Continuous HVAC Commissioning
With the energy crisis of the early 1970s came the realization that buildings could be made more efficient without sacrificing comfort. Over the last 30 years, the build¬ing industry has made revolutionary changes: chiller systems have decreased their power requirements by a factor of two, from more than one kW/ton to less than 0.5 kW/ton; the use of variable air volume systems has become common practice; and the use of building automation systems has become the norm, with digital controls increasingly replacing pneumatics.
Advances in HVAC technology have greatly im¬proved building comfort and significantly decreased building energy consumption. These technological advances have also increased the importance of proper operational practices in achieving the efficiency potential of the HVAC systems. While reducing energy use is a noble goal, it must not compromise comfort. Occupant comfort and productivity must be maintained or improved.
Building commissioning has emerged as the preferred method of ensuring that building systems are installed and operated to provide the performance envisioned by the designer. While most commissioning processes focus on bringing building operation to the original design intent, Continuous Commissioning is different. Continuous Commissioning (CC) focuses on optimizing HVAC system operation and control for the existing building conditions. This is an important distinction. Based on Continuous Commissioning results from more than 130 buildings, the average measured utility savings are about 20%, with simple paybacks often in less than two years. Continuous Commissioning maintains long-term savings by ongoing monitoring of energy savings with follow-up commissioning, as needed; improves the system reliability and building comfort by optimizing system operation and control schedules based on actual building conditions; upgrades the operating staff’s skills by allowing direct participation of O&M staff; and reduces O&M costs.
Don’t let a little energy inefficiency get you down
With continuous-commissioning’s cost-effective solutions, you can restore your buildings’ performance levels in no time! Think of all the benefits that you and your occupants can enjoy:
Here are a few of the benefits that retro-commissioning provides:
For Property Owners & Building Operators
- Reduced energy consumption and costs
- Reduced environmental impact
- Improved operating costs
- Increased Net Operating Income
- Get one step closer to green/sustainable building
For Your Building
- Improved system operation – beyond preventive maintenance
- Improved equipment performance
- Increased O&M staff capabilities and expertise
- Increased asset value
- Improved occupant comfort
- Improved indoor environmental quality (IEQ)
- Improved building documentation
- Fewer complaints
You can’t afford not to
Large commercial buildings require complex systems that require routine and proper maintenance. Don’t underestimate the value of a properly designed, implemented, and maintained system can have on the people inside it. Enjoy the experience of shorter vacancies, higher rates and rents, and longer leases. It’s worth the investment in the long run.
Whether you have pre-existing conditions or issues that recently arrived, AAA Energy Service Co. can determine are and develop a cost-effective to resolve them.
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