Mandatory Commissioning For All Buildings Proposed
Commissioning for all buildings designed and built under a green building standard from ASHRAE, the US Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) would become mandatory under a new proposal open for public input. ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011 for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, covers key topical areas of site sustainability, water-use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and the buildingâ€™s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources.
A proposed addendum would remove the â€śAcceptance Testingâ€ť provision for small buildings. The proposed addendum is open for public review from Oct. 19-Nov. 18, 2012.
Currently the standard implies that when a building area is less than 5,000 square feet it is considered to have simple building systems, and thus requires a reduced level of commissioning effort, referred to as Acceptance Testing. Under the proposed addendum, building commissioning becomes mandatory for all buildings that are designed and built under the requirements of the standard.
Under the current Acceptance Testing section, Standard 189.1 would not meet the minimum commissioning prerequisite of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, which requires all buildings to undergo the commissioning process.
- Combined Heat and Power
- 2015 Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards
- Gartner Magic Quadrant
- Improve Your Company's Environment and Energy Performance
- Unlocking the Value of Energy & Operational Data
- The Future of Operational Risk Management: The Oil & Gas and Chemicals Approach
- How "Fixed" is the Fixed Price Product?
- Best Practices in Electricity Procurement
- Increase the Value of Demand Response Through Automation
- Let's Do The Math for DR
- Connected Buildings, Connected People: A Look to the Future
- Cut Costs and Improve Facility Operations with Energy Data
- Energy Procurement Strategies for Winter 2014 and 2015
- Energy Efficiency Requires Engineering Efficiency
- Integrated Building Optimization: A Crucial Convergence of Demand-side and Supply-Side Energy Management Strategies