Last edited 21 Apr 2021

Commissioning plan

Commissioning refers to the process of bringing an item into operation and ensuring that it is in good working order. On building projects, this refers primarily to building services.

Commissioning activities may include:

For more information see: Commissioning.

A commissioning plan is a document used to outline the scope and define the responsibilities of the commissioning process as well as the activites, schedules and documentation required. It is part of the commissioning management process, intended to ensure the client receives an efficient, fully functioning building by the planned occupancy date. An effective commissioning plan can help ensure handover to the client is smoother and less troubleshooting and fine tuning is required.

The best commissioning process is one that is planned from the project’s very inception. Designing in the ability to commission systems properly from the outset can provide huge benefits, especially on cost and performance.

The commissioning plan should be started early, and populated with detail as it becomes available. This approach calls on project professionals to plan, reality-check as they go along, prepare fully for handover, and follow through after occupation to fine-tune and resolve issues as they emerge.

According to BSRIA Guide BG 8/2009 Model Commissioning Plan, the plan should:

  • Provide general information about the project.
  • Identify the commissioning team members during each stage of the commissioning process.
  • Define the roles and responsibilities for each commissioning team member.
  • Identify the systems to be commissioned.
  • Create a schedule of commissioning activities for each stage of the commissioning process.
  • Establish documentation requirements associated with the commissioning process.
  • Establish communication and reporting procedures for the commissioning process.

Commissioning may benefit from a dedicated commissioning manager acting as the focus for activities.

See also:Planning the commissioning of buildings.

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