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by George R. Owens, PE, CEM


Commissioning is a process that assures to a building owner that the HVAC, electrical, controls and plumbing systems were installed and operates. The goals of this program are to:
  • Demonstrate that the equipment operates properly
  • Verify installation to plans and specifications
  • Provide operating documentation
  • Have well-trained operators
Action Steps
  • Meet with the Owner and the Design Team to review the goals and scope of the commissioning efforts
  • Develop a commissioning specification for inclusion in the construction documents prior to bidding.
  • Review plans and specifications
  • Prepare detailed commissioning procedures and review with the design and construction team
  • Review construction periodically
  • Assemble comprehensive documentation for the owner
  • Lead the commissioning efforts for each piece of equipment and each system
  • Coordinate training of system operators
Ongoing Support
Once a system is installed and commissioned, periodically re-commissioning will maintain the goals of reduced tenant complaints and energy costs. Depending upon the complexity of the system, an annual evaluation should be undertaken to determine the frequency and extent that recommisioning should occur.

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