Describes a cost-saving 2-party approach employed to commission buildings at the University of California, Merced, where the budget did not support third-party commissioning.. This approach used the design team and contractor. The paper explores the advantages and disadvantages of this approach versus more traditional third-party approaches. The parties feel that the low cost and high-value of this approach make the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, though the primary disadvantage of potential conflict-of-interest is a strong one. Success stories from projects employing similar commissioning approaches suggest that the process can work and can even slowly transform the industry, perhaps addressing a barrier to realizing the benefits of commissioning in all new buildings.
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