Our industry has witnessed some of the challenges that come with the adoption of new technologies and more sophisticated systems. Understanding the contingencies between systems is critical to a properly commissioned facility.
MEP Commissioning / QAQC
Building Enclosure Commissioning
CA: CALGreen and Title 24
Enhanced LEED Commissioning
Factory Witness Test
Security Systems Commissioning
Development of Maintenance Operating Procedures (MOP), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), & Emergency Operating Procedures (SOP)
Building automation systems, also known as energy management systems (EMS), are increasingly more complex and sophisticated.
The integration of HVAC, lighting, daylighting, vacancy sensors and sweeping on/off receptacle into an energy management dashboard that is responsive to multiple conditions has added to the complexity of on-going maintenance and operations.
We overcome the challenges presented by bridging the communication between the design team and controls contractor. We seek their input to clearly define system performance expectations and set points in the commissioning plan and O&M manuals. We also conduct off-season commissioning to identify improvements in performance and system efficiency.
SECURITY SURVEILLANCE & ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS
The integration of IP-based systems has transformed the once disparate electronic security systems into a converged technology.
Carried over the telecommunications backbone infrastructure there are additional impacts to consider as the door hardware and life safety systems, such as fire alarm and sprinkler systems, are integrated into the IP-based system. Commissioning components as a system ensure systems operate properly. As an example, the security system should not override the fire alarm to avoid people being trapped in rooms.
Until recently, photo-voltaic (PV) systems have been manufactured, commissioned and installed – in that order – as a turnkey solution for on-site renewable energy source.
This model has shifted as PV systems have caused fires due to lack of post installation commissioning. We leverage infrared scanning technologies to identify hot spots in the equipment to reveal component issues. As a preventative measure this also reduces worker downtime and employee injuries.
Air leakage is an area of focus under the evolving Washington State Energy Code (WSEC). It is important the building’s testing is well coordinated and all the systems are operating per their specifications.
Communicating the project schedule, delays, and notifications across the construction team of when testing will take place is the first line of defense. Our engagement in construction meetings, active dialogue with the design team and stakeholders, we advocate for key commissioning milestones to be integrated into the overall project schedule.