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Commissioning Basics: A Client’s Perspective

GBCI: 0910000419

Learn what building commissioning is and isn’t. Understand why a building should be commissioned, commissioning team roles, how the commissioning process integrates with a normal project.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

LEED version: v4, v2009

Published on: June 17, 2014

Average: 2.7 (3 votes)


Commissioning, as defined per ASHRAE Guideline 0, is “a quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying and documenting that the performance of facilities, systems and assemblies meets defined objectives and criteria.” These defined objectives and criteria for a project’s energy consumption are often based on a target LEED® certification level.

The Commissioning Process is a cost-effective strategy to help reduce energy, costs, and provide a better occupant working environment in buildings today. In this course the participants will learn what Building Commissioning is and what it’s not. You will also understand why a building should be commissioned, what the commissioning team roles are, how the commissioning process integrates with a normal project and the steps and goals it takes.
Participants will identify why there are objections to commissioning a building.

The target audience for this course is: building owners, architects, professionals, LEED credentialed professionals or anyone new to sustainability who desire to understand what commissioning is and how they can apply it. This course is presented from an owner or client’s view point so they gain an understanding of what it takes and why they should commission a building.


  1. Define what is (and is not) building commissioning
  2. Explain why you should commission a building
  3. Recall Commissioning Team Roles and Responsibilities
  4. Recognize how the CX integrates with a normal project design process
  5. Describe the steps and goals in the Commissioning Process
  6. Discuss the typical objections to commissioning
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GreenSpring Institute™, LLC
Taylor, PA
United States


A.J. Speicher

Commissioning Team Leader Borton Lawson
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Principal / Senior Sustainability Wizard, TLC Engineering for Architecture
Pro Reviewer

Material is a bit out of date, especially with regard to LEED v4 scope. The presenter, while occasionally appearing in a video window (usually a plus) is rather unanimated, habitually reads the slide text, and appears to be reading from a script that unfortunately is somewhat repetitive. The slides are almost entirely text, so there is very little visual interest in the presentation. While the title infers that this is presented from the owner's perspective, the presenter is a commissioning practitioner, not a consumer. For a better "business case" for commissioning, google for the presentations of Evan Mills, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs.

Senior Electrical Engineer, Dar Al-Handasah

Very good course, suitable and informative to market the awareness and need for commissioning to building owners and clients. It could have tolerated a more dynamic and illustrative visuals ( flow charts, diagrams ... Etc) that best engage the intended clientele. Well done and thanks!

Principal, NRG-AR
Pro Reviewer

This course is intended for those address a Commissioning process for their first time. It provides a general and complete overview of Commissiong goals, actors and tasks. The course is delivered under a client's point of view, and gives plenty of reasons and examples of why an owner would want to incorporate a Commissioning process into his project. Even though the pace is a little slow, the presentator is solid in his experience, mentioning practical examples. A good point is how the course addresses typical objections to the commissioning process, clarifyingits scope and goals.

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