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Now Available: BCxA 2016 New Construction Building Commissioning Best Practices


The Building Commissioning Association (BCxA) is proud to announce the publication of the revised 2016 New Construction Building Commissioning Best Practices. In the five years since the first edition was published in 2011, new construction commissioning has matured as an industry practice resulting in changes that have further defined the commissioning process.

The 2016 edition is accompanied by a complementary suite of updated commissioning application samples and templates that are sequenced by project phase. They are available in Word and Excel formats to adopt and use in your work.

  • Pre-design Phase
  • Design Phase
  • Construction Phase
  • Occupancy and Operations Phase

The 2016 New Construction Building Commissioning Best Practices document includes minor clarifications to a number of terms and concepts. It also includes added detail to the description of construction checklists, test readiness tasks, functional testing scripts, testing rigor, training and the addition of a systems integration meeting during design, a requirement for trend analysis, and facilitation of closing all issues during occupancy and operations. Best practices were developed in context of reasonable cost and schedule limitations, objectivity and rigor, differing building and equipment types, project size, and complexity.

This suite of documents is the culmination of evaluating guidelines, standards, and industry resources published since the 2011 edition. The volunteer Task Force of BCxA commissioning providers was selected based on their deep commissioning experience and commitment to the commissioning profession. They possessed the extensive knowledge, practical skills, solutions-based abilities, and experience with a wide range of building types, with a variety of owners and project teams. They represent a cross-section of regions across the USA and Canada.

Best Practices are intended to achieve optimal results and thus are a benchmark for quality and professionalism. However, recognizing that each project may require a different approach depending on circumstances, the BCxA emphasizes that Best Practice procedures show the way, but should not be considered mandates.

Learn more about BCxA Best Practices.
Download the New Construction Building Commissioning Best Practices.

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