The Benefits of Retro-Commissioning for Green Initiatives

Retro-commissioning is a process that analyzes how well building systems are operating together by evaluating an existing building or space and improving its current functions. This provides the opportunity for any problems that were not installed properly during construction or any problems that have manifested during the building’s existence to be eradicated. Many systems operations that have not been updated can cause problems for both the building and occupants, but also for conversation and energy efficiency purposes. Retro-commissioning is a huge step to going green, both for the environment and the budget. There are many benefits to retro-commissioning with the intention of becoming an energy efficient building.

Here some of the top benefits you could reap from having an environmentally friendly and efficient retro-commissioned building:

1. Save Money. One of the top reasons to retro-commission a building is to save money. In a study conducted in 2013, it was found that a newly retro-commissioned building saved 16 percent on energy bills* and received a payback within one year. Between all of the systems and operations that need to properly function within the building, the retro-commissioning process updates any lagging or poorly installed systems to make it run as efficiently as possible. Added benefits to saving money could include the ability to not only retro-commission the building, but also include a re-design for internals efficiency!

2. Environmentally Friendly. It might be an obvious reason to retro-commission with the intention of going green, but it is a top benefit. A company with a Green Business Certification, like HF Planners, LLC with LEED AP’s on staff – a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional, will know how to transform your building to be as efficient as possible. Less emissions and more environmentally friendly systems will create a more efficient building both inside and out.

3. Tax Exemptions and Tax Credits. It goes along with saving money, but as a part of retro-commissioning, there are incentives that each state offers when improving your building functionality to improve its emissions and efficiency. The state of NJ alone has 73 incentives to retro-commission your office building to better the environment**. With a facility management company that will retro-commission your building to code and efficiency standards, a company is able to qualify for tax exemptions and tax credits if they are running most efficiently.

4. Occupant Health. Another important factor in being environmentally friendly while retro-commissioning your building is to consider the occupants and their well-being. Beyond energy savings, there is a definite benefit that comes from a more energy efficient building and more efficient occupants and their health. Identifying potential improvements including indoor air quality as well as operations maintenance comes with savings that could be redirected to improve the health of employees and other occupants. Healthier employees with healthier lifestyles reap so many benefits for a company, and end up having better habits that are aligned with environmentally friendly ideals.

There are many reasons to retro-commission your building for the sake of going green and becoming more environmentally friendly. Not only is there monetary value, but there are employee and environmental values as well. Interested in learning about how your space can be environmentally friendly through retro-commissioning? Contact HF Planners today to speak with our LEED Accredited Professionals today to see how your company can be as efficient as possible.  

 

*Parrish, Granderson, Mercado, Mathew 2013. “Improving Energy Efficiency through Commissioning: Getting Started with Commissioning, Monitoring, and Maintaining Performance” Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. https://eta.lbl.gov/publications/improving-energy-efficiency-through

** https://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program?fromSir=0&state=NJ

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