Building commissioning is a systematic process of verifying that all building support systems have been installed and are performing in accordance with the approved construction documents. Commissioning also ensures that all of the building's installed equipment meets the owner's intended operational, maintenance, and energy efficiency needs. The value of Commissioning is well documented as far as energy savings. Organizations such as the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), U.S. Green Building Council and Portland Energy & Conservation, Inc. (PECI) have calculated anywhere between 15%-30% energy reduction for buildings that are Commissioned to buildings that are not. The owner/operator community also realizes the operation and maintenance benefits, where the maintenance costs are reduced by 15%-35% as well.
Benefits of Building Commissioning
Building Commissioning benefits include: enhanced building performance, lower operating costs, and greater occupant comfort. Building owners and managers, from government facilities to private owners, are incorporating Commissioning into their new building or retrofit projects in order to minimize their energy usage and operational costs. In essence, Commissioning helps building owners ensure that:
5 Tips for Commissioning Success
The HVAC Commissioning process can be greatly enhanced by following these five recommendations.
The Three Major Components and Keys in Commissioning:
Training and Documentation