Using data trend logs to supplement in-field functional performance testing (FPT) has always been an option in the commissioning process, particularly for HVAC systems controlled by DDC systems. As DDC system trending capabilities and computer hardware storage capacities have improved substantially over the past few years, I propose that trend logs be given a more prominent place in the commissioning toolbox.
As noted in last month’s column, accessibility
to mechanical, electrical, and control system components is critical for
sustainable systems operation. However, the design and construction industry is
sorely lacking when it comes to agreeing on what appropriate accessibility
means. In order to make a meaningful difference in how systems are delivered to
owners/operators, it is critical to define measurable accessibility acceptance
criteria early in the design phase and allow the commissioning professional to
shepherd that criteria through the design, construction, and acceptance phases.
Many engineers tend to avoid or delegate the nitty gritty of a ground source heat pump system, from soil moisture effects to building system (im) balance. It's time for designers to get in the loop. Learn more about Grounded In Reality in the December issue. Other topics in the December issue include health care HVAC, Boilders, check out the Back2Basics, and more.