Three types of Commissioning… each can stand alone…
Or work together to create benefits for the Owner…
Commissioning for New Construction
New Building Commissioning begins in the design phase, working together with architects, engineers and building owners to review plans and specifications and confirm design intent, or how the building is meant to function. TESTCOMM works with the team to insure the building will be capable of performing the way it was intended, then works with contractors, subcontractors and vendors during construction to bring it to fruition. As a Commissioning Authority, we work with contractors and manufacturers to design equipment start up and functional performance testing that begins with individual components and progresses to whole building systems, including HVAC, fire, life safety, security, lighting and electrical systems, etc. Once the building testing is completed, TESTCOMM can oversee the proper training of facility operations and maintenance staff and monitor the facility during the warranty period. Frequently that involves returning to the building and troubleshooting problems that arise, working with the engineers and contractors to find workable solutions, and re-testing the problem areas. Towards the end of the warranty period, TESTCOMM returns to the site to re-verify system performance with the building owner and clear up any issues that have occurred.
Existing Building Commissioning
Retro-commissioning is used to identify and fix problems in an existing building or to increase energy efficiency. It is a valuable tool because it usually focuses on energy using equipment (such as mechanical equipment, lighting and electrical equipment, and related controls) with the goal of reducing energy waste and providing cost savings or identify and provide answers for indoor air quality problems. TESTCOMM can perform a thorough evaluation of existing systems, infrared scans of electrical panels, roofs and the building envelope, coupled with other diagnostic measures to assist the building owner with steps that to take for increased energy savings and preserving the building’s value. Retro-commissioning can stand alone or be incorporated into a comprehensive, continuous commissioning process.
Re-commissioning, or continuous commissioning, is an extension of the commissioning process that verifies equipment and systems will continue to operate on a long term basis. With advances in technology and more complex systems being installed, building owners will often look to TESTCOMM to provide this service on a long term basis. Some advantages of re-commissioning are:
These advantages are available for both new and existing buildings.
"The full commissioning services provided by TESTCOMM have been a benefit to all parties involved in these construction projects."