think it was somewhere in South Dakota (no offense to my friends in that great state). I was visiting someone on business and touring his building. A contractor, who somehow popped up in my dream, wanted me to leave and visit some other facilities but I balked, saying, “I think this building needs a retro-commissioning.” Yes I actually dreamt that.

I woke up soon afterward so I never found out if I actually became a “retro-commissioner” or not. However, it seems like a pretty good job to study up for once I leave the media profession (if I ever do). There are probably a good number of HVACR professionals making a nice living in the retro-commissioning field, so why not me?

Now that I am awake and enjoying that first cup of coffee, I can daydream a bit. Being a retro-commissioner sounds like a fun job. Maybe in my next dream I’ll land that dream job: NFL commissioner.  
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Looking At The Big Picture John

Joe Crisara
January 5, 2009
Hey John, I think your dream is exactly what contractors must do in 2009 to maintain or grow their business while providing value to their clients. Your point about finding complete energy management solutions that will pay for itself remind me that contractors MUST zoom out on every call and look at the big picture. The only way a contractor can compete in today;s world is by differentiatiing themselves and your "dream" certainly goes a long way towards doing that. Keep dream big guy! With warm regards, Joe Crisara

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