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(archived) Commissioning Code M: Commissioning management (pdf) (2003)

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Commissioning of buildings and building services is vitally important to the safe and energy efficient operation of buildings but is not always carried out or carried out systematically.

The CIBSE Commissioning Codes ensure that building services are commissioned in a proper and timely manner. They set out clearly and systematically the steps required to commission building services and will make a significant contribution to achieving properly commissioned buildings. Commissioning Code M provides an overview of the management arrangements required to ensure that building services systems are commissioned to meet the objectives of Part L. CIBSE Commissioning Code M, produced in collaboration with the Commissioning Specialists Association presents current standards of good commissioning practice in the form of recommendations and guidance. The Code acknowledges that it may be used in a variety of contractual frameworks, and seeks to enable services engineers to improve the performance of buildings through better commissioning.

Who is it for?

  • Commissioning managers and engineers
  • Services installers
  • Designers
  • Facilities managers

A full set of 7 CIBSE Commissioning Codes can be purchased in hard copy format for A SPECIAL PRICE (see Related Items link below) 


M0 Introduction

M0.1 Scope

M0.2 Purpose

M0.3 Summary of commissioning requirements

M0.4 The importance of commissioning

M0.5 Other guidance

M0.6 Commissioning definitions

M0.7 Commissioning records

M0.8 Responsibility

M1 Legislation

M1.1 Safety requirements

M1.2 Statutory regulations

M2 General considerations

M2.1 Commissioning management

M2.2 Selection and appointment of a commissioning management organisation (CMO)

M2.3 Communications

M3 Design for commissionability

M3.1 Inherent commissionability

M3.2 Design responsibility

M3.3 Ease of access

M3.4 Design requirements

M4 Programming and co-ordination of the commissioning process

M4.1 General considerations

M4.2 Specifying requirements for commissioning

M5 Installation quality assurance

M6 Pre-commissioning

M6.1 Risk analysis

M6.2 Plant ready for commissioning

M6.3 Control system requirements for commissioning

M7 Commissioning

M7.1 Commissioning certification

M7.2 Phased completion

M7.3 BMS as a commissioning tool

M8 Witnessing compliance

M8.1 Objective

M8.2 Witnessing arrangements

M8.3 Witnessing duties

M9 Building log book

M10 System handover



Appendix MA1: Guidance documents on commissioning specific building services

Appendix MA2: Example responsibility matrix

Appendix MA3: Designer’s checklist for commissionability

Appendix MA4: Example certificate of readiness



Author: J Armstrong

Steering Committee

Chair: Bryan Franklin

Members: Marcus Dicks (BSRIA Ltd); Mike Duggan (FETA); Andrew Ford (Fulcrum Consulting, for DTI); Martin Lowe (for Commissioning Specialists Association); George Moss (C R Burgess Commissioning Ltd); Saud Muhsinovic (Fulcrum Consulting, for DTI); Peter Rees (TA Hydronics, for Commissioning Specialists Association); Bart Stephens (Max Fordham LLP); Neil Woodcock (AYH plc); Hywel Davies (CIBSE Research Manager)