1-Why commissioning is important?

Building commissioning is an important process that provides opportunity to identify installation, operation, and performance issues during the design and construction to avoid future excessive operating expenses and occupants’ discomfort. Commissioning ensures that new building systems begin their life cycle at optimal productivity level as designed.

2-Why retro-commissioning is important?

Building Retro-commissioning is an important process for existing buildings seeking to improve building systems function. Process can often address problems that have developed throughout the building's life. Retro-commissioning improves building operations and maintenance (O&M) procedures to enhance overall building performance.

3-Is my building right for retro-commissioning?

There are some indicators that could help building owners to identify if their building is right for retro-commissioning: low Energy Star performance rating, continuous building system failure, and frequent occupant complaints.

4-Who should be hiring the commissioning authority?

The most effective  building commissioning process is achieved when an independent commissioning firm is retained directly by the owner or  the owner's project manager firm that has no affiliation with the design and construction team.

5-Which building systems need to be commissioned?

Commissioned systems are normally limited due to project budgetary constraints. Commissioning process can be applied to variety of building systems, including HVAC & associated control, electrical power & lighting, plumbing, fire & life safety, building envelope, elevators, communication & security, as well as other specialty systems.

6-What are the differences between LEED fundamental and enhanced commissioning?

LEED fundamental commissioning is a prerequisite for USGBC LEED certification. Any project seeking LEED certification is required to implement fundamental commissioning. Pursuing LEED enhanced commissioning will assist the project to obtain additional score credits, depending on the rating system applicable to the project.

7-How often do I need to recommission my building?

Building operation can be maintained at optimal level by properly implementing on-going commissioning and recommissioning. Generally the frequency of recommissioning depends on the quality of facility preventive maintenance plan, changes in facility use and operation requirements, as well as increase of occupant complaint. Whether you establish a date for recommissioning or develop a plan for continuous commissioning, it is important to pay attention to your established baseline and facility energy use goals.

8-What is the first step towards saving cost and energy in my building?

Hire a qualified energy consultant to perform a walk-through energy audit and benchmark your facility energy use.

9-Does SBS provide commissioning services overseas?

Yes. Our commissioning services cover domestic and international projects.

10-Why do I use SBS?

SBS is focused on commissioning and energy management services with many years of design background. We maintain continuous open dialog with you and your team. We provide our reliable services with maximum flexibility in budget and schedule. We want you to consider us as your partner not your vendor with a goal of serving you for a long time. And the most important thing, your project success is our top priority.