ASHRAE’s first standard focused on the commissioning process is open for public comment.

Proposed Standard 202P, Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems, identifies the minimum acceptable commissioning process for buildings and systems as described in ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process.

With best practices taken from Guideline 0, which first was published in 1989, the standard could be adopted by code bodies and used by standards developers, Gerald Kettler, chair of the Standard 202P committee, said.

“The proposed standard will benefit the industry by ensuring that the built-environment industry follows the owner’s quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying, and documenting that the performance of buildings, systems, and assemblies meets defined criteria,” Kettler said. “Standard 202P will support the requirements in other ASHRAE standards and programs.”

The commissioning process assumes owners, programmers, designers, contractors, and operations-and-maintenance entities are fully accountable for the quality of their work. The process begins at project inception and continues for the life of a facility.

“The process includes specific tasks to be conducted to verify that design, construction, verification, testing, documentation, and training meet the owner’s project requirements,” Kettler said.

Standard 202P will be open for public review until Oct. 1. For more information and to comment, click here.