PFC Documentation: Commissioning Firm’s Responsibility or Contractors?

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If you’re familiar with commissioning, then you know that the commissioning provider’s job is to be a third-party representative working directly for the owner to ensure that commissioning is unbiased, follows best practices, and helps achieve the owner’s project requirements. The commissioning provider (CxP) is responsible for assisting the project team during all phases of…

Commissioning Best Practices During the Turnover Phase

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Recently I wrote a blog discussing commissioning best practices during the construction phase: Article. That post discussed secrets to a successful commissioning kickoff meeting, self-performing commissioning documentation, effective issue resolution and developing customized Functional Performance Testing (FPT) documentation. A commissioning authority’s work is not complete until successful building turnover is achieved. This post will discuss…

The Importance of Communication During the Commissioning Process

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As a commissioning authority, it’s my responsibility to ensure that building systems perform interactively according to the owner’s functional, operational and performance requirements. A lot of technical skills are embedded in that responsibility, but there’s a soft skill that’s just as important to the commissioning process: communication. Set expectations and explain your role. Commissioning kickoff…

Why the Commissioning Agent Should Perform System Pre-Functional Checks

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Have you ever wondered why the commissioning checklist is so important for your construction projects? Did you know that having the Commissioning Authority (CxA) complete the checklist adds tremendous value to your project? Pre-functional checklists are completed to verify the proper installation of new or relocated HVAC equipment as per typical industry practices. Their primary…