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Summary of REHVA Workshop on building commissioning: what’s in it for me?

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Overview of participants working on their inputs to trigger commissioning demand

Overview of participants working on their inputs to trigger commissioning demand

Today there is a demand for building commissioning in almost all building projects. Many building owners have realized that the technical complexity of buildings has increased and it is necessary to manage the quality of any building work to fulfil the requirements of the owner.

However, the requests for commissioning services often lack basic knowledge of how to set up the commissioning organization, the leadership, the scope, the activities in the pre-design, design, construction and operations phases, and the money needed for the investment in this quality management process.


On May 23rd, REHVA organised a workshop providing insights on how building commissioning is performed, interacts with sustainability measures and influences the value of buildings. Objective of the workshop was also to gather input for elaborating a new REHVA Guidebook on commissioning which will contribute to fill in gaps for tools, guidance, certifications and structural documentations in the future work with building commissioning.


The collected answers have highlighted the key aspects of building commissioning which should be addressed, such as:

  • Improvement of the communication and collaboration between all stakeholders
  • Better focus on building owner and users
  • Exploitation of branding and marketing opportunities
  • Steadily moving towards a perspective more oriented on the entire life-cycle of the building
  • Clearer requirements, Key Performance Indicators and commissioning processes
  • Enhancing private financing, working business model plan and Commission Management.
  • Increased availability and sharing of practical knowledge supported by benchmarking
  • Accreditation of building managers including also Continuous Professional Development


The overall conclusion to all the input and the discussions highlighted the need of working not only on a handbook on retro-commissioning, but also on guidance and support for owners starting up new building projects. The owners need tools to understand the Commissioning Process, the value of the process, and hands-on guidance to get started.


The presentations, outcomes and photos of the workshop are now publicly available on REHVA website.