Starting in October 2016, New York State and New York City codes require commissioning (known as Cx) on new construction and substantial renovation projects. Commercial buildings with mechanical capacities larger than 480K Btu/hr cooling, or 600K Btu/hr heating and service hot water must comply.
Building professionals are finding out the hard way that developing the necessary commissioning specs takes time and planning in the early stages of a project. Recently Taitem has fielded several calls from project teams, already deep into construction, who have just learned that they needed a building system commissioning plan but had not allocated any time or budget. Taitem’s certified Cx professional Nate Goodell has been able to help, but including commissioning from the start would have saved these teams time, money and unnecessary headaches.
Here’s a prescription so you won’t be caught painfully short on your next project:
- Understand which buildings and renovations require code commissioning (Quick Facts sheet)
- Develop appropriate commissioning specs. Include them in bid docs.
- Include the Cx plan and agent in project kickoffs.
- Factor into the construction timeline onsite Cx testing and issue resolution.
- Review both your preliminary and final Cx reports promptly and file them on time.
Download Taitem’s Cx white papers for detailed info on required testing and report deadlines in New York State and New York City.
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Email Nate Goodell [firstname.lastname@example.org].