Commissioning

Commissioning of building systems is becoming standard operating practice for more and more Owners today. Energy Ace provides independent commissioning agent services for better Owner results. One of our specialties is LEED commissioning.

Building Commissioning is a design and construction review process that assures that all building systems operate properly. Some institutional Owners now require commissioning on all new projects; Fundamental Commissioning is a prerequisite for LEED certification. Commissioning may be applied to all building systems and components but is most often applied to MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) systems. Energy Ace offers independent building commissioning, both Fundamental and Enhanced, to Owners, Architects, and Engineers and we specialize in LEED commissioning. Send for our Commissioning Factsheet and check out our related pages on LEED services.

Fundamental Commissioning involves a review of the Owner's Project Requirements (OPR) and Basis of Design (BOD) documents, the creation of a commissioning plan and commissioning spec, installation verification site visits, functional performance testing, a review of the Test & Balance report, and the creation of a final commissioning report.

Enhanced Commissioning, in addition to the activities described in Fundamental Commissioning, includes two design reviews, a submittal review, a review of the Operation & Maintenance Manuals for commissioned systems, a review of the owner training agenda and attendance at that training, the development of a recommissioning/systems manual, and a 10-month warranty walkthrough site visit to catch any problems that may have developed since substantial completion while the systems are still under warranty.

Retrocommissioning/Recommissioning is an activity that occurs after a building is built. Strictly speaking, recommissioning is a tuneup of buildings that were previously commissioned but have had changes or degradations in operations and retrocommissioning is the commissioning of buildings that were never before commissioned. Texas A&M reports typical energy cost savings of 15-30% and occasional savings of 40% from retrocommissioning.