5.23 Startup, Testing, and Balancing Equipment and Systems

Startup. The A/E shall specify that factory representatives be present for startup of all major equipment, such as boilers, chillers and automatic control systems.

Testing and Balancing. It shall be the responsibility of the A/E to adequately specify testing, adjusting and balancing resulting in not only proper operation of individual pieces of equipment, but also the proper operation of the overall HVAC and plumbing systems, in accordance with the design intent. The testing and balancing contractor shall have up to date certification by Associated Air Balance Council (AABC), the National Environmental Balance Bureau (NEBB), or the Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing Bureau (TABB).

Performance Testing. A/E to specify performance testing of all equipment and systems including chillers, boilers, and other systems for part load and full load during summer, winter, spring and fall season as per the schedules specified by the designer. A/E to specify the services of an organization certified by NEBB or AABC.

Pressure and Leak Testing. Tests shall be conducted at static pressures equal to maximum design pressure of system and maximum leakage allowable shall not exceed 50 percent of that allowed in SMACNA’s HVAC Air Duct Leakage Manual.

A/E to specify IAQ testing for CO, CO2, volatile organic compounds, NO2, O3, and tobacco smoke. A/E to specify operating tests on each air and hydronic system to measure and meet energy efficiency requirements of ASHRAE 90.1 and 62. A/E to specify and validate peak summer and winter energy consumption and performance.

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