Commissioning

Per Section 101.4.9.3 of the 2013 DC Building Code, commissioning is required for projects subject to the 2013 DC Green Construction Code that are either (1) new construction, (2) level 3 alterations, or (3) level 1 and 2 alterations 50,000 square feet or greater*.  Commissioning shall be done in accordance with Section 611 and Chapter 9 of the DC Green Construction Code.

Approved Commissioning Agencies

Per Section 902 of the DC Green Construction Code, the “code official” determines the required qualifications for an approved commissioning agency.  The approved agency must lead, review and oversee the completion of all commissioning process activities for the project. 

An approved agency can either be a “registered design professional” meeting the following requirements;

  1. Must be independent of the work of design and construction of this project (though may be an employee of the project design firm).
  2. Must not be an employee of, or contracted through, a contractor or construction manager holding construction contracts of this project.
  3. Must have prior experience commissioning a minimum of two (2) projects of similar scope.
  4. May be an employee or consultant of the owner of this project meeting the above requirements.

Or must meet the following credentials:

  1. Must be a Certified Commissioning Professional certified by one of the following commissioning provider certification agencies:
    • Building Commissioning Association (BCA), Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP)
    • ASHRAE, Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP)
    • National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB), Building Systems Commissioning (BSC)
    • Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP)
  2. Must be independent of the work of design and construction of this project (though may be an employee of the project design firm).
  3. Must not be an employee of, or contracted through, a contractor or construction manager holding construction contracts of this project.
  4. May be an employee or consultant of the owner of this project meeting the above requirements.”

List of Approved Agencies

  • A2 Services
  • ARUP
  • Baumann Consulting
  • Budova Engineering
  • CTI Consultants, Inc.**
  • GHT
  • GPI**
  • MEP Solutions
  • Sustainable Building Partners**
  • Steven Winters and Associates**
  • Thomas Baker + Associates
  • WFT Engineering

*Projects pursuing compliance under an alternative compliance pathway (e.g. LEED, Enterprise Green Communities, ICC-700) per Section 101.4.9.4 of the DC Building Code, or are subject to the Green Building Act will have specific commissioning requirements per the selected pathway.  Please review the requirements of each program.

**Has attended commissioning training held by DCRA.