A new guideline, ASHRAE Guideline 0.2-2015, Commissioning Process for Existing Building Systems and Assemblies, is geared to helping commissioning providers ensure optimized operation of their facilities and systems.
The document outlines a systematic quality-oriented process that improves the performance and sustainability of existing facilities, ASHRAE says. It includes information about planning, assessing, investigating, implementing, verifying, and documenting performance to meet operational requirements.
The step-by-step process guides owners and facility managers through the process of ensuring optimum effectiveness from their facility for the lowest investment and provides the tools to ensure those benefits last for the life of the building. It expands on the commissioning principles developed in ASHRAE Guideline 0.
“Guideline 0.2 provides commissioning providers with the latest tools needed to address the growing market of commissioning existing buildings that require improvements to reduce energy consumption, improve occupant comfort, and increase operational efficiency,” Tom Cappellin, vice chair of the committee that wrote the guideline, said.