5 Steps to Commissioning Success

Jeff Yirak, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, O+M is one of our ‘go to’ commissioning guys and he has written a great article for Contracting Business Magazine on how to be successful in the commissioning process. Here’s a short except but find the full article on Contracting Business’ site here.

Commissioning isn’t just a buzzword, it’s a value-added service that improves project outcomes. Owners are willing to pay for it when they see its value. Sometimes a poor previous experience turns Owners off, but these five commissioning-process success tactics can help ensure a positive and productive commissioning program on your jobs.

1. Start Early

The commissioning authority’s (CxA’s) job is to find and resolve issues. The sooner that process begins the better for everyone, as it will save time and effort to identify issues early (i.e., before they’re sealed above walls or ceilings, before the same issue has occurred 100 similar times, and before the building is turned-over and occupied).

A schedule that shows commissioning occurring during a two-week period in a placeholder at the end of the schedule doesn’t cut it. Request commissioning activity sequence and duration information from the CxA at the start of construction. The sequence and duration information may reveal hidden scheduling favorabilities or requirements that help or hinder the commissioning effort without having a significant impact on overall construction.

Read more at Contracting Business

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