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Healthcare Commissioning Requirements for Certification

The popularity of building commissioning in the past ten years has increased dramatically largely due to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building certification program. The prescribed commissioning requirements for LEED were designed to validate that the energy consuming systems in the building–HVAC, lighting and domestic hot water–perform as designed. However, commissioning can deliver far more than an energy performance validation.

Commissioning provides the building owner, designers and builders with risk mitigation by reducing RFIs, warranty issues, maintenance and construction issues as well as schedule creep due to lack of coordination by trades. In specialized function facilities like state-of- the- art healthcare centers, the risk of critical systems failing to perform is unacceptable, thus commissioning is crucial to realizing the expected performance of the facility.

To that end, the Utah Department of Health Facilities Certification group has adopted, as of February 2012, the 2010 Guideline for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities. In guideline section 1.2-8, commissioning is now required for the following systems:

  • HVAC
  • Electrical
  • Emergency Power
  • Nurse Call
  • Med Gas
  • Fire Protection/suppression
  • Telecom
  • Alarm/Security
  • Pressure relationships for Infectious Control

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As a leader in the building commissioning industry, Total Building Commissioning (TBC) is a facility consulting firm that specializes in the commissioning of mechanical, electrical, controls and all other major building systems as well as LEEDâ„¢ certification consulting.

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