Protection and Control of Government Documents

The commissioning agent (CxA) is required to develop and utilize procedures for custody, use/handling, reproduction, storage, safeguarding, and disposition of all documents and information of this nature. These procedures must be designed and carried out so that there is no unauthorized disclosure of such documents and information throughout the contract performance.

Exhibit 1: Commissioning Agent Focused Design Review Scope

Review is to occur at the end of concepts/beginning of design development and toward the end of construction documents phases.

Certification Facilitation Review contract documents to facilitate project certification goals (i.e. does design meet Energy Star requirements; does commissioning (Cx) meet LEED criteria, etc.).
Commissioning Facilitation Review contract documents to facilitate effective commissioning (sufficient accessibility, test ports, monitoring points, etc.).
Commissioning Specification Verify that bid documents adequately specify building commissioning, including testing requirements by equipment type.
Control System and Control Strategies Review heating, ventilating, and air Conditioning (HVAC), lighting, fire control, emergency power, security control system, strategies, and sequences of operation for adequacy and efficiency.
Electrical Review the electrical concepts/systems for enhancements
Energy Efficiency Review for adequacy of the effectiveness of building layout and efficiency of system types and components for building shell, HVAC systems and lighting systems.
Envelope Review envelope design and assemblies for thermal and water integrity, moisture vapor control and assembly life, including impacts of interior surface finishes, and impacts and interactions with HVAC systems (blast, hurricane, water penetration).
Fire Protection and Life Safety* Review contract documents to facilitate effective commissioning of fire protection and life safety systems and to aid the fire protection engineer in system testing to obtain the GSA occupancy permit
GSA Design Guidelines and Standards Verify that the design complies with GSA design guidelines and standards (i.e. GSA P-100, Court Design Guide, Border Station Guide, and Federal Facility Council requirements).
Functionality Ensure the design maximizes the functional needs of the occupants.
Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Review to ensure that systems relating to thermal, visual acoustical, air quality comfort, air distribution maximize comfort and are in accordance with owner's project requirements.
Life Cycle Costs Perform a life cycle assessment of the primary competing mechanical systems relative to energy efficiency, O&M, IEQ, functionality, and sustainability.
Mechanical Review for owner requirements that provide flexible and efficient operations as required in the P-100, including off-peak chiller heating/cooling air-handling units (AHU) operations, and size and zoning of AHU's and thermostated areas.
Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Review for effects of specified systems and layout toward facilitating O&M (equipment accessibility, system control, etc.).
O&M Documentation Verify adequate building O&M documentation requirements.
Owner's Project Requirements Verify that contract documents are in keeping with and will meet the owner's project requirements.
Structural Review the structural concepts/design for enhancements (i.e. blast and progressive collapse).
Sustainability Review to ensure that the building materials, landscaping, water, and waste management create less of an impact on the environment, contribute to creating a healthful and productive workspace, and are in accordance with owner's requirement. See P-100 LEED requirements.
Training Verify adequate operator training requirements.

*In certain jurisdictions, state and local government officials may elect to perform code compliance construction inspections of the building systems. Therefore, it is recommended that the A/E, CxA, CMa and each contractor’s contract include provisions for each to handle the additional requirement of coordinating their work with state and local government officials. In addition, the CxA must coordinate all fire protection and life safety system commissioning with the GSA fire protection engineer.

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