Karishma Smart Green Building Technologies

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Building Commissioning

 KSG Building Technologies/Commissioning is an independent Commissioning Authority made up of highly experienced, accredited engineers dedicated to sustainable building operations. Chosen most often by architects, owners and developers, KSG Building Commissioning guarantees advanced innovation and improved efficiencies to each client it serves.

We work with building energy systems, manufacturing facilities, Commercial, mixed use, hotels and retails on a daily basis. Put our expertise to work for you. Our engineers, technical specialists, and regulatory compliance consultants are available to commission, validate, and/or improve your manufacturing operations or building facilities. Our track record of proven results on projects large and small speaks for itself.

  KSG Building Technologies/Commissioning is guided by recognized leaders in the construction, engineering and environmental service industries.

Each of our professionals has been trained by the experts who have more than 30 years experience in Green Building Design. Our expert team is young, dynamic and task oriented.  They routinely work through complex systems to achieve the clients’ goals in efficiency and reliability.

       “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

 

Types of Commissioning

Building Commissioning

The process of new building commissioning begins at the onset of the project during the design phase and continues through the warranty period of the completed facility. It encompasses all phases of design, construction, acceptance, and warranty period. By being involved from the beginning, KSG Building Commissioning will identify potential issues during the design phase, discover installation issues early on in the construction phase, and verify proper operation during the acceptance phase. Additionally, our team will return to the facility during the end of the warranty phase and interview building operation staff and assist in identifying outstanding operational issues as well as provide recommendations for continued commissioning and re-commissioning if necessary.

Retro-Commissioning

Providing fundamental commissioning and troubleshooting services on a facility that has never been commissioning before. The services most often result in improved HVAC operations, reduced energy consumption, and improved operator knowledge of the systems within their facilities.

Re-Commissioning

Re-commissioning is similar to new building commissioning but does not include any design or construction aspects. It is primarily used by building owners who want to ensure the proper operation of an older or recently acquired building. Re-Commissioning is a cost-effective measure that provides a proper functioning building as well as provides the owner documentation of equipment operation.

The term commissioning comes from shipbuilding. A commissioned ship is one deemed ready for service. Building commissioning takes the same approach to new buildings. When a building is initially commissioned it undergoes an intensive quality assurance process that begins during design and continues through construction, occupancy, and operations. Commissioning ensures that the new building operates initially as the owner intended and that building staff are prepared to operate and maintain its systems and equipment.

We work in a cooperative manner with architectural and engineering firms, construction managers, LEED consultants, QSAS/GSAS Consultants, trades and clients to confirm that the Owner's Project Requirements have been met. We also ensure projects stay on schedule. We have served as the technically competent, independent commissioning authority on wide range of projects.


Owner Project Requirement Documentation

Work closely with the client’s Project management team to develop documentation to guide the design team in the sustainability goals, energy efficiencies, occupancies and the long term operational needs of the facility.

Basis Of Design Documentation

Review and augment the design team’s efforts to document developing designs for the, architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing system for a facility. This documentation typically includes design criteria, systems capacities, redundancies and reliability features of the systems to be designed.

USGBC

 LEED Enhanced Commissioning

Perform fundamental commissioning services for the pre-requisite USGBC requirement. Services include the development, coordination and implementation of a Commissioning Plan. The Plan includes the commissioning of mechanical, electrical and water usages systems, construction inspections, pre-functional testing, functional testing, training oversight and operational handovers.

USGBC Fundamental Commissioning

Perform enhanced commissioning services as an independent third party firm. Services include design peer reviews, equipment submittal reviews, commissioning process oversight, final project manual development and warranty operational reviews.

QSAS/GSAS  Commissioning

Based on the newly developed standards, provide Commissioning Services. Perform commissioning services for [MO.1] Commissioning Plan. Services include the development and coordination of the implementation of a Commissioning Plan. The Plan includes the commissioning of mechanical, electrical and water usages systems, construction inspections,pre-functional testing, functional testing, training oversight and operational handovers. Perform enhanced commissioning services as an independent third party firm. Services include commissioning plan, basis of design review, design peer reviews, equipment submittal reviews, commissioning process oversight, final project report development and warranty reviews.

Engineering Design Peer Reviews

Provide detailed and focused reviews of the architectural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and low voltage system designs. Physical aspects, system efficiencies, maintainability and reliability are some of the key issues reviewed.

Operator Handover and Training

Work with the contractors during the completion of the project to ensure a smooth transition from construction to operation. Augment any vendor training to aid the new operations team in the proper use and operation of the new systems. Provide guidance and insight as to the concepts in use and how to sustain long term operational efficiencies.

Commissioning Consulting

 The objective of commissioning is to provide documented confirmation that a facility fulfills the functional and performance requirements of the building owner, occupants, and operators. To reach this goal, it is necessary for the commissioning process to establish and document the owner’s criteria for system function performance, maintainability and document compliance with these criteria throughout design, construction, start-up, and the initial period of operation. In addition, complete operation and maintenance (O&M) manuals, as well as training on system operation, should be provided to the building operators to ensure the building continues to operate as intended.

The Commissioning authority should be involved throughout the project from the pre-design through the warranty phase. The primary role of Commissioning authority during the overall design phase is to review the design to ensure it meets the Owner’s objectives. During construction, to develops and coordinates the execution of a testing plan, which includes observing and documenting all systems’ performance to ensure that the systems are functioning in accordance with the owner’s project requirements and the contract documents. The Commissioning authority is not responsible for design or general construction scheduling, cost estimating, or construction management, but may assist with problem-solving or resolving non-conformance issues or deficiencies.

 Pre-Design Phase

1.) Assemble commissioning team, hold a scoping meeting and identify responsibilities.

2.) Develop a draft design-phase commissioning plan.

3.) Attend commissioning meetings as needed with project manager and design team.

Design Phase

1.) Coordinate the commissioning work during design.

2.) Develop or update the design phase commissioning plan.

3.) Perform focused reviews of the design, drawings and specifications at various stages of development (during schematic design, design development and contract document phases)

4.) Develop a draft commissioning plan using an Owner-approved outline.

  

Construction Phase

1.) Coordinate and direct the commissioning activities in a logical, sequential and efficient manner using consistent protocols and forms, centralized documentation, clear and regular communications and consultations with all necessary parties, frequently updated timelines and schedules and technical expertise.

2.) Also included in the Commissioning Report the document submittal and O&M manual reviews, training record, test schedules, construction checklists, startup reports, functional tests

Certified Commissioning Manager™(5 day)   (Commissioning Manager in Training Option )

Coordinate and facilitate a 3-day working session in India to develop the recommended commissioning approach and plan for the  projects referenced below: LEED /GSAS PROJECTS.

Work project teams to develop the commissioning goals for the projects and an acceptable approach to execute commissioning in the subsequent construction process. Identify commissioning team members and definition of tasks and responsibilities to execute the commissioning activities from this point forward to meet the LEED™ NC prerequisite requirements. Provide documentation and/or tools to facilitate each step in the Cx process.Develop a proposal for follow-on commissioning plan execution and oversight to assure the commissioning objectives are achieved for the project.

The CCM™ designation was created to raise professional standards and provide a vehicle for certification in the building commissioning industry. The mark of a dedicated and goal-oriented commissioning professional, the benefits of this accreditation include:

 • A competitive advantage,

 • professional growth and development,  

• enhanced professional credibility,

 • great job opportunities.

Certified  Commissioning Manager(CCM)

The commissioning process begins with Owner Project Requirements and continues through design, construction, acceptance, and warranty phases. The focus is always on working proactively to prevent problems and implement building solutions.

At present there are several certification exams targeting the commissioning profession, including:

  • Certified  Commissioning Manager (CCM)
  • Certified  Commissioning Authority
  • Commissioning  Process Management  Professional
  • Certified  Building Commissioning Professional
  • Certified Commissioning Professional

The exams have a knowledge domain which focuses on commissioning plan and process. This knowledge domain is a major one - one that can make a difference in the final pass/fail grade

The contents of the course are:

• Introduction to Commissioning

• The Commissioning Process

• Commissioning LEED™Green Buildings

• Re-Commissioning

• Retro-Commissioning

                                                        

The course is 5 sessions, 8.0 hours each (Total 40 hours). For Corporate training, the schedule can be fully customized to meet any organization’s requirements.

The CCM is a recognized expert in the principles, application, and process of commissioning new and existing buildings. The CCM designation was created to ensure high professional standards and provide a vehicle for demonstrating expertise in the building commissioning industry

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  • Identify the key components of the Building      Commissioning.
  • Describe key concepts associated with      Commissioning process
  • Pre-Design Phase Commissioning
  • Design Phase Commissioning
  • Construction Phase Commissioning
  • Occupancy

Who should attend?

The following list includes some of the industry professionals pursuing the credentials:

  • Any Building Professional working on Design & Construction Projects.
  • General Contractors (Project Managers,engineers and Superintendents), Specialty Contractors & Sub-Contractors
  • Property Developers, Building Owners/Facility Managers
  • MEP Engineers(Mechanical, Electrical Engineering )
  • Energy Industry Professionals
  • Government Agencies, City Planners, Urban Planning & Municipality Officials
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Building Inspectors
  • Candidates interested in applying for the Certified Commissioning Professional(CCP) exam

Course Benefits:

Commissioning is a standardized process executed by a professional, commonly referred to as a Commissioning Authority (CxA), who is knowledgeable in the design, construction, and operation of systems. The outcome of the process verifies proper operation of commissioned systems and that the requirements set forth by the owner are achieved. By definition, to put something "into commission" means that it is ready for regular use. Historically, commissioning has been used by the Navy to ensure that ships were seaworthy prior to leaving port. At sea, a breakdown would not only be costly to correct, it could potentially be life-threatening. For manufacturers the benefits are also well understood for using commissioning on expensive and sensitive process systems as it ensures safety, reduces waste, and maximizes up-time.

The process of building commissioning was further refined when, several years later, ASHRAE formed the HVAC Commissioning Guideline Committee who then published the HVAC Commissioning Guideline in 1988¹. But it wasn't until 1998, with the incorporation of the Building Commissioning Association, that Commissioning Authorities had their own society. That same year the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) added commissioning to its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria. A move that, in light of the popularity of this rating system, made great strides in promoting the use and acceptance of building commissioning.

Today the role of the building commissioning authority has become a central component to the whole building design process as the built environment continues to include more complicated and interdependent systems and owners focus on energy efficiency to keep operational costs down.

For more details refer to Green building commissioning certification institute