What is building commissioning?
Commissioning is the process of testing a mechanical, electrical, plumbing or fire protection system to ensure it functions as designed. Commissioning can occur on both new and existing buildings, and includes various forms of commissioning, such as recommissioning, retro-commissioning, monitoring-based commissioning, ongoing commissioning, existing building commissioning and several others.
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.
Analyzing building data can help to uncover and predict mechanical problems, as well as equip building operations and maintenance staff with and information to be more proactive and efficient while optimizing resources.
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
Installing lighting occupancy sensors and commissioning the devices have many benefits, including reducing operational and maintenance costs
Learn how to define the procedures of electrical schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding, and construction administration including electrical commissioning.
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.
To ensure complex systems function as intended, a formal commissioning process needs to be established.
NFPA 3 and NFPA 4 explore integrated fire protection and life safety system testing and are vital to a building’s overall fire/life safety implementation.