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American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings, Section 10 Construction and Plans for Operations

ASHRAE Standard 202-2013, The Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems

ASHRAE Guideline 0-2013, The Commissioning Process

ASHRAE Guideline 1.1-2007 Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigerating (HVAC&R) Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process

Commissioning CXS

The mission of the Commissioning Center of Expertise in Sustainability (CXS) is to provide guidance, advice, and sample documentation from USACE subject matter experts in the area of Total Building commissioning. The intent is to build a commissioning community of practice.

Commissioning Benefits:

  • Project quality as a result of early collaborative efforts of diverse stakeholders
  • Reduced contractor callbacks (warranty calls)
  • Lower operating and maintenance costs
  • Fully functional facility meeting owner project requirements (OPR)

Total Building Commissioning is a systematic process of ensuring, using appropriate verification and documentation, during the period beginning on the initial day of the design phase of the facility and ending not earlier than one year after the date of completion of the facility, that all facility systems perform interactively in accordance with the design documentation and intent of the facility, and the operational needs of the owner are met. One of the key aspects of total building commissioning is that the owner's needs are determined during the planning and design stage, and then, well articulated in the plans and specifications. The Commissioning Authority (CxA) is a person or team that carries this message from planning and design through construction and building occupancy.

Systems to be Commissioned:

  • Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and associated controls
  • Interior and exterior lighting and daylighting controls
  • Domestic hot water systems
  • Renewable energy systems (wind, solar, etc.)
  • Electrical sub-metering systems
  • Building envelope (building air tightness test)
  • Other common systems that could be included are protective systems (fire suppression, lightning protection); plumbing (water distribution, sanitary, storm water); communications systems (telecommunications sound, video); alarm systems (fault detection, security, leak detection)

Contact: Commissioning@usace.army.mil

Photos

Testing and balancing technician set-up to measure flow rate and temperature of the fluid. This typically occurs during the construction phase of the commissioning process.
Water-side test and balance set-up
Testing and balancing technician set-up to measure flow rate and temperature of the fluid. This typically occurs during the construction phase of the commissioning process.
Pre-funtional check-out and visual inspection of the blower motor and thermostat positioning. This typically occurs during the construction phase of the commissioning process.
Inspecting a blower and thermostat installation
Pre-funtional check-out and visual inspection of the blower motor and thermostat positioning. This typically occurs during the construction phase of the commissioning process.
Pre-functional check-out of rooftop air handler. This typically occurs during the construction phase of the commissioning process.
Inspection of rooftop air handler
Pre-functional check-out of rooftop air handler. This typically occurs during the construction phase of the commissioning process.
Performance Verification Test (PVT) on a new control panel in a building at Fort Campbell. This typically occurs during the construction phase of the commissioning process.
Performance verification test on a control panel
Performance Verification Test (PVT) on a new control panel in a building at Fort Campbell. This typically occurs during the construction phase of the commissioning process.
Pump pressure gauges are read and then the corresponding flow is determined from the pump manufacturers curve. This typically occurs during the acceptance phase of the commissioning process.
Pump performance validation
Pump pressure gauges are read and then the corresponding flow is determined from the pump manufacturers curve. This typically occurs during the acceptance phase of the commissioning process.
Measuring differential pressure to be used to calculate terminal airflow. This typically occurs during the construction phase of the commissioning process.
Differential pressure gauge
Measuring differential pressure to be used to calculate terminal airflow. This typically occurs during the construction phase of the commissioning process.
Commissioning team organizational chart for design build and design bid build acquisitions.
Commissioning team organization chart
Commissioning team organizational chart for design build and design bid build acquisitions.