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Why of Commissioning – A Look at the Process and How it Can Mitigate Risk
January 13, 2022 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Let’s face it, buildings leak! Owners and contractors battle these leaks for months and even years after substantial completion. A properly implemented and executed Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) process mitigates risks resulting in sustainable efficient structures. The elements of the building enclosure have evolved and become complex systems. This has changed the design and construction of these “skins”. So why is commissioning a plausible solution to these challenges? Well, simply put it provides a proven and tried practice which offers guidance and structure to the complex industry of Building Enclosures. This course will cover the BECx process intended to define the project expectations, focus on quality assurance, quality control, verification of system performance, owner training, and maintenance guidance. We will discuss building enclosure commissioning and how commissioning provides a successful trifecta scenario for the owner, design team and construction team.
- Review the purpose and benefits of Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) and define the roles of the Owner, Architect, Commissioning Consultant, and Contractor.
- Discuss the formal BECx processes as developed by the National Institute of Building Science, ASTM, ASHRAE, and ISO, and how these standards and guidelines are quickly being recognized and adopted by institutions and organizations.
- Review why codes are recommending and requiring the implementation of exterior wall envelope detailing as part of design drawings and construction documents.
- Discuss how to implement the BECx process throughout the life-cycle of the building including design review, constructability review, testing matrix, mockup construction and testing, preconstruction meeting, inspections, and a post construction maintenance matrix.
Melissa Payne, BECxP, CxA+BE, CDT
Melissa Payne is a subject matter expert for Tremco Inc. where she serves as a national Building Enclosure Construction Management Specialist. She specializes in assisting construction manager/general contractors with QA/QC practices and is focused in the construction of high-performance leak-free structures. Prior to joining Tremco, Melissa provided building envelope commissioning and consulting services, and conducted forensic investigations as a building enclosure consultant. Prior to providing building enclosure consulting, she was an owner’s representative for a municipal utility company where she managed the maintenance, restoration and construction of over 150 structures.