e-News #15: Design Quality Assurance into Your Project with Building Commissioning

September 15, 2000
 
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Building commissioning helps 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.

Even though this process sounds like part of the operations phase of a building project, architects and building engineers need to understand that the groundwork for effective commissioning is an integral part of the pre-design and design phases of any project. In other words, to deliver a quality, well-functioning building to your client, you need to consider its commissioning from day one and perhaps even include commissioning as part of your portfolio of services.

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