September 24, 2019

Commissioning in the Climate Crisis Era

This week all eyes are on a young girl named Greta and a movement she’s started, putting a magnifying glass on the climate crisis and what world leaders are (or are not) doing about it. This Friday many students will walk out of school in protest, and many of our colleagues, and other companies, will be closing their offices or stores in solidarity.

Commissioning is a process that aids building sustainability. Whether it’s a new building or an existing one, commissioning is invaluable in contributing to a well functioning building, which means lesser environmental impact.

When commissioning is engaged in the design stage of a new building, we are the extra set of eyes to spot any design flaws that may lead to unwanted energy consumption. We continue to be the extra set of eyes throughout the construction process, catching the flaws that may occur along the way, and we put the systems to the test upon completion of construction and a year later, to ensure all systems are performing optimally. This process also leads to a long life cycle for the systems, and the building itself, all of which aids sustainability, and is better for the earth in the long run.

ReCx or RetroCx is like a tune-up for your building, especially if commissioning was not done in the first place. It provides an opportunity to spot deficiencies and correct them, leading to significant building performance improvement and reducing energy consumption.

LEED, Green Globes, BOMA Best, Toronto Green Standards, are just a few of the standards now used in the construction industry to ensure best environmental practices are being applied. It’s no surprise that commissioning is a component of all those standards, because of the difference commissioning can make to help reduce energy consumption from the biggest energy consumers – buildings.

CFMS is pleased to be doing our part to help combat the climate crisis we are now in. Contact us to learn more.

Why Commissioning