With LEED, green buildings, and energy efficiency being a hot topic these days, mechanical systems in buildings are becoming much more complex and more difficult to understand and control. Mechanical designers are finding new innovative ways to recover energy, to provide energy efficiency, and to cut the cost of operating the building, all while maintaining occupant comfort. The ideas and designs of these systems are all great, but what happens once the building is handed over to the Owner, and their operating staff takes over control of the building?
The purpose of conducting verification of the controls system is to provide a third party review of the system. It is an important part of the quality control process, to ensure the Owner has a fully functional system. Are Owners truly aware of the service that will be provided when they ask for “Sampling” in the tender documents, rather than the traditional “100% Point-to-Point Verification” of a controls system?