Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program is a Green Building rating system that quantifies various building elements and compares them to a standard of efficiency, providing a tangible level of building performance.
LEED® is the recognized standard in the U.S. and many other countries for building sustainability. The program is based around performance in the design and construction of buildings, and addresses the five areas of environmental concern:
Choosing the correct LEED® commissioning authority for your project can make the difference between your facilities investment in technology and your return on investment.
For those buildings seeking LEED® certification, LEED® commissioning is a prerequisite set forth by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Divided into two commissioning levels, Fundamental Commissioning and Enhanced Commissioning, the LEED® Commissioning process verifies that the building's energy related systems are installed, calibrated, and perform according to the owner's project requirements, design intent, and construction documents.
At a minimum, LEED® Commissioning services will examine:
Dependent on your LEED® aspirations, two commissioning levels are available.
Basic LEED® certification requires, at a minimum, Fundamental Commissioning. Fundamental Commissioning is normally performed towards the end of the construction project and verifies that what the building designer intended is functioning the way that it should.
For those buildings trying to receive credit in the LEED® rating system, the more detailed Enhanced Commissioning is required. Enhanced Commissioning is a more hands-on, process oriented commissioning service that takes place before, during, and after the construction phase.