Danielle Larrabee
Danielle Larrabee
February 21, 2020

Brett Farbstein Discusses the Importance of Commissioning

Danielle Larrabee
Danielle Larrabee

Brett Farbstein, LEED AP, CEM, CBCP, EBCP, is the leader of our commissioning practice. As part of Engineers Week, we sat down with him to discuss the latest trends in his field and learn a little bit more about him.

How many years have you been with CannonDesign?

Five and a half years.

How many years have you been in this specialty service leadership position?

One and a half years as Commissioning leader.

What are you working on right now?

Growing the service group through internal awareness campaigns. Projects include Roxbury Community College, Massachusetts Dept of Unemployment Assistance, and WellSpan York Cancer Center.

What is your favorite thing about your role?

I enjoy working closely with the controls vendors to discover and resolve problems.


What is a major challenge you are seeing with your clients and how is your team working to solve it?

Commissioning is becoming commoditized so it’s a challenge to get clients to understand the value and why CannonDesign is different.

If you weren’t an engineer, what other career might you be in?

Maybe a chef.

Describe the perfect long weekend….

Camping near the beach.


Tell us a little bit about your family.

I’m a very proud dad of a determined 13-year-old Broadway-bound actress and an amazing seven-year-old ukulele-playing son. My wife is by far the hardest working person I know.

As we head into 2020, how do you see your service evolving in the next decade?

The use of Fault Detection and Diagnostic (FDD) software and Monitoring-based Commissioning (MBCx).