Practice of commissioning sustainable buildings gains momentum
Commissioning is critical to ensure buildings operate as intended, but it’s especially true of sustainable buildings, says a Toronto commissioning specialist.
At this year’s Green Building Festival in Toronto, Adam Muggleton, a managing partner with Cobalt Engineering, offered the ASHRAE definition of commissioning — a quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying and documenting that the performance of facilities, systems, and assemblies meets the defined objectives under the criteria.
Muggleton said commissioning should be done up front, even before design work and other planning, and the building owner should be the one to hire the commissioning authority.
“The commissioning process is a quality-management tool. The object isn’t to take any responsibility away from the architect or the mechanical or electrical designers. It’s to get things out in the open, review the design and make sure the project meets the owner’s objectives. If it’s started any later, commissioning becomes about picking up pieces that have been missed.”
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