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International Green Construction Code 2012 (IGCC 2012)

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Chapter 9 Commissioning, Operation and Maintenance

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901.1 Scope

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The provisions of this chapter are intended to facilitate the pre- and post-occupancy commissioning, operation and maintenance of buildings constructed in accordance with this code in a manner that is consistent with the intent of other provisions of this code, and to further that goal through the education of building owners and maintenance personnel with regard to related best operating and management practicesthe Green Construction Code. The requirements shall only apply to equipment and systems covered by this code that are new or are being replaced in total.

902.1 Approved Agency

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An approved agency shall provide all of the information necessary for the code official to determine that the agency meets the applicable requirements. The code official shall be permitted to be the approved agency. The code official shall determine the required qualifications of an approved agency for purposes of this chapter and of Section 611, in accordance with Section 903.1 and the Green Building Program Manual. Where commissioning is required by the Green Construction Code, the owner shall name the individual or firms who are to perform the commissioning and to provide the requisite certifications and verifications. The approved agency shall comply with the commissioning requirements set forth in the Green Construction Code and in the Green Building Program Manual.

902.1.1 Independence

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An approved agency shall be objective, competent and independent from the contractor responsible for the work being inspected. The agency shall also disclose possible conflicts of interest so that objectivity can be confirmed.

902.1.2 Equipment

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An approved agency shall have adequate equipment to perform the required commissioning. The equipment shall be periodically calibrated.

902.1.3 Personnel

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An approved agency shall employ experienced personnel educated in conducting, supervising and evaluating tests and commissioning.

903.1 General

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Where application is made for construction as described in this section, the registered design professional in responsible charge or approved agency shall perform commissioning during construction and after occupancy as required by Table 903.1 and by Administrative Bulletins. Where Table 903.1 specifies that commissioning is to be done on a periodic basis, the registered design professional in responsible charge shall provide a schedule of periodic commissioning with the submittal documents that shall be reviewed and approved by the code official. The approved agency shall be qualified and shall demonstrate competence, to the satisfaction of the code official, for the commissioning of the particular type of construction or operation in accordance with the qualification requirements set forth in Administrative Bulletins. The registered design professional in responsible charge and engineers of record involved in the design of the project are permitted to act as the approved agency provided those personnel meet the qualification requirements of this sectionset forth in the Green Building Program Manual to the satisfaction of the code official. The approved agency shall provide written documentation to the code official demonstrating competence and relevant experience or training. Experience or training shall be considered relevant where the documented experience or training is related in complexity to the same type of commissioning activities for projects of similar complexity and material qualities.

TABLE 903.1
COMMISSIONING PLAN

CONSTRUCTION OR SYSTEM
REQUIRING VERIFICATION
PREOCCUPANCYPOST-
OCCUPANCY
METHODOCCURRENCESECTION/
REFERENCED
STANDARD
PreoccupancyPost-
occupancy
Chapter 4: Site Development and Land Use
Natural resources and base line conditions of building siteXNoneReportWith permit submittalNone401.2
Landscape irrigation systemsXNoneField inspectionInstallationNone404.1, 405.1.1
Topsoil and vegetation protection measures; setbacks from protected areasXNoneField inspection and reportInstallation of measures, prior to other site disturbanceNone405.1.1
Imported soilsXNoneField inspection and reportWith permit submittal; after all-fill operations completeNone405.1.3
Soil restoration and reuseXNoneField inspection and reportPreparation and replacement of soilsNone405.1.4
Stormwater management system operationNoneXField inspection24 months403.1
Erosion and sediment controlXXField inspectionDuring construction activitiesPeriodic for 24 months405.1.1
Hardscape and shading provided by structures and vegetationXXField inspection and reportDuring construction and installation24 months408.2
Vegetative roofsXXField inspection and reportInstallation of protective membranes, base materials, soils and vegetation24 months408.3.2
Site lightingXNoneTesting and reportInstallationNone409
Chapter 5: Material Resource Conservation and Efficiency
Moisture control (Section 507.1)
1. Foundation sub-soil drainage
system.
XNoneField inspection and verificationPeriodic inspection for entire sub-soil drainage systemNone507.1 and
IBC Ch 18
2. Foundation waterproofingXNoneField inspection and verificationPeriodic inspection for the entire foundationNone507.1 and IBC
Ch 18
3. Foundation dampproofingXNoneField inspection and verificationPeriodic inspection for the entire foundationNone507.1 and IBC
Ch 18
4. Under slab water vapor
protection
XNoneField inspection and verificationPeriodic inspection for entire slab footprintNone507.1, IBC Ch
19 and ASTM
E 1643
5. Flashing at: exterior windows,
doors, skylights, wall
flashing and drainage systems
XNoneField inspection and verificationPeriodic inspection for not less than 25 percent of all flashing locations.None507.1 and IBC
Ch 14
6. Exterior wall coveringsXNoneField inspection and verificationPeriodic inspection for not less than 25 percent of exterior wall cladding systems.None507.1 and IBC
Ch 14
7. Roof coverings, roof drainage,
and flashings
XNoneField inspection and verificationPeriodic inspection for not less than 25 percent of roof covering, roof drainage and flashings.None507.1 and IBC
Ch 15

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TABLE 903.1—(continued)
COMMISSIONING PLAN

CONSTRUCTION OR SYSTEM
REQUIRING VERIFICATION
PREOCCUPANCYPOST-
OCCUPANCY
METHODOCCURRENCESECTION/
REFERENCED
STANDARD
PreoccupancyPost-
occupancy
Chapter 6: Energy
Energy consumption, monitoring, targeting and reporting
a. Monitoring systemXNoneInspection and verificationDuring construction and prior to occupancyNone603, 610.5
b. CalibrationXXTesting and review and evaluation or test reportsDuring commissioningAnnually603, 610.5
Mechanical systems completion – all buildings
a. Air system balancing – provide
the means for system
balancing
XNoneInspection and verificationDuring construction and prior to occupancyNone611.1.2.1 and through reference to IECC
b. Hydronic system balancing –
provide means for system balancing
XNoneInspection and verificationDuring construction and prior to occupancyNone611.1.2.2 and
through reference to IECC
c. Mechanical system manuals –
construction documents to require O&M manual
XNoneVerification of construction documentsPlan reviewNone611.1.5.2
Mechanical systems – buildings over 5,000 square feet total building floor area
a. Commissioning required and
noted in plans and specifications
XNoneVerification of construction documentsPlan reviewNone611.1
b. Documentation of required
commissioning outcomes
XNoneVerification with the building ownerSubsequent to completion of all commissioning activitiesNone611.1
c. Preparation and availability
of a commissioning plan
XNoneVerification with the RDP or commissioning agentBetween plan review and commissioning initiationNone611.1.1
d. Balance HVAC systems
(both air and hydronic)
XXHVAC system installer/contractor or commissioning agentAfter installation of HVAC systems and prior to occupancyTBD611.1.2
e. Functional performance testing
of HVAC equipment
XXHVAC system installer/contractor or commissioning agentAfter installation of HVAC systems and prior to occupancyTBD611.1.3
f. Functional performance testing
of HVAC controls and control systems
XXHVAC system installer/contractor or commissioning agentAfter installation of HVAC systems and prior to occupancyTBD611.1.3.2
g. Preparation of preliminary
ommissioning report
NoneXHVAC system installer/contractor or commissioning agentNoneSubsequent to commissioning611.1.4

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TABLE 903.1—(continued)
COMMISSIONING PLAN

CONSTRUCTION OR SYSTEM
REQUIRING VERIFICATION
PREOCCUPANCYPOST-
OCCUPANCY
METHODOCCURRENCESECTION/
REFERENCED
STANDARD
PreoccupancyPost-
occupancy
h. Acceptance of HVAC systems
and equipment/system verification report
NoneXBuilding ownerNoneLetter verifying receipt of the commissioning report611.1.4.1
i. Preparation and distribution of
final HVAC system completion—Documentation that construction documents require drawings, manuals, balancing reports and commissioning report be provided to the owner and that they have been provided
NoneXRDP, contractor
or commissioning authority
None90 days after final certificate of occupancy611.1.5
Chapter 6: Lighting
Auto demand reduction control
system functionality
XXFunctional testingFinal inspection18-24 months604.4
Plug load controlsXNoneFunctional testingFinal inspectionNone608.6
Connection of appliances to
switched receptacles
XField inspectionNone18-24 months608.6
Specified transformer nameplate
efficiency rating
XNoneField inspectionFinal inspectionNone608.8.1.1
Verification of lampXXField inspectionFinal inspection18-24 months608.10
Verification of ballastXNoneField inspectionFinal inspectionNone608.10
Lighting controls
a. InstallationXNoneField inspectionPost-installationNone608.11
b. CalibrationXXSystem installer/contractor or commissioning agentPost-installation18-24 months611.3.3
Chapter 7: Water Resource Conservation, Quality and Efficiency
AppliancesXNone702.6
Hot water distributionXNone 702.8
Cooling tower performanceX703.7.7
MeteringXNone705.1.1
Rainwater system water qualityNoneXField testing and verificationNone707.15.1707.15.1
Gray water system water qualityNoneXField testing and verificationNone708.13.8708.13.8
Soil percolation testXNoneField inspection and reportPrior to installation of gray water irrigation systemNone708.14.2

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TABLE 903.1—(continued)
COMMISSIONING PLAN

CONSTRUCTION OR SYSTEM
REQUIRING VERIFICATION
PREOCCUPANCYPOST-
OCCUPANCY
METHODOCCURRENCESECTION/
REFERENCED
STANDARD
PreoccupancyPost-
occupancy
Chapter 8: Indoor Environmental Quality and Comfort
Building construction, features, operations and maintenance facilitation
Air-handling system accessXXField inspection and verificationDuring construction and prior to occupancy18 - 24 months802.2
Air-handling system filtersXXField inspection and verificationDuring construction and prior to occupancy18 - 24 months802.3
HVAC systems
Temperature and humidity in occupied spacesXField inspection and verification18 - 24 months803.2
Specific indoor air quality & pollutant control measures
Listing, installation and venting of fireplaces and combustion appliancesXField inspection and verificationDuring construction and prior to occupancy804.1
Sound transmission
Mechanical and emergency generator equipment located outside buildings or located where exposed to exterior environment.XNoneField testing and verificationSee Section 807.5.1None807.5.1
HVAC background soundXNoneField testing and verificationSee Section 807.5.2None807.5.2
For SI: 1 square foot = 0.0929 m2.
TABLE 903.1
COMMISSIONING PLAN
CONSTRUCTION OR SYSTEM REQUIRING
VERIFICATION
PREOCCUPANCY METHOD OCCURRENCE SECTION/REFERENCED
STANDARD
Preoccupancy
Chapter 4: Site Development and Land Use
Landscape irrigation systems X Field-inspection Installation Section 614 of the
Plumbing Code
Stormwater management system operation None Field-inspection Installation 21 DCMR (Water and
Sanitation),
Chapter 5 (Water
Quality and Pollution)
Site lighting X Testing and report Installation 409
Chapter 6: Energy
Energy consumption, monitoring, targeting and reporting
a. Monitoring system X Inspection and
verification
During construction and
prior to occupancy
603
b. Calibration X Testing and review
and evaluation
of test reports
During commissioning 603
Mechanical systems completion
a. Air system balancing—provide the means for system balancing X Inspection and verification During construction and prior to occupancy 611.1.2.1 and through reference to Energy Conservation Code
b. Hydronic system balancing—provide the means for system balancing X Inspection and verification During construction and prior to occupancy 611.1.2.2 and through reference to Energy Conservation Code
c. Mechanical system manuals—construction documents to require O&M manual X Verification of construction documents Plan review 611.1.5.2
Mechanical systems
a. Commissioning required and noted in plans and specifications X Verification of construction documents Plan review 611.1
b. Documentation of required commissioning outcomes X Verification with the building owner Subsequent to completion of all commissioning activities 611.1
c. Preparation and availability of a commissioning plan X Verification with the RDP or commissioning agent Between plan review and commissioning initiation 611.1.1
d. Balance HVAC systems(both air and hydronic) X HVAC system installer/contractor or commissioning agent After installation of HVAC systems and prior to occupancy 611.1.2
e. Functional performance testing of HVAC equipment X HVAC system installer/contractor or commissioning agent After installation of HVAC systems and prior to occupancy 611.1.3
f. Functional performance testing of HVAC controls and control systems X HVAC system installer/contractor or commissioning agent After installation of HVAC systems and prior to occupancy 611.1.3.2
g. Preparation of preliminary commissioning report X HVAC system installer/contractor or commissioning agent None 611.1.4
h. Acceptance of HVAC systems and equipment/system verification report None Building owner None 611.1.4.1
i. Preparation and distribution of final HVAC system completion. Documentation that construction documents require drawings, manuals, balancing reports and commissioning report be provided to the owner and that they have been provided None RDP, contractor or commissioning authority None 611.1.5
Chapter 6: Lighting
Verification of lamp X Field inspection Field inspection 611.3
Verification of ballast X Field inspection Field inspection 611.3
Lighting controls
a. Installation X Field inspection Field inspection 611.3.2
b. Calibration X System installer/contractor or commissioning agent Final inspection 611.3
Chapter 7: Water Resource Conservation, Quality and Efficiency
Cooling tower performance - - - 703.7.7
Metering X - - 705.1.1
Chapter 8: Indoor Environmental Quality and Comfort
Air-handlingsystem access X Field inspection and verification During construction and prior to occupancy 802.2
Air-handling system filters X Field inspection and verification During construction and prior to occupancy 802.3
For SI: 1 square foot = 0.0929 m2.

903.1.1 Preoccupancy Report Requirement

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The approved agency shall keep records of the commissioning required by Table 903.1. The approved agency shall furnish commissioning reports to the owner and the registered design professional in responsible charge and, upon request, to the code official. Reports shall indicate that work was or was not completed in conformance to approved construction documents. Discrepancies shall be brought to the immediate attention of the contractor for correction. Where discrepancies are not corrected, they shall be brought to the attention of the owner, code official and to the registered design professional in responsible charge prior to the completion of that phase of the work. Prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy, a final commissioning report shall be submitted to and accepted by the code official.

903.1.2 Post-Occupancy Report Requirement

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Post-occupancy commissioning shall occur as specified in the applicable sections of this code. A post-occupancy commissioning report shall be provided to the owner within 30 months after the Certificate of Occupancy is issued for the project and shall be made available to the code official upon request.

903.2 Preliminary commissioning report requirement

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The approved agency shall keep records of the commissioning required by Table 903.1. The approved agency shall furnish commissioning reports to the owner and the registered design professional in responsible charge and, upon request, to the code official. Reports shall indicate that work was or was not completed in conformance to approved construction documents. Discrepancies shall be brought to the immediate attention of the contractor for correction. Where discrepancies are not corrected, they shall be brought to the attention of the owner, code official and to the registered design professional in responsible charge prior to the completion of that phase of the work. Prior to the final inspection, a Preliminary Commissioning Report shall be provided to the owner and a copy shall be made available to the code official upon request.

903.3 Final commissioning report requirement

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A Final Commissioning Report shall be provided to the owner within 180 days after the date of issuance of the first certificate of occupancy for occupiable space in a story above grade plane, and a copy shall be made available to the code official upon request.

Section 904 Building Operations and Maintenance

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904.1 General

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Building operations and maintenance documents in accordance with Section 904.3 shall be submitted to the owner prior to the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy. Record documents shall be in accordance with Section 904.2. The building owner shall file a letter with the code official certifying the receipt of record documents and building operations and maintenance documents. At least one copy of these materials shall be in the possession of the owner and at least one additional copy shall remain with the building throughout the life of the structure.

904.2 Record Documents

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The cover sheet of the record documents for the project shall clearly indicate that at least one copy of the materials shall be in the possession of the owner. Record documents shall include all of the following:
1. Copies of the approved construction documents, including plans and specifications.
2. As-built plans and specifications indicating the actual locations of piping, ductwork, valves, controls, equipment, access panels, lighting and other similar components where they are concealed or are installed in locations other than those indicated on the approved construction documents.
3. For sites that have previously been a brownfield, or required environmental corrective action, remediation or restoration at the federal, state or local level, copies of engineering and institutional control information shall be provided.
4. A copy of the Certificate of Occupancy.

904.3 Building Operations and Maintenance Documents

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The building operations and maintenance documents shall consist of manufacturer’s specifications and recommendations, programming procedures and data points, narratives, and other means of illustrating to the owner how the building, site and systems are intended to be maintained and operated. The following information shall be included in the materials, as applicable to the specific project:
1. Directions to the owner or occupant on the manual cover sheet indicating that at least one copy of the materials shall be in the possession of the owner or occupant.
2. Operations and maintenance manuals for equipment, products and systems installed under or related to the provisions of Chapter 4 including, but not limited to, the following, as applicable:
2.1. Vegetative shading, vegetative roofs and natural resource protections and setbacks.
2.2. Water-conserving landscape and irrigation systems.
2.3. Stormwater management systems.
2.4. Permanent erosion control measures.
2.5. Landscape or tree management plans.
3. Operations and maintenance documents for materials, products, assemblies and systems installed under or related to the provisions of this code for material resource conservation in accordance with Chapter 5 including, but not limited to, the following, as applicable:
3.1. Care and maintenance instructions and recommended replacement schedule for flooring, including, but not limited to, carpeting, walk-off mats and tile.
3.2. Care and maintenance instructions for natural materials including, but not limited to, wood, bio-based materials and stone.
3.3. Available manufacturer’s instructions on maintenance for:
3.3.1. Exterior wall finishes.
3.3.3. Exterior doors, windows and skylights.
3.4. Information and recommended schedule for required routine maintenance measures, including, but not limited to, painting and refinishing.
4. Operations and maintenance documents for equipment, products and systems installed under or related to the provisions of this code for energy conservation in accordance with Chapter 6 including, but not limited to, the following:
4.1. Heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems including:
4.1.1. Recommended equipment maintenance schedule.
4.1.2. Air filters and fluid filters, including recommended replacement schedule and materials.
4.1.3. Time clocks, including settings determined during commissioning.
4.1.4. Programmable controls and thermostats, including settings determined during commissioning.
4.2. Domestic hot water systems including performance criteria and controls.
4.3. Building thermal envelope systems including:
4.3.1. Glazing systems inspection schedule.
4.3.2. Performance criteria for replacements and repairs.
4.3.3. Information and recommended schedule on required routine maintenance measures, including but not limited to, sealants, mortar joints and screens.
4.4. Electrical and lighting systems including:
4.4.1. Technical specifications and operating instructions for installed lighting equipment.
4.4.2. Luminaire maintenance and cleaning plan.
4.4.3. Lamp schedule, recommended relamping plan, and lamp disposal information.
4.4.4. Programmable and automatic controls documentation, including settings determined during commissioning.
4.4.5. Occupant sensor and daylight sensors documentation, including settings determined during commissioning.
4.5. Automatic demand reduction systems.
5. Operations and maintenance documents for equipment, products and systems installed under or related to the provisions of this code for water conservation in accordance with Chapter 7, including, but not limited to the following:
5.1. Domestic fixtures.
5.2. Water-regulating devices including faucets and valves.
5.3. Irrigation and rainwater and gray water catchment.
6. Operations and maintenance documents for equipment products and systems under or related to the provisions of this code for indoor environmental quality in accordance with Chapter 8, including, but not limited to, the following:
6.1. Humidification/dehumidification.
6.2. Green cleaning products, procedures and techniques.
6.3. Recommended window cleaning schedule.
6.5. Floor finishes.
6.6. Fireplaces and combustion appliances.
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