Use Energy Design Guidance
COMMISSION THE BUILDING
Commissioning (Cx) is the process of verifying that the new building functions as intended and conveying the intended performance to the building management team. This usually occurs when the building is turned over for occupancy. In practice, commissioning costs are not included in design fees and often compete with other activities. It is critical that the building be commissioned to ensure that energy performance and operational goals are met.
- Consult Cx firm and hire an expert as part of the design team early in the project.
- Communicate the energy consumption goal during commissioning to ensure that the design target is met. Encourage energy-use tracking that will enable performance comparisons to be made over time.
- Specify detailed commissioning activities in the project contracts. Seek separate funding for commissioning work to ensure that it is given the appropriate level of importance.
- Finalize and transfer technical documents, including manufacturers' literature for systems and components and associated energy use, to building's O&M staff. Supplement technical literature with summaries of intended operation. Provide additional explanation for innovative design features.