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CHAPTER 9
COMMISSIONING, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE


  • SECTION 901
    GENERAL

    901.1 Scope.
    The provisions of this chapter are intended to facilitate the pre- and post-occupancy commissioning, operation and maintenance of buildings constructed in accordance with this code in a manner that is consistent with the intent of other provisions of this code, and to further that goal through the education of building owners and maintenance personnel with regard to related best operating and management practices.

    SECTION 902
    APPROVED AGENCY

    902.1 Approved agency.
    An approved agency shall provide all of the information necessary for the code official to determine that the agency meets the applicable requirements. The code official shall be permitted to be the approved agency.

    902.1.1 Independence.
    An approved agency 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.

    902.1.2 Equipment.
    An approved agency shall have adequate equipment to perform the required commissioning. The equipment shall be periodically calibrated.

    902.1.3 Personnel.
    An approved agency shall employ experienced personnel educated in conducting, supervising and evaluating tests and commissioning.

    SECTION 903
    COMMISSIONING

    903.1 General.
    Where application is made for construction as described in this section, the registered design professional in responsible charge or approved agency shall perform commissioning during construction and after occupancy as required by Table 903.1. Where Table 903.1 specifies that commissioning is to be done on a periodic basis, the registered design professional in responsible charge shall provide a schedule of periodic commissioning with the submittal documents that shall be reviewed and approved by the code official.

    The approved agency shall be qualified and shall demonstrate competence, to the satisfaction of the code official, for the commissioning of the particular type of construction or operation. The registered design professional in responsible charge and engineers of record involved in the design of the project are permitted to act as the approved agency provided those personnel meet the qualification requirements of this section to the satisfaction of the code official. The approved agency shall provide written documentation to the code official demonstrating competence and relevant experience or training. Experience or training shall be considered relevant where the documented experience or training is related in complexity to the same type of commissioning activities for projects of similar complexity and material qualities.

    TABLE 903.1
    COMMISSIONING PLAN

    CONSTRUCTION OR SYSTEM
    REQUIRING VERIFICATION
    PREOCCUPANCYPOST-
    OCCUPANCY
    METHODOCCURRENCESECTION/
    REFERENCED
    STANDARD
    PreoccupancyPost-
    occupancy
    Chapter 4: Site Development and Land Use
    Natural resources and base line conditions of building siteXNoneReportWith permit submittalNone401.2
    Landscape irrigation systemsXNoneField inspectionInstallationNone404.1, 405.1.1
    Topsoil and vegetation protection measures; setbacks from protected areasXNoneField inspection and reportInstallation of measures, prior to other site disturbanceNone405.1.1
    Imported soilsXNoneField inspection and reportWith permit submittal; after all-fill operations completeNone405.1.3
    Soil restoration and reuseXNoneField inspection and reportPreparation and replacement of soilsNone405.1.4
    Stormwater management system operationNoneXField inspection24 months403.1
    Erosion and sediment controlXXField inspectionDuring construction activitiesPeriodic for 24 months405.1.1
    Hardscape and shading provided by structures and vegetationXXField inspection and reportDuring construction and installation24 months408.2
    Vegetative roofsXXField inspection and reportInstallation of protective membranes, base materials, soils and vegetation24 months408.3.2
    Site lightingXNoneTesting and reportInstallationNone409
    Chapter 5: Material Resource Conservation and Efficiency
    Moisture control (Section 507.1)
    1. Foundation sub-soil drainage
    system.
    XNoneField inspection and verificationPeriodic inspection for entire sub-soil drainage systemNone507.1 and
    IBC Ch 18
    2. Foundation waterproofingXNoneField inspection and verificationPeriodic inspection for the entire foundationNone507.1 and IBC
    Ch 18
    3. Foundation dampproofingXNoneField inspection and verificationPeriodic inspection for the entire foundationNone507.1 and IBC
    Ch 18
    4. Under slab water vapor
    protection
    XNoneField inspection and verificationPeriodic inspection for entire slab footprintNone507.1, IBC Ch
    19 and ASTM
    E 1643
    5. Flashing at: exterior windows,
    doors, skylights, wall
    flashing and drainage systems
    XNoneField inspection and verificationPeriodic inspection for not less than 25 percent of all flashing locations.None507.1 and IBC
    Ch 14
    6. Exterior wall coveringsXNoneField inspection and verificationPeriodic inspection for not less than 25 percent of exterior wall cladding systems.None507.1 and IBC
    Ch 14
    7. Roof coverings, roof drainage,
    and flashings
    XNoneField inspection and verificationPeriodic inspection for not less than 25 percent of roof covering, roof drainage and flashings.None507.1 and IBC
    Ch 15

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    TABLE 903.1—(continued)
    COMMISSIONING PLAN

    CONSTRUCTION OR SYSTEM
    REQUIRING VERIFICATION
    PREOCCUPANCYPOST-
    OCCUPANCY
    METHODOCCURRENCESECTION/
    REFERENCED
    STANDARD
    PreoccupancyPost-
    occupancy
    Chapter 6: Energy
    Energy consumption, monitoring, targeting and reporting
    a. Monitoring systemXNoneInspection and verificationDuring construction and prior to occupancyNone603, 610.5
    b. CalibrationXXTesting and review and evaluation or test reportsDuring commissioningAnnually603, 610.5
    Mechanical systems completion – all buildings
    a. Air system balancing – provide
    the means for system
    balancing
    XNoneInspection and verificationDuring construction and prior to occupancyNone611.1.2.1 and through reference to IECC
    b. Hydronic system balancing –
    provide means for system balancing
    XNoneInspection and verificationDuring construction and prior to occupancyNone611.1.2.2 and
    through reference to IECC
    c. Mechanical system manuals –
    construction documents to require O&M manual
    XNoneVerification of construction documentsPlan reviewNone611.1.5.2
    Mechanical systems – buildings over 5,000 square feet total building floor area
    a. Commissioning required and
    noted in plans and specifications
    XNoneVerification of construction documentsPlan reviewNone611.1
    b. Documentation of required
    commissioning outcomes
    XNoneVerification with the building ownerSubsequent to completion of all commissioning activitiesNone611.1
    c. Preparation and availability
    of a commissioning plan
    XNoneVerification with the RDP or commissioning agentBetween plan review and commissioning initiationNone611.1.1
    d. Balance HVAC systems
    (both air and hydronic)
    XXHVAC system installer/contractor or commissioning agentAfter installation of HVAC systems and prior to occupancyTBD611.1.2
    e. Functional performance testing
    of HVAC equipment
    XXHVAC system installer/contractor or commissioning agentAfter installation of HVAC systems and prior to occupancyTBD611.1.3
    f. Functional performance testing
    of HVAC controls and control systems
    XXHVAC system installer/contractor or commissioning agentAfter installation of HVAC systems and prior to occupancyTBD611.1.3.2
    g. Preparation of preliminary
    ommissioning report
    NoneXHVAC system installer/contractor or commissioning agentNoneSubsequent to commissioning611.1.4

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    TABLE 903.1—(continued)
    COMMISSIONING PLAN

    CONSTRUCTION OR SYSTEM
    REQUIRING VERIFICATION
    PREOCCUPANCYPOST-
    OCCUPANCY
    METHODOCCURRENCESECTION/
    REFERENCED
    STANDARD
    PreoccupancyPost-
    occupancy
    h. Acceptance of HVAC systems
    and equipment/system verification report
    NoneXBuilding ownerNoneLetter verifying receipt of the commissioning report611.1.4.1
    i. Preparation and distribution of
    final HVAC system completion—Documentation that construction documents require drawings, manuals, balancing reports and commissioning report be provided to the owner and that they have been provided
    NoneXRDP, contractor
    or commissioning authority
    None90 days after final certificate of occupancy611.1.5
    Chapter 6: Lighting
    Auto demand reduction control
    system functionality
    XXFunctional testingFinal inspection18-24 months604.4
    Plug load controlsXNoneFunctional testingFinal inspectionNone608.6
    Connection of appliances to
    switched receptacles
    XField inspectionNone18-24 months608.6
    Specified transformer nameplate
    efficiency rating
    XNoneField inspectionFinal inspectionNone608.8.1.1
    Verification of lampXXField inspectionFinal inspection18-24 months608.10
    Verification of ballastXNoneField inspectionFinal inspectionNone608.10
    Lighting controls
    a. InstallationXNoneField inspectionPost-installationNone608.11
    b. CalibrationXXSystem installer/contractor or commissioning agentPost-installation18-24 months611.3.3
    Chapter 7: Water Resource Conservation, Quality and Efficiency
    AppliancesXNone702.6
    Hot water distributionXNone 702.8
    Cooling tower performanceX703.7.7
    MeteringXNone705.1.1
    Rainwater system water qualityNoneXField testing and verificationNone707.15.1707.15.1
    Gray water system water qualityNoneXField testing and verificationNone708.13.8708.13.8
    Soil percolation testXNoneField inspection and reportPrior to installation of gray water irrigation systemNone708.14.2

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    TABLE 903.1—(continued)
    COMMISSIONING PLAN