ASHRAE Adds Commissioning Process and Standard 202 Course

With the commissioning process becoming widely recognized as being critical to the success of high-performance buildings, ASHRAE has added a Learning Institute course focused on requirements in its first commissioning standard.

Taught by Walter Grondzik, PE, the course, “Commissioning Process and Standard 202” is being held March 25, 2015. It is one of 12 spring online courses being offered by ASHRAE.

In 2005, ASHRAE Guideline 0, The Commissioning Process, addressed the commissioning process when it was a voluntary element of the building acquisition process. With the incorporation of mandatory commissioning requirements in standards, such as, ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings, it was determined that a code-language description of the commissioning process was needed. That gap was filled with publication of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 202-2013, Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems, which provides information on minimum acceptable commissioning process practices.

“The course reviews the commissioning requirements embodied in Standard 202 and links them to Guideline 0 and other technical support documents,” says Grondzik. “We will provide an understanding of the commissioning process as described by Standard 202, explain how and why the Standard 202 commissioning process differs from that in Guideline 0, and explore how compliance with the standard is likely to evolve.”

The 12 ALI courses provide professional development through in-depth information that is timely, practical and targeted to provide engineers in consulting practices, facility management, or supplier support with instruction on applying ASHRAE standards and employing new technologies essential for advanced building performance.

Course participants earn continuing education credits and qualify for Professional Development Hours for each course completed. Courses are instructor-led, drawing upon professional knowledge of leading practitioners.

Eight of the courses are part of ASHRAE’s Career Enhancement Curriculum, which focuses on IAQ Practices (IAQ) and Energy Savings (ES) Practices. The program helps professionals expand their knowledge in specific areas of HVAC&R and advance their careers.

Half-day short courses are:

  • Fundamentals & Applications of Standard 55-2013 (IAQ Practices), March 9
  • Troubleshooting Humidity Control Problems (IAQ Practices), March 11
  • Advanced High-Performance Building Design (ES Practices), March 23
  • Commissioning Process and Standard 202, March 25
  • IT Equipment Design Evolution and Data Center Operation Optimization, March 30
  • Complying with Standard 90.1-2013: HVAC/Mechanical (ES Practices), April 8
  • Fundamental Requirements of Standard 62.1-2013 (IAQ Practices), April 13
  • Understanding Standard 189.1-2014 for High-Performance Green Buildings (ES Practices), April 20
  • Complying with Standard 90.1-2013: Envelope/Lighting (ES Practices), May 4
  • Exceeding Standard 90.1-2013 to Meet LEED Requirements (ES Practices), May 13

The following courses are comprised of two parts. Registrants must attend both parts in order to receive CEU/PDH credits.

  • Commercial Building Energy Audits – part 1, April 22 and part 2, April 27
  • Energy Modeling Best Practices and Applications – part 1, April 29 and part 2, May 6 (ES Practices)

For registration costs and to register, visit the ASHRAE Online Courses Web page.

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