Commissioning (Cx) is a process that ensures new and renovated building systems are designed according to plan and that they meet the owner’s requirements. It doesn’t need to be performed on every type of property, but it’s a good idea to get it no matter what regulations may be. Read on to find out when you should hire a Commissioning Authority (CxA) for new construction.

When Should I Bring the Commissioning Agent In?

Commissioning can be done at any point in the project but it’s highly recommended to hire the Cx Firm during the Design Phase. At this point, the Commissioning Agent will meet with the owner and design team to review the design to make sure the systems in the building will be compatible with each other and will provide suggestions/recommendations if necessary.

It’s important to have commissioning started early in the design stages. If you wait too long, it will be too late to change out and update systems without major construction. It will end up costing you an unnecessary amount of time and money.

Why Should I Have My Building Commissioned?

An obvious reason to have your building commissioned is to make sure it’s up to code. But even if commissioning is not required, you may want to have a Commissioning Agent in for the benefits they can provide. Cx goes a long way towards insuring the building’s systems work holistically and is a form of quality assurance in that it makes sure the design and installation of the systems are done properly and meet owner’s requirements and industry standards. Some people think the General Contractor is responsible for these standards but they’re not, not really. They have too much to deal with so there’s no way the GC could go and make sure the right valves, pipes, switches, etc… are installed properly. So many times we’ve found on the job changes where it would have a big long term effect down the road. That’s how detailed 5D’s is and the kind of things we find. The GC makes sure everything works. Once it’s covered up the owner will never know. Cx checks it before it’s covered up by drywall and makes sure it works according to the design. Here are some examples.

Improving Energy Efficiency:

Recent studies show that commissioning improves a building’s energy efficiency by 8 to 30%. It can be even more beneficial in compound structures. This is a bonus for both your wallet and the environment.

Lower Maintenance and Repair Costs:

If systems are running properly, it will reduce the need for maintenance and repairs saving you time and money in the future.

Gets the O & M Staff Onboard:

The commissioning of your building will be a waste if the Operations & Maintenance staff is not updated on the systems’ processes. Your commissioning team will discuss their findings with O & M to make sure everyone is on the same page. We also provide training after the commissioning is completed.

Identify and Avoid Sick Building Syndrome:

A building that has not been commissioned may develop sick building syndrome. It may begin to form mold and mildew, or it may be made with asbestos containing materials that make occupants sick. Commissioning reduces the risk of SBS, so occupants stay healthy.

If commissioning your building seems like the right move for you to make, don’t hesitate to reach out to 5D’s Incorporated, we are your MEP Commissioning Solutions. Unlike other companies, commissioning is the core of our business. We have the experience to troubleshoot complex systems. We aim to build relationships with the people we serve.

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Contact or Call us early in the design process to ensure you and your building enjoys years of good health.

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