Title

Standards And Verification Protocols For Commissioning Air Flows In Buildings

Report Number

FSEC-PF-399-98

URL

http://publications.energyresearch.ucf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/FSEC-PF-399-98.pdf

Keywords

Air Flow; Buildings

Abstract

Commissioning involves three major elements - 1) process, 2) standards, and 3) protocols to verify compliance with the standards. Process is the step-by-step oversight of and involvement in the design, build, and start-up of the facility, to make sure that the design matches the customer's needs, that the design is consistent with good building science practice, that construction matches the construction documents, and that systems and system interactions are properly tested at start-up. This paper does not address process, rather it focuses on the second and third elements -- standards and compliance protocols. It presents standards related to airtightness, air flows, air distribution system, and pressure differentials against which acceptable building operation can be assessed. It also presents diagnostic methods for assessing building air flows, pressure differentials, the location of the primary air and thermal boundaries of the building, return air restrictions, air distribution system airtightness, and building envelope airtightness, and verifying that these elements meet the standards for a good building.

Date Published

5-1-1998

Subjects

Buildings - Air Flow

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