A Practical Guide for Commissioning Existing Buildings

- From Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Building commissioning is rapidly becoming an important new field. More and more architectural and engineering firms are including commissioning services as a core business component. For the most part, building commissioning is a term associated with new construction projects as a process of ensuring that new buildings and their systems perform as designed. Commissioning is integrated into the construction process to ensure that owners and investors get good buildings for their investments.

Commissioning principles are being applied to existing buildings more and more often. Commissioning of existing buildings, also known as retrocommissioning, helps to systematically optimize building systems so that they operate efficiently and effectively, often eliminating the need for costly capital improvements.

A guide of almost 150 pages has been prepared that covers the benefits and how-to's of retrocommissioning projects, report number ORNL/TM-1999/34 (May 1999). This report was prepared by staff of Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The report is available for download in Acrobat format or in individual sections in WordPerfect 6/7/8/9 files (below).

Go to the guide here.