Building Optimization and Commissioning Services

Commissioning, Recommissioning, Retrocommissioning, and
Continuous Commissioning Services: Market Analysis and Forecasts

Commissioning services, which include initial building commissioning as well as recommissioning, retrocommissioning, and continuous commissioning, are designed to ensure that a building’s equipment and control systems are performing as designed and that procedures are in place to maintain high performance over time. While these services have been offered for decades, a surge in growth in energy-efficient building design, along with the increased complexity of construction projects today, has accelerated demand for commissioning services in recent years.

Commissioning services today are provided largely by engineering services companies, who perform testing and tuning procedures at specific key points during a building’s lifecycle, particularly at the point of initial construction or in the context of an energy efficiency retrofit. However, the service model for building optimization and commissioning services is changing, as continuous commissioning services have started to enter the market. These software-based services, provided continuously rather than once every few years, tap into the streams of data generated by building control systems to provide building owners with insight into performance anomalies on a real-time basis. Continuous commissioning services will become an increasingly valuable market segment as demand for building energy management systems (BEMS) grows. Overall, Pike Research forecasts that the market for commissioning services, estimated at $2.2 billion worldwide today, will grow to $4.4 billion in 2020.

This Pike Research report examines the worldwide market for building commission services, including initial commissioning, recommissioning, retrocommissioning, and continuous commissioning. Market drivers and barriers are explored in detail, along with global demand-side dynamics. The report analyzes future technology trends in continuous commissioning and profiles 22 key industry players. Market forecasts, segmented by region and by type of commissioning, are provided through 2020.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • How large is the building commissioning services market and how fast is it growing?
  • How do approaches to building optimization services vary across different world regions?
  • How will the advent of continuous commissioning transform the commissioning services business model?
  • Who are the main players in the building optimization and commissioning services market?
  • How do the various types of commissioning – recommissioning, retrocommissioning, and continuous commissioning – compare?
  • What are the benefits of commissioning to building owners and managers?
  • What capabilities will be necessary to ensure competitive advantage in the growing commissioning services market?
Who needs this report?
  • Architecture/Engineering/Construction Firms
  • Energy Service Companies
  • Commissioning Agents
  • Real Estate Companies
  • Building Automation and Controls Vendors
  • Software Developers
  • Consultants and Systems Integrators
  • Building Owners and Managers
  • Government Agencies
  • Investor Community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Overview

2. Market Issues

2.1   Market Overview

2.2   Definitions of Building Optimization and Commissioning Services

2.2.1     Commissioning

2.2.2     Recommissioning

2.2.3     Retrocommissioning

2.2.4     Continuous Commissioning

2.3   Service Provider Ecosystem

2.3.1     Engineering Service Companies

2.3.2     Building Equipment OEMs

2.3.3     Construction Companies

2.3.4     IT Developers and System Integrators

2.4   Market Drivers

2.4.1     Green Building Design and Certification

2.4.1.1     Commissioning in the LEED System

2.4.1.1.1.             Commissioning Prerequisites

2.4.1.1.2.             Voluntary Points Based on Commissioning

2.4.1.2     Green Building Certification Regulations

2.4.1.3     Measurement and Verification Requirements

2.4.1.4     Other Green Building Certification Programs Worldwide

2.4.2     Energy Management Software and Systems

2.4.3     Increasing Awareness of Commissioning as Energy Conservation Measure

2.4.4     Building Energy Codes

2.4.4.1     Green Building Codes and Commissioning

2.4.5     Utility Demand-Side Management Programs

2.4.6     Perception of Rising Energy Costs

2.4.7     Corporate Sustainability Initiatives

2.4.8     Broadening Traditional Building Maintenance Business Models toward Real-Time Monitoring

2.5   Market Barriers

2.5.1     Lack of Familiarity with Commissioning

2.5.2     Lack of Qualified Service Providers

2.5.3     Misaligned Incentives

2.5.4     Inconsistent Regulatory Environment

2.6   Global Demand-Side Dynamics

2.6.1     North America

2.6.1.1     United States

2.6.1.1.1.             LEED Certification

2.6.1.1.2.             LEED Requirements

2.6.1.1.3.             Energy Service Company Market

2.6.1.1.4.             Regulatory Issues

2.6.1.1.5.             New York City Greater, Greener Buildings Plan

2.6.1.1.6.             Commercial Building Benchmarking Laws

2.6.1.2     Canada

2.6.1.2.1.             Natural Resources Canada Programs

2.6.1.2.2.             Canadian Standards Association – Standard Z320

2.6.1.2.3.             BC Hydro – Pulse Energy Commissioning Initiatives

2.6.2     Europe

2.6.2.1     European Union

2.6.2.1.1.             EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

2.6.2.1.2.             EU Energy Efficiency Directive

2.6.2.1.3.             ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard

2.6.2.2     United Kingdom

2.6.2.2.1.             Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

2.6.2.2.2.             U.K. CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme

2.6.2.2.3.             Climate Change Act of 2008

2.6.2.2.4.             Green Deal

2.6.2.3     Germany

2.6.2.3.1.             Integrated Energy and Climate Program

2.6.2.3.2.             Energy Agencies

2.6.2.3.3.             Die Honorarordnung für Architekten und Ingenieure

2.6.2.3.4.             Energieoptimiertes Bauen

2.6.2.4     France

2.6.2.4.1.             National Policies Supporting Building Commissioning

2.6.2.5     Rest of Europe

2.6.3     Asia Pacific

2.6.3.1     Japan

2.6.3.1.1.             Society of Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Sanitary Engineers of Japan

2.6.3.1.2.             Building Services Commissioning Association

2.6.3.1.3.             CASBEE Green Building Certification Program

2.6.3.1.4.             Regulatory Issues

2.6.3.2     China

2.6.3.2.1.             Green Building Certification in China

2.6.3.2.2.             National Government and Chinese Five-Year Plans

2.6.3.3     Taiwan

2.6.3.4     Hong Kong

2.6.3.5     Australia

2.6.3.5.1.             Policy Issues

2.6.3.5.2.             Green Building in Australia

2.6.3.6     South Korea

2.6.4     Middle East/Africa

2.6.5     Latin America

3. Technology Issues

3.1   Overview

3.1.1     Benefits of Commissioning

3.1.1.1     Reduced Operating Expenses

3.1.1.2     Improved Effectiveness of Maintenance Staff

3.1.1.3     Occupant Comfort

3.1.1.4     Realization of Energy Efficient Performance

3.1.1.5     Average Energy Savings through Commissioning

3.1.1.6     Other Optimization and Commissioning Services Outcomes

3.2   Typical Commissioning Processes

3.2.1     Commissioning versus Recommissioning/Retrocommissioning

3.2.1.1     Key Differences

3.2.1.2     Ongoing Commissioning

3.2.2     Scope of Commissioning Services

3.2.2.1     Heating

3.2.2.2     Cooling

3.2.2.3     Hot Water

3.2.2.4     Controls

3.2.2.5     Lighting

3.2.2.6     Plumbing Systems

3.2.2.7     Electrical Distribution Systems

3.2.2.8     Renewable Energy Systems

3.2.2.9     Building Envelope

3.2.2.10   Whole Building Commissioning

3.2.3     Other Commissioning Service Functions

3.2.4     Commissioning Service Provider Roles

3.2.4.1     Commissioning Agent

3.2.5     Future Technology Trends in Commissioning Services

3.2.5.1     Cloud-Based Continuous Commissioning

3.2.5.1.1.             Implications for Commissioning Services Industry

3.2.5.2     Integration with Building Information Modeling

3.2.2     Scope of Commissioning Services

3.2.2.1     Heating

3.2.2.2     Cooling

3.2.2.3     Hot Water

3.2.2.4     Controls

3.2.2.5     Lighting

3.2.2.6     Plumbing Systems

3.2.2.7     Electrical Distribution Systems

3.2.2.8     Renewable Energy Systems

3.2.2.9     Building Envelope

3.2.2.10   Whole Building Commissioning

3.2.3     Other Commissioning Service Functions

3.2.4     Commissioning Service Provider Roles

3.2.4.1     Commissioning Agent

3.2.5     Future Technology Trends in Commissioning Services

3.2.5.1     Cloud-Based Continuous Commissioning

3.2.5.1.1.             Implications for Commissioning Services Industry

3.2.5.2     Integration with Building Information Modeling

4. Key Industry Players

4.1   AECOM

4.2   AtSite, Inc.

4.3   BC Hydro

4.4   Building EnergetiCx, PLLC

4.5   BuildingIQ

4.6   C3 Energy

4.7   Cimetrics, Inc.

4.8   CML International

4.9   Eaton Corporation

4.10 Ecova

4.11 Gehry Technologies

4.12 Honeywell International

4.13 Horizon Engineering Associates

4.14 IBM

4.15 Integral Group

4.16 Johnson Controls, Inc.

4.17 Jones Lang LaSalle

4.18 Karson Engineers Services

4.19 Pacific Control Systems

4.20 Pulse Energy

4.21 Schneider Electric

4.22 SCIenergy

4.23 Siemens Building Technologies

4.24 Trane, Inc.

5. Market Forecasts

5.1   Overview

5.2   Methodology

5.2.1     Primary Research

5.2.2     Secondary Research

5.2.3     Scope

5.2.3.1     Office

5.2.3.2     Retail

5.2.3.3     Education

5.2.3.4     Healthcare

5.2.3.5     Other

5.2.3.5.1.             Hotels and Restaurants

5.2.3.5.2.             Institutional/Assembly

5.2.3.5.3.             Warehouse

5.2.3.5.4.             Transport

5.3   Assumptions

5.3.1     Building Commissioning Activity

5.3.2     Costs of Commissioning

5.3.2.1     Commissioning Costs for New Construction

5.3.2.2     Recommissioning Costs

5.3.2.3     Retrocommissioning Costs

5.3.2.4     Continuous Commissioning

5.3.2.5     Payback Periods

5.3.2.6     Typical Energy Savings

5.4   North America

5.5   Europe

5.6   Asia Pacific

5.7   Latin America

5.8   Middle East/Africa

5.9   World Markets

6. Company Directory
7. Acronym and Abbreviation List
8. Table of Contents
9. Table of Charts and Figures
10. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • Total Commissioning Services Revenue, World Markets: 2012-2020
  • Annual LEED Certified Space by Category, World Markets: 2000-2011
  • Commercial Building Space by Owner, United States: 2003
  • Utility Electric Energy Efficiency Program Budgets, United States: 2007-2011
  • Price of Residential Electricity, United States: 1995-2013
  • ESCO Revenues by End Use Market, United States: 2010-2020
  • Commercial Building Stock, China: 2011-2021
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Service Type, North America: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Building Type, North America: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Service Type, Europe: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Building Type, Europe: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Service Type, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Building Type, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Service Type, Latin America: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Building Type, Latin America: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Service Type, Middle East/Africa: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Building Type, Middle East/Africa: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Service Type, World Markets: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Building Type, World Markets: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services in the Construction and Operational Phases
  • Commissioning Services in the Construction and Operational Phases
  • ASHRAE Code Stringency
  • States with LEED Requirements for New State Facilities: July 2012
  • Commercial Benchmarking Laws, United States: July 2012
  • Commissioning Agent Focused Design Review Scope
  • Retrocommissioning versus Continuous Commissioning
  • Diagram of BIM Project Team Interaction

List of Tables

  • Commissioning Criteria in LEED Certification Programs
  • Typical Commissioning Processes
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Service Type, North America: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Service Type, Europe: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Service Type, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Service Type, Latin America: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Service Type, Middle East/Africa: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Service Type, World Markets: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Building Type, North America: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Building Type, Europe: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Building Type, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Building Type, Latin America: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Building Type, Middle East/Africa: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Building Type, World Markets: 2012-2020
  • Commissioning Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020

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