The rapid ups and downs of the economy in the last two decades have affected everyone and created an increased demand for high-capacity, high-performance buildings. Luckily, there appears to be an appetite for more sustainable and responsible construction, and more incentive to do so through government programs and grants. With new construction and building projects accounting for a significant portion of world carbon emissions, there’s also a need for more environmentally friendly practices.
At Paladin, we believe robust building programs place equal emphasis on existing building performance starting with the commissioning of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems to achieve cost-effective and green outcomes for building owners and their occupants. If you’re ready to set your existing building on a course for strategic success through improved efficiencies, contact Paladin today.
What Is Existing Building Commissioning?
Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx) is the process by which an existing building’s systems and assemblies are put to the test with the goal of identifying deficiencies and opportunities for energy-efficiency upgrades and performance improvements within each building system. Paladin’s commissioning team takes this time to review the building systems through three lenses: How was the system designed to operate? How is it operating currently? How does it need to operate to meet the current needs of the building? During this review, commissioning providers will review the physical operation of equipment as well as the data about past performance such as maintenance records, historical trend data, and utility bills to see if there are any obvious anomalies that can be corrected. The goal of the commissioning process is to ensure that the building is operating safely, efficiently, and reliably at peak performance.
How EBCx Can Save You Costs in the Long Run
As a building owner, you may be looking for ways to save on energy costs, while still providing a safe environment for your employees or tenants. By reducing your building’s energy usage, you can save money on operational and long-term maintenance costs to put more of your hard-earned money back in your business to help it grow and flourish. It can also help reduce the carbon footprint of your building – resulting in potential tax credits and financial incentives – and improve the overall efficiency of your building, which can lead to significant cost savings over time.
Paladin’s EBCx providers can identify areas where your business’ energy consumption can be reduced to save money over time. We can also identify potential maintenance and repair issues that may result in costly repairs or replacements, and recommend strategies to address those issues before they become even costlier.
Improved System and Building Performance
EBCx can also help improve the overall performance of your existing systems. Our commissioning team can identify areas where your systems may not be operating properly or efficiently, and recommend strategies for addressing those issues. Additionally, EBCx can help extend the life of existing systems by ensuring that they are properly maintained and operated.
Occupant Comfort and Safety
We understand the comfort and safety of your building is of paramount importance. Our EBCx providers can identify areas where indoor air quality may be compromised, and recommend strategies to improve air quality, heating and cooling efficiency, and other environmental conditions. Through our EBCx services, we can also identify potential safety and security risks and recommend strategies for addressing them.
Bring New Life into Existing Buildings with Commissioning
The Existing Building Commissioning process is an invaluable tool for building owners and managers. It can help reduce energy costs and maintenance costs, improve system performance and reliability, and improve occupant comfort and safety. If you are considering performing EBCx on your building, it is recommended that you consult with a qualified commissioning professional to ensure that the process is done properly and efficiently. Contact Paladin today to get started on your project.