When commissioning or retro-commissioning a school project, the commissioning authority must meet several challenges: helping the district to minimize change orders, steering the design towards low maintenance and high efficiency systems, and working with the construction team to meet the fall class opening deadlines.
Because a child will spent close to 13,000 hours in the classroom from kindergarten through 12th grade, the air quality, lighting and daylighting systems, and comfort delivery systems need to operate at their maximum potential. Commissioning and retro-commissioning can optimize these systems' performance, thus producing the best possible learning environment with the least possible energy use.
This paper will discuss the issues to consider when commissioning a school facility, and present a guideline for school-related commissioning services, including new construction, retrofit (renovation) construction, retro-commissioning, and LEED-related commissioning. General concepts are illustrated by specific project experiences.
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