The Building Commissioning Process (Cx) is a quality-oriented process for achieving, evaluating, and documenting that the performance of buildings, equipment, and systems meet defined objectives and criteria. The commissioning process assumes that owners, architects, design engineers, contractors, and operations and maintenance entities are fully accountable for the quality of their work. The Commissioning Team uses methods and tools to evaluate that the project is achieving the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR) throughout the delivery of the project. The Commissioning Process begins at project inception (during the Pre-Design Phase) and continues for the life of the facility (through the Occupancy and Operations).
The Commissioning Process includes specific tasks to be conducted to evaluate if the design, construction, testing, documentation, and training meet the Owner’s Project Requirements. It is a quality-based process that is adopted by an owner to achieve successful construction and renovation projects. It is not an additional layer of construction or project management. In fact, its purpose is to reduce the cost of delivering construction projects and increase value to owners, occupants, and users.
New York State has established significant energy goals in its Reforming the Energy Vision strategy. In October 2016, the state and New York City’s Commercial Construction Code was updated to align with international standards for Energy Efficiency and Building Performance.