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In this course you consider the primary goals of the building commissioning process: reduced building and process construction cost as well as increased quality and value.

Course Outline
Total building commissioning, a tool originally developed for HVAC systems, is being extended to all building systems: the current concept of total building commissioning. Its use is on the rise.  Many major companies and government agencies now require the commissioning process on new construction and renovation projects.  Owners of institutional, commercial and industrial buildings and large multi-unit residential buildings must use proven quality management tools and process systems that match their needs, meet their budgets and schedules, and reduce operating problems in new and renovated buildings or plants.
In this course you consider the primary goals of the building commissioning process: reduced building and process construction cost as well as increased quality and value. You also learn how to achieve these goals by introducing more effective planning and communication techniques that are applied from project conception through at least one year of building occupancy or process operations.

The course enhances your understanding of this important tool, by describing how the commissioning process clearly establishes the owner's project goals and reduces conflicts, construction change orders, end-of-project conflicts, punch lists, and modifications during the first year of operations. When you implement the commissioning process you ensure as a building owner that you receive high-quality building systems, effective operations and maintenance manuals, and well-trained operating staff.

The total building commissioning process must integrate with other construction delivery methods, project management by the owner, bid and build design projects, agency construction management, and design-build. It enhances the existing skills of design, construction, and operating professionals.

This course examines the relationship of commissioning to successful industrial processes and to sustainable and green building design, in addition to its primary focus on total building delivery.

Objectives To discuss what total building commissioning process is, why there is a need for it and how it differs from current procedures.
To present how total building commissioning has been applied.

Who Should Attend Commissioning engineers, engineering and architectural consultants, designers, project managers, owners and their representatives, developers and builders, directors of physical plants, operating and maintenance personnel and other individuals interested in smooth operations of institutional, industrial,  commercial and large residential buildings.

Program Outline Faculty:  Juan Orozco P. Eng, CEM , LEED AP
Day I
7:30     Registration And Coffee
8:00     Welcome And Introduction

8:30     The Total Building Commissioning Process – New Construction - Defined        
  • Definition of commissioning
  • Benefits of the total building commissioning process
  • Comparison to existing process of delivering constructed projects
  • Vision versus passing the baton
  • Putting the total building commissioning process puzzle together
  • The commissioning process team
  • Commissioning process versus commissioning, verifying and validating.
  • Commissioning process versus contractor’s commissioning
9:30     Refreshments And Networking

9:50     Discussion Groups - Defining Process Needs
Feedback And Discussion

12:00   Lunch

1:00     The Total Building Commissioning Process – Contracting Options
  • Commissioning authority as owner’s representative
  • Commissioning authority as contractor’s representative
  • Responsibility for specifications
  • Contractor as the commissioning agent
  • Consultant as the commissioning agent
2:30     Refreshments And Networking

2:45     Developing The Owner’s Project Requirements In New Construction
  • Needs assessment
  • LEED Standards
3:15     Owner’s Workshop
4:00     Adjournment

Day II 8:00     Planning (Or Pre-Design) Phase Commissioning Tasks
            In New Construction  

  • Hiring a commissioning provider using Request for Qualification (RFQ) and or Request for Proposal (RFP) process
  • RFQ/RFP Exercise
  • Objectives
  • How to set up and evaluate
9:00     New Construction - Design Phase        
  • Review of design intent
  • Writing commissioning specifications
    • Scope
    • Roles and responsibilities
    • Scheduling
    • Listing of tests, methods and processes
    • Holdbacks
  • Developing a commissioning plan
9:45     Refreshments And Networking

10:00   Tender/Construction/Installation Phase - New Construction
  • Respond to bidders questions
  • Evaluate bid documents
  • Participate in pre-construction meeting and or partnering session
10:45   New Construction – Construction Phase
  • Scope meetings to finalize plan
  • Relation to schedule
  • Clarifying contractors’ responsibilities, including testing agencies and manufacturers
  • Clarifying definitions and steps: start-up vs. testing vs. verification
  • Schedule off site commissioning tests as necessary
  • To inspect or not to inspect
  • Perform pre-test checklists and start up equipment as available to ensure readiness for functional testing during acceptance
  • Sample form review
  • Owner’s familiarization and training
12:00   Lunch

1:00     Review Of New Construction Steps
  • Conception or pre-design phase
  • Design phase
  • Construction/installation phase
  • Verification phase
2:00     Refreshments And Networking

2:15     Verification Phase New Construction        
  • Execute functional tests and diagnostics
  • Modes of operation
  • Testing whole systems
  • Sample forms
  • Fix deficiencies
  • Retest and monitor as needed
  • Operator training
  • Review O&M manuals
  • Building acceptance by owner
3:00     Post - Acceptance Phase New Construction         
  • Prepare and submit final report
  • Perform deferred tests (if needed)
  • Develop re-commissioning plan/schedule
3:30     Case Study Of Commissioning An Institutional Building

4:00     Adjournment  

Day III 
8:00     Investigation Phase Retro-Commissioning         
  • Perform site assessment
  • Obtain or develop missing documentation
  • Develop and execute diagnostic monitoring and test plans
  • Analyze results
  • Develop master list of deficiencies and improvements
  • Recommend most cost effective improvements for implementation
9:30     Implementation Phase Retro-Commissioning         
  • Implement repairs and improvements
  • Retest and monitor for results
  • Fine-tune improvements as needed
  • Revise estimated energy savings calculations
11:00   Refreshments And Networking

11:15   Project Hand-Off And Integration Phase Retro Commissioning         
  • Prepare and submit final report
  • Perform deferred tests (if needed)
  • Develop re-commissioning plan/schedule
12:00   Lunch

1:00     Commissioning As A Quality Assurance Process         
Presentation of commissioning as a systematic verification process to attain quality and efficiency in functional performance. The ASHRAE Commissioning guidelines 0-2005 and CSA Standards related with Healthcare facilities will be presented and specific commissioning procedures and test forms will be discussed.  

2:30     Refreshments And Networking

2:45     Discussion With Participants 
  • Potential business opportunities
  • Benefits of service
3:30     Case Study For Commissioning An Industrial Building Complex

4:00     Concluding Remarks And Final Adjournment

After Participating In The Course, You Will Be Able To:
  • Recognize that the commissioning process is becoming accepted practice for building owners and manufacturing process managers
  • Implement an effective and successful quality design and construction approach that incorporates the commissioning process
  • Specify the key steps and tools used in the commissioning and total building commissioning process with a thorough understanding of their similarities and differences
  • Transition from the current design-build-supervise process to the commissioning process
  • Transform your organization to adopt the total building commissioning process principle

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.8 CEUs/18 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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