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    Energy Savings Performance Contracting Technical Energy Audit Services

    Commissioning has emerged as an essential part of project delivery and a preferred method for ensuring building systems are installed and operated to provide maximum performance.

    Commissioning process activities can include the following energy-related systems, at a minimum:

    • Heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration systems (mechanical and passive), and associated controls
    • Lighting and daylighting controls
    • Domestic hot water systems
    • Renewable energy systems (wind, solar, etc.)

    McKinstry also evaluates plumbing systems, building envelope systems, and other systems in the scope of the commissioning plan as appropriate.

    Benefits of commissioning include reduced energy use, lower operating costs, reduced contractor callbacks, better building documentation, improved occupant productivity, and verification that the systems perform in accordance with the owner's project requirements. Below are the different commissioning services McKinstry offers.

    New Building Commissioning

    Commissioning verifies a building's energy-related systems are installed, calibrated, and perform according to the owner's project requirements, basis of design, and construction documents.

    Enhanced Commissioning

    Enhanced building commissioning initiates the commissioning process during the design process and executes additional activities after systems performance verification is completed.

    Existing Building Commissioning

    Building performance generally declines after two to five years.Existing building commissioning can return a building to its peak performance by optimizing system operations.

    Continuous Commissioning

    Continuous commissioning monitors energy savings with follow-up commissioning to optimize system operation and control schedules based on actual building conditions.


    Commissioning agents are independent of a project's design and construction management. McKinstry's designated commissioning agents develop and incorporate commissioning requirements into construction documents, develop and implement a commissioning plan, verify the installation and performance of the systems to be commissioned, and complete a summary commissioning report. 


    The City of Bellingham partnered with McKinstry to convert its streetlights to LED fixtures, cutting energy consumption by as much as 60% while saving $240,000 in annual energy savings. That’s 18,000 retired light bulbs that the city no longer has to pay for, power and maintain. Read the case study to learn more.