When you’re addressing operational efficiency in a new or existing building, commissioning (or Cx) should be your starting point. The process of commissioning allows you to evaluate, document, and improve the operation of buildings in order to address common goals, like reducing energy usage, increasing safety, and improving comfort levels for occupants. New Construction Commissioning (or NCCx) can save you resources upfront and prepare your facility operations to be as efficient as possible in the long-run. Existing Building Commissioning (or EBCx) can provide a cost-effective way to save on energy costs and other operational resources.
How Commissioning a New Building Can Save You Costs in the Long-RunWhen constructing a new building, owners have an opportunity to establish clear objectives for performance, indoor air quality, and overall occupant comfort. Commissioning helps building owners see a better return on their investment by making sure the project meets their needs and performance goals upon completion. Often commissioning is required by local building codes for new construction and major renovations, or for any project that would like to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. When engaged during the design phase of new building construction, a Cx provider like Yearout Energy can help identify potential issues and make critical recommendations for optimal performance prior to buildout. This means that operational savings can start right away, rather than being fixed after the building is nearly finished. Yearout Energy participates in commissioning throughout the project, acting as your advocate throughout the design and buildout processes to make sure that energy and quality standards are met. By ensuring that the final building meets all expectations and quality requirements, the commissioning process helps reduce operational costs upfront. Over the long term, a commissioned building that runs efficiently is less likely to need costly repairs or maintenance, saving stakeholders money in the future as well.
Bring New Life into Existing Buildings with RecommissioningExisting building commissioning aims primarily to improve building performance and ensure systems properly interact to meet current facility requirements. At Yearout Energy, we use EBCx as a chance to address flaws in that original design and improve the building, bringing operations up to current standards of efficiency and comfort. Smart choices require smart data, and Yearout Energy uses the best tools to test operational efficiency during our EBCx projects. We thoroughly inspect:
- HVAC and ventilation system efficiency
- Building enclosure, including insulation and windows
- Energy expenditure
- Water usage and plumbing
- Lighting, in terms of both energy expenditure and safety
- Overall building and system safety, efficiency, and quality