Undertaking new construction or retrofitting an existing building is a complex task. Environmental Building Strategies’ engineering department can play an integral part in the success of your project. Commissioning (Cx) is a crucial tool to verify the performance of your building’s systems, and it will be used more and more extensively as local and state governments begin to understand the value of this service. Our top commissioning priority is to ensure the owner and operator of the building receive a constructed environment that meets their design intent and the occupant’s requirements while also recognizing and resolving inefficiencies that will affect an energy bill. Whether you are aiming for a LEED certification or simply an expert to fight for your building’s welfare, our scope can include all facets of MEP construction. Commissioning can reduce the operating costs of a building between 8-20% and will help achieve LEED points for your project.
We perform Cal Green Commissioning Services as well as all LEED Commissioning Services.
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About Our Commissioning Services
[foundry_tabs type=”button-tabs vertical” icon=”none”][foundry_tabs_content icon=”” title=”New Building Commissioning”]Commissioning can occur on a project at any time, but it is most effective when undertaken early in project discussions. It provides documented confirmation that building systems function according to the project documents and satisfy the owner’s operational needs. When integrated throughout the entire construction project, it is a valuable tool for reconciling all of the valuable contributions made by the construction team. Beginning with a comparison between the owner’s project requirements and the design team’s basis of design, and ending with training of the facilities managers by the installation team, commissioning squeezes efficiency and value from your existing tools and resources. Commissioning also results in greater energy efficiency, environmental health and occupant safety, and improves indoor air quality by making sure the building components are functioning properly. Contact us today for an explanation of how Environmental Building Strategies can add value to your project.[/foundry_tabs_content][foundry_tabs_content icon=”” title=”Existing Building Commissioning”]Commissioning for existing buildings (retro-commissioning) is a systematic process for gathering a plethora of information about your building and scouring the data for opportunities to make the building work better for you. Optimizing the performance of building systems by improving their operation and maintenance ensures their continued performance over time. This process can help identify new technologies that may be available to lower your operation costs and helps make the building systems perform interactively to meet your facility requirements.[/foundry_tabs_content][foundry_tabs_content icon=”” title=”ENERGY STAR Certification”]Environmental Building Strategies’ energy rating services provide a standard measurement of a building’s energy efficiency and can be used to determine cost effective improvements to existing structures. Furthermore, an ENERGY STAR-qualified facility meets strict energy performance standards set by the EPA and uses less energy, is less expensive to operate, and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than its peers. Energy use in commercial buildings and manufacturing plants accounts for nearly half of all energy consumption in the U.S. at a cost of over $200 billion per year – more than any other sector of the economy. Commercial and industrial facilities are also responsible for nearly half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. For more than a decade, the EPA has worked with businesses and organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through strategic energy management practices. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building or manufacturing plant must score in the top 25% of the EPA’s National Energy Performance Rating System. To determine the performance of a facility, EPA compares energy use among similar facilities on a scale of 1-100; buildings that achieve a score of 75 or higher may be eligible for the ENERGY STAR. The EPA rating system accounts for differences in operating conditions, regional weather data, and other important considerations.[/foundry_tabs_content][foundry_tabs_content icon=”” title=”MEP Coordination”]The coordination of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems is a major challenge for complex buildings and industrial plants. This multidisciplinary effort is time-consuming and expensive and requires knowledge of how each system will perform long after the contractor walks off the job. At Environmental Building Strategies, we are uniquely qualified to approach this effort with an eye to sustainability and long term occupant satisfaction. With years of experience in both new and existing building commissioning, EBS has the experience to ensure the MEP construction team will work diligently to meet the owner’s project requirements. Give us a call today to ensure your next project is constructed with communication and craftsmanship.