Article Date: 01/10/2014

Guidelines for Building Commissioning in the Works

By Steve Rizer


There are several new developments to report in the effort to develop guidance for optimizing building performance through commissioning.


In one such development, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recently began taking comments on proposed Guideline 0.2P, The Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies. The draft guideline describes the procedures, methods, documentation, requirements, and physical activities of the commissioning process for existing buildings, systems, and assemblies using the principles developed in ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process. The comment period for 0.2P, which is intended to be applied to any type of facility, is scheduled to end Jan. 20. 


Other commissioning guidance from ASHRAE includes Guideline 1.1-2007, HVAC&R Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process; Guideline 1.5-2012, The Commissioning Process for Smoke Control Systems; and Standard 202-2013, Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems.


ASHRAE also is working on several other guidelines related to commissioning, including Guideline 1.2P, The Commissioning Process for Existing HVAC&R Systems; Guideline 1.3P, Building Operation and Maintenance Training for the HVAC&R Commissioning Process; and Guideline 1.4P, Procedures for Preparing Facility Systems Manuals.


In an interview with ConstructionPro Week, Bill Dean, chairperson of ASHRAE’s Guideline Project Committee 1.2, outlined the schedule of completion for some of the guidance. “GPC 1.2 is planning to have the technical requirements for the commissioning of existing HVAC&R systems complete by early 2015. Guideline 1.4 on systems manuals completes public review today [Jan. 8], and hopefully it will be published before the summer of 2014.” Other comments he made during the interview appear in the ConstructionPro Network member version of this article.



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