Finding Value in Building Enclosure Commissioning

March 3, 2020
Publication: Multiple (see below)

American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington DC Chapter, Washington, DC, 23 January 2017, by Brian Rose
SGH New York 2016 Seminar Series, New York, NY, 24 February 2016, by Matthew Normandeau
NFMT Conference, Baltimore, MD, 12 March 2015, by Brian Rose
Building Operating Management, 29 April 2014, by Emily Hopps and Peter Babaian
SGH Washington DC 2014 Seminar Series, Washington, DC, 19 June 2014, by Brian Rose

Multiple organizations, including ASHRAE, NIBS, and ASTM, have developed guidelines to help define and qualify the commissioning process for various building components. In general, building commissioning is a quality-focused process for enhancing the delivery of a project. The process focuses on verifying and documenting that the building systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet the Owner’s Project Requirements (ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005). 
The commissioning process for building systems is well established and developed, while commissioning of the building enclosure is relatively new and still being refined. Owners, designers, contractors, and maintenance staff are quickly realizing the value building enclosure commissioning (BECx) can add to a project. However, many of these professionals struggle to define the procedures and deliverables required for effective BECx, as opposed to traditional building enclosure consulting. Using the established guidelines and project examples, we will describe the BECx process, outline the roles and responsibilities of the BECx Agent, discuss the value inherent with the BECx process, and examine the future of BECx.