KENT, Wash. — The Western HVAC Performance Alliance (WHPA) executive committee announced that Joe Schmutzler has been elected co-chairman of the Fault Detection & Diagnostics (FDD) Committee.

With more than 11 years of experience working with and then for Transformative Wave, along with certifications as a certified energy manager, certified lighting efficiency professional, and LEED accredited professional, Schmutzler brings a wealth of knowledge to the committee.

“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,” said Danny Miller, president of Transformative Wave.

The FDD Committee works with a wide representation of stakeholders to explore, help define, and promote research into FDD benefits and opportunities for commercializing FDD products through utility energy efficiency programs, code and standards approaches, and HVAC workforce education and training channels.

In order to accomplish a smooth transition into his new responsibilities, meetings have been held to review current goals, opportunities, and some membership issues that need to be resolved. The committee’s roadmap has identified “in-field FDD” as the next area of focus.

Committees within the Western HVAC Performance Alliance, such as the FDD, provide the California Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and California Energy Commission (CEC) with expert counsel from the building performance industry regarding HVAC systems.

“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,” said Schmutzler.

The Western HVAC Performance Alliance is a collaboration of HVAC, energy efficiency, facility, and property management organizations, researchers, educators, utilities, and regulatory agencies working together to curb energy waste. For more information, visit

Transformative Wave is a provider of energy efficient HVAC retrofit and building automation solutions. For more information, visit

Publication date: 12/15/2015

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