ASHRAE Summer Meeting: Standards & Guidelines

By Bruce A. Pitts, BCxA President Emeritus

At the ASHRAE Summer Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri last month, a lot of work was done by the SSPC 300 (ASHRAE Standing Standard Project Committee 300: Commissioning oversight committee, plus subcommittees) to modify existing Guidelines, prepare them for publication, and start new Standards and Guidelines.

For example, two new committees (EBCx Standard 230 and Data Center Cx Guideline) are under way.

ASHRAE Standards such as Standard 202 are ANSI-approved and are written in a way that can be referenced in building codes.

Guidelines, on the other hand, are more detailed and provide deeper guidance on how to apply the process.

Here is a summary of the actions that took place at the Summer Meeting:

New Committees:

  • Standard 230, Commissioning Process for Existing Buildings is a new committee that has been working for the last few months to create the bulk of the new Standard that will be moved toward public review after the January 2020 Winter meeting. The current Guideline 0.2, below, will be updated in coordination with Standard 230.
  • Guideline 1.6, Commissioning of Data Centers: This is a new committee established to create a new guideline focused on the processes specific to Data Center Cx.  If you are an ASHRAE Member and your practice does data center commissioning, you may want to apply to join this committee and help create the guideline.

Existing Committees:

  • Standard 202, Commissioning Process of New Buildings and Systems is under continuous maintenance and is working to update the standard to conform with changes in the scope with the upcoming publication of Standard 230 for Existing Buildings.
  • Guideline 0.2, Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies: Guideline 0.2 is under continuous maintenance and will be updated in coordination with the publication of Standard 230, above. It will include more detail on the application of commissioning of Existing Buildings. BCxA members of this ASHRAE committee are also participating in the current effort to update the BCxA Existing Building Commissioning Best Practices.
  • Guideline 0, The Commissioning Process, is being changed to conform with the publication of Standard 202 and to build more detail into the guideline. This is under continuous maintenance and will include more detail on the application of commissioning of New Buildings.

BCxA Members are well represented on all of the ASHRAE commissioning committees. We work to influence these Standards and Guidelines to be consistent with all of BCxA’s Best Practices, Webinars, TechTalks and Training.

Our long history of involvement positions the BCxA to influence commissioning best practices across the building industry, and contributes to successful integration and updates for both associations’ publications.

  1. Tom Poeling

    My thanks to all the BCxA members who spend many volunteer hours working on ASHRAE and BCxA committees. There is alot of work to be done to write Standard 230 and Guideline 1.6, and the committee is planning a massive re-write to Guideline 1.1 (HVAC Cx). I echo Bruce in extending invitations to all members who might want to participate in the process.

  2. Tom

    Tom Poeling and Bruce Pitts,
    How do you recommend proceeding, if a person is interested in participating in the process?

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