ASHRAE Standard 202-2013, The Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems, and ASHRAE Guideline 0, The Commissioning Process, define commissioning as:
"A quality-focused process for enhancing the delivery of a project. The process focuses upon verifying and documenting that all of the commissioned systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet the Owner's Project Requirements."
Commissioning ensures building quality using design review, and in-field or on-site verification. Commissioning also helps to maximize energy efficiency, environmental health and occupant safety. Essentially, the commissioning process formalizes review and integration of all project expectations during planning, design, construction, and occupancy phases by inspection and functional and performance testing, and oversight of operator training and record documentation.
FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The EPA estimates that 30% of the energy consumed in buildings is wasted. Think about that. If your energy bill was 30% lower, how much would that save you each year? How much revenue would your business need to add next year to equal that impact on your bottom line? We are serious about energy. That’s why our team includes a Certified Energy Manager and a Certified Building Commissioning Professional. Everything we do, from the systems we represent to the way our staff works with building owners, considers the impact of energy use in a facility. So where do you start? Depending on your situation, we can help you navigate any challenges you’re facing related to energy use in buildings.
ENERGY EFFICIENT SYSTEM DESIGN
HVAC systems consume roughly 40% of a building’s energy and commercial buildings consume about 12% of the world’s energy supply. Building commissioning (Cx ) is the process of verifying (new construction or existing building) all or some of the subsystems for building envelopes, building security, temperature controls, electrical, fire/life safety, interior systems, mechanical (HVAC), lighting, utility plants, and wastewater to achieve the owner's project requirements as intended by the building owner and/or as designed by the building architects and engineers.