The provisions of this chapter contain pre-certificate of occupancy commissioning, inspection, special inspection, operation and maintenance requirements for buildings and building sites, including information for building owners and maintenance personnel with regard to related best operating and maintenance requirements.
Buildings, structures and building sites and parts thereof shall be operated and maintained in accordance with the code applicable at the time of construction. The requirements of this chapter shall not provide the basis for removal or abrogation of fire protection or safety systems and devices in existing buildings or structures or on existing building sites.
The construction documents shall indicate that the registered design professional in responsible charge or approved agency shall perform special inspection and commissioning during construction and after issuance of the certificate of occupancy as required by this code and Tables 902.1 and 902.2. Where a table specifies that special inspection or commissioning is to be done on a periodic post-certificate of occupancy basis, the registered design professional in responsible charge shall provide a schedule with the construction documents.
COMMISSIONING AND INSPECTION PLAN REQUIREMENTS
|CONSTRUCTION OR SYSTEM REQUIRING VERIFICATION||METHOD||OCCURRENCE||SECTION/REFERENCEDSTANDARD|
|Chapter 4: Site Development and Land Use|
|Stormwater management system operation||Field inspection andreport||During construction||403.1|
|Erosion and sediment control||Field inspection andreport||During construction activities||405.1.1|
|Hardscape and shading provided by structures andvegetation||Field inspection and report||During construction and installation||408.2|
|Vegetative roofs||Field inspection and report||During installation of protective mem-branes, base materials, soils and vege-tation||408.3.2|
|Chapter 6: Energy Conservation, Efficiency and CO2e Emission Reduction|
|Energy consumption, monitoring, targeting and reporting|
|a. Monitoring system||Commissioning, inspec-tion, verification and report||During construction and prior to occu-pancy||603|
|b. Calibration||Commissioning, testing and review and evalua-tion or test reports||During testing and commissioning||603, 610.1|
|c. Dynamic window systems and automatic shad-ing systems||Commissioning plan review and field inspection report||Periodic inspection during construction||605.1.1.1, 611.10, 611.10.1 and throughreference to IECC|
|Mechanical systems completion – all buildings|
|a. Air system balancing – provide the means forsystem balancing||Commissioning, inspec-tion and report||During construction and prior to occu-pancy||611.7.1, 611.7.2 and through reference to IECC|
|b. Hydronic system balancing – provide a meansfor system balancing||Commissioning, inspec-tion and report||During construction and prior to occu-pancy||611.7.1, 611.7.2 and through reference to IECC|
|c. Mechanical system manuals – constructiondocuments to require systems manual||Commissioning, verifica-tion of construction doc-uments||Plan review||611.1, 611.4.5 and through reference to IECC|
|Mechanical systems – buildings over 5,000 square feet total building floor area|
|a. Commissioning required and noted in plansand specifications||Commissioning, verifica-tion of construction doc-uments||Plan review||611.1|
|b. Documentation of required commissioningoutcomes||Commissioning verifica-tion with the buildingowner or owner’s autho-rized agent||During construction and subsequent tocompletion of all commissioning activities||611.1, 611.4, 611.5,611.6, 611.10.3 andthrough reference to IECC|
|c. Preparation and availability of a commission-ing plan||Commissioning verifica-tion with the RDP||Between plan review and commis-sioning initiation||611.1, 611.2 and through reference to IECC|
|d. Balance HVAC systems (both air and hydronic)||HVAC system installer,TAB/contractor andcommissioning provider||After installation of HVAC systemsand prior to occupancy||611.7.1, 611.7.2 and through reference to IECC|
|e. Functional performance testing of HVACequipment||HVAC system installer/contractor and commis-sioning provider||During construction, after installation of HVAC systems and prior to occu-pancy||611.1, 611.3, 611.3.1,611.4.3, 611.6, 611.7, 611.7.2 and through reference to IECC|
|f. Functional performance testing of HVAC con-trols and control systems||HVAC system installer/contractor and commis-sioning provider||After installation of HVAC systemsand prior to occupancy||611.3.2, 611.4.3,611.6, 611.7 and through reference to IECC|
|Auto demand reduction control system functionality||Commissioning andfunctional testing||Final inspection||604, 6184.108.40.206 and through reference to IECC|
|Plug load controls||Commissioning andfunctional testing||Final inspection||608.6 to 608.6.6,611.9 and throughreference to IECC|
|a. Installation||Field inspection||Post-installation||608.1, 608.2, 608.2.1,608.3. 608.4 to 608.5, 608.6, 608.9, 611.3.2, 611.4.3 and through reference to IECC|
|b. Calibration||System installer/con-tractor and commission-ing provider||Post-installation prior to finalinspection||611.3.2, 611.9.2,6220.127.116.11, 618.104.22.168 and through reference to IECC|
|Chapter 8: Indoor Environmental Quality and Comfort|
|Building construction, features, operations and maintenance facilitation|
|Air-handling system access||Field inspection and commissioning verifi-cation||During construction and prior tooccupancy||802.2|
|Air-handling system filters||Field inspection and commissioning verifi-cation||During construction and prior tooccupancy||802.3|
|Temperature and humidity in occupied spaces||Field inspection and commissioning verifi-cation||Prior to project completion||803.2|
|Mechanical and emergency generator equipmentlocated outside buildings or located where exposed toexterior environment.||Field testing and verifi-cation||See Section 807.5.1||807.5.1|
|HVAC background sound||Field testing and verifi-cation||See Section 807.5.2||807.5.2|
For SI: 1 square foot = 0.0929 m2.
An approved agency shall be qualified, demonstrate competence and provide all of the information necessary for the code official to determine that the agency meets the applicable requirements. The code official is permitted to be the approved agency. The registered design professional in responsible charge and the engineers of record involved in the design of the project shall be permitted to act as the approved agency provided those personnel meet the qualification requirements of this section to the satisfaction of the code official.
Approved agencies shall be objective, competent and independent from the contractor responsible for the work being inspected. The agency shall also disclose possible conflicts of interest so that objectivity can be confirmed.
Approved agencies shall have adequate equipment to perform the required commissioning. The equipment shall be periodically calibrated in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.
Approved agencies shall employ experienced personnel educated in conducting, supervising and evaluating tests, inspections and commissioning.
The commissioning process shall consist of a sequence of activities, each with acceptance criteria as applicable, and shall conform to industry commissioning standards.
A commissioning plan shall be developed by a registered design professional or approved agency for all systems to be commissioned or inspected and shall include all of the following:
1.An overview of the commissioning process developed specifically for the project.
2.The roles and responsibilities for the commissioning and inspection providers throughout the project. The responsibilities shall delineate the duties of the commissioning providers, inspectors and other agencies.
3.Documentation of communication channels including the distribution of the commissioning plan, logs and reports during the design and construction process.
4.A detailed description of commissioning process activities, a schedule of activities, and the list of operations, systems and assemblies that will be commissioned or inspected. Performance criteria shall be included where not shown on the construction documents.
5.Project design documentation and submittal review procedures and reports.
6.Inspection checklists and testing forms, issues and resolution log, and commissioning and inspection process information.
7.The procedures to follow where commissioning evaluation does not meet the project requirements.
8.Required reports including format, approvals and distribution.
The approved agency shall keep records of the pre-certificate of occupancy special inspection and commissioning required by Tables 902.1 and 902.2. The approved agency shall issue logs and reports to the owner or the owner’s agent and the registered design professional in responsible charge and, upon request, to the code official. Reports shall indicate that work was or was not completed in conformance to approved construction documents. Discrepancies shall be brought to the attention of the contractor for correction. Where discrepancies are not corrected, they shall be brought to the attention of the owner or the owner’s authorized agent, to the registered design professional in responsible charge and, where requested, to the code official, prior to the completion of that phase of the work. Prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy, a pre-certificate of occupancy report shall be submitted to and accepted by the building owner or the owner’s authorized agent and, where requested, to the code official.
The pre-certificate of occupancy commissioning report shall include the following:
1.Performance of commissioned operations, equipment, systems and assemblies.
2.Issue logs including itemization of deficiencies found during testing and commissioning required by this section that has not been corrected at the time of the preparation of this report.
3.Deferred tests that cannot be performed at the time of report preparation because of climatic or other conditions.
4.Climatic and other conditions required for performance of the deferred tests and a plan for their completion.
The commissioning activities included in the commissioning plan, including delayed testing, shall be accomplished and documented before project completion. Equipment, systems and assemblies repaired or replaced and adjustments to calibration and settings, shall be documented in final sequence of operation and in the systems manual. This documentation shall be provided to and accepted by the building owner or the owner’s authorized agent and shall be made available to the code official upon request.
A final commissioning report shall be submitted to the owner or the owners authorized agent prior to project completion and shall include the following:
1.A copy of the final commissioning plan, including functional and performance test procedures used during the commissioning process and measurable criteria for test acceptance.
2.A copy of the final owner’s project requirements, basis of design, and design and submittal reviews as required by the commissioning plan.
3.The results of all evaluations, start-up data, functional and performance tests, and reports by suppliers, contractors, inspectors, and commissioning providers. Reports demonstrating compliance with the requirements of Table 902.1 shall be included.
4.Issue logs and disposition of all deficiencies found during testing, including details of corrective measures used or proposed.
5.A resolution plan approved by the owner or the owner’s authorized agent identifying the issues that are unresolved or incomplete at the end of the project.
A complete systems manual shall be submitted to the owner or the owner’s authorized agent prior to project completion. Materials in Item 1 to Section 902.6.2, except final record documents that are not yet available, and materials in Items 2 and 3 to Section 902.6.2, shall be provided. At least one copy of the systems manual shall be in the possession of the owner or the owner’s authorized agent and at least one additional copy shall remain with the building throughout the life of the facility.
The systems manual shall be updated and maintained by the owner or the owner’s authorized agent for the life of the building such that the building information is current.
The cover sheet for the systems manual shall indicate that at least one copy of the manual shall be in the possession of the owner or the owner’s authorized agent and at least one copy shall remain with the building throughout the life of the facility. The systems manual shall include the following:
1.Facility design and construction, including:
1.1.Owners project requirements or current facility requirements and basis of design available for the project.
1.2.Construction record documents in accordance with Section 902.7, including specifications and approved submittals.
2.Facility, systems and assemblies information including:
2.1.Manufacturer's operation and maintenance data for installed equipment systems and assemblies.
2.2.Warranties and certificate of occupancy.
2.3.Contractor and supplier listing and contact information.
3.A facility operations guide, including an operating plan, building and equipment operating schedules, setpoints and ranges, sequences of operation, system and equipment limitations and emergency procedures.
4.Where training is provided, training plans, materials and records shall be provided.
5.A final commissioning report in accordance with Section 902.5.1.
The cover sheet of the record documents for the project shall clearly indicate that at least one copy of the record documents shall be in the possession of the owner or the owner’s authorized agent and at least one copy shall remain in the building. The building owner shall file a letter with the code official at the completion of the project certifying the receipt of the record documents, the building systems manual and the commissioning documents. The record documents shall include all of the following:
1.Copies of the approved construction documents, including plans and specifications.
2.Record plans, specifications, approved submittals and coordination drawings indicating the actual locations of equipment, systems and assemblies such as piping, ductwork, valves, controls, equipment, access panels, electrical equipment, plumbing equipment, lighting and other operating components and systems where they are visible or concealed, or are installed in locations other than those indicated on the approved construction documents.
3.For sites that have previously been a brownfield or that have required environmental corrective action, remediation or restoration at the federal, state or local level, copies of engineering and institutional control information shall be provided.
4.Building operations and maintenance documents in accordance with Section 903.
The building operations and maintenance documents shall consist of manufacturer’s information, specifications and recommendations, programming procedures and data points, narratives, and other means of illustrating to the owner how the building, site, equipment and systems are intended to be installed, maintained and operated.
The following information shall be included in the materials, as applicable to the specific project:
1.Operations and maintenance manuals for equipment, products and systems installed under or related to the provisions of Chapter 4 including, but not limited to, the following, as applicable:
1.1.Natural resource protections and setbacks.
1.2.Landscape or tree management plans.
2.Operations and maintenance documents for materials, products, assemblies and systems installed under or related to the provisions of this code for material resource conservation in accordance with Chapter 5 including, but not limited to, the following, as applicable:
2.1.Care and maintenance instructions and recommended replacement schedule for flooring, including, but not limited to, carpeting, walk-off mats and tile.
2.2.Care and maintenance instructions for natural materials including, but not limited to, wood, bio-based materials and stone.
2.3.Available manufacturer’s instructions on maintenance for:
2.3.1.Exterior wall finishes.
2.3.2.Exterior doors, windows and skylights.
2.4.Information and recommended schedule for required routine maintenance measures, including, but not limited to, painting and refinishing.
3.Operations and maintenance documents for equipment, products and systems installed under or related to the provisions of this code for energy conservation in accordance with Chapter 6 including, but not limited to, the following:
3.1.Heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems including:
3.1.1.Recommended equipment maintenance schedule and procedures.
3.1.2.Air filters and fluid filters, including recommended replacement schedule and materials.
3.2.Domestic hot water systems including performance criteria and controls.
3.3.Building thermal envelope systems including:
3.3.1.Glazing systems inspection schedule.
3.3.2.Performance criteria for replacements and repairs.
3.3.3.Information and recommended schedule on required routine maintenance measures, including, but not limited to, sealants, mortar joints and screens.
3.3.4.Roof covering inspection schedule.
3.4.Electrical and lighting systems including:
3.4.1.Luminaire maintenance and cleaning plan.
3.4.2.Lamp schedule, recommended relamping plan, and lamp disposal information.
3.5.Solar photovoltaic systems.
4.Operations and maintenance documents for equipment, products and systems installed under or related to the provisions of this code for water conservation in accordance with Chapter 7, including, but not limited to water-regulating devices including faucets and valves, and water-heating systems maintenance procedures.
5.Operations and maintenance documents for equipment products and systems under or related to the provisions of this code for indoor environmental quality in accordance with Chapter 8, including, but not limited to, the following:
5.1.Humidification/dehumidification systems maintenance.
5.2.Green cleaning products, procedures and techniques.