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During the process of bringing a building from its conceptual phase to a post-construction reality, there is endless potential for problems to arise. The owner or owner's representatives must navigate through the complexities of the project, from pre-design to occupancy. When problems arise, owners can find themselves facing costly project delays and change orders, voided warranties or nonfunctional building components or equipment.

Our commissioning process (CxP) is a formal process led to verify project quality, improve building performance and lower lifecycle costs. After identifying the owner’s project requirements (OPR) or current facilities requirements (CFR) a team member will work with you to develop a commissioning plan and basis of design (BOD). When completed, a Certified Commissioning Authority staff member (CxA) will act as the owner’s authorized representative and communicate with the teams of designers, engineers, contractors and subs through the entire process to ensure the design and installation are completed in accordance with the OPR or CFR.

The commissioning process is most effective when implemented prior to the pre-design phase and continued through the operational phase of the building; however, we offer a number of different commissioning options to serve a variety of client needs:

  • Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) focus on the commissioning of the building envelope (roof, walls, windows, air/vapor barriers, etc.)
  • Retrocommissioning efforts follow the same basic process of commissioning except for existing buildings.
  • Recommissioning is a subsequent repeat commissioning of a system to reset systems back to original specifications.
  • Continuous commissioning is used well after construction is completed to verify systems continue to meet the client’s requirements and to adjust in response to evolving requirements as needed.

Deficiencies in design, installation, and operation are identified and corrected before the end of the project. Buildings commissioned properly have fewer change orders, better energy efficiency and lower operation and maintenance costs. Studies have proven that the commissioning process saves money when properly implemented and supported by owners.

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