Automation Commissioning: Getting the HVAC Controls Software Right
HVAC systems are no longer hardware systems with software controllers, but rather software applications that control hardware. The software components get minimal attention during most commissioning efforts, from the engineering specification to the controls submittals to the actual code installed, and the results are predictably under-performing buildings. This presentation will use case study examples to show the flaws and impact of insufficient automation commissioning. We’ll show how engineering specifications and sequences need commissioning to ensure the instructions are complete and non-ambiguous; and how to use post-acceptance commissioning of the automation to deliver a building that runs well 24x365.
1. The importance of explicit software automation commissioning in new building delivery and existing building commissioning.
2. The need for design commissioning to improve sequences of operation to increase the specificity required to obtain the desired result.
3. The role ASHRAE Guideline 36P can play in establishing an objective approach and assessment tool to deliver consistently good operations.
4. What skill sets/training is needed by commissioning agents to effectively commission modern automation software.