Tuning Up: A Framework for Existing Building Commissioning
Tuning Up: A Framework for Existing Building Commissioning is a model blueprint for increasing the uptake of Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx) in Canada. It is intended to broaden awareness and to help identify opportunities for decision-makers such as:
- program administrators
- policy makers
- senior managers
- industry associations
Benefits of EBCx can include:
- energy savings
- increased occupant comfort
- extended equipment life
- improved indoor air quality
- avoided costs
- reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- enhanced operations and maintenance (O&M) staff skills
The Framework was developed by the EBCx Working Group – a working group with representatives from organizations such as federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, utilities, academia, industry associations, and commissioning providers.
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How EBCx works
EBCx is a key process that can help existing buildings operate as expected and meet the current facility requirements. In the Framework, it is used as a broad term that includes recommissioning, retro-commissioning and ongoing commissioning. EBCx focuses on improving or optimizing (i.e. “tuning up”) the performance of existing equipment and systems and identifying low-cost or no-cost operational improvements.
Key building types include commercial, institutional and multi-unit residential buildings.
Five pillars of key actions for increasing EBCx uptake
With an overarching goal of increasing the uptake of EBCx across Canada, the Framework is divided into five pillars.
Each pillar includes a specific goal, a summary of related barriers and challenges, recommended key actions, and a list of resources for reference.
For the key information for each pillar, download the Framework (PDF, 2.96 MB).
Key actions could form the basis for new programs and activities or be integrated into existing approaches – for an individual organization, for a jurisdiction or region, for Indigenous communities, or Canada-wide.
Learn more about EBCx
- Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx) Pre-Screening Tool, Natural Resources Canada
- Recommissioning Guide for Building Owners and Managers, Natural Resources Canada
- Recommissioning for existing buildings, Natural Resources Canada
- Energy efficiency in existing buildings, Natural Resources Canada
- Recommissioning case studies, Natural Resources Canada
- Efficient Heating, Ventilation and Air conditioning (HVAC) Operation during a Pandemic: Self-evaluation Tool and Guide, Natural Resources Canada
- Commissioning Guide for New Buildings, Natural Resources Canada
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