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Commissioning

Building Commissioning in Kansas

Providing unmatched performance with building commissioning

The building commissioning process (CxP) ensures we meet your expectations throughout your project.

McCownGordon highly recommends involving building commissioning in your project in Kansas for its wide array of benefits and short payback timelines. CxP validates and documents that systems are in working condition together to meet owner expectations.

There are three primary types of commissioning: New Building Commissioning, which focuses on newly constructed structures; Retro/Existing Building Commissioning, aimed at optimizing the performance of older buildings; and Monitoring-Based Commissioning, which involves continuous monitoring to proactively manage building systems.

Retro-Commissioning at McCownGordon is designed to reduce building energy loss.

NEW BUILDING COMMISSIONING

New building commissioning is a quality assurance process for newly constructed buildings. It’s a systematic process that ensures all the building systems, from electrical and plumbing to heating and ventilation, work as intended before people move in. The goal for our Kansas new building commissioning projects is to guarantee that the building operates efficiently, safely and in line with its design. 

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RETRO/EXISTING BUILDING COMMISSIONING

When dealing with older structures throughout Kansas, retro/existing building commissioning becomes crucial. It involves a comprehensive evaluation of an existing building’s performance with the aim of identifying areas for improvement. This could include optimizing energy usage, enhancing occupant comfort and reducing operational costs. Essentially, it’s like a renovation project, but one that focuses on making the building run more efficiently. 

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Building Assessments provided by McCownGordon

MONITORING-BASED COMMISSIONING

Monitoring-based commissioning takes a proactive approach to building maintenance. It leverages advanced technology to continuously monitor various systems within a building, like HVAC and lighting.

Any deviations from expected performance trigger alerts, enabling timely intervention to prevent issues and optimize resource utilization. Think of it as real-time diagnostics for your building’s health. Additionally, this can be layered on with optimization where the building setpoints, schedules and sequence of operations are fine-tuned to meet the building’s personality. 

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BUILDING ASSESSMENTS

Our team of experts throughout Kansas provides you with a holistic view of your building’s condition to determine the best process for construction. Through a Building Assessment, our team investigates the building condition and systems to evaluate risk and overall building performance.

With a high level of attention to quality, we evaluate the building and site early during preconstruction in order to reduce the environmental impact of practices and materials and focus on life cycle assessments (LCA). We use programs like Sefaira and our in-house LCA tool to quickly evaluate energy usage versus utility, maintenance and replacement costs to provide our clients the most sustainable option.

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Meet the Team

Emily Tilgner, McCownGordon

Emily Tilgner

VP, Building Performance Solutions

Jereme Nollett, Sr Commissioning Manager at McCownGordon

Jereme Nollett

Senior Commissioning Manager

Andrew Shaver

Sr. Commissioning Specialist

Emily Tilgner, McCownGordon

Emily Tilgner

VP, Building Performance Solutions

Emily Leads multiple departments, including our MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing), Structural, Commissioning, Sustainability and QAQC teams. She brings a wealth of experience to the team, adding crucial knowledge when it comes to the systems of complex projects. With a long history in design, Emily’s unique perspective helps projects spot potential issues long before they happen.

Jereme Nollett, Sr Commissioning Manager at McCownGordon

Jereme Nollett

Senior Commissioning Manager

Leveraging his years of experience, Jereme specializes in building performance optimization, life- cycle cost analysis, cost-benefit analysis, carbon footprint reduction and energy conservation measures. He has a diverse background in system design, new and retrocommissioning, energy management, and test & balance with apassion for sustainable design and building optimization, resulting in an extensive understanding of MEP systems, their functionality and interaction with one another.

Andrew Shaver

Sr. Commissioning Specialist

Andrew brings a different viewpoint to the commissioning process. Coming from a background of facilities management and program management for construction activities in multi-site organizations, Andrew has spent time across the table as the owner. He has lead activities such as directing design decisions, operating procedures, leading multiple design-build projects, and understanding the cost associated with mechanical systems and their requirements. Over the last decade, he has worked to institute new and retro-commissioning in the facilities he served and advocated for optimization to prolong the life of mechanical systems, reducing operating costs, and aligning real-world metrics with design intent for optimal occupant comfort and usability.

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Benefits of Commissioning

Energy Savings

  • Applying a thorough commissioning approach results in projects having savings up to 5 times that of non-commissioned ones
  • After 20 years, an average of 75% of the initial savings is retained
  • The energy savings’ value varies from $0.02 to $0.19 per square foot
  • Non-energy savings range from $0.23 to $6.96 per square foot
  • The average costs constitute 0.4% of the total construction expenses

Affordability + Additional Savings

Commissioning in Kansas (CxP) delivers an average annual energy savings of 13% to 16%, reduces equipment maintenance costs by 8 to 20%, enhances equipment performance and improves indoor air quality (IAQ). The average return on investment (ROI) for CxP ranges from 1.1 to 4.2 years, constituting a substantial return on your investment.

Reduces Maintenance + Future Costs

The typical maintenance expenses for a commissioned building are approximately 18 to 20% lower compared to a non-commissioned one. A range of 46% to 62% of deficiencies pinpointed during commissioning would translate into elevated future repair and maintenance costs.

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