Commissioning is the process of verifying that the building’s systems operate as intended and according to the owner’s requirements as set forth in project documents. Commissioning helps fill the gap between the design team and subcontractors. Without commissioning, significant inefficiencies and improper installations can go unchecked potentially resulting in higher energy use with the resultant higher environmental impacts.
The Fundamental commissioning prerequisite focuses on the installation and verification of the mechanical and electrical systems during construction.
- Engage a LEED commissioning authority
- Review design intent and basis of design documentation
- Include commissioning requirements in construction documentation
- Develop and employ a commissioning plan
- Verify the installation, functional employment, training on systems and documentation
Strategies for achieving fundamental commissioning:
A commissioning agent prepared and implemented a commissioning plan which included the five required scope of work items.
Enhanced commissioning covers a broader scope of systems, and involves broader participation of the Commissioning Authority (CxA), beginning during construction documents and continuing through occupancy.