Chapter 7: Commissioning and Operation

Although the building may appear to be complete, commissioning is the true test of whether it functions as a system. Commissioning is best described as the process of ensuring that a building performs according to its design intent and to suit the needs of its owners and occupants. Proper commissioning of the hotel’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations is essential to achieve optimum energy efficiency once the building commences full operation. If the water and air systems are not balanced, the equipment will have to run longer and harder to maintain comfort conditions, which increases operating costs and environmentally harmful emissions. Guests may have to wait longer until hot water flows from the tap or for the air-conditioning to respond.

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