Canadian Commissioning Standard

In Canada, a committee that includes representation from building owners, government agencies and the design and contracting communities is gathering momentum to draft a long-awaited national standard on building commissioning. The completion date for the standard is anticipated for early 2010.

The document, known as Z320, is being developed under the aegis of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) by a technical committee that has representation from 14 public and private sector organizations.

The intent is to provide “a comprehensive, integrated, consistent and managed process or framework for achieving, validating and documenting that the performance of a completed building and its major systems meet the design intent and operational requirements of the owner,” the CSA said.

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Read the draft standard here - (this PDF expires June 9, 2010)