Validating and documenting system performance and operation has long been associated with the design and construction industry as a means to protect the owner’s best interest. Over time, the process has become more formalized with benchmarking roles, responsibilities and certifications for the professional. Likewise, advancements in technology, energy code requirements and system innovations have contributed to elevating the role of the commissioning agent and two distinct paths of commissioning: comprehensive and construction.

A commissioning authority is engaged as early as 30% schematic design under a comprehensive model. Having visibility to the design intent and technical applications affords the agent the opportunity to ask clarifying questions and develop the framework for an integrated approach. Carried through, like the construction model, the agent performs the same verification tasks with enhancements to the system manual and review of the training provided to the maintenance staff.