NV5 - Airport Retrocommissioning Guidance

Airport Retro-Commissioning Guidance

For the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program, NV5 was engaged to research current practices in airport facility retro-commissioning and, from the results of the research, prepare a guidebook for airports titled, “Optimizing Airport Building Operations and Maintenance Through Retro-Commissioning: A Whole-Systems Approach” (ACRB Report 139). The research effort included engaging airport authorities at large, medium, and small airports in discussions about airport facility performance and strategies for performance improvements. The guidebook provides strategies for retro-commissioning and tools for planning, estimating, and executing the retro-commissioning programs at airport facilities.

Airport facilities enjoy 15% energy savings (on average) through retro-commissioning.

The guidebook includes a decision tree for developing a whole-building systems optimization and recommissioning plan that considers timing and frequency, stakeholder coordination and communication, priority setting, cost savings estimates, benchmarking, and measurement and verification strategies and tools. It also suggests criteria for evaluating O&M practices and measures, as well as options for conducting energy savings assessments. From the research conducted in this program, the guidebook provides descriptions of best practices for airport building systems, including energy-saving measures and operational strategy improvements, along with sample retro-commissioning scopes of work and plans.

Development of this report was sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Transportation Research Board



Key Facts

ACRB Report 139