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Summary: ASHRAE/AHR Technical Conference & Expo


This is review is from the ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo held in Atlanta, Georgia this month.  The review is provided by Tom Poeling.

Status of Technical Committee Reviews

BCxA got an early start at the conference, with members participating in weekend TC7.9: Commissioning (Technical Committee) meetings focused on standards and guidelines. There were eight specific ASHRAE subcommittee meetings under the Standing Standard Project Committee (SSPC) 300, with many BCxA members holding prominent roles in advocating for the commissioning profession. The focus of the committees is to edit and organize existing ASHRAE commissioning Standards (202-2018 and 230) and Guidelines (0, 0.2, and 1.1 – 1.6), detailed below, for consistency so that as new standards and guidelines are created and multiple sections are repeated, they will consistently reference other documents. Current commissioning documents will observe the following general hierarchy.

Commissioning Standards

Standards represent the minimum acceptable definition of the commissioning process.

  • Standard 202-2018 (Commissioning Process for New Buildings and Systems) is the baseline document used for code compliance. As it was just released in 2018, only minor adjustments are currently proposed to differentiate it from the upcoming existing building Standard 230.
  • Standard 230 (Commissioning for Existing Buildings and Systems) is the new standard for Existing Building Commissioning. Formerly referred to as Standard 202.2, the new Standard 230 will be written this year, and is scheduled for public review in early 2020. During the current meetings, the committee approved the title, purpose, and scope for the standard, and provided direction applying Standards 202 (New Construction) and 230 (Existing Building).

BCxA participation included technical committee meetings, training, AHR show booth and Cx resources. My sincere thanks to BCxA members Bruce Pitts, Jay Enck, Jerry Kettler, Tom Cappellin, Michael Amstead, Tracey Whaley, Tracey Jumper, Lee Riback, Jim Magee, Terry Rodgers, Jim Vallort, Rod Rabold, Bradley Brooks, Ole Tiesen, and others who volunteer significant hours to support these committees (sorry if I missed you).

Primary Commissioning Guidelines

Guidelines describe best practices of the commissioning process, where standards describe minimum process requirements. The primary guidelines focus on the commissioning process itself; supporting guidelines apply the commissioning process to a system or building type.

  • Guideline 0-2013 (Commissioning Process) describes best practices for the commissioning process. Committees are currently comparing Guideline 0 and Standard 202 language, and plan to release a new version for public review this late this year.
  • Guideline 0.2-2015 (Commissioning Process for Existing Buildings) best practices document is currently being developed, and is expected to be ready for public review in early 2020.

Supporting Commissioning Guidelines

The supporting guidelines provide additional depth to the Primary Commissioning Guidelines and are related to a specific building, system type or specific commissioning document.

Status of Committee Reviews:

  • Guideline 1.1-2007. HVAC&R Technical Requirements for The Commissioning Process. Committee is reviewing Guideline annexes against Standard 202 to remove overlapping references.
  • Guideline 1.2. Commissioning Procedures for Existing HVAC&R Systems. There were no committee meetings on this particular guideline during the conference.
  • Guideline 1.3-2018. Building Operations and Maintenance Training. This guideline was recently completed and published.
  • Guideline 1.4-2014. The Procedures for Preparing Facility Manuals. Guideline 1.4 was recently completed but the final published date is being delayed by ASHRAE pending completion of other primary and supporting guidelines (0 and 1). The committee will review and edit annexes against the standards and primary guidelines.
  • Guideline 1.5-2017. The Commissioning Process for Smoke Control Systems. There were no committee meetings on this particular guideline during the conference.
  • Guideline 1.6. The Commissioning Process for Data Centers. This is the first commissioning guideline that is related to a particular building type. This subcommittee kicked off work on this guideline at the ASHRAE Summer Conference in 2018. The committee will write this guideline in earnest this spring, with a draft for committee review this summer. There was a discussion on whether Guideline 1.6 should be organized around the Cx process for new construction vs. existing building data centers. For now, the committee will create one guideline initially referring to both.

Annexes and Appendices

Each subcommittee is editing the annexes and appendices in each of these standards and guidelines.

  • Annexes that are referenced by multiple guidelines or standards will become unique, separate documents. Annexes will primarily reside in the Commissioning Standards and Primary Guidelines 0 and 0.2.
  • Appendices apply only to specific Commissioning Standard or Guidelines. Their purpose is to provide more depth and specific information relative to the types of systems included in the guidelines.

The commissioning standards and guidelines are available to you through the ASHRAE Bookstore. As documents are available for public review or for purchase, the BCxA will keep our members in the loop.

Commissioning Training

Tracey Jumper represented the BCxA with her presentation on “Existing Building Commissioning: What’s New?”. The presentation focused on latest EBCx resources, market drivers, ways to qualify providers and scope, formalized process updates, and where the industry is currently headed. Based on the traffic that came by the booth to see Tracey after the presentation, interest in EBCx remains high.

AHR Show Booth

During the AHR Show, BCxA sponsored a booth on the show floor. Visitors to the booth were able to view BCxA-sponsored documentation and ask questions about the commissioning process. Many questions focused on the BCCB certification program, including the benefits and requirements for achieving the ACP/CCP/CCF certifications.

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