Report quantifies costs, benefits of commissioning
Michael Ivanovich's blog highlights a LBNL report that quantifies the costs and benefits of commissioning.
Evan Mills, PhD, staff
scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), has just released an
important report quantifying the costs and benefits of commissioning: "Building
Commissioning: A Golden Opportunity for Reducing Energy Costs and Greenhouse
Based on data from 37
commissioning providers representing 643 buildings comprising 99 million sq ft
of floor space from 26 states the median cost for new-construction Cx amounted
to $1.16 and would save13% on whole-building energy consumption. For existing
buildings, the median cost amounted to $0.30 and median whole-building energy
savings amounted to 16%. Payback times are 4.2 years for new construction, and
1.1 years for existing buildings.
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