What is Monitor Based Commissioning?

There are many types of commissioning that can come into play during the building process. This includes New Building Commissioning (NBCx), which is performed throughout the design and  construction phases, Retro-commissioning (Retro-Cx), which is performed on a building’s systems that have never been commissioned and Re-Commissioning (RCx)which is performed on a building’s systems that were commissioned previously.

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Then there’s Monitor Based Commissioning (MBCx). This more modern approach involves using technology for energy management and information. It is typically performed after new, retro and/or re-commissioning takes place and it uses automation to monitor systems on an ongoing basis. Read on to find out more about Monitor Based Commissioning and why it’s important.

How Monitor Based Commissioning Works

Monitor Based Commissioning uses analytics to provide insight that helps facility management determine the best practices for improving a building’s performance. Reports are delivered through automated systems and interactive dashboards. It lets management know what needs to be done and what activities should be prioritized.

Most Monitoring Based Commissioning programs offer a five-part process as follows:

  • Monitor: Commissioning tools compile data from various sources including utility bills, weather, and the building automation system.
  • Discover: The tools sift through the data and apply machine learning to determine the best ways to improve performance.
  • Upgrade: Contractors use the machine’s analytics to upgrade equipment and systems as needed.
  • Verify: Once equipment is upgraded, monitor based commissioning verifies that it is operating at its best.
  • Optimize: KPI’s (key performance indicators) are continually monitored to ensure they are running optimally.

Utilizing Monitor Based Commissioning allows management to stay up to date on their systems by providing performance reports. Software programs differ, but most offer some form of the following:

  • Energy Report: This shows the building’s energy use and compares it across multiple facilities.
  • Comfort Report: This determines how the building’s environment is working to keep occupants comfortable.
  • Compliance Report: This provides information on whether systems are compliant with the latest industry standards.
  • Enterprise of Facility Reporting: This refers to any type of reporting vital to the building’s enterprise of facility management team.

Benefits of Monitor Based Commissioning

Monitor Based Commissioning provides many benefits including the following:

A reduction of energy waste: Monitor based commissioning constantly monitors systems to identify areas of energy waste and suggest improvements. It has been known to yield an energy savings of up to 15%.

Extends the Life of Equipment: The commissioning determines equipment issues early on so maintenance and repair measures can be taken before they get out of hand. This helps the equipment last longer and it cuts down on expenses.

Monitor Based Commissioning offers several benefits to a building. It provides facility management with real time information so they can catch problems early on. It results in saving on repair costs and energy use.

If you are looking for building commissioning services, 5D’s is your source. They have experience troubleshooting complex systems, they offer high quality work and with years in the industry, they have a reputation you can trust. Call 5D’s today for all your commissioning needs. Which type of commissioning do you think is best for your property?

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