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CCM Commissioning Code: Commissioning management (2022)

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Buildings and engineering systems need to be safely delivered within specific cost, time and build-quality parameters. They also need to be operationally ready at handover; perform to meet the specified needs of the people that use, manage, operate and maintain them; and function safely and efficiently in the long-term.

In a world of accelerating technological advancement, increasing building complexity, tightening regulatory constraints, growing consumer demand for quality, surging environmental consciousness, and an urgent need to de-carbonise buildings, commissioning is one of the most important ways to achieve these outcomes.

The purpose of commissioning management is to ensure that commissioning is correctly executed — and that people, businesses, society, and the environment all benefit as a result.

The original version of this Code was produced in 2003. This updated document is intended to better represent the modern perception of what commissioning is and to reflect current commissioning management best practices.

  • Introduction
  • Scope and purpose
  • Legislation
    • The Building Regulations  
    • The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations  
    • The Building Safety Act  
    • Other legislation
  • What is commissioning?
  • Commissioning management
    • What is commissioning management?
    • The commissioning manager (CxM)
    • Commissioning administration
  • The preparation and briefing stage
    • Establish commissioning requirements and related success criteria
    • Determine the commissioning scope and budget
  • The design stage
    • Form a commissioning team
    • Review commissioning lessons learned
    • Produce the design-stage Commissioning Plan
    • Create the Commissioning Specification
    • Produce a Commissioning Cost Plan
    • Programme commissioning activities
    • Undertake a commissionability review
    • Define commissioning requirements in contract documentation
    • Appoint commissioning-competent contractors
  • The on-site stage
    • Produce the construction-stage Commissioning Plan
    • Produce Commissioning Methodologies
    • Hold commissioning workshops
    • Factory acceptance testing
    • Sample installation inspections
    • Pre-functional tests
    • Functional performance tests
    • Integrated systems tests (ISTs)
    • System continuous operational performance (SCOP) tests
    • Train users and operators
    • Handover commissioning-related documentation
  • The in-use stage
    • Review commissioning of the project
    • Fine tuning and seasonal testing
    • Post-project review
  • Definitions 

Author: Glenn Hawkins (Clear Construction)


Steering Group: Ted Pilbeam (VolkerFitzpatrick) (chair); Roger Carlin (Ashford Environmental Services Ltd.) (vice chair); Neil Burdess (Baynards); George Adams (SPIE); Tony Anderson (H&V Commissioning Services Ltd.); John Harrison (Mill Valley Engineering Ltd.); David Hodge (Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd.); Paul McSoley (Mace Group); Adam Muggleton (AESG); Lee Pantry (Crown House Technologies); Joe Pitt (HDR); David Stevens (CIBSE Facilities Management Group); Neil Smith (VolkerFitzpatrick); Hayden Youngs (Media Control Management)


Peer reviewers: Mark Berry (Norton Rose Fulbright); David Bleicher (BSRIA); David Green (Integral Group); Andy Knellar (Commtech Asia); Nick Mead (Laing O’Rourke MEICA Technical Team)