Building Commissioning

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.

Contact Service Leader

Tim Kilby
Director of Commissioning
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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 one.

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.



DBR’s Commissioning Services:

Whole Building Commissioning

Applying the commissioning process from project inception as a member of the team to participate in design phase, construction phase, and acceptance phase.  Working with the owner’s team to document design requirements, working with design team to ensure owner’s requirements are covered, and testing the building to confirm its operating according to the design.


Performing commissioning for an existing building that has never been commissioned.  Establish the operational requirements of the building, test the existing systems to assess their operational level and provide a corrective plan to address issues found and improvements that can be made.


Performing commissioning on a building that was commissioned at the time of turnover. Confirm the building is still operating according to the original design, identify any issues that need to be addressed and identify changes required to adapt to the building usage changes.

Ongoing Commissioning

Benchmark a building’s current performance, develop a plan and implementation schedule for regular review to test and detect faults in the operation/performance.  When faults or deficiencies in performance are found, implement a plan to troubleshoot and correct the issues.

Texas Energy Code - IECC 2015 Commissioning

Perform the commissioning scope defined by the IECC 2015 (Texas Energy Code) and complete all documentation required by the Authority Having Jurisdiction.

LEED Fundamental Commissioning

Perform the commissioning scope defined by the USGBC for LEED certification and complete all forms and letters required for certification.

LEED Enhanced Commissioning

Perform the commissioning scope defined by the USGBC for LEED certification and complete all forms and letters required for certification.

CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) Commissioning

Perform the commissioning scope defined by CHPS and complete all forms and letters required for certification.

Functional Testing

Perform a limited scope of the commissioning process that focuses on the verification of operational sequences. Write test scripts and conduct testing of equipment through all sequences that were specified.

Facility Assessments

Visit existing buildings to review the maintenance level and condition of equipment to provide a report. Our reports describe the existing conditions, analyze the current operations and provide recommendations with a budget for improvements in the building.

Building Systems We Commission

HVAC Systems

  • Chilled/Hot Water Plants
  • Air Handling Units
  • Energy Recovery
  • Ventilation Systems
  • Building Automation
  • Hydronic Pumping

Electrical Systems

  • Lighting Control Systems
  • Communication
  • Daylight Harvesting
  • Stand-by Power
  • Fire Alarm

Plumbing Systems

  • Hot Water Systems
  • Water Pumping
  • Piping Systems

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