Commissioning (also known as Cx) is an intensive quality assurance process that begins during design and continues through construction, occupancy, and operations of new buildings. The process ensures that the new building operates initially as the owner intended and that building staff are prepared to operate and maintain its systems and equipment.
Under CALGreen, commissioning is now required in the state of California for all new non-residential projects over 10,000 square feet. Commissioning is also required for LEED Certification.
The Commissioning Authority (CxA) for a project can be a representative of the owner, a team member of the architect, engineer or General Contractor. For projects over 50,000 square feet, the CxA must not have other project responsibilities.
An independent consultant contracted to the owner is always an option, regardless of project size, and may bring more value by offering better objectivity and a different perspective than someone associated with the design team.
Partner Energy performs commissioning in collaboration with the owner, as well as with the design and construction teams. As the Commissioning Authority, Partner Energy manages the following tasks:
- Functional Performance Test Procedures
- Systems Manual Documentation and Operator Training
- Commissioning Report
Partner Energy provides the Final Commissioning Report to document the commissioning process. The scope above includes testing the system twice.
Commissioning Agent Certifications
- Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP)
- Commercial Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP)