We provide the Commissioning Process for LEED and Green Star SA projects, or even as a stand-alone service.
The Building Commissioning (Cx) Process emphasises integrated quality. It ensures a higher level of building performance that will endure over time. It is extremely effective because it is an unbiased, third-party approach that takes into account the fact that all building systems are interrelated and integrated in operation.
The Building Commissioning Process is a response to a systemic industry failure to produce quality. In Commissioning Process language, quality not only means that the building systems work, but more than that, they meet the actual case specific needs of the building occupants. This process is setup to ask the right questions at the right time, to verify that systems work efficiently and pick up issues before the costs of change become too high.
Being quality-driven, the Commissioning Process is most optimal when it is carried out by a highly competent and effective team. We have developed a successful Commissioning toolkit that offers a unique blend of both the ASHRAE and CIBSE standards.
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has recognised the value of the Building Commissioning Process and made it a pre-requisite for all New Constructions and Commercial Interior fit-outs pursuing LEED certification. It is required that all energy consuming systems be subject to the Commissioning Process, namely, HVAC&R systems, lighting and controls, hot water systems, the building envelope, renewable energy systems and water conservation systems with pumps. This all forms part of what LEED calls Fundamental Commissioning.
Enhanced Commissioning is a term that LEED uses to describe a more thorough form of Commissioning. Implementing Enhanced Commissioning will not only amplify the benefits of Commissioning, but will also gain further credits towards the LEED certification.
Further systems can be added to the Commissioning Process scope on an optional basis, such as fire protection or ICTS among many others.
The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has included the Building Commissioning Process as credit for projects pursuing Green Star SA (GSSA) certification. More and more projects around the country are implementing this, recognising it as a holistically beneficial process to implement.
The South African building industry can benefit a great deal from the Commissioning Process, not to mention that more efficient and well-commissioned systems will take pressure off the national energy and water grids respectively.
Green Star allows for either the CIBSE or ASHRAE guidelines based Commissioning Processes to be implemented to achieve the relevant credits (see CIR: MAN2 -C-OB1-0855 as well as the recent technical clarification: MAN2 -T-OB1-1562).
With many quality checks and verifications throughout the building process, commissioned buildings are more reliable and functional from the word go.
With better system verification, the operating costs of the building will be reduced given the savings on energy and water, as well as reduced maintenance required.
Due to the fact that spaces in the building are verified according to what their use will be, Indoor Environmental Quality is improved and occupants are more productive.
A building that is more thoroughly tested and verified while construction is taking place results in a reduced snag list and far fewer contractor call-backs.
The maintenance of the building is made simpler due to a significant improvement in both the thoroughness and the accuracy of building documentation.
Building system performance is improved due to extensive on-site checks throughout the construction phase of both installation quality and system performance.