Commissioning is a systematic and methodical quality assurance process of verifying and documenting that the building’s energy related systems are designed, installed, calibrated and operating interactively according to the design intent and the facilities operational needs.
For new projects, Commissioning begins during the Design Phase with documentation of the Owners Project Requirements (OPR) and the preparation of the Basis of Design (BOD). It continues through the Construction and Acceptance Phases with actual verification, through documentation and testing, of the performance of the energy systems.
The benefits of Commissioning are numerous both on a financial and operational basis. A recent study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) found that commissioning existing buildings (through a process known as “retro-commissioning”) achieved a median energy cost savings of 15%, with payback periods of 0.7 years. The median payback time for new buildings was 4.8 years, and when non-energy impacts were factored in, those payback periods were considerably reduced, often to zero.
CRO Engineering Group, Inc maintains a staff of qualified Commissioning Agents with experience in the commissioning of both new and existing buildings.
If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us to speak directly to one of our Commissioning Agents.