No Matter the System, We Have You Covered

Commissioning Services

Our passion for transforming failing or under-performing buildings into successful, healthy and sustainable facilities, along with a dedication to seeing that new buildings meet or exceed their intended systems benchmarks, gives clients both confidence in their investment, as well as an understanding and assurance of the viability and long-term performance of their properties.

Kitchen & Associates Commissioning Team
No Matter the System, We Have You Covered

Commissioning Services

Our passion for transforming failing or under-performing buildings into successful, healthy and sustainable facilities, along with a dedication to seeing that new buildings meet or exceed their intended systems benchmarks, gives clients both confidence in their investment, as well as an understanding and assurance of the viability and long-term performance of their properties.

Kitchen & Associates Commissioning Team
A Cost-Effective and Proven Practice

What is Commissioning?

Commissioning is the establishment of a planned, collaborative and systematic approach to the programmatic design, specification, review, and testing of a building’s systems and sub-systems in order to confirm they are performing as designed. The practice is a proven and cost-effective method for both reducing overall energy consumption, as well as helping to reduce a building’s overall operating costs over its lifespan. Studies have shown that commissioning saves owners operating and energy costs, with energy efficiency improvements of 5–25% when commissioning is performed.

A Cost-Effective and Proven Practice

What is Commissioning?

Commissioning is the establishment of a planned, collaborative and systematic approach to the programmatic design, specification, review, and testing of a building’s systems and sub-systems in order to confirm they are performing as designed. The practice is a proven and cost-effective method for both reducing overall energy consumption, as well as helping to reduce a building’s overall operating costs over its lifespan. Studies have shown that commissioning saves owners operating and energy costs, with energy efficiency improvements of 5–25% when commissioning is performed.

Making Buildings Better

Goals of a Commissioning Program

The goals of the commissioning process is to ensure that the owner’s project requirements are met, that the building occupants have a safe, comfortable and healthy interior environment, the building systems are working efficiently and as intended, and the facilities maintenance team is well-trained on the operation and maintenance of the building. By applying a commissioning process to their facilities, owners are able to reduce overall building operating costs, while simultaneously providing end-users with a better building environment.

Photograph: John Pisani (left) and Angel Placeres, III, PE
Making Buildings Better

Goals of a Commissioning Program

The goals of the commissioning process is to ensure that the owner’s project requirements are met, that the building occupants have a safe, comfortable and healthy interior environment, the building systems are working efficiently and as intended, and the facilities maintenance team is well-trained on the operation and maintenance of the building. By applying a commissioning process to their facilities, owners are able to reduce overall building operating costs, while simultaneously providing end-users with a better building environment.

A Knowledgeable Staff is Key

The Importance of Training

Training is a critical element of any commissioning program, and one that we at K&A emphasize as a key part of our approach in the commissioning of a building. A facility’s maintenance team and staff, including both management and owners, can benefit greatly from a thorough, well-thought-out and well-documented training regimen, giving them a comprehensive, in-depth understanding of the building systems in their charge, and empowering them to be more proactive in their maintenance.

Photograph: K&A Conducting a Passive House Blower Door Test
A Knowledgeable Staff is Key

The Importance of Training

Training is a critical element of any commissioning program, and one that we at K&A emphasize as a key part of our approach in the commissioning of a building. A facility’s maintenance team and staff, including both management and owners, can benefit greatly from a thorough, well-thought-out and well-documented training regimen, giving them a comprehensive, in-depth understanding of the building systems in their charge, and empowering them to be more proactive in their maintenance.

Programs for Existing Buildings

What is Retro-Commissioning?

Retro-commissioning is a process meant to improve or upgrade the overall functionality and efficiency of a building’s existing equipment, as well as to identify and thoroughly document precisely how the building’s systems and sub-systems function together. The types of building issues that generally can be resolved by the application of a standard commissioning program can almost always be found in existing buildings. Being able to identify those problems can save both owner and staff valuable time, money and resources that could be dedicated to other areas of a property’s daily work orders.

Photograph: The Commissioning Team in the Field at Thomas Jefferson University
Programs for Existing Buildings

What is Retro-Commissioning?

Retro-commissioning is a process meant to improve or upgrade the overall functionality and efficiency of a building’s existing equipment, as well as to identify and thoroughly document precisely how the building’s systems and sub-systems function together. The types of building issues that generally can be resolved by the application of a standard commissioning program can almost always be found in existing buildings. Being able to identify those problems can save both owner and staff valuable time, money and resources that could be dedicated to other areas of a property’s daily work orders.

A Shortlist of

Our Commissioning Services

Energy Benchmarking

We’ll help you get a handle on your building system’s current energy usage and overall inefficiencies.

Energy Incentives

We can help you determine what financial incentives are available from the state and local utility companies.

Implementation

We can help you implement the energy conservation measures identified through benchmarking and audits.

Energy Auditing

After benchmarking, we’ll help you analyze the results and develop a strategy toward energy efficiency.

Retro-Commissioning

Able to identify problems in existing buildings that will save both staff and owners time, money and resources.

Commissioning Training

Training is of primary importance to a staff knowledgeable in the building systems they’re tasked to manage.

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Architecture

Our design approach is grounded in a sustainable mindset, motivated by the opportunity to make our communities better places, and focused on the people who will ultimately live, work, learn and play in the buildings we design.

Engineering

Not only is K&A a recognized leader in architectural design services, but we also have a full-service Engineering department including licensed Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection engineers on staff.

Planning

With four licensed planners on staff our planning studio offers a variety of professional services to both clients and project teams. From site analysis and feasibility studies to comprehensive community master planning.

Interior Design

Our interior design staff is a tight-knit and talented group of designers, dedicated to designing healthy, functional, sustainable spaces, establishing dynamic and vibrant connections between people and places.

Energy Consulting

K&A is a nationally recognized pioneer in sustainability and a leader in energy-efficient design, engineering and systems, promoting the sound stewardship and conservation of the natural and built environment.