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ICC Commissioning Guideline Released for Comment Submissions
October 17, 2011

The International Code Council has released the ICC Commissioning Guideline for a public comment period. The purpose of the guideline is not to define what commissioning is but rather to provide regulators and third parties with a guide on how to apply building commissioning to satisfy regulatory requirements and outline the skill sets necessary for commissioning activities. The ICC Commissioning Guideline Committee, a group comprised of global industry leaders and technical experts, developed the guideline. Commissioning is currently required by the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), CalGreen and LEED certification.

The guideline is aimed at Code Officials who want to use commissioning as a tool to verify compliance with Green or High Performance Building design. Building Departments and owners are looking for ways to streamline the construction process in tough economic times. The guideline will show Building Officials, owners, architects, engineers, raters and others how to use commissioning to also satisfy regulatory requirements like the IgCC. This will provide additional value to commissioning by giving Building Officials a path to apply commissioning to satisfy inspection requirements similar to a special inspection.

The adoption of green codes and standards is the driving force for the guideline. IgCC, CalGreen and LEED all require levels (architectural, structural, HVAC, energy, water, etc.) of commissioning.

The ICC Commissioning Guideline will be open for public comment until October 27th. The comments will then be reviewed by the ICC Commissioning Guideline Committee.

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