Buildings are a major and growing source of energy consumption and as such, contribute to the significant problems associated with energy dependence and growing environmental impacts. Building system commissioning is a quality assurance process designed to improve the operations of existing buildings and the design, construction and operations of future buildings. Although commissioning was originally introduced as an acceptance phase activity, it has been enhanced to be a lifecycle process to address broader needs for improved performance. This process is gaining support in many countries as building owners and other stakeholders see the benefits through real-world projects. More investment is needed to scale up the technology and realize the energy performance goals. This paper presents an assessment of the international state of building system commissioning in the Asia Pacific, European and North American regions, based on 15 countries. National reports highlight a variety of initiatives that are underway. The review covers existing conditions for both new construction and existing buildings and analyzes the local and international mechanisms that are developing the market.
Proceedings Title: 2008 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Conference Dates: August 17-22, 2008
Conference Location: Pacific Grove, CA
Pub Type: Conferences
commissioning, energy efficiency, buildings, international, Annex 47