How to approach a building's ongoing commissioning process

Ongoing commissioning is a complex part of building operations. When monitoring the control sequences of a building's mechanical system, its lighting schedules, occupancy flows, system design improvements and more, ongoing commissioning collects a large amount of input data used to generate precise information. Once the data is analyzed, new insights about building performance can be used to improve upon current practices and conditions.

Every part of a building management team is involved to make the commissioning process run smoothly. After all, ongoing commissioning takes place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. What set of information does each level needs to work with, and how should they use it?

Each team member in an ongoing commissioning project has a specific set of responsibilities and decisions to make – which requires looking at a different set of key performance indicators (KPIs). With this in mind, the first step to take when implementing an ongoing commissioning process [or even a simpler Measure and Verification (M&V) process] inside a building is to identify the information you want to share with each management level.

Next, ask how to share the right information with the right person at the right time. The inputs and outputs of the ongoing commissioning process are detailed below, along with the specific roles and unique KPIs important to a building owner, property/facility manager, design engineer, commissioning agent and field technician.

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