Our comprehensive commissioning approach helps ensure a functional facility that provides a productive working environment at the lowest possible cost. Our commissioning process and implementation have been developed to meet and exceed the requirements of most federal, state, and local agencies’ commissioning guidelines.
Commissioning helps ensure building quality using peer review and in-field or on-site verification. Commissioning also creates higher energy efficiency, better environmental health and occupant safety, and will improve indoor air quality by making sure building components are working correctly and that plans are implemented with the greatest efficiency. The quality assurance-based process of building commissioning delivers preventive and predictive maintenance plans, tailored operating manuals, and training procedures for all users to follow. Essentially, the commissioning process formalizes review and integration of all project expectations during planning, design, construction, and occupancy phases by inspection and functional performance testing, and oversight of operator training and record documentation.
NEW BUILDING COMMISSIONING
New Building Commissioning is a quality assurance process to verify and document that building systems function as designed and meet the operational needs of the building owner and building users. It's important to realize that building commissioning is not standard practice, although it is becoming more common for large or more complex buildings. Building commissioning goes beyond standard testing, adjusting, and balancing—and beyond traditional inspections.
The USGBC recognized the effectiveness and benefits that commissioning would provide in green buildings, and included commissioning in the LEED certification system. LEED certification not only includes building commissioning as a way to earn a credit, but also requires it. Commissioning for LEED certification is divided into two levels: “Fundamental Building Systems Commissioning” and “Enhanced Commissioning.” Fundamental Building Systems Commissioning is a prerequisite for LEED certification, while Enhanced Commissioning is one of the 104 optional credits that can be selected to help reach the 40 credit minimum needed to earn a LEED designation.
The Fundamental Building Systems Commissioning prerequisite, as its name implies, requires six tasks that are generally considered more traditional or fundamental commissioning tasks. These six particular tasks were selected because each was considered vital to the success of any commissioning effort, and therefore vital to the success of the building project itself. The Additional Commissioning credit requires five more tasks that are typical of the full commissioning process approach. These tasks were selected for the additional credit due to the enhanced benefits and value they add to projects.
The commissioning process can be applied to existing buildings that have never been commissioned to restore them to optimal performance. Retro Commissioning typically focuses on energy-using equipment such as mechanical equipment, lighting and related controls, and it usually optimizes existing system performance, rather than relying on major equipment replacement, resulting in improved indoor air quality, comfort, controls, energy, and resource efficiency.
BUILDING ENVELOPE COMMISSIONING
Building Envelope Commissioning provides documented confirmation that exterior building systems function according to criteria set forth in the project documents to satisfy the owner’s operational needs. Commissioning of existing building envelope systems may require developing new functional criteria to address the owner’s current requirements for system performance.
The interior and the building enclosure are interdependent. Envelope Commissioning is different from Forensic investigation, which is conducted when a problem is identified, usually after occupancy.
Exterior Enclosure Performance Objectives:
- To Control – Heat Flow, Air Flow, Noise, Fire, Light, Infrared, Ultraviolet
- To Eliminate – Rain Penetration, Moisture Build-up
- Structural Performance – Durability, Security, Reliability, Aesthetics, Value, Constructability, Maintainability, Sustainability
As many building owners know, design and construction of a building is only part of the process. Definition of the owner’s project requirements, the functional operation of the facility, and the assurance of continued energy and operational efficiency will all contribute to a more effective facility that has the lowest life-cycle costs possible. For existing and new facilities, Entegrity can give the services to ensure a functional facility that provides a productive working environment at the lowest possible costs.
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