Retro Commissioning is used in existing buildings to improve their overall operational efficiency. In this process, a building’s Mechanical, Electrical, Life Safety, Building Envelope, etc. systems are tested to verify that they perform as required from an energy and people efficient perspective.
Typical Benefits of Retro-Commissioning
- Identifies and addresses system inefficiencies that can cause the building owner and/or tenants to incur high operating and mainte¬nance costs, as well as premature replacement costs.
- Improves the building’s overall performance by optimizing ener¬gy-efficient design features and di-rectly addressing issues like equip¬ment performance and system integration.
- Helps drive down building operating expenses, generating a higher NOI and an increase asset value for the property.
- Reduces comfort complaints that lead to tenant turnover.
- Identifies potential indoor environmental quality issues and helps assuage occupant complaints.
- Ensures that building operations meet owner expectations.
- Provides benefits beyond energy savings, which can generate associated revenue. These benefits include extended equipment life, improved thermal comfort and indoor air quality, labor savings, increased productivity/safety, and liability reduction.
- Verifies that building staff are well-trained and have the documentation they need to effectively and efficiently operate and maintain the building.
- Provides indirect cost savings and improvements; owners and building managers benefit from improved equipment performance and system operations, and building staff receive training and improved documentation.