Today’s buildings incorporate highly sophisticated equipment and systems that must work in unison to maximize efficiency, simplify operations and satisfy occupants. Optimizing facility performance reduces operation and maintenance costs and increases employee productivity. Commissioning alleviates the frustrations commonly experienced by owners and occupants in new or renovated buildings with systems that don't function as intended.
Commissioning validates that a building performs as it was designed and that it meets the owner’s expectations. The commissioning process begins when the design process begins and continues throughout all phases of the project, including the warranty period. During commissioning, the facility is comprehensively tested, adjusted and calibrated so it is fully functional when placed into operation. In addition, the owner’s staff is thoroughly trained in the proper operation and maintenance of the systems. Retro-commissioning is performed on existing buildings to bring them back to the functionality of its original design intent - or, in many cases, even better. During construction, the commissioning team leads detailed functional testing of the systems, owner training and system documentation.
Retrocommissioning is the application of the commissioning process to existing buildings. Retrocommissioning seeks to improve how building equipment and systems function together. Depending on the age of the building, retrocommissioning can often resolve problems that occurred during design or construction, or address problems that have developed throughout the building's life. In all, retrocommissioning improves a building's operations and maintenance (O&M) procedures to enhance overall building performance.
Recommissioning is another type of commissioning that occurs when a building that has already been commissioned undergoes another commissioning process. The decision to recommission may be triggered by a change in building use or ownership, the onset of operational problems, or some other need. Ideally, a plan for recommissioning is established as part of a new building's original commissioning process or an existing building's retrocommissioning process.
With a commissioning department separate from our design groups, Peter Basso Associates has served as the commissioning agent for hundreds of buildings for nearly three decades. In addition to having Certified Commissioning Providers on staff, Peter Basso Associates is a Certified Commissioning Firm through the Building Commissioning Certification Board.
“PBA’s findings during retro-commissioning of our facility were a great benefit to our organization. They discovered incontestable evidence for needed upgrades and infrastructure replacements. Those discoveries and our decision to implement those repairs have assured our Hospital will thrive into the future.”
Hospital Facilities Manager
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