Design Guidelines: Commissioning Guidelines

March 19, 2007
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Building commissioning can ensure that a new building begins its life cycle at optimal productivity, and improves the likelihood that the building will maintain this level of performance.

The Building Commissioning Guidelines are divided into two sections:

Introduction to Commissioning
This section presents building owners with the definition, benefits, costs and savings of building commissioning, as well as three real-life case studies. Part I also provides guidance for selecting a commissioning provider and a rundown of each commissioning team member's role. Finally, it explains what to expect during the commissioning process and offers operation and maintenance tips that ensure the persistence of building commissioning benefits over the long term.

Commissioning Guide for Design Professionals
After a brief recap of the definition and history of building commissioning, this section explains how designers benefit from commissioning and offers a guide to provider qualifications. It also defines who manages the commissioning contract and traces the incorporation of commissioning into each phase of the building project. After a brief rundown of the roles and responsibilities of each member of the commissioning team, this section offers tips on how to market commissioning services to clients. The Appendices contain sample documents, checklists, and "commissioning-friendly" specification language.

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