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Building Commissioning is being rapidly embraced by public and private organizations because of its benefits and improved project delivery results. Expert guidance is essential.


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The Strategic Guide to Commissioning
This guide, a report from the ASHRAE Presidential Ad-Hoc Committee, Building Performance Alliance on Commissioning, serves as a quality-focused, high level strategic commissioning providing stakeholders with a basis for understanding enhanced delivery of new and existing building projects. It describes the value, benefits, and rationale for verifying and documenting that all commissioned systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet the Owner's Project Requirements (OPR) for new buildings and/or major renovations, and the Current Facility Requirements (CFR) for existing buildings. This guide is also available in Spanish.

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Standard 202-2018 -- Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems

ASHRAE/IES Standard 202 describes the Commissioning Process, the roles of the principle agents and stakeholders, and a framework for developing design documents, specifications, procedures, documentation, and reports. It also describes the general requirements for a training program for continued successful system and assembly performance.



Guideline 0-2013 -- The Commissioning Process

This Guideline, also available in Spanish, describes the Commissioning Process capable of verifying that a facility and its systems meet the Owner's Project Requirements. The procedures, methods, and documentation requirements in this guideline describe each phase of the project delivery and the associated Commissioning Processes from pre-design through occupancy and operation.



Guideline 1.1-2007 -- HVAC&R Technical Requirements for The Commissioning Process

Guideline 1.1-2007 focuses on HVAC&R systems while addressing total building commissioning processes by validating interfaces and possible interferences between all building systems. 



Guideline 1.5-2017 -- The Commissioning Process for Smoke Control Systems

Guideline 1.5 describes the technical requirements for the application of the Commissioning Process described in ASHRAE Guideline 0 that will verify that the smoke control system achieves the Owner's Project Requirements (OPR).


Training and Certification

BCxP – Building Commissioning Professional Certification

Validates competency to lead, plan, coordinate and manage a commissioning team to implement commissioning processes in new and existing buildings.

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Building Energy Quotient

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Reduce energy use and save money with Building EQ, a tool for understanding a building's energy use and identifying opportunities to reduce costs.

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Other Resources

Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning

CIBSE -- Commissioning Code M: Commissioning Management