Optimizing Building Systems Performance
At Epsten Group, we believe that the purpose of building commissioning is to ensure that the owner’s expectations for building systems are met. This goal is achieved by verifying that the design documents align with the owner’s project requirements and then verifying that the design intent is achieved through observation during the construction phase and functional performance testing prior to the building being turned over to the owner.
When delivered properly and thoughtfully, building commissioning adds tremendous value to all layers of the project team and has an excellent return on investment. Whether the owner experiences direct savings in energy use reduction or change order avoidance, or by minimizing contractor call-backs, commissioning can and should be integrated into all projects early in the design phase to maximize benefits.
In our many years of providing building commissioning services, promoting teamwork and open communication between team members has proven to deliver the best results in commissioning. Therefore, Epsten Group’s building commissioning team works to get process buy-in from all members of the team whether it’s the owner, operations and maintenance staff, design team or construction team.
As a building commissioning provider, Epsten Group’s job is to work with each design and construction team member in a productive fashion, even when parties differ on approach. We know that the owner is ultimately best served through team member collaboration, and not through contention. From design through construction, our role is to be an integral team member, not just a bystander, by providing proactive and continuous feedback with recommendations and constructive critiques to ensure that the owner’s expectations are achieved.
Epsten Group offers comprehensive building commissioning services including:
- Design/owners project requirements
- Design reviews (schematic design, construction documents, bid addenda, shop drawings)
- Commissioning plans
- Review or development of testing requirements
- Installation checklists
- Site observation
- Testing of installed components (functional testing)
- Test reports
- Tracking of correction items
- Commissioning reports
- Training of operations and maintenance staff
- Warranty follow up
Epsten Group’s commissioning team consists of highly experienced building commissioning professionals. Over the years, Epsten Group has assembled a commissioning group with expertise in the design and construction industry including backgrounds in systems design, construction management, test and balance, HVAC controls and energy optimization. Each team member brings those unique perspectives to the project as an owner’s representative and, as a result, our group is able to provide maximum value through the commissioning process.
The proof of Epsten Group’s performance excellence as a commissioning provider is through our repeat business. Our commissioning department is built on a strong base of repeat clients, all of which can attest to our approach and technical competence in building systems performance. Our client base is composed of knowledgeable owners with large building portfolios that have high expectations for the commissioning process, and we always aim to exceed those expectations with our services.