Commissioning is a process of documentation, adjustment, testing, verification and training performed specifically to ensure that the finished systems operate in accordance with the Owner’s documented project requirements and the construction documents. As a result, the Commissioning Authority is involved in the design, construction, and initial occupancy of the facility.
ENVI Engineering follows widely recognized standards when Commissioning facilities:
- ASHRAE Guideline 0 – The Commissioning Process
- Essential Attributes of Building Commissioning
- Fundamental and Enhanced Commissioning per USGBC LEED requirements
Commissioning serves as a resource for not only the owner but the design team, contractors, and the building operators. ENVI Engineering works towards the Owner’s Project Requirements, budgets and Client’s specific needs to ensure the building is energy efficient and operating at its best upon delivery and occupation.
ENVI Engineering’s Scope of Services for the Commissioning Process as approved by the Owner includes, but is not limited to:
– Develop Owner’s Project Requirement (OPR) document
– Develop a Commissioning Plan
– Develop Commissioning Specifications
– Conduct Commissioning Design Reviews of Drawings and Specifications
– Conduct a Pre-Construction Commissioning Meeting
– Conduct Submittal Reviews
– Create Pre-functional Checklists for the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and controls subcontractors
– Conduct Construction Site Observations
– Submit and Maintain a Commissioning Issues Log
– Facilitate Functional Performance Testing by the MEP and Controls contractors
– Oversee Owner Training
– Review O&M Documentation
– Review Equipment Warranties
– Provide a comprehensive Systems Manual
– Conduct a post construction, Best Practices/Lessons Learned Session
– Provide a Final Commissioning Report
– Conduct a 10-Month Warranty Review Walk-Through
The sustainable building movement is expanding and evolving into building code requirements. Soon enough, the commissioning process will be viewed as a standard part of building design and construction.
- The 2015 International Energy Conservation Code – Commercial Provisions & ASHRAE 90.1-2013 became mandatory by Texas state law effective November 1, 2016.
- The 2015 City of Houston Commercial Energy Conservation Code Amendments were adopted by City Council on November 9, 2016 and became effective December 9, 2016.
Plans and permit applications submitted after the effective dates are required to be compliant with the new and amended codes.
The approved Houston amendments to the 2015 IECC-Commercial and ASHRAE 90.1-2013 are available on the City of Houston’s Customer Assistance and Code Development Page