In today’s energy-conscious world, considerable focus is given to reducing consumption in buildings; this should come as no surprise as they consume an estimated 40% of the world’s energy. Buildings have evolved to include state-of-the-art electric; lighting and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems which consume a lot of energy. To control these components, building management and automation systems are installed. Ironically, these best-in-class systems can inadvertently perpetuate the energy guzzling cycle and throw off building operation, maintenance and budgets if not properly installed and regularly tested and tuned. According to research conducted by Texas A&M, as much as 20% of the energy consumed in a commercial building can be attributed to poorly operated systems.
So, how do you get off this dizzying carousel of wasted energy, limited budgets, increasing expenses, fluctuating operating conditions and occupant safety and comfort concerns? Commissioning (Cx). The process of building Cx ensures that your systems are properly installed and tested for adherence to their original design and performance intentions. Research indicates that energy savings achieved through Cx tend to persist well over a three- to five-year time frame.
Ready to start realizing energy savings today? The following blog series and white paper detail some important considerations before you get started Cx in your building… no matter where you are in the world:
- How to convince your boss to buy into building Cx – As a building owner or manager, you’re striving to run a tight ship. This post outlines the business case for Cx in five compelling arguments.
- If building Cx is so great, why isn’t everyone doing it? – Next, we beg the question: If it’s such a savvy business practice, why isn’t everyone doing it? Take a trip down memory lane to Cx’s humble beginnings and its evolution to the four types of Cx available today.
- Cx and analytics sitting in a tree… – You know the rest. The point is that ongoing Cx, or monitor-based commissioning (MBCx), is an up-and-coming analytics-based strategy that’s changing the way many building owners and managers approach Cx.
- Get building Cx done right the first time – What does an effective, proven Cx regimen actually look like? This post outlines the five steps you should take when conducting new building commissioning (NBCx), retrocommissioning (RCx) or recommissioning (ReCx). It even puts MBCx into context.
- Leverage Cx to earn global energy-efficient building certifications – Major international green building certifications are incorporating Cx into their guidelines. Get on board now.
Globally, Cx has been identified as the low-cost, sustainable, energy-saving measure for all types of buildings and systems. Building owners and facility managers seeking an approach that reduces energy consumption and avoids other cost-prohibitive approaches should employ Cx in their facilities. The best part? The entire gamut of Cx services, deployable at any stage in the building life cycle, is not dependent on the training or skill levels of personnel in your organization; it can be delivered by established industry leaders in partnership with expert agents.
Start learning more about Cx today with our white paper: 3 Ways Commissioning Increases Building Management System Efficiency.