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Building Commissioning

Building commissioning is the 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 design.


  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Interior Lighting Alterations
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Lighting Controls for New Construction
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential HVAC Controls
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • e-News #78: Measurement and Verification - Verifying what, exactly, and why?
    January 31, 2011
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    e-News #78: Measurement and Verification - Verifying what exactly and why

    Buildings are dynamic systems, 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.

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  • e-News #75: Commission Early, Save Later
    September 13, 2010
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    e-News #75: Commission Early, Save Later

    The building industry has come to appreciate the value of commissioning 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.

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  • Design Brief: Centrifugal Pump Application and Optimization
    May 24, 2010
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    Design Brief: Centrifugal Pump Application and Optimization

    Centrifugal pumps perform many important functions to control the built environment. The physics and basic mechanics of pumps have not changed substantially in the last century.

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  • Design Brief: Acceptance Testing
    December 22, 2009
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    Acceptance Testing is one of the core components 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 operating properly.

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  • Design Brief: Automated Monitoring & Fault Detection
    June 12, 2009
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    Commissioning, retro-commissioning, re-commissioning, and automated monitoring and 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.

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  • Design Guidelines: Commissioning Guidelines
    March 20, 2007
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    Design Guidelines: Commissioning Guidelines

    Building commissioning can 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.

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  • Design Brief: Energy Management Systems
    May 2, 2006
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    On average, energy management 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.

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  • e-News #48: Building Commissioning: How Cost Effective Is It?
    August 1, 2005
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    The commissioning of new and 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.

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  • Design Brief: Smart Buildings
    April 2, 2003
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    Integrating smart-building design features into a new construction project can significantly increase the energy efficiency of the building while also providing enhanced occupant comfort.

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  • Design Brief: Building Commissioning
    August 2, 2002
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    In projects all over the country, building-industry professionals are finding that commissioned buildings are more energy efficient, more comfortable, and easier to maintain.

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  • Design Brief: Design Review
    June 2, 2002
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    Through design review, owners 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

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  • e-News #34: Designing a Small Commercial Building? Make Sure All Your Ducts are in Order
    June 8, 2001
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    Annually, California commercial 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.

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CACX - Library, Tools and Templates

California Commissioning Collaborative

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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

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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.

ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard

US Department of Energy

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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

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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.

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