Building commissioning can save building owners the headache of improperly functioning systems. Even after a building and its systems have been planned, designed, constructed, and installed, certain components may still function improperly. At LKPB Engineers, we know how important it is to ensure that all of your building’s systems function the way they are intended to. To help you understand the importance of this process, we’ve put together a quick overview of its implementation in contracting.


What is Building Commissioning?

When planning a new construction project, building commissioning should be implemented to assure maximum efficiency. When properly implemented, building commissioning helps verify the project is executed in accordance with the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR). The process verifies that all building systems are properly planned, designed, constructed, tested, and implemented. This make sure that project delivery is enhanced, and that building owners receive a fully functional, timely, and cost-effective final project.


Implementation of Building Commissioning

Because building commissioning has been proven to reduce life-cycle costs, both new and renovation buildings can benefit from the process. For new buildings, it’s important to begin the commissioning process during the pre-design phase. This allows for timely development of the commissioning plan to match the owner’s project requirements. The commissioning provider, along with the building owner, designers, and construction managers work together to develop and implement the following planning:


●        Team member assignments and responsibilities

●        Development of functionality and efficiency goals

●        Budget establishment

●        Preparation of commissioning schedules

●        Development of appropriate systems testing and inspection

●        Development of staff training plans


Such goals and performance documentation allow for cost efficiency and guarantees each project is delivered on time and is fully functional. The process also provides building owners with improved quality control and system optimization.


Types of Commissioning

At LKPB Engineers, we recognize that both new and renovation buildings can benefit from building commissioning. To help deliver the most comprehensive service, we offer the following:


●        New Building Commissioning. For new construction or building additions.

●        Re-Commissioning. For buildings that have already been commissioned. This is an ongoing process that facilitates continued operational efficiency.

●        Retro-Commissioning. For buildings that did not implement a commissioning process during construction. This helps improve system efficiency and allows for more cost-effective operation.


As part of the commissioning process, various systems are designed and planned to enable maximum operational efficiency. Just a few systems involved in the commissioning process include:


●        Mechanical Engineering. Includes HVAC system design, plumbing, steam, and piping.

●        Electrical. Lighting control, transformers, grounding, generators, and metering.

●        Specialty Systems. Renewable energy, wastewater treatment, manufacturing, data, security, and many others.

●        Building Design. Roof construction, doors and windows, walls, and waterproofing.


While this list is not comprehensive, it does give a clear indication of the extent of planning involved in building commissioning. By implementing this service in your building’s construction, the components will functions properly throughout the life of the building.


Building Commissioning from LKPB Engineers

If you’d like to maximize your building’s efficiency, LKPB Engineers has the expertise you need. Our expert team of engineers will develop and implement a plan to improve all aspects of your building’s functionality. We offer comprehensive building commissioning, mechanical engineering, plumbing design, and renewable energy consulting throughout the Twin Cities area. If you’d like to learn more about our services or would like to schedule a consultation, give us a call. You can reach us at 612-540-5000, or you can message us on our contact page.