Building performance monitoring has a great potential to reduce energy usage through improved operation and maintenance. Enhanced functioning, lower energy costs, better indoor air quality and overall design satisfaction are some of the key benefits. However, in order to achieve these goals, successful transfer of design intent is required through all stages of design process and operation. This paper discusses building commissioning, particularly focusing on capturing design intent throughout the project lifecycle. Building commissioning requires that users and facility managers fully understand design intentions, as well as interactions with prescribed building systems. Design representations and knowledge transfer become crucial in that aspect. Cost-implications, benefits, and roles of agents are discussed. Tools and applications aimed at facilitating the process are presented.
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