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Just one incorrectly calibrated or non-functioning sensor can cause serious problems, including false alarms.
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Originally published on LinkedIn
Whether it’s new construction commissioning, re-commissioning, retro-commissioning, or monitoring-based commissioning, getting it done properly the first time is vital to ensuring complex building systems function as intended. There are dozens of types of systems that can be commissioned, including individual elements such as HVAC, plumbing, lighting control, fire and life safety, security, as well as entire building automation.
The Purpose of Commissioning
is an integrated, systematic process to ensure, through documented
verification, that all building systems perform together according to
the design intent. Historically, it has referred to the process by
which the HVAC system of a building was tested and balanced according
to established standards. Because all modern building systems are
integrated, today, it refers to the total building.
the benefits of building automation and integration are clear, it also
comes with a downside: a deficiency in one component can result in a
domino effect of sub-optimal operation throughout the building.
Quality commissioning provides real benefits:
Done right, commissioning ensures all systems are designed optimally, installed correctly, and operate efficiently. It helps you identify and fix problems long before occupancy, reduces risk exposure, and enhances property value and marketability.
The Role of Commissioning Software
a comprehensive commissioning process that incorporates best practices
is critical in delivering a building that meets user requirements.
Commissioning software facilitates the planning, executing, and
tracking of complex engineering, procurement, and construction
activities while identifying equipment issues and providing
documentation throughout a project’s life. It also helps you better
data is unorganized and incomplete, the margin for error increases and
faults such as duct leakage, improperly balance HVAC systems, lighting systems not performing as expected, improper controls setup, and valve leakage, just to name a few, are more likely to occur.
best way to combat these inefficiencies is to move away from
traditional spreadsheets and patchwork systems and use a software
application that lets you easily track what needs to be commissioned
while delivering the information you need to confidently assure the
building owner and facility manager that the systems installed will
function according to the original design intent.
The commissioning process for building automation is complex and involves numerous sensors that are important to the proper operation of the control system. Just one incorrectly calibrated or non-functioning sensor can cause serious problems, including false alarms. Commissioning software makes for a more uniform process that ensures these intricate systems operate as designed and facilitates effective communication, coordination, and cooperation between all parties involved with the project.
About the Author
Hernandez started South Florida Controls almost 20 years ago and
quickly found the systems in use lacked efficiency. To combat this
constant need to figure out what was going on in a project and create a
seamless process, he developed Cube. Through the company, Cube, he has
further refined that original software base and it is currently in use
at BAC companies throughout North America. While still acting as
co-owner of South Florida Controls and CEO of Cube, he also finds time
to sit on the Board of Directors of many organizations in the HVAC,
Controls and Technology Industries, keeping him in the know and his
software up to date on trends throughout the industry.
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