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Jan 1st, 2012 The Commissioning Process is the Owner’s quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying, and documenting that the performance of buildings, systems, and assemblies meets defined objectives and criteria.
What is Commissioning?

Building commissioning is more than just functional testing of system. It is a systematic process to validate the project design against the Owner's project requirements, review the construction process, and document any changes made in the field during construction. The commissioning agent fills an important role as a 3rd party liaison representing the Owner during the construction process. Technical Designs prides themselves on making sure that all parties perform to contract documents and supporting the much needed follow up during and after construction. Technical Designs has provided Clients with tools such as online storage of video training materials as well as archived project documentation.

"The Commissioning Process assumes that owners, programmers, designers, contractors, and operations and maintenance entities are fully accountable for the quality of their work. The Commissioning Team uses methods and tools to verify that the project is achieving the Owner’s Project Requirements throughout the delivery of the project.

The Commissioning Process begins at project inception (during the Pre-Design Phase) and continues for the life of the facility (through the Occupancy and Operations Phase). Because this standard details a process, it can be applied to both new and renovation projects as well as existing buildings. The Commissioning Process includes specific tasks to be conducted to verify that design, construction, verification, testing, documentation, and training meet the Owner’s Project Requirements. This standard describes the overall Commissioning Process in order to provide a uniform, integrated, and consistent approach for delivering and operating facilities that meet an owner’s on-going requirements."

BSR/ASHRAE/IES Standard 202P, Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems, First Public Review Draft

Benefits of Commissioning
There are various Commissioning flavors...


LEED Commissioning

The US Green Building Council mandates all buildings to undergo some sort of building commissioning to make sure that building systems are installed and functional as designed. GSA and federal governmental agencies mandate building commissioning for all new construction projects. The largest single reason that buildings do not perform to occupants expectations is the follow up and validation that the building was constructed in accordance with the design documents.

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Retro Commissioning

Retrocommissioning (RCx) is a systematic process for identifying less-than-optimal performance in your facility equipment, lighting and control systems and making the necessary adjustments. While retrofitting involves replacing outdated equipment, RCx focuses on improving the efficiency of what's already in place.

Why is Cx Important to Consider

Advanced Commissioning Techniques

Technical Designs has developed inhouse expertise to provide advanced commissioning techniques. The basic concept behind this type of work is to baseline the building performance with actual data, model the building using inhouse metrics software, and "stress" the system using established variables to determine the building's current performace and "possible" performance. Not only does this method verify systems are functioning properly, but also where performance can be improved.

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What Cx is and isn't



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"Selecting the commissioning provider represents one of the most important commissioning decisions that a building owner makes. The provider should be certified by a nationally recognized organization and have the requisite qualifications for the project that is being commissioned." Technical Designs is certified as a member of the AABC Commissioning Group with experience in all phases of commissioning work. ACG Website


Technical Designs Commissions the Reno FAA Control Tower
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"The Federal Aviation Administration deals with many vendors and Technical Designs stood out due to their performance on this project. They were an asset to the successful completion of this project. I would not hesitate to call upon their services again for future projects."
ERIC STERN, FAA Reno Technical Operations Manager

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Benefits of Commissioning

  • Reduction of change orders and additional claims
  • Fewer deficiencies at substantial completion
  • Fewer project delays
  • Managed start-up procedures
  • Shorter building turnover transition period
  • Less post-occupancy corrective work
  • Minimized impact from design changes
  • Improved indoor air quality and occupant productivity
  • Better operation, maintenance and reliability
  • Lower energy and operations costs
  • Value-added construction quality
  • Complete and useful documentation
  • More knowledgeable O&M staff
  • Owner advocacy for design and construction decisions
  • Complete and useful documentation
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    LEED Commissioning

    ACG Certified Commissioning Services

    Commissioning involves developing a building operation plan that identifies current operating requirements, conducting tests to determine whether the building and its fundamental systems are operating in accordance with the plan, and identifying any necessary changes or repairs. Preventing or addressing equipment problems early reduces the frequency of contractor callbacks. Commissioning may also help owners qualify for public benefit funds or utility rebates. Commissioning optimizes energy efficiency and water efficiency by ensuring that systems are operating as intended, thereby reducing the environmental impacts associated with energy and water use. Properly executed commissioning can substantially reduce costs for maintenance, repairs, and resource consumption, and higher indoor environmental quality can enhance occupants’ productivity.


    Cx Important

    Why is Cx Important

  • Energy Costs
  • 40% of buildings constructed in the last 20 years do not perform to the Owner’s original requirements. BOMA (Controls, lighting, zoning, system flex)
  • Greening of America & World, Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED)
  • Concern about Carbon Emissions
  • Technology Advancements & Energy Costs Creating Favorable Alternate Energy Climate
  • Major Growth of CxA for an Owner to project manage in a meaningful way
  • Simple to Complex HVAC Design to Maintain Comfort & Reduce Energy
  • Specialization & Division in HVAC Knowledge – each trade does his part of the work, but at the end of the day, does the project work the way it is designed?
  • Utility Company Demand Side Management Programs
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    Cx Summary

    What Cx is and isn't

    Commissioning will provide an Owner with the following

  • Accept an optimized building
  • Minimized warranty issues
  • Minimized energy costs
  • O&M costs Minimized
  • Maximized functionality
  • Report on construction process
  • NOT: Testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB)
  • NOT: Contractor’s startup
  • NOT: Engineer’s installation “observation”
  • NOT: Performance verification alone
  • NOT: Limited to HVAC systems or Controls systems
  • NOT: Routinely included in Professional Design Consultant’s fees
  • NOT: MEP coordination (may assist)
  • DOES NOT: Have responsibility to direct or make corrections to identified deficiencies
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