Building Commissioning
ASHRAE Technical Committee 7.9

Scope of TC 7.9

TC 7.9 is concerned with methods of developing and executing the commissioning process as required to provide HVAC and related systems which conform to design intent and project requirements.


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Commissioning implements a quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying, and documenting that the performance of facilities, systems, and assemblies meets defined objectives and criteria. The defined objectives and criteria are often referred to as the owner’s project requirements (OPR). The commissioning process uses the owner’s project requirements as the reference to determine acceptance of the design and construction. Commissioning includes verifying and documenting that the project operational and maintenance documentation and training of operation and maintenance personnel occur. The result should be fully functional systems that can be properly operated and maintained throughout the life of the building. This chapter gives an overview of the general commissioning process as covered in ASHRAE Guideline 0-2013, developed for the National Institute of Building Sciences’ total building commissioning program, as well as the best practices for applying the process from ASHRAE Guideline 1.1-2007. The minimum acceptable process for commissioning is detailed in ASHRAE Standard 202-2013. This chapter provides more narrative discussion on some issues than these two guidelines and the standard.

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TC 7.9 Sponsored Programs at ASHRAE Conferences


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TC 7.9 co-sponsors the following on-going research project:

Develop a set of standard data-driven metrics, interfaces and dashboards for advanced building operation and management, segmented by building typology and stakeholder needs; proto-type those dashboards, document methods of data collection, and test those metrics with real building data. Provide this body of work to help fill the void in standards literature for informing designers and practitioners on how they can use building data to improve building operations, energy efficiency, comfort, and sustainability.


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TC 7.9 is cognizant for the following guidelines and standard:

ASHRAE Guideline 0.2: The Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies
ASHRAE Guideline 1.1: HVAC & R Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process
Proposed Guideline: GPC 1.2P: Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process for Existing HVAC&R Systems and Assemblies
Proposed Guideline 1.3: Building Operation and Maintenance Training for the HVAC&R Commissioning Process
ASHRAE Guideline 1.4: Procedures for Preparing Facility Systems Manuals
ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 202: Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems

Other Activities

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TC 7.9 participates in the following multidisciplinary task group:

Operations and Maintenance Activities That Impact Energy Efficiency
MTG.O&MEE will coordinate TC/TG/TRG activities to help support the application of ASHRAE guidelines, Standards and other technical resources to support regulatory bodies, utilities, building owners and others who are attempting to enhance efficiency of existing buildings. Responsibilities include suggestions for research, development and presentation of technical programs of all types on maintenance and its impact on energy consumption and efficiency. It will be especially involved with interactions with those who are introducing and evaluating strategies for building efficiency enhancements.


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