SCHOOL BUILDING COMMISSIONING
Information on certifying that a new school building meets required specifications, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.
References to Books and Other Media
Building Commissioning [Whole Building Design Guide]
(National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington, DC, Jun 2010)
Building Commissioning is a quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying, and documenting that the performance of facilities, systems, and assemblies meets defined objectives and criteria. This section from the Whole Building Design Guide includes a definition, a list of benefits, commissioning goals and principles, application, relevant codes and standards, and a list of additional resources.
NEBB Procedural Standards for Retro-Commissioning of Existing Buildings.
(National Environmental Balancing Bureau, Gaithersburg, MD , 2009)
Provides a uniform and systematic set of criteria for the performance of the Retro- Commissioning (RCX-EB) process when applied to existing building systems such as a building’s mechanical, electrical, and building envelope systems. The procedural standards have been divided into three parts. The Standards cover definitions, requirements for quality control, quality compliance, instrumentation requirements, and report requirements. The Process section is devoted to providing an explanation of the retro-commissioning process. The Procedures section covers the technical procedures for retro-commissioning of existing buildings.TO ORDER: National Environmental Balancing Bureau,8575 Grovemont Circle,Gaithersburg, MD 20877; Tel: 301-977-3698
Procedural Standards for Whole Building Systems Commissioning of New Construction.
(National Environmental Balancing Bureau, Gaithersburg, MD, 2009)
Provides guidance for systematic development and implementation of a plan for commissioning building HVAC and Plumbing systems. The book is divided into three distinct parts: standards, process, and procedures. This third edition details the requirements for Whole Building Systems Commissioning and includes HVAC Systems, Building Envelope, Electrical Systems, Special Electrical Systems, Plumbing Systems, and Fire Protection Systems. 100p.TO ORDER: National Environmental Balancing Bureau, 8575 Grovemont Circle, Gaithersburg, MD 20877; 301-977-3698
Planning Educational Facilities: What Educators Need to Know.
(Rowman & Littlefied, Lanham, MD , 2009)
Provides a detailed discussion of the processes involved in planning a school building, from a discussion on how to organize the local staff to the final evaluation of the building. Individual chapters address planning, educational program development, evaluation of existing facilities, enrollment projection, financial planning, development of the capital improvement program, development of educational specifications, site selection and acquisition, federal regulations, architect selection and employment, project management, commissioning, post-occupancy evaluation, technology integration, and green schools. 332p.
References to Journal Articles
How to Achieve a Tight Building Envelope
College Planning and Management; , p44-48 ; Jun 2012
A tight building envelope provides energy efficiency and other benefits. Shows how to achieve a tight building envelope, along with what's trending in the industry.
Enck, H. Jay
College Planning and Management; , p52-57 ; Apr 2012
Using Science Center at Spellman College in Atlanta, Georgia as an example, discusses improving the efficiency of existing buildings with an eye to building controls.
College Planning and Management; , p58-61 ; Apr 2012
Outlines the top ten things to know about new building commissioning.
Long-Term Education Planning
Horkey, Don; Laue, Julianne
American School and University; Nov 2011
Sustainable master planning can produce long-range benefits for education institutions. Discusses tools and strategies such as benchmarking, energy audit, commissioning, and post-commisioning. Includes case studies of Red Wing High Public School District and College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota.
Commissioning High-Tech Facilities.
ASHRAE Journal; , p18-30 ; Nov 2011
Although high-tech facilities, such as laboratories, data centers, cleanrooms, health care, and specialized research facilities, receive a higher level of quality assurance and optimization in construction and operation than traditional buildings, energy performance is often not a central focus. This article discusses two commissioning case studies: The Molecular Foundry and the Advanced Light Source facility, both at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Retro-commissioning in a Campus Energy Efficiency Program.
Facilities Manager; , p62-63 ; Sep-Oct 2011
Retro-commissioning is a systemic approach for conducting forensic evaluations of buildings and its systems. This details how to get started, and discusses costs and savings estimates.
American School and University; v83 n2 , p36,38 ; Oct 2010
Discusses pre-construction modeling, integrated project delivery, and building commissioning as three components of successful "green" building.
Green Is as Good as Gold.
College Planning and Management; v13 n10 , p22,24,26-28 ; Oct 2010
Discusses strategies for "greening" a higher education institution, emphasizing upgrading controls on existing buildings that adjust utilities according to occupancy, designing for sustainability, commissioning new buildings, an conducting energy audits.
Maintenance Solutions; v18 n3 , p11,12 ; Mar 2010
Interviews three facility managers on what systems to retrocommission, costs, connection of retrocommisioning to preventive maintenance, and expertise required for retrocommissioning.
Commissioning High Performance Buildings.
ASHRAE Journal; v52 n1 , p12-14,16,18 ; Jan 2010
Addresses the failure of many "green" buildings to save as much energy as predicted. The article advises retaining the commissioning authority from the predesign through occupancy stages.
Della Barba, Michal
College Planning and Management; v12 n5 , p29,30,32 ; May 2009
Discusses retro-commissioning of campus buildings to conserve energy, with emphasis on buildings that were never initially commissioned. A step-by-step approach to retro- commissioning is described.
Commissioning Ventilated Containment Systems in the Laboratory.
Laboratory Design; v14 n4 , p1,6-8,10,12 ; Apr 2009
Discusses commissioning of laboratory exhaust systems, listing the types of systems that should be commissioned, the personnel who should be involved, and key elements of the commissioning plan.
American School and University; v81 n7 , p29-31 ; Mar 2009
Discusses commissioning of school buildings to validate that materials and systems perform as intended. Establishing priorities for commissioning, staging the process, retro-commissioning of existing buildings, and engaging commissioning agents are addressed.
HVAC Efficiency: Steps to Savings.
Maintenance Solutions; v17 n2 , p9,10 ; Feb 2009
Discusses HVAC commissioning, retro-commissioning, and energy audits for buildings. Their relative costs and benefits are cited, as are preventive maintenance techniques and obstacles to investing in order to achieving savings, typically presented by administrators.
Optimizing Building Systems with Commissioning.
Buildings; v103 n1 , p36-38 ; Jan 2009
Discusses commissioning, recommissioning, retro-commissioning, and continuous commissioning of buildings. The distinctions between the processes, how they are organized and implemented, and the selection of a firm are addressed. An example from Texas A&M University is included.