Commissioning is the quality-focused process of verifying and documenting that the building systems are designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained so that a facility operates efficiently and meets the functionality as desired by the owner. A thorough commissioning plan is vital in providing a clear and concise roadmap for the implementation of the commissioning process.

Commissioning plans can be tailored to reflect different buildings and their goals, and will vary based on whether it is a new or existing structure as well as the size of the project. For example, a stand-alone building will have different requirements than campuses or large facilities. Depending on the jurisdiction and objectives of the project, a commissioning plan may be written to reflect requirements for LEED, IECC, ASHRAE/NIBS, or other industry organizations and their standards.


  • Improve operations and reduce operational costs.
  • Reduce energy use in buildings from heating, cooling and lighting.
  • Provide a comfortable and healthy environment for occupants.
  • Optimize building controls to ensure the facility meets requirements.
  • Documenting existing performance to evaluate the impact of future improvements.
  • Utility incentives and rebate opportunities.


Through the early involvement of a commissioning agent in a new project, the goal is to incorporate a second set of eyes for the inclusion of energy-efficient and operationally-based systems in the design phase. This aims to avoid costly maintenance or safety issues from surfacing in construction or occupancy.

RTM’s standard commissioning plan:

Term Legend

Cx: Commissioning

Cx Plan: Commissioning Process Plan

OPR: Owner’s Project Requirements

BOD: Basis of Design


For existing buildings, commissioning is a measure of the health of your building MEP systems. By utilizing our retro and on-going commissioning process, we can identify systems with less than optimal performance and compare the cost of upgrades or replacements versus operational savings.

Let RTM check the health of your existing MEP systems using our unique process that includes:

  • Collaborating regularly with facility staff
  • Benchmarking energy usage
  • Assessing the existing systems (SWOT Analysis)
  • Educating staff
  • Continually improving systems
  • Maintaining system performance