Retro-commissioning is the process of commissioning an existing building controls to regain efficiency. This would involve fine-tuning the programming of the building controls.
As a building ages, there are many minor issues accumulate over the years, such as
These issues imply that the original design commissioned becomes less efficient, yet our company sees new opportunities here.
Many energy saving opportunities that would require no additional capital expenses, for example (Source: EMSD HK):
There are also opportunities that would require additional sensors, for example occupancy sensors, energy meter and smart thermostats.
Since equipment replacement, maintenance and usage pattern change over time, constant retro-commissioning is necessary for more efficient use of energy.
Continuous commissioning is the process of performing on-going retro commissioning. This is made possible by gathering data continuously from the running system and an associated analytics platform for revealing the energy saving opportunities.
The energy saving from a retro commissioning exercise varies with buildings based on their existing controls, with a typical payback period of 2 years.