View All Commissioning
Weekly merger and acquisition update: March 24, 2023
This week Morrissey Goodale reported four U.S. deals and three international deals involving companies from France, Ireland, Oman, and Australia.
Weekly merger and acquisition update: March 17, 2023
This week Morrissey Goodale reported four U.S. deals and nine international deals involving companies from the United Kingdom, Australia, Saudi Arabia, France and Canada.
Weekly merger and acquisition update: March 10, 2023
This week Morrissey Goodale reported nine U.S. deals and four international deals involving companies from the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, and the Netherlands.
Weekly merger and acquisition update: March 3, 2023
This week Morrissey Goodale reported eleven U.S. deal and one international deals involving companies from the United Kingdom.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed content, February 2023
Read the best content in February 2023 including: Commissioning Giants, codes and standards, product of the year, emergency generator systems, power and more
Weekly merger and acquisition update: February 24, 2023
This week Morrissey Goodale reported eight U.S. deals and six international deals involving companies from France, Romania, The Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, Australia, Hungary and Denmark.
Weekly merger and acquisition update: February 17, 2023
This week Morrissey Goodale reported eight U.S. deals and six international deals involving companies from Australia, Spain, Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom.
Weekly merger and acquisition update: February 10, 2023
This week Morrissey Goodale reported eight U.S. deals and four international deals involving companies from Finland and the United Kingdom.
The state of industry consolidation
Patterns of industry consolidation on display in 2022 can offer keen observers insight into the changing shape of the A&E industry.
Weekly merger and acquisition update: February 3, 2023
This week Morrissey Goodale reported 13 U.S. deals and four international deals involving companies from Australia and Canada.
Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: January 27-February 2, 2023
The most viewed content from the past week covered Commissioning Giants, codes and standards, condenser water system strategies and power generation
Where raises, bonuses are headed in 2023 for A&E firms
For A&E employees, the size of the bonus for this year depends on seniority and the type of A&E firm they are in.
Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: January 20-26, 2023
The most viewed content from the past week covered Commissioning Giants, condenser water system strategies, codes and standards and power generation.
Weekly merger and acquisition update: January 27, 2023
This week Morrissey Goodale reported eight U.S. deals and two international deals involving companies from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Weekly merger and acquisition update: January 20, 2023
This week Morrissey Goodale reported five U.S. deals and three international deals involving companies from Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
AE firms increasing pay to retain employees
Faced with widespread staffing issues, managers in A&E are expected to continue doling out larger raises and bonuses in 2023 to retain current employees.
Is 2023 a return to the “old” normal for the A/E industry?
What was accepted as normal before the COVID-19 pandemic might be returning to the A/E industry.
2022 Commissioning Giants gain ground
The 2022 Commissioning Giants data reports on the top 25 firms
Company announces preliminary technical program
A preliminary technical program was announced for CxEnergy 2023, which will cover many topics for commissioning experts, energy management professionals, MEP engineers, building owners and more.
Video: Integrating Meter Data, Equipment and Tariff Rates for ECM Identification, Assessment and Verification
Data is essential for energy efficiency efforts. Interval meter data has long been the primary focus of analysis in M&V and energy analysis.
Commissioning: Bridging the gap between construction and operations
Learn the basics of maximizing operating efficiency after building completion
Eight questions for the AE industry in the fall
Eight frequent questions pertaining to the A/E industry are highlighted with advice for industry CEOs and investors.
Project Profile: UNC Health Surgical Tower Commissioning
The Surgical Tower project is a new 325,000 SF medical tower including 24 fully licensed operating rooms.
Project Profile: One Vanderbilt
The commissioning process for a job of this magnitude was extremely complex due to the size of the building, the relationship to the future office and retail tenants, and the coordination among a myriad of public transportation options connecting to the tower.
Seven things to consider when selling your AE firm
Selling your AE or environmental firm can be a daunting process
Will your facility fail when it matters?
Integrated testing steps of building systems beyond HVAC.
Retro-commissioning taboo: The ugly truth of savings degradation and what to do about it
Evaluating and adjusting energy systems can enable a healthcare facility to focus on its mission: patient care.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed commissioning articles in 2022
Read the best articles about commissioning including commissioning giants, commissioning processes, smart buildings and more.
Weekly merger and acquisition update: April 8, 2022
This week Morrissey Goodale reported ten U.S. deals and six international deals involving companies from Sweden, the United Kingdom, Finland and Japan.
Tips for performing integrated systems testing
Integrated systems testing incorporates multiple related systems, rather than a single piece of equipment or a single system
Clash detection in building information modeling
Like improvements from 64-bit games to 4K virtual reality epics, there has been a parallel evolution in Building Information Modeling.
Tips for Fast-Tracking Construction Projects Responsibly
“I wanna go fast!”
Improving energy efficiency, sustainability and resiliency using FCAs Retro-Cx and energy road maps
A certified member from the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) joins a panel outlining different pathways building owners, commissioning providers, and energy managers can improve energy efficiency and overall operations, including maintenance, sustainability and resilience.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed articles, November 2021
Read the best articles in November 2021 including: Product of the Year winners, Commissioning Giants, power factor correction, BAS replacements and more.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed articles, October 2021
Read the best articles in October 2021 including: Commissioning Giants, chilled water plant performance, holistic lighting systems and more.
Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: October 22-28, 2021
Read the best articles from the past week. Commissioning giants, life safety requirements, automated fault detection diagnostics, BIM and COVID-19, and UV light benefits
Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: October 15-21, 2021
Read the best articles from the past week. Commissioning giants, emergency lighting codes, environmental conservation, circuit coordination and IAQ facilities.
Deliver smart buildings using CSI Division 25, commissioning
The use of CSI Division 25 and commissioning are critical to the successful design and operation of a smart building
2021 Commissioning Giants
The 2021 Commissioning Giants data reports on the top 25 firms
The future of building commissioning
As technology changes, commissioning becomes more enhanced and advanced
What is commissioning?
Understanding the process for realizing efficient buildings that meet the requirements of their owner.
Commissioning emergency power systems
Commissioning emergency power supply systems requires thorough knowledge of codes and several building systems
Ask an expert: Justin Garner provides input on COVID-19
Learn from an expert at Engineered Air Balance Co. about the engineering, commissioning, test and balance and business aspects of COVID-19
Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: October 30 to November 5, 2020
Read the best articles from the past week. Commissioning giants, hot water heating boilers, hospital ventilation, electrical systems and higher ed design.
2020 Commissioning Giants
The 2020 Commissioning Giants data reports on the top 25 firms
Commissioning Guideline offers best practices, approaches
ACG’s reimagined document recognizes new priorities now that commissioning is business as usual
Commissioning during the COVID-19 crisis
Troy Byers from Commissioning Consultants provides input on how commissioning of HVAC systems is being handled during COVID-19
Peer review of MEP engineering, commissioning services for alternate care site provided
Peter Basso Associates was asked to provide a peer review and MEP services for a temporary field hospital in Michigan.
Video: Challenges of Phased Projects from the Commissioning Perspective
There are challenges for the commissioning process with projects that have a phased turnover scheduled, but there are ways to mitigate them.
Video: Commissioning in the Building Codes
Commissioning has been increasingly integrated into codes and standards and there are tools commissioning authorities and code officials can use to support compliance with these codes.
Video: Using State-of-the-Art Fault Detection & Diagnostics Tools in MBCx
Automated fault detection and diagnostics (AFDD) is a powerful tool in the fast-growing area of monitoring-based commissioning.
Video: Using Data Analytics to Automate and Enhance the Commissioning Process
Consultants in commissioning, energy management, monitoring and verification analytics software is a powerful tool and it provides new service offerings to improve facility performance and eliminate drift.
Video: Commissioning Electrical Systems in Mission Critical Facilities
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities requires great care and planning and save clients the extreme costs from system outages due to improperly tested equipment or insufficient levels of testing
Video: Tales of Commissioning a Net Zero Building: Lombardo Center at Millersville University
This case study presentation examines the challenges and rewards associated with making the Lombardo Center at Millersville University a net zero building.
Video: Greater than the Sum of its Parts The Interdependence of MEP and Envelope Cx
This presentation will discuss the “whole building” commissioning process, industry standards, and code requirements to show how a well-integrated BECx + MEP Cx process provides synergistic benefits to building owners and enhances building performance.
Video: Commissioning a Biomass Heating System in a Remote Alaska Community
The Southeast Island School District (SISD) learned valuable lessons that led to improved Owner’s Project Requirements, revised design criteria, and important startup and operational criteria.
Video: Commonly Made Commissioning Mistakes
This list of commonly made mistakes and oversights illustrates a perfect storm of commissioning folly.
Video: Commissioning of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Massive Project…Details Matter
This presentation demonstrates how commissioning activities were incorporated as early as possible into the construction schedule, reveals how Cx data was tracked to resolution, and highlights Cx activities for the stadium’s remarkable 1.2 million gallon rainwater retention and re-use system.
Video: Evolution and Benefits of a District Wide Commissioning Program
Orange County Public Schools is the ninth largest in the U.S. In 2009, OCPS initiated a commissioning program for new schools and major school additions limited to HVAC systems, construction and acceptance (testing) phase Cx services.
The value of building commissioning: current market status
The Building Commissioning Association partnered with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to confirm the value of commissioning for providers, facility owners and building industry stakeholders
Linking commissioning, TAB to deliver better buildings
When the commissioning authority and the testing, adjusting and balancing contractor collaborate throughout the design and construction phases, it results in improved building construction
Video: Managing Commissioning in a 185-Facility Health Care Corporation
This presentation will focus on how HCA utilizes a Cx database to assist two commissioning agents with this workload.
Video: The Case for Cx: Updated Landmark Study Shows Evolution of Cx Costs & Benefits 2004-2018
This session will explore the results and findings of a 2018 update to the database and study, and discuss the challenges of accurate data gathering, particularly for ongoing and monitoringbased Cx.
What makes building commissioning successful on a project
The continuous development of the construction industry combined with the Great Recession has left the impression that commissioning is a commodity-based service to be engaged as required by certain codes and authorities.
New Belgium Brewing Company: East Coast Brewery & Distribution Commissioning
Commissioning for maximum production.
4 Signs Your Commissioning Expert Will Get You the Most ‘Bang for Your Buck’
How do you know that you’re hiring the commissioning agents who will help you save the most money over the long haul of your building?
How Ongoing Commissioning Could Benefit Your Manufacturing Operation
With new technology, there is another option to consider — and it potentially could save you even more and extend your building’s life even longer.
AKF Group project profile: Millersville University Net Zero Lombardo Welcome Center
Millersville University Net Zero Lombardo Welcome Center, Millersville, PA
Burns & McDonnell project profile: DFW Airport Terminal Renewal & Improvement Program
DFW Airport Terminal Renewal & Improvement Program, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
What you need to know about building commissioning
The unprecedented technology advancements of the last three decades have only made the built environment more sophisticated, but at the same time the perceived relevance of commissioning has suffered.
PBA Chairman, Peter J. Basso, PE, FASHRAE, and Principal Randy M. Wisniewski share Experience/Thoughts on Peer Review – A Commissioning Fringe Benefit or More
Basso and Wisniewski of PBA, Suggest Input from 'Knowledgeable, Experienced Peer Reviewers'
Designing resilient buildings
Existing building commissioning (EBCx) is a vital factor in designing resilient buildings.
Commissioning of electrical systems
Commissioning of electrical systems has become an integral and well-established part of the building design and construction process. However, as cities and states increasingly pass more stringent energy legislation while new technologies continue to present countless possibilities, building systems will get smarter and more interconnected—and the role commissioning plays in the built environment will continue to expand.
Considerations for electrical testing and commissioning
The need for testing and commissioning electrical equipment and systems varies by project, client, system, and building codes.
Video: Case Study: Re-Commissioning an Industrial Gas Chiller
This case study examines re-starting, re-commissioning, and optimizing an industrial gas chiller used for drying well-head natural gas.
Video: Integrate Operational Readiness Services with Building Commissioning
This session provides attendees methods and techniques for integrating operational readiness services into existing Cx offerings.
Video: Decommissioning: What You Need to Know in the Absence of Standards
This case study investigates the exterior and interior of a school, identifying risks and findings with over 10 hazardous material categories that will help engineers create a more ideal demolition.
Video: How is Energy Resiliency Dependent Upon Commissioning?
This presentation will convey the importance and dependence of facility Cx/EBCx as a critical, if not the most important aspect, of energy resiliency.
Video: A NFPA 70B & 70E Overview: Eliminate the Risk of Electrical Hazards & Avoid Expensive Shutdowns
This session focuses on the importance of electrical safety and maintenance programs, OSHA requirements and definitions for CFRs 1910.147 & 303 and 305, guidance of NFPA 70E and 70B standards on electrical safety and recommended practice for electrical equipment maintenance.
Video: The Evolution of Commissioning at the University of Texas at Austin
This presentation examines the needs of an institutional client, and the gap left by the traditional new building commissioning process.
10 reasons lighting controls commissioning goes bad
To ensure complex systems function as intended, a formal commissioning process needs to be established.
7 ways to use drones in building design, construction and maintenance
Drone technology is helping redefine the way we design, construct and maintain buildings.
Video: Fundamentals of Test & Balance for Engineers, Cx & Energy Providers
The presentation covers many of the key test and balance issues that if properly addressed can ensure that any project goes smoothly.
Case study: Collaborative delivery serves U.S. Coast Guard well
A U.S. Coast Guard multimission building and vessel-support facility project required a revised site plan, ultimately benefitting the project’s overall outcome.
Case study: IPD at work in health care
Collaboration between engineers and contractors leads to waste elimination and cost savings.
Reinforcing the engineer’s role in the IPD method
Integrated project delivery (IPD) requires a team approach and buy-in from all players, including the architect, engineer, contractor, and owner. The consulting engineer plays a significant role in the IPD process.
Closing the loop—how commissioning can come full circle
Just about every building project, from a skyscraper to a small hospital renovation, must be commissioned to ensure its safety and functionality. By focusing on proper systems operation, problem solving, and teamwork, commissioning can ensure systems function as intended.
Video: Tunable White Lighting — Minimize Risk During Commissioning and Satisfy Your Client
This presentation will educate the audience on the user interfaces needed to make immediate changes and verifications to a lighting control system in order to meet WELL building requirements. It also covers commissioning requirements.
Taking design-build further: Southland’s connected solutions
The Design-Build method is growing in popularity as owners become more familiar with its benefits and develop a better understanding of how to approach it.
2018 Commissioning Giants
The 2018 Commissioning Giants data reports on the top firms that elected to enter the program this year. Here’s a look at the top 25 firms.
Video: Leading without Authority: Engaging the Project Team
This presentation explores collaborative techniques and is open to interaction and sharing of additional ideas and methods.
CxEnergy 2019 heading to Orlando
Early exhibitor and sponsorship sales brisk, prospectus now available.
Designing industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities
More than just places to make and store products, industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities are becoming more complex. Owners are more demanding in the face of ever-evolving supply chain demands and technological advancements.
Smart building systems optimization
Integration and interoperability in smart buildings enhance value and reduce risks for the building owner.
Video: Lab Retro-Cx: The Rebirth of a Research Facility
This presentation explains the changes that are necessary to keep laboratories in the best operational conditions.
Video: Case Study: Cx of South Airport APM/ITM Complex at Orlando International Airport
This session provides a real world example of how to approach the Cx of a $650 million project with multiple contractors and stakeholders.
Strategy: It’s not just the name of the game, it’s what your clients want
Strategically alignment now means anticipating future client needs and industry trends.
2017 Commissioning Giants
Building commissioning providers—at all levels—reported making more money in the past fiscal year than in the previous year. Here’s a look at the top 25 firms.
Strategies for electrical labeling and documentation
Electrical equipment must be correctly labeled and documented. Follow these strategies to achieve enhanced safety and documentation.
The evolving role of commissioning providers
The role of commissioning providers (CxPs) is changing which means more successful project delivery.
Case study: Commissioning at St. Catharines
Commissioning at an Ontario hospital required a wide scope of testing the electrical components.
The difference between mounting and installing
Even in the dictionary, the term mounting is not the same as installing.
An engineered approach to ongoing commissioning
Ongoing commissioning improves energy efficiency in existing buildings.
Commissioning and the technology evolution
With smarter application and availability of technology to achieve and drive longer-term performance results, commissioning providers (CxPs) are finding themselves at the forefront to learn, coach, and lead the application of technology in the built environment. Learn the challenges, roles, opportunities, and recommended methods for incorporating technology solutions into the commissioning process and improving building performance.
Ten ways to incorporate technology into your commissioning process
Here are the top 10 recommended methods for incorporating technology solutions into the commissioning process and improving building performance.
Using online commissioning tools
Properly and strategically positioning an online commissioning tool can significantly differentiate a service provider from its competition, saving time and money and adding significant value.
Warehouse commissioning lighting system
By commissioning the lighting system, this company saved electricity and improved the safety of its high-bay lighting fixtures in this warehouse.
Commissioning lighting systems
The complexity of lighting design has made commissioning of lighting controls an essential part of projects. Commissioning for the most part is voluntary; however, if an owner is contemplating U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification or if ASHRAE 90.1-2010 compliance is required, commissioning is mandatory.
Building commissioning challenges, solutions
Commissioning, recommissioning, or retro-commissioning, can be a challenge—and the more complex a facility is, the more boxes an engineer has to check to get the job done right. Here, a group of expert engineers explain how to succeed on such projects.
Building commissioning challenges, solutions: Sustainability, energy efficiency
Commissioning, recommissioning, or retro-commissioning, can be a challenge—and the more complex a facility is, the more boxes an engineer has to check to get the job done right. Renewable energy systems, photovoltaics, and other sustainable systems must now be commissioned.
Project Profile: UHAT Facilities
Through benchmarking and strategic energy auditing, together, ES2 and UHAT collaborated to optimize operations and maintenance procedures.
Case study: Retro-commissioning a data center
These examples illustrate how a typical direct M&V process can be conducted in RCx projects.
Lighting commissioning: Highlighting code compliance
ASHRAE Standard 90.1 provides guidelines for designing lighting and lighting control systems. Commissioning these lighting systems is a key requirement of the 2010 edition of the code.
Averting a data center legal crisis
Engineers involved in data center design can limit their potential exposure by taking a few simple steps.
Commissioning surges ahead
Building commissioning continues to grow, and engineering firms can benefit from adding the service for clients.
The state of commissioning in 2013
Despite challenges both new and old, and an economy that is improved but still not roaring, commissioning firms remain hopeful about the upcoming year.
ASHRAE Standard 202 on commissioning released
ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 202: Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems is ASHRAE’s first standard focused on the commissioning process.
Registration open for ACG commissioning workshop, exam
Registration is open for the next ACG CxA Workshop and Exam, which will be held Sept. 24, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
Big data archaeology and the consulting engineer
The digital footprint we create today will help anthropologists tomorrow.
Commissioning workshops announced
ACG's CxA workshops and webinars have been scheduled for the rest of 2013.
NEBB retro-commissioning seminar, exam
NEBB's Technical Retro-Commissioning Seminar and Exam will be held July 17 to 20, 2013.
Retro-commissioning seminar, exam
NEBB's Retro-Commissioning seminar and exam is being held July 17 to 20, 2013, in Portland, Ore.
ACG Conference on Total Building Commissioning registration open
ACG's 9th Annual Conference on Total Building Commissioning will include workshops and certification exams.
NEBB Basic Building Systems Commissioning seminar, exam
NEBB is holding a seminar and exam on building systems at IAPMO's world headquarters in Ontario, Calif., April 10-13, 2013.
Communication in commissioning
An effective commissioning authority must bring far more than technical skills to the project team. Communication skills of all types are key.
Commissioning the BAS
Following a thorough commissioning process that incorporates best practices is essential in delivering a building that meets user requirements and design intent.
Commissioning best practices: Electrical — Top 10 deficiencies and challenges
These are the most common deficiencies or challenges workers face when working on a commissioning project.
Commissioning best practices: Electrical
Commissioning electrical equipment ideally begins early in the design phase of the project and continues through the completion of functional performance testing.
The state of commissioning in 2012
Commissioning continues to expand to cover more systems, and energy-oriented existing building commissioning is still seen as the future. But a weak economic recovery and concerns about “commissioning lite” leave providers slightly more pessimistic than in 2011.
Lighting commissioning guidelines and standards
The complexity of lighting design has made commissioning of lighting controls an essential part of projects.