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    Building Commissioning Services

    1. Perform periodic site inspections during construction in an effort to confirm construction work is consistent with the design documents
    2. Post-construction inspections and testing in order to confirm proper operations and compliance with the project design documents.
    3. Assist in ensuring that owner training and delivery of operation and maintenance manuals occurs at occupancy
    4. Post-occupancy inspections and testing at approx. 6 months after occupancy to confirm continued proper operation of systems
    5. When deficiencies have been discovered, the commissioning agent will inform the owner’s representative so that corrective action taken by other parties.  The commissioning agent is not responsible for making the corrections, but only for identifying the deficiencies.  The commissioning agent will make follow up inspections on corrected systems, however additional fees may be required, depending on the extent of the retesting required.

    Systems Typically Commissioned:

    • HVAC

    • Electrical Lighting & Controls

    • Temperature Controls

    • Building Envelope

    “A 1994 study of 60 commercial buildings found that more than half suffered from control problems. In addition, 40% had problems with heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment and one-third had sensors that were not operating properly. An astonishing 15% of the buildings studied were actually missing specified equipment. And approximately one-quarter of them had energy management control systems, economizers, and/or variable speed drives that did not run properly. Problems also frequently occur on the envelope, structural and electrical systems of many new buildings.

    Every new building constructed is unique. In essence, each building design is a prototype, which is expected to perform as if it were something that had been built before. Combining a new building design with sophisticated technology, a tight construction schedule and a fixed budget can lead to a building that does not perform as anticipated. A building is an investment. A building that performs poorly does not reflect the desired outcome of the design team or the owner’s wishes. Excessive repair and replacement costs, employee absenteeism, indoor air quality problems, construction team liability, and tenant turnover cost U.S. building owners, employers and the construction industry millions of dollars each year. 

    Building commissioning is one way to improve the outcome of a construction project. Building commissioning can ensure that a new building begins its life cycle at optimal productivity, and improves the likelihood that the building will maintain this level of performance.” [Excerpted from a study prepared for Pacific Gas and Electric Company by Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. (PECI) for the statewide Energy Design Resources program (www.energydesignresources.com ).]