The term commissioning comes from shipbuilding. A commissioned ship is one deemed ready for service. Before being awarded this title, however, a ship must pass several milestones. Equipment is installed and tested, problems are identified and corrected, and the prospective crew is extensively trained. A commissioned ship, like a commissioned building, is one whose materials, systems, and staff have successfully completed a thorough quality assurance process. For buildings, the commissioning process can occur upon the ‘launch’ of the building, as well as on a regular basis. For existing buildings, the term is slightly modified to ‘retro-commissioning,’ or even ReCx. This process is used to adjust or finely tune equipment to ensure that the building continues to operate as the owner intended, as well as with the efficiencies incorporated into the original design.
ASHRAE’s upcoming webcast, titled New Tomorrows for Today’s Buildings: Existing Building Commissioning, will broadcast live on April 23, 2015, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm EDT. This free presentation will feature industry experts who will define the benefits of building commissioning for the environment, occupants, operations staff, and overall ownership costs. Viewers will be able to recognize the varied scopes of commissioning, when to apply comprehensive versus focused commissioning, and best practices in existing building commissioning specifications & contracting.
“The speakers will distinguish between new building commissioning, existing building commissioning, and retro-commissioning,” said Nathan Hart, Chair of the ASHRAE CTTC Webcast Ad Hoc Committee. “Viewers will learn how to manage the commissioning process to minimize the impact on building functions and occupants, and how to integrate elements of existing building commissioning into the operation and maintenance staff’s daily activities.” The focus of the presentation will be on maximizing energy efficiency and return on investment or ROI.
For more information on the webcast program, continuing education credits, and ASHRAE resources related to existing building commissioning, see https://www.ashrae.org/membership–conferences/webcasts. For more information on tracking and improving existing buildings in the Midwest, contact MEEA’s Senior Technical Manager – Steve Kismohr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.784.7257.