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New “HVAC Systems Commissioning Manual” advocates contractor-directed commissioning

Mar 21, 2014

New “HVAC Systems Commissioning Manual” advocates contractor-directed commissioning

SMACNA’s “HVAC Systems Commissioning Manual,” second edition, is now available. This latest edition has been recognized as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard and is the only ANSI HVAC Systems Commissioning standard to date.

As a benefit of SMACNA membership, members are eligible to receive a free copy of each manual in the format of their choice: Book, PDF, or CD-ROM. You should have received an e-mail from SMACNA explaining how to get your gratis copy.

The manual focuses on commissioning of the HVAC system from the pre-design phase through the occupancy phase. SMACNA still provides for three levels of commissioning allowing the owner and contractor a number of alternatives to fit commissioning into any project type and size.

The new book also includes a chapter on LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) offering background information for those working on LEED projects regardless of their previous experience with LEED. It replaces older terminology such as retro-commissioning with current terminology such as commissioning of an existing building, as well as other updates to resources and technologies.  

The new standard still advocates the benefits of contractor-directed commissioning and involving the contractor as early as possible in the process. Many of the checklists found in the appendix have been updated and some new ones have been created. There are checklists for level 1 and level 2 commissioning for pre-start, start-up, and verification.  A sample specification and example checklists are also part of the appendices.

Visit SMACNA bookstore to purchase additional copies.

Prices:  “HVAC Systems Commissioning Manual,” 2nd edition, 200 pages.
Member—Book $14, CD $17, Book/CD Combo $22, PDF $14
IFUS—Book $47, CD $56, Book/CD Combo $75, PDF $47
Discount for architects/engineers*—Book $64, CD $77, Book/CD Combo $102, PDF $64
List—Book $90, CD $108, Book/CD Combo $144, PDF $90

*The discounted price is available only to architectural and engineering firms and their employees (provided they are not in the contracting business as well.)