Most of us think of data centers when we think “mission critical,” but
the category goes into financial and health sectors as well. These
five phases of commissioning can provide some additional peace of
mind about performance, no matter which type of critical mission is
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.