Third Party / MEP Commissioning
Every facility operator and building owner wants an efficient and sustainable building. However, as you strive to provide an efficient building, you must take a proactive approach to Building Commissioning. You cannot assume that your mechanical plans and specifications are complete or that your mechanical, electrical, and low voltage subcontractors have installed and interfaced the building management system so that it operates as intended by the designer, as expected by the Owner, or even as specified. Eliminate the risk of inadequate installations and untimely troubleshooting delays. As a Third Party MEP Commissioning Agent, Nova Consulting Services can help you with this.
Through our Third Party / MEP Commissioning Program, Nova strives to ensure that your project’s efficiency goals and design standards, as they relate to the building management systems, are clearly defined and understood at the beginning of the project, and are successfully implemented throughout the life of the project and beyond.
Based on the requirements of the specifications, our responsibilities as your Third Party / MEP Commissioning Agent can include development of a commissioning plan (inclusive of test procedures), reviewing and validating the project drawings and specifications, review of submittals, presiding over coordination meetings with the Contractor and Systems Subcontractors, scheduling commissioning activities, performing on-site progress observations, developing field reports, verifying balancing of the systems, witnessing equipment start-up and testing, and documenting proper functional performance of the equipment and systems.
Coordination among the subcontractors is a very important key to the success of our Commissioning and TCO Management process. Coordination meetings provide a productive forum during which members of the commissioning team can participate in developing the Building Commissioning Schedule. The commissioning team becomes better equipped to identify and address potential scheduling conflicts early on.
Upon completion of the work, each required component will be dynamically tested for individual function and for function within subsystems, systems, and system interfaces under full operation to determine that they perform in accordance with the contract documents. This is achieved first through Pre-Functional testing, and then through Functional Performance testing. The process will include testing under simulated conditions to assess the reaction of systems under irregular conditions. All data and findings will be documented accordingly and will ultimately be submitted as a final Commissioning Report.
Nova will also help to facilitate training of operational staff and final turn-over of the facility to the facility operator. If functional performance is deferred for seasonal evaluation, Nova will participate in coordinating and witnessing the deferred testing process when appropriate.
COMMISSIONING OF NEW BUILDINGS
Because the process of commissioning a building is an essential tool for optimizing energy performance, Nova approaches Building Commissioning of a new building with strict determination to confirm that the building systems function according to criteria set forth in the project documents and that the systems will satisfy the owner’s operational needs.
Nova takes a more systematic approach to the retro-commissioning of existing buildings, which includes investigating and analyzing the existing building systems, optimizing performance, and improving operation and maintenance to ensure continued performance over time. The facility’s current requirements as well as its anticipated future needs must all be considered.
Building Commissioning will ensure optimal energy efficiency and indoor air quality, extend the life expectancy of the building’s systems, and reduce operation and maintenance costs, all of which can be achieved with reduced change order costs, less delay impacts, and by means of a prepared and organized inspection process of which the Contractor can be proud.
Nova’s dedicated team of commissioning resources allows us to competitively and effectively service Contractors, Owners, and Facility Operators nationwide. Nova establishes a professional and harmonious relationship with the other members of the design and construction teams to the benefit of the project, budget, and schedule. We always encourage open communication between team members so that the best ideas of design and construction can be implemented
THE BENEFITS OF THIRD PARTY MEP COMMISSIONING ARE PRICELESS.
Your potential for costly subcontractor change orders is reduced by our early involvement during pre-design and design phases of the project. There are fewer mechanical delays due to our coordination and scheduling efforts during construction. The start-up and testing process is effectively managed; the building operation staff is properly trained; and the building is adeptly moved to a fully operational status. Your system is assured to operate properly, efficiently, and as intended.