Retro Commissioning - The Process
Retro-commissioning is the application of the commissioning process to existing buildings in order to improve how mechanical, electrical and controls systems function interactively to enhance overall building performance.
The ultimate goal of retro-commissioning is to ensure that a building is meeting the unique needs of its owner and occupants while operating as efficiently as possible. It can resolve problems that occurred during design or construction, or address problems that have developed over time. Commercial buildings frequently undergo operational changes that can challenge systems and hinder optimal performance. Today’s control systems can be highly complex, and small problems can trickle down and significantly affect building operations. Time takes a toll, as well; even well-constructed and properly maintained buildings and systems will experience performance degradation over time, affecting system dynamics and hampering efficiency.
Retro-commissioning provides a wide array of benefits to a building owners, managers and occupants. Typically retro-commissioning saves owners 10-20% of total building energy costs. Most improvements do not require expensive retrofit and can be achieved through controls changes alone.
- Improved equipment performance
- Better system manageability
- Improved documentation and staff training
- Improved indoor environmental quality
- A more comfortable work environment
MSC is a retro-commissioning specialist. If you would like to find out more about how retro-commissioning can help you save money and energy, please contact us at (973) 884-5000.