Total Building Commissioning, Recommissioning and Retro-commissioning Process

Ottawa, Ontario /
Dec 20 - 21, 2018 /
Course Code: 09-1046-2357

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor
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After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • detail the major components of the building envelope
  • recognize commissioning and recommissioning processes as accepted practices for building owners and manufacturing process managers
  • incorporate the commissioning process in a successful design and construction approach as well as transition from the current design-build-supervise process to the commissioning process
  • specify the key steps and tools used in the commissioning and total building commissioning process
  • adopt the total building commissioning process principles in your organization

Building commissioning, a tool originally developed for HVAC systems, is being extended to all new building systems. Many major companies and government agencies now require the commissioning process on new construction and renovation projects. Owners of institutional, commercial, and industrial buildings and large multi-unit residential buildings must use proven quality management tools and process systems that match their needs, meet their budgets and schedules, and reduce operating problem (cost quality, energy efficiency).

In this course, you will consider the primary goals of the building commissioning process for new construction, but also explore the activities and roles of recommissioning for existing buildings that have already been commissioned, retro-commissioning for buildings that had not yet been commissioned, and continuous commissioning.

Course Outline

  • Total building commissioning process: new construction
  • Building commissioning phases
  • Construction, acceptance, commissioning
  • Commissioning process flow chart
  • Commissioning for LEED
  • Commissioning of building envelop systems
  • Building recommissioning
  • Retro-commissioning
  • Investigation/analysis phase

Who Should Attend
Project Managers • Contractors and Trade Representatives • Municipal Engineers and Managers • Civil Engineers

More Information


Daily Schedule
8:00 Registration and Coffee (Day 1 only)
8:30 Seminar Begins
12:00 Lunch (provided)
4:30 Adjournment

There is a one hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshments and networking break each morning and afternoon.  Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Program Outline

Day I

Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Method

The Total Building Commissioning Process:  New Construction

  • Introduction to building commissioning
  • The fundamental objectives of the commissioning process
  • Definition of commissioning
  • Benefits of the total building commissioning process
  • Do we need a building commissioning authority

The Building Envelope

  • Objectives
  • Definition of each of the components of the building envelop
  • Review of each of the components of the building envelop

Building Commissioning Phases

  • Pre-Design/Design Phase Commissioning process
  • Objectives
  • Pre-design/design commissioning process
  • Pre-design/design commissioning team
  • Developing the commissioning plan
  • Commissioning specifications
  • Design phase commissioning process activities & responsibilities
  • Pre-design/design phase activities
  • Commissioning process progress reports

Construction Phase

  • Objectives
  • Construction phase responsibilities and activities
  • Construction phase commissioning process
  • Update the commissioning plan
  • Commissioning responsibilities matrix (CRM): sample
  • Review submittals
  • Developing test procedures/data records
  • Site observations inspections
  • Issues log and deficiency resolution
  • Construction phase documentation/progress reports
  • Team Meetings

Acceptance Phase

  • Objectives
  • Acceptance phase responsibilities and activities
  • Functional performance verification test (FPVT)
  • Deferred testing
  • Issue log and deficiency resolution
  • Verification phase-test execution and functional performance verification
  • Functional performance test forms: sample of standard procedure for variable frequency drives
  • Training direction and verification
  • Commissioning corrective action report
  • Record documents, operation and maintenance information
  • Systems manual review and verification
  • Updating the commissioning plan, the OPR and BOD
  • Final commissioning report
  • Acceptance phase documentation

Day II

Commissioning for Energy Management (LEED Building Commissioning)

  • Continuous commissioning (CC) and team members
  • Continuous commissioning process
  • Uses of commissioning in the energy management process
  • Commissioning measures
  • Operational efficiency measures for AHU systems
  • Ensuring optimum building performance
  • Commissioning new buildings for energy management
  • Sustainability principle and LEED
  • Advantages of LEED certification
  • The role of commissioning in LEED certification
  • Fundamental building commissioning
  • Commissioning report components
  • Standards and guidelines
  • Best Practice commissioning
  • Measurement and verification
  • International performance measurement and verification protocol (IPMVP)

Commissioning of Building Envelop Systems

  • Commissioning of electrical systems/special electrical systems
  • Commissioning of HVAC systems
  • Commissioning of plumbing systems
  • Commissioning of fire protection systems
  • Design phase, construction phase, and acceptance phase activities of these systems

Building Recommissioning

  • Decommissioning guide
  • Rcx benefits/Costs
  • O&M assessment, Rcx and energy audits
  • Rcx process
  • Phase 1: Planning: recomissioning team, what makes a good candidate for recommissioning
  • Phase 2: Investigation: pre-site investigation phase, typical HVAC information, problems that
  • drives energy costs up
  • Phase 3: Implementation
  • Phase 4: Hand-off and persistence strategies
  • Key strategies for success


  • Definitions
  • Owner responsibilities
  • Retro-commissioning authority responsibilities
  • Certified TAB firm responsibilities
  • Design professional responsibilities
  • Contractor or vendor responsibilities
  • Minimum instrumentation
  • Retro-commissioning report
  • Current building requirements (CBR)
  • Processes

Investigation/Analysis Phase - Site Investigation Activities

  • HVAC Activities
  • Building envelope activities (investigation and tests)
  • Electrical systems activities
  • Site investigation: building lighting load and quality study
  • Building lighting control study: building electrical study
  • Building power quality and grounding inspection
  • Electrical system M&V: building electrical investigation and tests
  • Building energy analysis
  • HVAC systems analysis
  • Building envelop system analysis
  • Electrical system analysis: plumbing system analysis
  • Problem solutions
  • Retro-commissioning corrective action report

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Louie D'Orazio, P.Eng., B.Sc.Eng., M.Sc.Eng., MBA, MMP, Ph.D.

Dr. Louie R. D'Orazio, B.Sc.Eng., M.Sc.Eng., EMBA, MMP., Ph.D., P.Eng., has Bachelor's Degree in Materials Engineering, a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, an Executive MBA, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Management. Both his MBA and Ph.D., have the Thesis published in the US Library of Congress. He is a Professional Engineer and holds a Certificate of Authorization with the PEO (Professional Engineers of Ontario) and APEGM (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba) with over 30 years of industrial training and experience in the industry sector, agricultural sector, educational sector (post-secondary and trades), government sector (renewable energies) and private consulting – (The Elite Engineering Group Inc., P & L Holdings Ltd.).

He is presently a full-time professor at Mohawk College and a sessional professor at McMaster University, both located in Hamilton, Ontario. Louie is the first professional engineer with a Ph.D. to carry a Maintenance Management Professional Designation through PEMAC (Plant Engineering & Maintenance Association of Canada) and is deemed as a “Building Envelop Expert” (Specialty in Engineering Litigation for Buildings). He is Program Coordinator for NDE/NDT, Manufacturing Research Specialist and Key Professor for Metal Casting through Mohawk College representing Canada.


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613 288-3450

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Fee & Credits
  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

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