Building Commissioning
ASHRAE Technical Committee 7.9

Scope of TC 7.9

TC 7.9 is concerned with methods of developing and executing the commissioning process as required to provide HVAC and related systems which conform to design intent and project requirements.


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Commissioning implements a quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying, and documenting that the performance of facilities, systems, and assemblies meets defined objectives and criteria. The defined objectives and criteria are often referred to as the owner’s project requirements (OPR). The commissioning process uses the owner’s project requirements as the reference to determine acceptance of the design and construction. Commissioning includes verifying and documenting that the project operational and maintenance documentation and training of operation and maintenance personnel occur. The result should be fully functional systems that can be properly operated and maintained throughout the life of the building. This chapter gives an overview of the general commissioning process as covered in ASHRAE Guideline 0-2013, developed for the National Institute of Building Sciences’ total building commissioning program, as well as the best practices for applying the process from ASHRAE Guideline 1.1-2007. The minimum acceptable process for commissioning is detailed in ASHRAE Standard 202-2013. This chapter provides more narrative discussion on some issues than these two guidelines and the standard.

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TC 7.9 Sponsored Programs at ASHRAE Conferences


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TC 7.9 co-sponsors the following on-going research project:

Develop a set of standard data-driven metrics, interfaces and dashboards for advanced building operation and management, segmented by building typology and stakeholder needs; proto-type those dashboards, document methods of data collection, and test those metrics with real building data. Provide this body of work to help fill the void in standards literature for informing designers and practitioners on how they can use building data to improve building operations, energy efficiency, comfort, and sustainability.


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Standards Subcommittee

Subcommittee Chair: Michael Sulva
Subcommittee Vice-Chair: Walter Grondzik, PE

The Technical Committees within ASHRAE are charged with “evaluating the need for standards.” This responsibility is termed “cognizance.” ASHRAE TC 7.9 is the cognizant Technical Committee for several ASHRAE guidelines and standards dealing with various aspects of the commissioning process. A listing of these commissioning documents follows. Development and maintenance of these documents has been centralized under SSPC 300 (Standing Standards Project Committee).

The purpose of the ASHRAE TC 7.9 Standards Subcommittee is fourfold:

(1) To develop viable proposals for new commissioning guidelines and standards for submission to the ASHRAE Standards Committee

(2) To identify needs and gaps in the existing array of commissioning guidelines and standards

(3) To evaluate proposals for new commissioning documents from external parties

(4) To update TC members on the status of commissioning guidelines and standards (this is normally done through liaison reports from the project committees)

These commissioning standards and guidelines currently (or will very soon) fall under the auspices of SSPC 300 (for which TC 7.9 is the cognizant Technical Committee).


ASHRAE Guideline 0-2019 – The Commissioning Process for New Buildings and New Systems

Guideline 0 is on continuous maintenance status.

Guideline 0.2-2015R – Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies

Revised Guideline to be placed on continuous maintenance upon publication.

Guideline 1.1-2007R – HVAC&R Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process

Revised Guideline to be placed on continuous maintenance upon publication.

ASHRAE Guideline 1.2-2019 – Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process for Existing HVAC&R Systems and Assemblies

Guideline to be placed on continuous maintenance upon publication of next revised edition.

ASHRAE Guideline 1.3-2018 – Building Operation and Maintenance Training for the HVAC&R Commissioning Process

Guideline to be placed on continuous maintenance upon publication of next revised edition.

ASHRAE Guideline 1.4-2019 – Preparing Systems Manuals for Facilities

Guideline 1.4 is on continuous maintenance status.

ASHRAE Guideline 1.5-2017 – The Commissioning Process for Smoke Control Systems

Guideline to be placed on continuous maintenance upon publication of next revised edition.

ASHRAE Guideline 1.6P Commissioning of Data Centers

Currently under development.

ASHRAE Guideline 1.7P Ongoing Commissioning Process for Buildings, Systems, and Assemblies

Preliminary approval for development received.

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 202-2018 – Commissioning Process for New Buildings and New Systems

Standard 202 is on continuous maintenance status.

BSR/ASHRAE Standard 230P - Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies 

Currently under development.

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards Subcommittee

Subcommittee Chair: Thomas Vandeweerd
Subcommittee Vice-Chair: Walter Grondzik, PE

ASHRAE has a rich system of honors and awards. Many of these recognitions are available to members of TC 7.9. Most are not automatically bestowed—they need to be applied for. The purpose of the ASHRAE TC 7.9 Honors and Awards Subcommittee is threefold:

(1) To remind members that numerous ASHRAE awards and recognitions are available annually

(2) To assist members preparing applications for awards

(3) To directly nominate members for appropriate awards and honors

Honors and Awards Information

For complete information on recognitions and their application procedures see the Honors and Awards landing page on the ASHRAE website. Once you have reviewed the opportunities available, feel free to reach out for more information:  

A quick summary of some of the opportunities available to TC 7.9 members is provided here:

Distinguished Service Award: has served ASHRAE and given freely of their time and talent on behalf of the Society

Exceptional Service Award: received the Distinguished Service Award and has continued to serve ASHRAE by ongoing donation of their time and talent

ASHRAE Fellow: has made notable contributions to the industry and has been an ASHRAE Member in good standing for at least 10 years

Distinguished Public Service Award: has performed outstanding voluntary non-compensated public service in their community

George B Hightower Technical Achievement Award: recognizes excellence in volunteer service in Technical Committee, Technical Group, and Technical Research Group activities (excluding research and standards)

Standards Achievement Award: to recognize excellence in volunteer service for developing ASHRAE standards/guidelines

Service to ASHRAE Research Award: recognizes excellence in volunteer service in the area of Society research

Young Engineer in ASHRAE (YEA) Award of Individual Excellence: recognizes YEA member(s) annually for superior efforts during the preceding Society year in the promotion of the YEA Institute and representation of the 35 and under demographic of ASHRAE

TC 7.9 Honors and Awards Recipients

A cross-section of TC 7.9 members who have received honors and awards:


       🎖Walter Grondzik
       🎖Jim Vallort

       🎖Lee Riback

🏆Presidential Certificate of Honor

       🎖Wade Conlan

🏆Standards Achievement Award

       🎖Jerry Kettler
       🎖Chuck Dorgan

🏆Exceptional Service Award


🏆Distinguished Service Award

        🎖Mina Agarabi

Other Activities

TIP: If MTG involvement add here otherwise leave blank.

TC 7.9 participates in the following multidisciplinary task group:

Operations and Maintenance Activities That Impact Energy Efficiency
MTG.O&MEE will coordinate TC/TG/TRG activities to help support the application of ASHRAE guidelines, Standards and other technical resources to support regulatory bodies, utilities, building owners and others who are attempting to enhance efficiency of existing buildings. Responsibilities include suggestions for research, development and presentation of technical programs of all types on maintenance and its impact on energy consumption and efficiency. It will be especially involved with interactions with those who are introducing and evaluating strategies for building efficiency enhancements.


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