Helping commissioning providers ensure optimized operation of facilities and systems is the focus of a newly published guideline from ASHRAE.
ASHRAE Guideline 0.2-2015, Commissioning Process for Existing Building Systems and Assemblies, outlines a systematic quality-oriented process that improves the performance and sustainability of existing facilities. This process includes planning, assessing, investigating, implementing, verifying, and documenting performance to meet operational requirements.
“Guideline 0.2 provides commissioning providers with the latest tools needed to address the growing market of commissioning existing buildings that require improvements to reduce energy consumption, improve occupant comfort, and increase operational efficiency,” Tom Cappellin, vice chair of the committee that wrote the guideline, said.
The guideline takes owners and facility managers through the process of ensuring optimum effectiveness for the lowest investment and provides tools to ensure those benefits last for the life of a building.
Guideline 0.2 is intended for use by owners, facility decision makers, and commissioning providers seeking to achieve goals identified in owners’ current facility requirements. It expands on the commissioning principles developed in ASHRAE Guideline 0, The Commissioning Process.
Guideline 0.2 includes 10 sections that explain recommended steps to apply the existing-building-commissioning process, as well as 23 informative annexes that explain how the steps can be organized into a comprehensive set of activities and commissioning documents. The annexes include flow charts, costs/benefits information, RFQ and team-selection information, and guidance on preparing various commissioning reports. Many of the annexes include links to example documents prepared for actual projects.
The cost of ASHRAE Guideline 0.2-2015 is $61 for ASHRAE members and $72 for non-members. Copies can be ordered by phone at 800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400, by fax at 678-539-2129, or online at www.ashrae.org/bookstore.