BUILDING COMMISSIONING OPTIMIZING BUILDING PERFORMANCE
SERVICE | QUALITY | INTEGRITY | SUSTAINABILITY
ON THE LEADING EDGE Whether it’s our design or yours, our fully independent Commissioning Agents are at the leading edge of system start-up and validation ensuring adherence to schedule and lower cost of ownership.
EMBASSY SUITES Powers Brown Architecture San Antonio, Texas
OUR APPROACH & SERVICES DBR launched our Commissioning Division in 2005, by commissioning the first public school in Texas to be LEED certified. Since then, millions of dollars have been saved by Building Owners who have experienced shorter start-up, schedule adherence, fewer hidden problems, and peak building performance from Day 1!
DBR'S COMMISSIONING SERVICES: • Whole Building Commissioning • Retro-Commissioing • Re-Commissioing • Ongoing Commissioning • Texas Energy Code - IECC 2015 Commissioning • LEED Fundamental Commissioning • LEED Enhanced Commissioning Our Commissioning Agents offer a holistic • CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance understanding of construction and engineering in Schools) Commissioning addition to deep insight on mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
LONE STAR STATE LOCATIONS AUSTIN
7800 Shoal Creek Boulevard Suite 100-W Austin, Texas 78757 512.637.4393
400 Mann Street Suite 602 Corpus Christi, Texas 78401 361.888.5797
15301 Spectrum Drive Suite 350 Addison, Texas 75001 214.217.9500
2431 E. Yandell Drive El Paso, Texas 79903 915.781.1711
9990 Richmond Avenue South Building, Suite 300 Houston, Texas 77042 713.914.0888
200 South 10th Street Suite 901 McAllen, Texas 78501 956.683.1640
SAN ANTONIO TIM KILBY CXA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C Director of Commissioning 27 Years of Experience email@example.com
BILL DUNCAN CCP Certified Cx Professional 25 Years of Experience firstname.lastname@example.org
TIM COOK Commissioning Technician 21 Years of Experience email@example.com
BRIAN BUTSCHEK PE , QCXP Senior Project Manager 15 Years of Experience firstname.lastname@example.org
9601 McAllister Freeway Suite 410 San Antonio, Texas 78216 210.546.0200
WHY DBR? DETAILED DELIVERABLES
DBRâ€™s team of Commissioning Agents get involved early in the project while the building systems are still being designed. Our commissioning process and system validation plans are shared with the project engineers which sharpens their vision of the finished product and brings consensus to the overall project goals.
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CONSTRUCTION COST MANAGEMENT
Our independent third-party participation in the design process serves as an extra set of eyes which minimizes errors, omissions, and coordination issues resulting in fewer change orders.
O&M COST MANAGEMENT
With the complexity of building systems increasing, many installation problems and the increasing reliance on software results in problems going undetected, causing operational costs penalties in the form of utility costs, human comfort, and productivity, collectively exceeding the one-time initial construction cost of a building.
After Cx expectations are set, training shifts from maintaining the equipment and systems to learning how efficiency issues are found and remedied. This evolution in approach will help operations and maintenance recognize that they are owners of the improvements and it is their responsibility to ensure that improvements persist.
Our goal is to manage, integrate, and restore modern energy consumption, energy code requirements, and building control systems while maintaining occupant comfort.
THE DBR DIFFERENCE DBR’s commissioning process has saved Building Owners millions of dollars by quicker system validation and acceptance, schedule adherence, fewer undetected hidden problems, all while maintaining peak building performance. Every building is a unique structure with a unique set of requirements for the owner and users. We understand this dynamic of the built environment, take it into account with each project and provide tailored Commissioning plans that cover the spectrum of all building systems requirements. EQUIPMENT (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO): SYSTEMS (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO): • Water cooled chillers
• Chilled water plants
• Air cooled chillers
• Hot water plants
• Cooling towers
• Ventilation systems
• Roof top units
• HVAC controls systems
• Make-up units
• Building automation
• Supply fans
• Integrated systems
• Exhaust fans
• Piping systems
• Air handlers
• Condenser water systems
• DX equipment
• Lighting control systems
• Heat exchangers
• Stand-by power
• Outside air units
• Tertiary pumping system
• Integrated systems test
• Water heaters
• Daylight harvesting
• Exhaust hoods • Energy recovery units • Lighting relays • Fan coil units • Mini-mates • Photocells
As independent experts, our Commissioning Agentsâ€™ depth of troubleshooting and problem-solving experience has redefined what it means to have peace of mind from the Ownersâ€™ perspective and streamlines the process for our Client.
EXPERIENCE RESEARCH FOREST LAKESIDE 5 The Woodlands, Texas
PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES Midland, Texas
LAMAR UNIVERSITY SETZER STUDENT CENTER Beaumont, Texas
DOW TEXAS INNOVATION CENTER â€“ A.P. BEUTAL BUILDING Lake Jackson, Texas
BLINN COLLEGE â€“ KRUSE RECREATION CENTER Brenham, Texas
SUL ROSS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Bryan ISD Bryan, Texas
JOHN MARSHALL HARLAN HIGH SCHOOL Northside ISD San Antonio, Texas
POST HTX Houston, Texas
"Texas A&M University realized the benefits of Building Commissioning extended beyond cost savings."
CORPS OF CADET HALLS
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS THE CHALLENGE The Corps of Cadet Halls, also known as the “Quad”, were constructed in 1939 providing accommodations for 2,600 students in 12 halls. While renovations to the Quad took place throughout the ‘60s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, the Quad endured a major demolition and renovation to the interiors of each hall starting in 2015. Additionally, four Leadership Learning Centers that connected four pairs of the buildings were designed and constructed for a total of more than 1.2 million square feet.
Building Commissioning for the Quad was vital to the success of ensuring the new air conditioning concept performed efficiently to maintain the space temperature in the resident’s rooms and to reduce energy usage. Because there was no room for delays, DBR’s commissioning agents worked closely with the design/build firm to develop a Commissioning Coordination Plan to facilitate completion of the commissioning process within the master schedule.
The testing process of the mechanical and lighting control systems revealed several issues related to energy usage such as exterior lighting that was not on the building control system, malfunctioning occupancy sensors that allowed air conditioning units to run at full cooling capacity regardless of space occupancy, and sticking control valves that would enable simultaneous heating and cooling. Some of the indoor air quality issues discovered were missing humidity control programs, manual Throughout the commissioning process and upon isolation valves found shut that prevented space completion, Texas A&M University realized the heating, and faulty fresh air dampers. benefits of Building Commissioning extended beyond cost savings. Building Commissioning THE SOLUTION provided the University with newly renovated This extensive renovation project incorporated Corps of Cadet Halls in the Fall of 2017 that a new concept for providing space temperature were operational and move-in ready for its’ control in each resident room that employed students. multiple, custom built, roof mounted air handlers with integral air terminal units and state of the art energy efficiency controls.
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