systematic process of ensuring that a building's complex array of
systems is designed, installed, and tested to perform according to
the design intent and the building owner's operational needs. The
commissioning of new buildings will be most effective when
considered throughout the planning stages and as early as schematic
- e-News #78: Measurement and Verification - Verifying what, exactly, and why?
with energy use driven by a significant number of variables that
change with time, from the
weather, to usage patterns, to the attributes of the structure
itself and the installed equipment. This issue of e-News details
the measurement and verification (M&V) process for analyzing
energy savings created through the design and operation of
efficient buildings, applications of M&V in Energy Management
Programs for existing buildings, and discusses measurement and
verification via Building Automation Systems.
- e-News #75: Commission Early, Save Later
as a part of the
construction process, helping to ensure the proper installation and
operation of building components. The value of commissioning is not
always apparent to building owners since it is a fair assumption
that equipment should be properly specified and installed as part
of the standard construction process. Commissioning has proved its
worth because that assumption is often false, costing builders and
owners money, and wasting energy.
- Design Brief: Centrifugal Pump Application and Optimization
perform many important functions to control the
built environment. The physics and basic mechanics of pumps have
not changed substantially in the last century.
- Commissioning Assistant™
designed to provide project-specific building
commissioning information to design teams. The tool enables the
user to evaluate probable commissioning cost, to identify an
appropriate commissioning scope, and to access sample commissioning
specifications related to their construction project.
- Design Brief: Acceptance Testing
of the Standards' ongoing effort to optimize
energy use in modern construction. It's intent is to address the
importance of proper system installation, as realized energy
savings from advanced systems depend on them being installed and
- Design Brief: Automated Monitoring & Fault Detection
are all systematic methods of ensuring that a
building and its hardware perform to the level intended by the
owner and design team.
- Design Guidelines: Commissioning Guidelines
ensure that a new building begins its life cycle at optimal
productivity, and improves the likelihood that the building will
maintain this level of performance.
- Design Brief: Energy Management Systems
systems save about 10 percent of overall annual building energy
consumption. An energy management system (EMS) is a computer that
controls the operation of all major building systems, in order to
run the building efficiently and effectively. An EMS can reduce a
building's overall energy use by about 10 percent.
- e-News #48: Building Commissioning: How Cost Effective Is It?
existing commercial buildings is increasingly common, yet it's
still not standard practice. A new study by Lawrence Berkeley
Laboratory on the cost effectiveness of building commissioning may
go a long way toward convincing skeptical decision makers that
commissioning is key to significant ongoing savings.
- Design Brief: Smart Buildings
design features into a new construction project can significantly
increase the energy efficiency of the building while also providing
enhanced occupant comfort.
- Design Brief: Building Commissioning
country, building-industry professionals are finding that
commissioned buildings are more energy efficient, more comfortable,
and easier to maintain.
- Design Brief: Design Review
can maximize a building's energy efficiency and save both
capitaland operating costs. Energy-efficient design can be improved
by design review. A process of review both enhances design and
fosters communication between designers, owners, and builders
- e-News #34: Designing a Small Commercial Building? Make Sure All Your Ducts are in Order
buildings use roughly 35 percent of the electricity and 16 percent
of the gas consumed in the state. Space conditioning in these
buildings accounts for about 18 percent of their electricity
consumption and 34 percent of their natural gas consumption.
- e-News #25:Want to Maximize the Efficiency of a Less Complex Project? Performance Assurance May be the Answer
building technology and tighter building standards, the Department
of Energy estimates that buildings still consume one third of all
U.S. energy, at a cost of $200 billion per year, with $85 billion
used in commercial buildings. A large portion of this energy is
probably wasted, and with the current situation in Califo rnia
where a few megawatts of demand can push the electricity grid into
rolling blackouts, our commercial building stock can't afford to
waste any electricity.
- e-News #15: Design Quality Assurance into Your Project with Building Commissioning
ensure that building systems operate efficiently, meet the needs of
the end user, function as designed, and maintain occupant comfort.
The initial costs of commissioning are recovered many times over
through increased operating savings, improved staff performance,
and avoidance of costly construction problems.
Commissioning Assistant™ is an
easy-to-use web-based tool used to estimate the scope,
specifications, and probable cost of a commissioning project.
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CACX - Library, Tools and Templates
California Commissioning Collaborative
The CCC offers a wide array of over 400 case studies,
guidelines, templates and spreadsheet tools that help Commissioning
Providers and building owners plan, scope, and execute New and
Existing Building Commissioning projects.
Building Performance Tracking Handbook
California Commissioning Collaborative
This handbook outlines the steps needed to continually manage
building performance, demystifies the complex array of building
performance tracking tools available, and provides guidance on
selecting the most appropriate tracking strategy.
Download PDF File
ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard
US Department of Energy
The ISO 50001 Standard is a proven approach for U.S. industrial
and commercial facilities to plan, manage, measure, and continually
improve energy performance.
Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC)
US Department of Energy
A collection of tools and resources to develop Energy Savings
Performance (ESP) contracting programs that allow for capital
improvements to pay for themselves through energy savings.