Airports are increasingly concerned with improving efficiency and reliability as well as reducing costs. Since an airport’s operations and maintenance (O&M) budget constitutes a significant portion of its overall budget, many airports have begun exploring ways to optimize O&M and improve overall building system performance through recommissioning. Although significant financial and environmental benefits can be realized through O&M optimization and recommissioning, the complexity of airport building systems and the lack of a whole-building systems lifecycle approach to decisionmaking can lead to conflicting priorities and less-than-optimal improvements. Research is needed to help airports understand and apply a whole-building systems lifecycle approach to O&M optimization and recommissioning.
The objective of this research is to develop a primer for airports that provides: (1) an overview of the benefits of a whole-building systems lifecycle approach to operations and maintenance (O&M) optimization and recommissioning and (2) guidance for preparing a building systems optimization and recommissioning plan to suit their unique needs.