12.1 Introduction

The purpose of this code is to improve public health, safety and general welfare by enhancing the design and construction of buildings through the use of concepts that reduce negative and increase positive environmental impacts. Commissioning is a vital element in this effort:


      BOD                 Basis of Design

      Cx                    Commissioning

      FPT                  Functional Performance Test

      HVAC               Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning

      O&M                 Operations and Maintenance

      OPR                 Owner’s Project Requirements



      Acceptance Criteria - The conditions that must be met for systems or equipment to meet defined expected outcomes.

      Commissioning (Cx) - Building commissioning as required in this code involves a quality assurance process that begins during design and continues to occupancy. Commissioning verifies that the new building and its systems are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated and maintained as the owner intended, and that building staff are prepared to operate and maintain its systems and equipment.

      Owner - The individual or entity holding title to the property on which the building is constructed.

      Commissioning Coordinator– The person who plans, schedules and coordinates the commissioning team to implement the commissioning process. This can be either a third-party commissioning provider or an experienced member of the design team or owner’s staff.

      Commissioning Team - The key members of each party involved with the project designated to provide insight and carry out tasks necessary for a successful commissioning project. Team members may include the commissioning coordinator, owner or owner’s representative, building staff, design professionals, contractors or manufacturer’s representatives, and testing specialists.

      Independent Third-Party Commissioning Professional - A commissioning consultant contracted directly by the owner who is not responsible or affiliated with any other member of the design and construction team.

      Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Manuals - Documents that provide information necessary for operating and maintaining installed equipment and systems.

      Owner Representative An individual or entity assigned by the owner to act and sign on the owner’s behalf.

      Sequence of Operation A written description of the intended performance and operation of each control element and feature of the equipment and systems.

Scope of the Commissioning Requirements

      All building systems and components covered by Sections 110.0, 120.0, 130.0, and 140.0 shall be included in the scope of the commissioning requirements, excluding covered processes.

12.1.1  Selecting Trained Personnel for Commissioning

It is essential that there is a single person designated to lead and manage the commissioning activities. In practice, this individual has been referenced by various identifiers such as commissioning authority, agent, provider, coordinator, lead, etc. In this 'manual the term commissioning coordinator is used.

The commissioning coordinator shall manage and facilitate the commissioning process, including managing the development and implementation of the commissioning tasks and associated documentation. Trained personnel shall execute the tasks and may include appropriate members of the owner’s staff, contractors, and design team, as well as independent commissioning professionals.

The designated commissioning coordinator may be an independent third-party commissioning professional, a project design team member (e.g. engineer or architect), an owner’s engineer or facility staff, contractor or specialty sub-contractor. Methods of evaluating the designated commissioning coordinator and trained personnel include review of the following:

      Technical knowledge

      Relevant experience

      Potential conflict of interest

      Professional certifications and training

      Communication and organizational skills

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