The Commissioning Process
Commissioned buildings are more likely to operate as expected after the construction phase and are less likely to experience ongoing problems. The benefits of commissioning include reduced construction change orders and expensive requests for extra’s, fewer project delays, optimized equipment performance, reduced operating and maintenance costs, improved energy efficiency, better indoor air quality, reduced life-cycle cost of the Facility and a more informed Owner. In terms of the environment one of the prime benefits of Commissioning is that it is a prerequisite of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
During the commissioning process, RSR Engineering reviews the proposed mechanical/electrical design on behalf of the Building owner in co-operation with the design engineers and construction contractor to ensure that the design intent and Owner’s requirements are integrated into the completed operation of the Facility. The next step of the Commissioning process is to follow a quality oriented procedure for verifying and documenting the performance of a Facilities building systems and ensuring that the components meet defined objectives and criteria. Through functional testing of mechanical, electrical and building management systems the commissioning process addresses and resolves any performance related problems and construction deficiencies. This intensive quality assurance process follows from design, to construction, to occupancy and finally to operation.
Re-Commissioning (every 3-5 years)
Many existing facilities were never commissioned when they were constructed. Re-commissioning is the process by which the original design intent and existing facility systems are evaluated and reconciled with respect to present load conditions. Available solutions are evaluated for the most efficient and effective operation.
Retro-Commissioning (operational cost savings)
A systematic investigative process for improving and optimizing a buildings operation and maintenance procedures which can be undertaken at any time in the life of a building. By comparing the original design to current operating performance and processes, discrepancies are then documented with recommendations to resolve the discrepancy and implement solutions.
Once a facility is functioning properly, it must be correctly maintained to operate effectively and efficiently. With life-cycle commissioning, system performance is monitored on a scheduled basis and assistance is provided to maintain continued optimum performance.