<---return to Building / Commissioning      
<---return to Mechanical Commissioning

The Commissioning Team Members
and their Responsibilities

(as generally practiced in British Columbia, Canada)

A successful commissioning process cannot occur with the Commissioning Agent operating in solitude. Every party which has a hand in completing the project, must contribute to the commissioning process to achieve, in the end, a building which functions to meet the needs of the owner. The roles of these team members must be clearly defined within the contract. These parties are listed below (along with their responsibilities):

All Commissioning Team Members

Attend commissioning meetings

Act promptly on items of work indicated in commissioning meeting minutes

Work with other team members to derive a realistic commissioning schedule

Ensure commissioning schedule is maintained

Provide required documentation promptly

Cooperate with the other commissioning team members to complete the project as efficiently as possible (this is to everyone's benefit)

Owner's Representative

Assign a person to be responsible for overall system knowledge

Organize personnel to be demonstrated to and trained

Sign-off "Demonstration to the Owner"

Mechanical Engineer

Inspect static completion items (such as seismic restraint, code compliance, maintenance concerns, etc.)

Ensure static system tests have been performed (such as pipe pressure testing, duct leakage testing, etc.

Clarify contractual documents as required

Indicate design intent as required

Sign-off "Demonstration to the Engineer"

Mechanical Contractor

Organize own resources and those of sub trades (suppliers, sheet metal, controls, fire protection, duct cleaning, etc.) to meet the schedule and perform corrective work as required

Keep informed on commissioning meeting minutes and ensure minutes are responded to by appropriate parties

Keep the Commissioning Agent fully informed on all aspects of the project (change orders, supplier delays, scheduling problems, etc.)

Perform equipment startups (with suppliers as required)

Operate equipment during tests

Controls Contractor

Perform own controls commissioning

Show commissioning agent control system in sufficient detail to allow Commissioning Agent to perform his checks

Coordinate the engineer's approval of a detailed sequence of operation

Balancing Agent

Produce independent report to the approval of the mechanical engineer

Report, to the Commissioning Agent, problems as they are encountered

General Contractor

Organize own resources and those of sub trades (painters, drywall, flooring, millwork, electrical, etc.) to meet schedule and perform corrective work as required

Commissioning Agent

Assist mechanical contractor in the overall responsibility for the commissioning of the project as per above definition and contractual documents

Predict problems before the occur, as is possible, and initiate resolution

Identify and initiate resolution to problems as they occur

Derive commissioning schedule and monitor for accuracy

Review design intent and ensure that design intent is understood by commissioning team
Hold commissioning meetings and generate minutes

Prepare commissioning item lists and status reports for the commissioning team which identify and document current commissioning issues

Perform pre-start checks on equipment

Witness and document system verifications

Ensure that documentation is obtained as per the requirements of the specifications

Coordinate demonstration of systems to engineer and owner

Issue a final commissioning report