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Building Commissioning Documents

Design Guideline SID-G “Commissioning” provides an overview of the U-M building commissioning (Cx) process and defines the Architect/Engineer’s responsibilities in the Cx process.

Design-Phase Commissioning” is the procedure by which the U-M Commissioning Authority (CxA) shall assist a project's U-M Design Manager by participating in the technical decisions affecting the project's mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) design.

MEP Design Coordination” is the procedure by which the U-M CxA shall assist a project's U-M Design Manager by actively managing all technical aspects of the project's MEP design.

Full Project Commissioning” is the procedure by which the U-M CxA shall direct construction-phase Cx on new buildings and major building renovation projects (including projects pursuing LEED® Certification).

Project Commissioning for Small Projects” is the procedure by which the CxA shall direct construction-phase Cx on small projects, typically projects consisting of a single system with a few pieces of equipment.

Commissioning Reports” is the procedure by which the CxA shall produce periodic Cx reports throughout the construction-phase Cx process, and a final Cx report after the project’s Substantial Completion.

U-M Master Specification Section 019100Full Project Commissioning” is a CSI-formatted generic specification section that specifies the contractors' requirements related to the U-M Cx process for new buildings and major renovation projects.  During the Contract Documents design phase, the U-M CxA will make this specification section project specific and will give it to the Architect/Engineer for inclusion in the project’s construction specifications.

U-M Master Specification Section 019110Project Commissioning for Small Projects” is a CSI-formatted generic specification section that specifies the contractors' requirements related to the U-M Cx process for small projects.  During the Contract Documents design phase, the U-M CxA will make this specification section project specific and will give it to the Architect/Engineer for inclusion in the project’s construction specifications.

U-M Master Specification Section 017823 "Operation and Maintenance Manuals" is a CSI-formatted generic specification section that specifies the contractor's and CxA's requirements related to operation and maintenance manuals. During the Contract Documents design phase, the Architect/Engineer shall make this section project specific and include it in the project's construction specifications. During construction, the CxA shall review and approve the contractors' completed O&M manuals. 

The "Generic Sample Commissioning Manual" is the basis for the project's Cx manual.  At the beginning of construction, the U-M CxA will make this sample manual project specific and give it to the contractors.  The contractors together with the CxA shall complete the project-specific manual by gathering the requested information and by performing the specified Cx tasks.  On a large project, consider incorporating the sample manual as a reference document in the construction documents.

The “Unit Substation Energization Requirements” checklist compiles the requirements that must be completed before a new unit substation can be energized.  To ensure personnel and equipment safety, dozens of requirements from the construction documents, State of Michigan codes, national standards, OSHA regulations, and U-M operational procedures must be completed before energization.  This list summarizes the requirements to reduce last minute surprises and energization delays.

Generic Commissioning Forms

The Generic Commissioning Forms are examples of Cx forms that must be developed and completed as part of the Cx process.  Forms like these will be made project specific by the U-M CxA and distributed to the contractors.  The contractors must complete these forms and file them in the project-specific Cx manual.

The folder "Progress Check Sheets" contains approximately 100 generic progress check sheets that track the progress of systems and equipment from contractor submittal phase through installation, pre-start, start-up, functional testing, and final acceptance.  These examples should be used to develop the project-specific progress check sheets required to commission a project.

The folder "Pre-Start Check Sheets" contains approximately 50 generic pre-start check sheets that document systems and equipment are properly installed and completely ready for start-up.  These examples should be used to develop the project-specific pre-start check sheets required to commission a project.

The folder "Functional Test Sheets" contains approximately 50 generic functional test sheets that document the process for functionally testing systems.  These examples should be used to develop the project-specific functional test sheets required to commission a project.

The folder “Administrative Forms” contains forms that should be used by external Cx firms working on U-M projects to quote and invoice for Cx fees, and to produce Cx reports.

Last Modified: Thursday January 31 2013


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