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©2018 This excerpt taken from the article of the same name which appeared in ASHRAE Journal, vol. 60, no. 1, January 2018

By Paul A. Torcellini, Ph.D., P.E., Member, Shanti D. Pless, Associate Member ASHRAE

About the Author
Paul A. Torcellini, Ph.D., P.E., is a principal engineer at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., and is on the faculty at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Conn. Shanti Pless is a senior energy efficiency researcher at NREL. They have each chaired several Advanced Energy Design Guides.

Driven by energy-efficiency advances and renewable energy cost reductions, zero energy buildings are popping up all around the country. Although zero energy represents a bold paradigm shift—from buildings that consume energy to buildings that produce enough energy to meet their energy needs on an annual basis—it isn’t a sudden shift. Zero energy buildings are the result of steady, incremental progress by researchers and building professionals working together to improve building energy performance.

ASHRAE is taking the lead by publishing—in partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and with financial and technical support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)—a new series of advanced energy design guides (AEDGs) focused on zero energy buildings. The forthcoming Advanced Energy Design Guide for K–12 School Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy (K–12 ZE AEDG) is the first in this series. All the AEDGs are free downloads from ASHRAE (www.ashrae.org/freeaedg).


Construction Commissioning Process

Commissioning can begin at predesign, design, or during construction. This article will focus on the efforts taken during construction commissioning. At the beginning of any construction commissioning project, it is vital to make sure the owner’s project requirements (OPR), in the case of new construction, or current facility requirements (CFR), in the case of existing buildings, are monitored and followed while performing the standardized commissioning tasks for new construction, as outlined and discussed in detail in ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 202-2013.2 Those steps can be summarized as:

  • Initiating the commissioning process;
  • Writing the commissioning plan;
  • Reviewing the design and construction documents;
  • Creating and working with the commissioning team;
  • Performing commissioning submittal review;
  • Performing construction observation and testing;
  • Performing the functional performance testing;
  • Maintaining the issues documentation and resolution logs;
  • Observing the training process including using the systems manual and record documents as training materials;
  • Monitoring post occupancy operations; and
  • Writing the final commissioning report.

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