Why ongoing commissioning can lead to better-performing buildings

In today’s economy, the term “cost reduction” is in every manager's daily discussions. Companies need to significantly reduce waste to stay competitive and continue growth in this challenging economic climate. This context brings multiple challenges and headaches for leaders when it’s time to take decisions and move forward.

The building management industry is no different to this reality. Facility managers and building operators struggle to make informed decisions. A big part of their dilemma resides in the building itself. Essential but expensive, energy costs are one of today’s biggest challenges for facility management professionals. They continuously need to develop strategies to cut down wasted energy sources to reduce their baseline operating costs and meet state regulations. Having to deal with various types of data -- from energy to occupants' requests to maintenance and operations -- these managers are trying to do more with limited resources.

This usually results in expensive investments in “greener” equipment for the buildings which are expected to save energy during a short-term period. Improved lighting products, efficient chillers and greener HVAC systems can have an immediate impact on efficiency. Although these large capital investments can bring savings to the building's monthly energy bills, they require multiple resources and do not always bring long term results as they are intended. Why? Because adding technology to the building system does not automatically result in efficient operations.

Ongoing Commissioning

In order to achieve objectives and identify smart solutions, facility managers must implement better technologies along with a new management culture built on best practices. Ongoing commissioning is an innovative approach to managing buildings. It always improves their energy consumption and shifts their operations to today’s performance standards.

Ongoing commissioning is a four-step implementation process followed with a step-by-step continuous improvement cycle. Implementing this system within operations is the most important step in creating a smart building. And to achieve a level of excellence, all processes, including the Building Automation System (BAS), must also be analyzed, improved and monitored.

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