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CONSULTING-SPECIFYING ENGINEER Publishes Article on Lighting Control System Commissioning

“Don’t question commissioning when it comes to lighting controls,” is the message of this article written by Lindsey Fimek, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Primera Engineers Ltd., Chicago, and published in a recent issue of CONSULTING-SPECIFYING ENGINEER.

“Lighting controls are one of the last pieces installed in any building and the last to get programmed and commissioned. Many times the start-up and commissioning process can be rushed, leaving the lighting controls system and components in a functional but not optimal operation … Functional testing and follow-up after start-up and commissioning are performed help ensure the designed energy savings are realized. If you’re nearing project completion, persuading the owner to adopt this practice will mean he’ll enjoy a return on investment on current projects rather than waiting for future renovations or new construction. Skipping the start-up and commission, however, can lead to an underperforming system, unused features, and a loss of energy savings. After all, like many other moving parts in the MEP/FP discipline, you can’t just ‘build it and walk away,’ expecting the system to function efficiently. Commissioning and testing are as critical for lighting controls as they are for building management systems.”

Check out part one here and part two here.

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