January 9, 2010
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California Commissioning Collaborative

The California Commissioning Collaborative is an ad hoc group of government, utility and building services professionals who are committed to developing and promoting viable building commissioning practices in California. The site contains pages with standards, research, demonstrations, and many other resources.

ASHRAE Guideline 1-1996: The HVAC Commissioning Process
(ASHRAE Bookstore)

This guideline describes a commissioning process which ensures that HVAC systems perform according to design intent. It can be purchased from ASHRAE's online bookstore, or by calling ASHRAE Customer Service (404-636 -8400). Guideline 1 is currently being updated to reflect the Guideline 0 format.

National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) - Building Commissioning

Total Building Commissioning

The National Institute of Building Sciences is working with ASHRAE to develop a set of commissioning guidelines focused on Total Building Commissioning. ASHRAE's Guideline 0 will set the format to develop discipline specific guidelines to commission features as diverse as mechanical systems, interior systems, and fire protection systems. The Total Building Commissioning website is maintained by the Florida Design Initiative and is organized around the individual technical guidelines.

The Whole Building Design Guide offers an introductory article on commissioning. This article outlines commissioning concepts and processes and provides links to more information.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Rating System

The LEED Green Building Rating System™ (developed by the USGBC ) is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Building Commissioning is one of the requirements for obtaining a LEED™ certification.

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF): Building Commissioning Resource List

This website contains NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on building commissioning , especially pertaining to the commissioning of educational facilities.

Associated Air Balance Council (AABC)

The Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) is a non-profit association of qualified, independent test and balance agencies. Their new Commissioning guide provides detailed, step-by-step methodologies for various types of commissioning. The Guide includes a list of roles and responsibilities, a recommended scope of services, sample forms, specifications, & RFPs as well as a discussion of commissioning and its benefits. It may be purchased on-line or requested by mail.

National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) Procedural Standards for Building Systems Commissioning

The 105-page publication provides comprehensive guidance for systematic development and implementation of a plan for commissioning building HVAC systems. The easy-to-read text describes organization, planning, procedures and methods for verifying and documenting that the performance of building systems is (or is not) in conformance with building specifications and contract documents. In addition, it includes model reporting forms, check sheets and functional performance checklists for documenting the performance of the building system components. Another feature is a one-page schematic that depicts the commissioning process.

Model Commissioning Plan and Guide Specifications, 1997

Developed jointly by Portland Energy Conservation Inc. (PECI) and the U.S. DOE, this 500-page document details the commissioning process for new equipment during both the design and construction phases for larger projects. It also provides boilerplate language, content, format, and forms for specifying and executing commissioning.

The document is generally based on ASHRAE Guideline 1-1996 with significant additional detail, clarification, and interpretation. Updated in February 1998, the document can be downloaded from this site.

Working with the Oregon Office of Energy , PECI revised this model plan for inclusion in the Oregon Commissioning Toolkit.

Portland Energy Conservation Inc. (PECI)

This nonprofit corporation offers innovative approaches to the responsible use of energy and facility resources, particularly commissioning. PECI offers a wide range of commissioning-related documents, all of which are listed on this site. Some of the documents are available online; others are available only in print form.

Building Commissioning Association

The Building Commissioning Association (BCA) is a non-profit membership-based professional organization for commissioning providers.

The BCA's goal is to achieve high professional standards, while allowing for the diverse and creative approaches to building commissioning that benefit the profession and its clients. For this reason, the BCA focuses on identifying critical commissioning attributes and elements, rather than attempting to dictate a rigid commissioning process.

Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) - Building Commissioning Guide

The Energy Policy Act of 1992 requires the head of each Federal agency to adopt procedures necessary to ensure that new Federal buildings meet or exceed the Federal building energy standards established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), in cooperation with the General Services Administration, developed the Building Commissioning Guide .

Users have access to view and download the Building Commissioning Guide, model commissioning plans, and guide specifications.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

In addition to providing New York residents with information regarding commissioning in their area, this website includes sample documents such as Commissioning Plans, Commissioning reports, Pre-functional and functional tests, and more.

Facility Design Manual (Univ. of Washington)

Although this document is specific to the University of Washington, it shows how the university incorporates commissioning in its projects. The manual can be downloaded from this Web site. If using this document, please be sure to review its disclaimer and copyright notice.

Commissioning Specialists Association (Great Britain)

The CSA is an association for the commissioning industry within the construction world. Its membership comprises commissioning industry companies, individual commissioning engineers and associated companies (such as equipment manufacturers, instrument suppliers, etc.), who have a vested interest in ensuring that the commissioning function in today's complex buildings is carried out to a uniformly high standard.

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