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The international book on commissioning: A Practical Guide to the Commissioning Process

Cx is a process that ensures that you get a good building and saves money on the energy consumption.

A Practical Guide to Cuilding Commissioning (Cx)

The book "A Practical Guide to the Commissioning Process" is written by Thomas T. Jarløv, who is also the founder of CxPlanner.
The book is base on the commissioning process, standards and Thomas' own experience as a Cx specialist and owner of several Cx certifications from USA.
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  1. What is the book about? Commissioning!
  2. How can the book be used in a commissioning process?
  3. Commissioning for the designer, contractor and the client
  4. The purpose with the guide to commissioning
  5. How can the book be used on projects with commissioning?
  6. Book reviews from all over the world

What is the book about? Commissioning!

This guide describes how to carry out the activities of the commissioning process.
The methods and tools described ensure that all commissioning activities described in the American Guideline, ASHRAE Guideline 0-2019, the American Standard for commissioning, ASHRAE Standard 202-2018, and the Danish Standard for commissioning, DS 3090-2014, are performed.
The guide also contains descriptions of commissioning tools that are based on experience from Copenhagen Airport's in-house commissioning process, as well as tools that are used in the Danish construction industry but are not included in standards and guidelines.

How can the book be used in a commissioning process?

In addition to being a guide to commissioning, it is also useful as a control tool.
The guide is therefore structured so that the sections can be used to determine commissioning services when entering into agreements with both the Design Team and the Contractor, as well as the commissioning provider.
However, the guide cannot stand alone as a contract or agreement document, as the requirements and scope of the sections must be adapted to the current project.
Illustration of commissioning activities and the workload

Commissioning for the designer, contractor and the client

Commissioning is the owner's tool for verifying a construction project. However, this guide is based on the assumption that all actors in a construction project must benefit from the commissioning process
If all project actors are to play an active role in the commissioning process, the process must make sense to all parties.
This is ensured through commissioning, due to improved communication, the ability to manage technical installations and the prevention of errors and reduction in delays and wastage of resources.
The commissioning process is a support function that contributes to ensuring that building projects meet the Owner’s requirements and specifications on completion.

The purpose with the guide to commissioning

There is still uncertainty in the construction industry as to how the individual commissioning activities are to be carried out.
Consequently, commissioning processes are carried out that do not comply with the requirements of ASHRAE Guideline 0, ASHRAE Standard 202 and DS 3090, and in some cases the Cx tools are also incorrectly used, so that the full benefits of the Cx process are not achieved.
This practical guide describes how to handle the individual commissioning activities and related documents in order to contribute to the development and standardization of the commissioning process.
There is a limited amount of documentation about how to perform the activities within the commissioning process. It can, therefore, be difficult to be educated or trained in commissioning.
For this reason, another aim of the guide is to attract more people to take an interest in commissioning in practice.
Bogen benyttes aktivt på flere tekniske uddannelser, hvor commissioning indgår som pensum, valgfag eller i eksamen. Dette omfatter blandt The book is in Denmark used on multiple technical education institutions, where commissioning is a compulsory subject or part of the exam. This includes Technology Management and Marine Engineering and Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA).

How can the book be used on projects with commissioning?

The guide can be used by commissioning teams, Owners, advisors, consultants, Design Teams and contractors, both when determining the scope and content of commissioning activities, and as a how-to description and management tool when commissioning activities are to be carried out.
The guide is split into sections according to the phases of a construction project and describes each commissioning activity during the associated phase. This means, for example, that the commissioning document, "Test overview" is described in two phases of the project.
The general requirements for the content of the document are described in the Design Development section, where the document is drawn up, while the requirements for how to work with the document are described in the Construction Phase section.

Book reviews from Denmark and abroad

The book has already been sold in t editions in Denmark (Q2 2020) and the book is also translated into English, where it is also used in many other countries, including USA, Canada, Australia, Saudi-Arabien and Germany.
The book has received some very positive reviews, which we have included below:

Ole Teisen februar 2020
Chief Consultant, Project Manager at Sweco and Civil Engineering Consultant. - Commissioning on Twitter: @oleteisen


Commissioning Energy Bundle No. 1 in the Kingdom of Denmark, Thomas Toftgaard Jarløv, has commissioned a handbook on the Commissioning process for buildings, and it is good!

There are descriptions for all stakeholders, whether you are a builder, investor, operator, contractor, project architect or engineer, then there is an overview of your role in the Commissioning process, from contract writing, over scrutiny and testing to user training and documentation. The book relates Commissioning to the new phase divisions with tender project and execution project as well as the new agreement documents, ABR18, YBB19 and others.

Few have as much experience with Commissioning as Thomas, and in this book he generously shares everything he has put together, not least during 4½ years at the helm of Commissioning at one of Denmark's largest builders, Copenhagen Airports.

In addition to writing books and handling Commissioning at both strategic and operational levels at the airport, Thomas has developed a software portal, CxPlanner, to handle the Commissioning process.

I do not know how Thomas overcomes all this, but it is no wonder that this particular book is full of tips and tricks for #Commissioning and is written with an infectious commitment and interest in the noble art ...

Adam Muggleton 2021
Global Director Commissioning at AESG


John Penny 2021
Commissioning | QCxP | Airflow Optimisation | Project Development


Review i Ecolibrium, AIRAH, Australien

Airah is an Australian association that represents professionals and engineers working in the HVAC and the construction industry.

John Penny, M.AIRAH, has written in the Australian trade magazine for engineers, Ecolibrium, a longer book review of a guide to commissioning in practice.

The review indicates that the book " .. is an excellent practical reference tool. " with a special focus on the practical tools and tools that can be used directly.

The full review of the book can be obtained through Ecolibrium.

Review by John Penny i Ecolibrium

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