The Art of Commissioning: A Cost Benefit Analysis of 23 Large-scale Federal Facilities

  • Wesley Stanhope
Keywords: Art of Commissioning, Cost Benefit Analysis, Large-scale Federal Facilities

Abstract

Energy is being wasted, possibly unrecognizably, on a daily basis when commissioning is not performed. This results in a reduction in profit, equipment lifespan and overall sustainability. Common misconceptions can be that operating systems are already efficient since they work, making commissioning unnecessary, and that there is not much benefit from periodically commissioning a building throughout its lifespan.

This research details pre-commissioning energy consumption versus post-commissioning as well as commissioning costs of three different test groups of facilities which have undertaken various commissioning projects. This article will be a logical argument to motivate building owners to consider commissioning.

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Author Biography

Wesley Stanhope

Wes Stanhope is a senior project manager for Conservation Services Group (CSG), which delivers energy, sustainability and commissioning services. Wes is also a lecturer at Mount Wachusett Community College teaching energy auditing and analysis as well as sustainable building O&M. Wes’ experience includes energy auditing of approximately 23 million sq. ft. of hospitals, offices, courts, commercial and multi-family structures. His retro-commissioning experience includes approximately 11 million square feet of 10 hospitals, and third-party commissioning of hospital, commercial and multi-family renovation projects. He holds an MDS degree in sustainable design from Boston Architectural College and a B.Sc. degree in construction management from Limerick Institute of Technology. Wes is also a Certified Energy Manager and Existing Building Commissioning Professional. To contact Wes: WESLEY.STANHOPE@ CSGRP.COM or WLSTANHOPE@YAHOO.COM.

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Published
2015-03-01
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