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North Carolina Commissioning FAQs

04 Jan 2019, Posted by MME in Commissioning, News

  • What is Commissioning?
    • Commissioning is defined by ASHRAE as “A quality-focused process for enhancing the delivery of a project. The process focuses on verifying and documenting that the facility and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet the Owner’s Project Requirements”. While there is always involvement during the testing and balancing of equipment, fully integrated commissioning can start as early in the project as conceptual phase and can end well after turnover/occupancy.

  • Where can I find the new Code Requirements for Commissioning if I want to read more about it?

  • What date will this new code take effect, requiring commissioning services for all new buildings?
    • The effective date is January 1st, 2019. All projects which have not received approval by this date will be required to comply with 2018 North Carolina Building Codes.

  • Who can perform the commissioning services?
    • The commissioning must be completed by a registered design professional

  • What is the responsibility of the engineer of record related to these services? What deliverables can be expected from commissioning?
    • The EOR is responsible for ensuring that the construction document notes indicate provisions for commissioning and completion requirements, and are permitted to refer to specifications for further requirements.
    • The deliverable from the commissioning process is the completion of the Statement of System Commissioning, found in Appendix C1 of the 2018 North Carolina Energy Conservation Code

  • Is the commissioning effort restricted to the HVAC system of the building?
    • Per the 2018 NCECC, the commissioning applies to three areas: Mechanical, Service Water Heating, and Electrical & Lighting

  • What types of tasks are included in the commissioning effort?
    • Commissioning includes functional testing, system and equipment balancing, and demonstration of compliance with design intent.

  • Are certain types of projects exempt from this requirement?
    • Per NCECC C408.1, buildings less than or equal to 10,000 square feet of conditioned floor area are exempt from commissioning requirements. Commissioning may still have benefits, however, for smaller buildings, depending on use and design.

  • What types of tasks are included in the commissioning effort?
    • Commissioning includes functional testing, system and equipment balancing, and demonstration of compliance with design intent.

  • What fees can be expected in conjunction with commissioning?
    • General rules of thumb dictate that commissioning fees will be in the neighborhood of $1.00 to $2.00 per square foot, depending on complexity, size, and use of the building. McVeigh & Mangum will be happy to provide a quote for any building requiring commissioning services.

  • Can McVeigh & Mangum Engineering, Inc. assist with commissioning, even if they did not do the initial design work?
    • Yes, MME can provide commissioning services for buildings regardless of who the EOR is on the permit sets.

 

McVeigh & Mangum Engineering, Inc. is here to help you navigate through these new regulations. Our firm’s experienced Certified Commissioning Professionals have not only provided commissioning services on LEED projects throughout the country, but have recently provided similar state required commissioning services for projects constructed in Florida, after a comparable regulation was adopted. Should you have any questions about commissioning services, please feel free to send us an email or call our North Carolina office at (704) 547-9035.