GREEN BUILDING COMMISSIONING
Are you searching for more resources about green building or LEED® commissioning? Because green building certification requires commissioning, or a building audit, we have gathered here and in our consulting firm a host of resources related to fundamental & enhanced commissioning of newly constructed green buildings, as well as retrocommissioning for existing buildings. Find answers to frequently asked questions, like:
Why is the green building market soaring, up more than 1,100% to 3.3 billion SF in 2007?
What is building commissioning (Cx)?|
What is fundamental commissioning (Cx)?
Why does LEED require fundamental commissioning (Cx)?
What is enhanced commissioning?
What is retro-commissioning of existing buildings (RCx)?
What is a commissioning authority?
What is a commissioning agent?
When should an owner hire a commissioning professional?
What skills & experience distinguish the best commissioning agents (CxA)?
Where can I find a commissioning professional?
Which commissioning agents excel in commissioning green building or LEED projects?
What is the price for commissioning?
What is the typical payback in years, or return on investment (ROI) for commissioning a new or existing building?
THE PAYBACK, RATE OF RETURN (IRR), RETURN ON INVESTMENT (ROI)
Like many other building professionals today, you may be wondering if third-party certification of a green building is worth the cost of certification. Some professionals, though, are asking "why wouldn't I independently certify?" and "will I have the option NOT to certify in the near future (given green building momentum, competitive pressures and legislation)?" Others are even saying that the benefits of independent third-party certification (much like a building audit) far outweigh any costs.The most recent and comprehensive commissioning study funded by the US Department of Energy concludes that building commissioning can dramatically benefit owners of new & existing buildings. 224 buildings were studied. The results: based on energy savings alone, commissioning existing buildings saves on average 15% (median), with a payback of 0.7 years, and commissioning new buildings yields a median payback of 4.8 years. When non-energy costs are considered also, that payback period is reduced considerably, often to zero. Overall, the study demonstrated that the U.S. could save $18 billion in energy costs alone if all buildings were to undergo commissioning. For a summary of this study, visit BetterBricks.
Given commissioning's short-term & long-term benefits, many wonder why owners & facilities managers have historically audited, or commissioned, only one percent of all buildings? However, many others, like us, are convinced that these habits are a thing of the past.
Each of the following pages offer customized content and links to additional resources to guide you in your search. If you have any questions about commissioning or green building, please contact Momentum Bay's sustainability consultants at greenbuilding (at) momentumbay.com or 877-ECO-TEXAS.
* These domain names correspond to titles of LEED Rating Systems' prerequisites and credits.