It is important that we clearly define the scope of Commissioning services with the client, and specifically how those services will achieve what the client defines as a ‘successful’ project. Every project is unique and represents challenges. We use tested and proven processes with project-customized procedures to address these challenges.
Our experienced Commissioning staff consists of registered design engineers, construction specialists, controls specialists and facility operations experts. Collectively, these professionals provide the expertise to address design, construction and operations issues. In line with the Commissioning process outlined in ASHRAE 1-1996,
Cx projects have several goals:
• Document the design intent
• Meet the clients’ operational needs
• Verify the correct installation of equipment and systems
• Verify the proper operation of the systems to be commissioned
Our experienced staff understands how systems are comprised of individual pieces of equipment that must interface with other systems to provide safe, efficient and effective facilities for owners and occupants. The commissioning process is not just a “snapshot in time”; it documents performance not only during normal operational modes, but also at peak-load periods, partial-load periods and during emergency and alarm conditions. We focus the commissioning process on documenting that the installed building systems and equipment are accessible, serviceable and maintainable. We integrate our services with the master construction schedule to complete commissioning activities as the equipment is installed and operating, not during punch lists or after the project is completely installed. Properly scheduled commissioning activities do not duplicate or add extra work for the contractor.
The intent is to allow a formalized process identify issues as early as possible – typically the earlier an issue is found, the quicker it can be fixed and the less it costs to fix it. Our focus is to assist the construction team in getting it right the first time. It is fundamental that the Cx commissioning process creates visible benefits to all stakeholders. Having a third party design review serves as another quality assurance activity.
Better plans means a more successful project where problems are fixed easier on paper than after construction has started. Problems identified and corrected during design produce a better quality facility and helps the project be delivered on schedule.