How to decide which type of building commissioning is right for you

Building commissioning and re-commissioning are becoming standard strategies for many building managers and owners. Commissioning has grown in popularity over the last five years due to the large demand of energy efficiency projects.

But although this kind of solution brings substantial improvements to building systems, savings may not be maintained over time if management processes are not reinforced as well.

Ongoing commissioning can be applied in two very different formats. It can either be fully implemented within the building management processes to allow the user to be independent, or it can be delivered as a service by a subcontractor. This article explains the benefits and challenges to both approaches.

Ongoing commissioning

Implementing ongoing commissioning often involves changing the management culture of the local building operations team. In such a process, facility managers and maintenance employees adopt a continuous improvement approach in daily activity to improve energy savings and better manage operating costs. They use new implemented technology on-site to monitor their buildings and guide their decisionmaking processes.

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