Finding the Value in Building Enclosure Commissioning
Multiple organizations have developed guidelines to help define and qualify the commissioning process for various building components. Building commissioning is a quality-focused process for enhancing the delivery of a project. The process focuses upon verifying and documenting that the building systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet the Owner's Project Requirements. 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.
1. Understand the overall Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) process and current standards
2. Learn the scope of quality assurance provisions embodied in the standards
3. Understand the value of BECx process during early design phases through construction and occupancy and how it is different from building enclosure consulting
4. Learn how to select the scope of BECx work to reduce risk of future enclosure issues and enhance building performance