Commissioning saves money in the form of reduced energy costs, and saves frustration in reduced callbacks, and follow-up on warranty issues to improve performance, which provides a healthier environment for the building occupants.
We have heard many facility managers say that since they have hired professionals to provide design and highly qualified contractors to perform the installation, that commissioning should be just part of the project and included. In the low-bid world we live in today, that just does not happen. In addition, building systems have become more complex and integrated, and relying on your traditional engineering or contracting firm to posses these skill sets is just asking a bit too much, even if they could win the bid by providing this truly value-added service.
Commissioning is a unique skill set where the commissioning company needs to have experience in control installation, contracting, engineering design and system start-up. You cannot substitute experience to develop repeatable test methods and test systems that work and provide the intended results.
Commissioning is not a luxury — it is a necessity. We always say, all buildings get commissioned — it is just of matter of when (before you move in or 4 years later). Also, this does not even consider performance, reliability and energy efficiency. Commissioning does not cost — it saves. It saves in energy cost, callbacks, upset clients and equipment.