Enpowered Solutions firmly believe that the fundamental purpose of commissioning is to verify that the facility or system satisfies the owner’s functional needs. We integrate commissioning into the overall project process and have consistently received complementary remarks on our unique, collaborative commissioning strategy from owners as well as design and construction teams. Below is a summary of our key priorities in delivering a successful project:
- Make the commissioning team a true team. We have found that building commissioning is most effective when performed by a close-knit team that together owns the entire process and its outcome. This team includes the owner, designers, contractors and the Commissioning Authority. The designers and contractors provide quality control for the building systems according to the owners’ and designers’ specifications, while the Commissioning Authority provides review and quantitative functional testing as assurance that specifications are precisely.
- Clearly Document the Owner’s Project Requirements and the designer’s functional intent. The fundamental purpose of commissioning is to verify that the facility satisfies the owner’s functional needs to the highest standards of quality and design. Clear documentation of these needs and standards is delivered to the entire project team, and provides a baseline that facilitates teamwork among the owner, commissioning consultants and the rest of the project team.
- Develop the Commissioning Process Plan. We provide written commissioning specifications to the A/E design team leader, and integrate support language developed by each of the system designers. We have found that this makes commissioning easier to bid for the contractor and more easily enforceable by the owner. The Commissioning Authority then provides frequent and timely assessment of project status to the commissioning team. We maintain a proactive stance and position ourselves to mitigate minor project-related issues before they become serious obstacles.
- Use two levels of scheduling. We accept nothing less than projects delivered on time, on budget and in a manner that consistently exceeds our clients’ expectations. Our Project Management practices continuously monitor and control the project schedule, including frequent review of commissioning activity. This, done in consideration of the general contractor’s project schedule, allows seamless integration with the construction process. To coordinate the work, we use two levels of scheduling. The first is the overall project schedule, typically provided by the General Contractor (GC). This schedule shows all aspects of the construction process.
Enpowered can tailor our New Construction Commissioning approach in several ways to meet your needs. Following are brief explanations of our other typical services:
- LEED Prerequisite and Enhanced Commissioning: A prescriptive approach that meets all requirements of LEED v3 (2009) or v4 (2012).
- LEED Monitoring Based Commissioning (MBCx): An augmentation to LEED Prerequisite and Enhanced Commissioning that sets the foundation for a successful persistent commissioning program to integrate energy metering and automated fault detection and diagnostics into the project.
- Title 24 Commissioning: A cost-effective approach that focus only on the Cx elements necessary to fulfill Title 24 requirements