Commissioning – Why?

why commissioning?

Why should you think about commissioning your building? For starters it may be the single-most cost-effective strategy for reducing energy, costs, and greenhouse-gas emissions in buildings today. It is also a great way of reducing contractor call-backs and unresolved problems that can result in lost productivity for the building occupants. If that is not enough, commissioning is now required by an increasing number of codes and standards.

Check out the Cx Benefits Page we put together that walks you through how the commissioning process benefits owners through each step in the process, from Design, Construction, and Post Construction

If you still are not convinced, take a look at a few statistics from the 2018 updated Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL) study on Commissioning. This study was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and is available on the U.S. DoE Better Buildings Initiative site. The 2018 study more than doubles the number of building and project area that the previous 2009 Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL) study on commissioning costs and benefits was based on:

EXISTING BUILDING NEW CONSTRUCTION
2009 Study 2018 Study 2009 Study 2018 Study
Median whole-building energy savings 14.5% Energy Savings
(non-utility EBCx+MBCx)
19% Energy Savings
(non-utility EBCx)
13% Energy Savings (not yet reported)
Median simple payback times 1.1 years 2.2 years 4.2 years (not yet reported)
Median commissioning costs $0.30 per square foot $0.26 per square foot $1.16 per square foot $0.82 per square foot
Median commissioning costs as % of construction cost N/A N/A 0.57% 0.25%
  • More incentive programs, codes and standards are including or requiring Cx.
  • Commissioning costs are decreasing for both new construction and existing buildings.
  • Non-energy benefits are extensive and often offset part or all of the commissioning cost.
  • New tools are available to supplement Cx, tapping into more complex and digitized systems to automate fault detection and monitoring, and ensure savings persist.
  • why taitem?


    Our team of highly qualified engineers ensures that your project will be handled by an expert from start to finish.

    The Taitem commissioning team has in-depth experience in several key technologies, including ventilation, dehumidification, high-efficiency heating and cooling applications, Green technologies and many years of commissioning experience and expertise. Our commissioning specialists have working experience in design, maintenance and project management and are familiar with common construction issues and how to best avoid them.

    Members of Taitem Engineering’s staff have completed NYSERDA’s Retrocommissioning Initiative training and have participated in the National Conference on Building Commissioning. Staff hold certifications in existing building and new construction commissioning through the Association of Energy Engineers and the Building Commissioning Association. Certifications held include the CCP, widely acknowledged as the most rigorous commissioning certification currently available.

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    Contact Nate Goodell to discuss your commissioning needs at ngoodell@taitem.com or by phone 315.600.8544