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Federal regulations are beginning to enforce new buildings to include energy conservation factors – one of which is a lighting system that’s automated. We highly recommend Crestron Lighting Systems which can be automated into your entire building’s control system and operated automatically as well as controlled by touch panels.
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To find out more about Lighting System Commissioning, we have provided an excerpt from an article published in “Consulting-Specifying Engineer” Magazine. Link to full article can be found below.
Original Article Link: http://www.csemag.com/single-article/lighting-commissioning-guidelines-and-standards/4b82aa82357fa8885155a3d5f936c36a.html
Lighting commissioning guidelines and standards
The complexity of lighting design has made commissioning of lighting controls an essential part of projects.
Brian K. Baumgartle, PE, LC, LEED AP, CMTA Consulting Engineers, Prospect, Ky.
[EXCERPT FROM ORIGINAL ARTICLE]
Commissioning is defined by ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005 as “A quality-focused process for enhancing the delivery of a project. The process focuses upon verifying and documenting that the facility and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed and tested, operated, and maintained to meet the owner’s project requirements (OPR).”
A common misconception is that factory start-up is commissioning. In reality it is just a small part of the commissioning process. Factory start-up of a lighting system is performed at the end of construction and typically involves the lighting control system manufacturer or representative, lighting designer, and contractor verifying the system performs per the manufacturer’s instructions and the lighting designer’s intent, sequences of operations, plans, and specifications. This includes properly locating the daylight sensor in the room, setting the dimming curves, and addressing all of the components in the lighting control system. Unlike factory start-up, commissioning is a quality assurance process that starts prior to design and doesn’t end until months after the building is occupied.
The commissioning process phases for new buildings per ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005 are as follows:
- Pre-design phase
- Design phase
- Construction phase
- Occupancy and operations phase.
It is common for owners to contract only some phases of the commissioning process. Many contract only the construction phase. When commissioning occurs throughout the design and construction process, benefits include identifying more issues, which results in fewer change orders, fewer project delays, and fewer installation issues requiring contractor callbacks. These cost and time savings combined with the confidence that the building will operate as the owner/designer intended are the major benefits of commissioning.
According to the ACG Commissioning Guideline, “Most commissioning benefits continue for the life of the building, whereas implementing the commissioning process is a one-time cost.”
For most projects the commissioning is performed by a third-party consultant known as the commissioning authority (CxA). The CxA is typically independent of the design team and construction management. In some cases, the CxA can be part of the same design firm as long as the CxA was not involved in the design process. …
[READ MORE BY CLICKING LINK TO ORIGINAL ARTICLE ABOVE]
- ACG Commissioning Guidelines: For Building Owners, Design Professionals and Commissioning Service Providers, AABC Commissioning Group, 2005. www.commissioning.org/commissioningguideline/
- ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005: The Commissioning Process, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, 2005. www.ashrae.org
- ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. www.ashrae.org
- Design Guide for The Commissioning Process Applied to Lighting and Control Systems, IES DG-29-11, 2011. www.iesna.org
- Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY STAR Building Upgrade Manual, 2008 Edition. www.energystar.gov/ia/business/EPA_BUM_Full.pdf?8cca-2f38
- IES Lighting Handbook, 10th Edition. Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, 2011.
- LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 Edition. www.usgbc.org
- Lighting Controls Association/National Electrical Manufacturers Association, www.aboutlightingcontrols.org