What is New Construction Commissioning?

New construction commissioning starts with the owner’s project requirements (OPR). It ends with assuring the owners that the building meets the OPR, building operators are properly trained, and O&M manuals are available and accurate.

Since commissioning activities follow the construction process from pre-design planning through design, construction and final acceptance, the commissioning provider becomes an integral part of the building team.
It’s important to note that commissioning a building continues for at least 12 months after the building has been occupied. This gives owners a chance to tweak any new systems to ensure long-term optimization and cost-effectiveness and to make sure everything is running within the expected parameters.

Commissioning requires a whole-building, cross-disciplinary approach. The best plan (or even technology) in the world will not produce the desired results without experienced people to implement it.
It is also essential that the commissioning provider be an objective and independent advocate of the building owner, so be sure you choose an engineering firm that is well-respected for their proven skill sets.

A commissioning provider must have relevant and recent experience as well as practical skills in:

● Project management
● Proactive planning
● Comprehensive coordination
● Effective documentation
● Focused quality assurance
● Building construction knowledge and understanding