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HVAC Systems Commissioning Manual


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Commissioning is the process of ensuring the HVAC system meets the owner’s operational requirements. This American National Standard, ANSI/SMACNA 014-2013, expands on this and also includes LEED project information, current terminology for commissioning of existing buildings as well as other updates to resources and technologies.

The commissioning process works effectively for projects large and small, simple as well as complex and applies to the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. This practical how-to guide is for contractors, owners and engineers interested in learning about commissioning for new buildings and re-commissioning for existing buildings. Separate chapters are devoted to the different levels of commissioning, including basic, comprehensive and critical system commissioning. A thorough explanation of re-commissioning leads one through the preliminary investigation, survey and documentation phase, the design and installation of system modifications and the actual re-commissioning test.

The appendix contains a sample HVAC Systems Commissioning Specification, complete from the planning to the final execution stage. Additionally, the topics functional performance testing, operator training, MSDS forms and equipment data sheets and O&M manuals are covered. It also includes sample reports and timesaving pre-start and start-up checklists. Use of these tested and proven sample forms and specification will save hours of valuable time.