Retro-commissioning (RCx) is a systematic process to improve an existing building’s performance. Using a whole-building systems approach, RCx seeks to identify operational improvements that will increase occupant comfort and save energy. Grumman/Butkus Associates (G/BA) is a leader in the RCx industry and has been providing RCx services for nearly 20 years on a diverse array of projects.
Over a sample three-year period, G/BA successfully completed 25 retro-commissioning projects, resulting in:
- A total energy cost savings of $2.64 million
- An annual electricity savings of 19 million kWh
- An annual natural gas savings of 1 million therms
G/BA is a qualified retro-commissioning service provider under the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program (now partnered with Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, and NICOR). G/BA has consistently received high marks among service providers in the ComEd RCx program.
Some clients opt to implement monitoring-based commissioning, or continuous commissioning, programs. These can be part of the commissioning process for a new or renovated facility, or can be implemented as an adjunct to a traditional retro-commissioning initiative. Monitoring-based commissioning uses automated data analytics tools to help clients achieve persistent, optimal energy efficiency.
The process involved in retro-commissioning (RCx) services is as follows:
- Prepare application for outside funding when available
- Initial site assessment
- Develop RCx plan
- Identify potential operation improvement
- Identify potential energy savings measures
- Develop implementation costs and energy savings projections
- Work with team to implement recommendations
- Finalize detailed site assessment
- Develop targeted FPT procedures
- Collect and analyze trend data
- Verify installation and proper operation of retro-commissioning measures
- Update energy savings based on measured data
- Prepare final report