A laboratory facility will waste energy if the process of commissioning
does not ensure efficient operation. Although commissioning
may be thought of as a final step, it actually begins when the
first new or retrofit construction design concept is formulated
with a commissioning plan. Commissioning continues during construction
with equipment submittal reviews and system installation verifications.
These phases of the commissioning process occur even before
building systems are functional. The next phases are calibrating
each energy-consuming system to operate reliably at minimum
levels that meet design criteria, and measuring performance
in all modes of operation. Fine tuning and eliminating cross-control
inefficiencies that increase the facility's energy demand and
consumption are also steps in the commissioning process. The
rewards of good commissioning can be seen when a facility's
energy consumption is rechecked after one year of operation.
An ongoing efficiency assurance program for the facility's life
pays for itself in saved energy and reduced maintenance costs.
Commissioning costs should be automatically included in a facility's
capital costs to ensure that the facility is fully functional
at the time of occupancy.
Follow the links below for more information on the following:
UK resources on commissioning include:
HEEPI's High Performance Buildings for Universities and Colleges
by Thirdwave (link to follow)