In its basic form, commissioning means testing every device, process and procedure in an integrated systems solution to ensure the final specification operates as planned and according to the owner’s design.
When commissioning a high-performance building, one element of lighting control is sometimes left out: the daylight harvesting system. It’s assumed such systems will work right out of the box after some simple calibration. Working is one thing, but working optimally is another.
Monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) may not be a popularly known practice in the building community right now, but it may be soon. Maintaining efficient building performance is the goal and electrical contractors will be needed.
The volume of energy consumed by buildings and the importance of energy efficiency in reducing that consumption are both now well-established elements of today’s green power movement. At the point where the two converge, building commissioning services are about to take a spin.
Opportunities for new business in the commercial/industrial/institutional market continue to grow for electrical contractors. Two in particular—commissioning and integrated testing of fire protection systems and mass notification systems (MNS)—have a lot of potential for growth and new business.
Everyone is selling something, whether it’s a physical product or an intangible, such as professional qualifications. As electrical contractors (ECs), it is your job to deliver solutions for electrical needs.
While the term “retrocommissioning” (RCx) is being heard with more frequency, electrical contractors (ECs) may not fully understand what it is or what it entails. Evan Mills, Ph.D., of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has a useful analogy.