BOC 214

Credits: .7
Lecture: 6 hrs
Class Activities: 1 hr
Total: 7 hrs

Prerequisites: None

Learning Outcomes/Competencies:
At the completion of Introduction to Building Commissioning, a participant will be able to:

  • comprehend the range of commissioning types including new construction commissioning, retrocommissioning, recommissioning and continuous commissioning.
  • identify when, where and what type of commissioning may be appropriate for their building or project and what elements make up a successful project.
  • understand the role of a building operator in the commissioning process and how they can reduce cost through active participation in the process.
  • establish a list of expected work products (deliverables) from a third party commissioning service provider that enhance operating and maintaining buildings.
  • access the available resources.

Texts:  STUDENT HANDBOOK: BOC 214 – Introduction to Building Commissioning, plus course handouts and list of resources including web sites

Special Equipment for Instructors: Data loggers

Classroom Exercises and/or Hands-on Activities:

  • Discussion: Benefits of CX and RCx
  • Group Exercise: Who Needs to Be Convinced?
  • Group Exercise: Diagnostic Monitoring
  • Discussion: Issues in Your Buildings Cx Can Address


Test 100%

BOC 214 – Introduction to Building Commissioning: Course Outline

1. Commissioning (Cx) Overview

a. Definition of Terms and Types of Commissioning
b. Primary Goals for Cx new and existing buildings
c. Benefits (energy and non-energy)
d. Range of Costs and what Affects Costs
e. Some Interesting Findings and Funny Pictures

2. Basic Commissioning Process for Existing Buildings and the Building Operators Role

a. Planning a Successful Project –

i. Getting Started
ii. Scoping the Project
iii. Reducing Costs – Operators Role
iv. Obtaining a Third Party Provider

b. Investigating

i. Implementing the O&M Assessment
ii. Typical Tools – Data Loggers, EMCS, Hand-held, etc.
iii. Expected Work Products
iv. Reducing Costs – The Operators Role

c. Implementing the Findings

i. The Commissioning Providers Role
ii. Reducing Costs – The Operators Role

d. Ensuring Persistence

i. Recommissioning
ii. Continuous Commissioning

3. Hands on Activities

a. Provide list of top five findings from commissioning projects. Have students review it and identify:

i. what they can take on themselves,
ii. what they need to contract out,
iii. what they can do right away (on the spot during testing process).
[This exercise enables students to identify their role in the process.]

b. Set the data logger ahead of time, before class, then collect data and review mid-way through.
c. Go away with trend logs and put in place at their facility.