Commissioning for Certifications

Commissioning for LEED Certification
GSA’s Building Commissioning Guide provides the process required to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification. Development of the preliminary commissioning plan and initial commissioning scope shall also include a discussion regarding project certifications and goal attainment (i.e. LEED, Energy Star, energy goals, design awards, etc.).  For the project to be LEED certified, commissioning process activities must comply with the prerequisite requirements for fundamental building commissioning and the project team may opt to pursue an added LEED point for additional commissioning.  The process illustrated in this guide provides the necessary steps to comply with both prerequisite and additional commissioning requirements.  The LEED 2.1 commissioning criteria is explained in more detail below.

LEED Commissioning Criteria Energy & Atmosphere Prerequisite 1
 Fundamental Building Systems Commissioning
INTENT
Verify and ensure that fundamental building elements and systems are designed, installed and calibrated to operate as intended.

REQUIREMENTS & SUBMITTALS

1. Engage a commissioning authority
2. Review design intent & Basis of Design (BOD) documentation
3. Include Cx requirements in construction documents
4. Develop & utilize a Commissioning Plan
5. Verify installation, functional performance, training and documentation
6. Complete a commissioning report

 Energy & Atmosphere Credit 3  (1 Pt.) Additional Commissioning
INTENT
Verify and ensure that entire building is designed, constructed and calibrated to oper-ate as intended.

REQUIREMENTS & SUBMITTALS
(7-9 must be done by independent 3rd Party)

1.  Engage a commissioning authority
2.  Review design intent & BOD documentation
3.  Include Cx requirements in construction documents
4.  Develop & utilize a Commissioning Plan
5.  Verify installation, functional performance, training and documentation
6.  Complete a commissioning report
7.  Conduct a focused review of the design prior to CD phase
8.  Conduct a focused review of the Construction Documents when close to completion
9.  Conduct a selective review of contractor submittals of commissioned equipment
10. Develop a recommissioning management manual
11. Have a contract in place to review with operational staff current building operation, including plan for resolution of outstanding commissioning related issues within one year after completion of construction.

Last Reviewed 2016-04-25