commissioning

We have a diverse and experienced staff, each with their own specialized skill set in the fields of building automation systems, electrical power distribution, mission-critical facility design, building security, IT infrastructure, and computer networking.

Studies have shown that commissioning is one of the most cost-effective strategies for improving energy efficiency in commercial buildings. In fact, recent studies of building commissioning in private sector facilities have shown that commissioning can improve new building energy performance by 8% to 30%.*

The building commissioning process is intended to improve the building turnover process. In addition to increased energy savings, commissioning also assures indoor air quality, improves system function, and increases thermal comfort. Commissioning provides accurate operation and maintenance documentation.

As the LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) movement gains momentum, the importance of commissioning increases. Requirements for LEED certification include elements of the commissioning process and we have the resources and experience to satisfy all of the requirements.

Benefits:

  • Lower energy and operations costs
  • Improved thermal comfort due to proper checkout of building control system and associated equipment
  • Improved indoor air quality and occupant productivity
  • Improved operation and maintenance documentation
  • Fewer change orders during construction
  • Fewer call backs after construction
  • Premature equipment replacement costs can be avoided
  • Ensures proper training of building’s operational staff
  • Long-term tenant satisfaction and improved profit margin

*To better quantify the benefits of commissioning, a study was done by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) researchers, assisted by the Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. (PECI), and the Energy Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M University. The study involved a survey of published and unpublished data from building commissioning projects in the US over the past 20 years. This study was titled, ‘The Cost-Effectiveness of Commercial-Buildings Commissioning’. It was a meta-analysis of energy and non-energy impacts in existing buildings and new construction. Researchers analyzed data from 224 buildings across 21 states, which represented a total of 30.4 million square feet of commissioned floor space. Of all the buildings in the study, 73% of them were existing buildings and 27% were new construction.

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