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Sept. 3, 2012: ASHRAE’s Proposed Standard on Commissioning Process Open for Comment

September 3, 2012
ATLANTA — The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) announced that its first proposed standard on the commissioning process is open for public comment.

Standard 202P, Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems, has been developed to identify the minimum acceptable commissioning process for buildings and systems as described in ASRHAE’s Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process. The proposed standard is open for public review until Oct. 1, 2012.

By taking the best practices from the guideline, first published in 1989, and writing a standard, the requirements can be adopted by code bodies and used by standards developers, according to Gerald Kettler, chair of the Standard 202P committee.

“The proposed standard will benefit the industry by ensuring that the built environment industry follows the owner’s quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying, and documenting that the performance of buildings, systems, and assemblies meets defined criteria,” he said. “Standard 202P will support the requirements in other ASHRAE standards and programs.”

The commissioning process assumes that owners, programmers, designers, contractors, and operations and maintenance entities are fully accountable for the quality of their work. The process begins at project inception and continues for the life of a facility.

“The process includes specific tasks to be conducted to verify that design, construction, verification, testing, documentation, and training meet the owner’s project requirements,” Kettler said.

For more information or to comment on the proposed standard, visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews.

Publication date: 9/3/2012