Brain Food: Understanding Building Commissioning: Processes, Roles, and Value

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Building commissioning plays a crucial role in ensuring the optimal performance and functionality of constructed facilities. This session delves into the fundamental aspects of building commissioning, covering its definition, processes, roles, and the intrinsic value it brings to construction projects.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding Building Commissioning: Participants will grasp the concept of building commissioning, exploring its definition and significance in the construction industry. Through illustrative examples, they will discern how commissioning contributes to the overall quality and efficiency of built environments.

  2. Exploring the Commissioning Process: Attendees will delve into the intricacies of the commissioning process, from inception to completion. This includes a comprehensive overview of the various stages involved, such as planning, design review, installation verification, functional testing, and ongoing performance monitoring.

  3. Role of the Commissioning Authority or Agent: This segment will elucidate the roles and responsibilities of the commissioning authority or agent within a construction project. Attendees will discern the key differences between these roles and gain insights into how they facilitate coordination among stakeholders, ensure adherence to project requirements, and mitigate risks.

  4. Unveiling the Value of Building Commissioning: Participants will uncover the manifold benefits associated with building commissioning. From enhancing energy efficiency and occupant comfort to minimizing operational costs and mitigating potential risks, this session will highlight the tangible and intangible value that effective commissioning delivers to building owners, occupants, and the environment.

Check out this engaging session that demystifies the intricacies of building  commissioning, equipping you with the knowledge and insights to optimize the performance and longevity of construction projects.


John McFarland


John McFarland is a Principal of WorkingBuildings – A Trinity Consultants Company. John has over 30 years of building system commissioning experience.  John’s experience spans across a wide variety of projects, including hospitals, educational facilities, office buildings, state-of-the-art data centers, and research facilities. In the early 2000s, John developed the concept for a commissioning-focused software that has grown to become CxAlloy-TQ, the leading building commissioning software in the industry. Most recently, John has served as the MEP program manager on Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Arthur M. Blank Hospital, a 2.1 million square foot facility in Atlanta.

John has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and a MBA from Georgia State University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Certified Commissioning Professional.