Our commissioning specialists use BREEAM compliance to ensure that building services commissioning is carried out in a co-ordinated and comprehensive manner, achieving the optimum performance of buildings under occupancy conditions.
Part L Building Regulations aim to improve the performance of buildings through better commissioning, with the aim of achieving BREEAM credits.
There are two BREEAM Credits available in terms of commissioning:
We will appoint a dedicated team to your project to monitor and programme pre-commissioning, commissioning and, where necessary, re-commissioning. Commissioning is carried out in-line with current Building Regulations and BSRIA and CIBSE guidelines, where applicable.
The main contractor accounts for the commissioning programme, responsibilities and criteria within the main programme of works.
A specialist commissioning manager is appointed (by either client or contractor) for complex systems such as:
The specialist commissioning manager must have been appointed during the design stage and the scope of their responsibility includes:
Where BMS specified, the following commissioning procedures must be carried out:
As Commissioning specialists, we offer activities to benchmark performance against data recorded at practical completion.
Once a building is occupied, internal environmental conditions may differ from those anticipated at the design stage, and seasonal commissioning of the building allows the building services engineering systems to be evaluated to provide optimum conditions under actual seasonal weather/occupancy conditions.
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program focused primarily on new, commercial-building projects and based upon a points system. The more points you earn, the higher your rating.
It covers all building types and all building phases including new construction, interior fit outs, operations and maintenance and core and shell.
Most common construction standards are:
Acting as the Commissioning Authority (CxA) our role is to act as the Independent LEED Commissioning Engineer for the purpose of witnessing and reporting on the setting to work, reviewing, pre-commissioning, commissioning, proving, acceptance, verification, monitoring, functional testing and performance testing of the installed building services systems, plant and equipment as required by USGBC LEED V4.
The LEED element works are split into two sections of work and our role covers the following:
“To support the design, construction, and eventual operation of a project that meets the owner’s project requirements for energy, water, indoor environmental quality and durability”
“To further support the design, construction and eventual operation of a project that meets the owners project requirements for energy, water, indoor environmental quality and durability”
Option 1. Enhanced Commissioning
Projects must complete the following commissioning process (CxP) activities for mechanical, electrical, domestic hot water, and renewable energy systems and assemblies in accordance with ASHRAE Guideline 0–2005 and ASHRAE Guideline 1.1–2007 (or from our experience we know local standards such as CIBSE are accepted by the US GBC) for HVAC&R systems, as they relate to energy, water, indoor environmental quality, and durability.
Option 2. Monitoring-Based Commissioning
Achieve Option 1
Develop monitoring-based procedures and identify points to be measured and evaluated to assess performance of energy- and water-consuming systems.
Include the procedures and measurement points in the commissioning plan. Address the following:
The CxA shall also liaise with the Consultant Engineer, Management Contractor and all other Works Contractors to co-ordinate, review, programme, witness, report writing, certification of all commissioning correlated activities to ensure the full automatic operation and integration of all installed energy related systems.