Which one should you opt for? Is the other more advantageous than the other? These are assortments of building commissioning but apply at different levels of your building.
New York Engineers is armed with professional engineers to provide all types of building commissioning. When new buildings are planned, we are available to carry out building commissioning from the pre-design phase through to occupancy and a few months of operations. Our ultimate goal with this interactive and intensive process is to ensure that the design intent is being implemented for the owner.
All systems have to be designed, installed and tested to ensure that they work according to the owner’s project requirements. Such early intervention ensures that there are no deficiencies left unattended by the construction team that could have repercussions or leads to retro commissioning on the basis of the poor performance of the building and its systems.
Regarding retro commissioning, we retro commission existing buildings that have not been commissioned or that have been commissioned many years ago. We’ve highlighted that buildings, equipment, and systems degrade over time and this triggers the need for commissioning to rejuvenate them. In the buildings that have been commissioned before, this process will seem like a re-commissioning or ongoing commissioning.
Is Retro Commissioning Mandatory?
In some states, building commissioning is mandatory under certain circumstances, but generally, the process is recommended. Retro commissioning, too, is recommended. Owners stand to benefit a lot from this process hence it is recommended.
However, for owners that seek building performance rating system such as LEED, building commissioning is a requirement. We therefore urge owners to consider this process if they want to be certified.
Commercial buildings should not compromise retro commissioning as it holds plenty of benefits for their productivity.