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Annex 40 Commissioning of Building HVAC Systems for Improving Energy Performance

Status: Completed (2001-2004)

Operating Agent: Dr Jean Christophe Visier, Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment,
Head of Automation and Energy Management Group,
84 Avenue Jean Jaurès, BP 02,
F-77421 Marne la Vallée Cedex 02 France
Tel +33 1 64 68 82 94
Fax: +33 1 64 68 83 50


The primary goal of building commissioning, from an energy perspective, was to verify and optimise the performance of energy systems within a building. The objective of this annex was to develop, validate and document tools for commissioning buildings and building services that would help facilitate the achievement of this goal. These tools include guidelines on commissioning procedures and recommendations for improving commissioning processes, as well as prototype software that can be implemented in stand alone tools and/or embedded in building energy management systems (BEMS).

It is anticipated that some of the procedures developed in the annex will be transfered to standardisation bodies and may eventually become the basis for new commissioning regulations. The work performed in the annex focussed on HVAC systems and their associated control systems, but also took into account where appropriate, interactions with other systems and with the building shell.

Participants: Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong PRC, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Netherlands (Observer), Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, USA


Publications Annex 40

Final Report - Commissioning Tools for Improved Energy Performance
Edited by J C Visier
ECBCS, 2004 Download
This contains the final report for the project, including the glossary of terms.

The following are all accessible via the project's website:-

Final Report (as above)

Commissioning Projects - a table of projects including, where available, poster and paper presentations, tool descriptions and other information.

Annex 40 CD - interactive CD

Glossary of Terms - the tool enables a direct access from any of the annex documents to the glossary. Clicking on a linked word directly accesses its definition.

Conference Papers - full text of all conference papers presenting work from this project.