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Significance and Use
This practice is intended to serve as a concise, authoritative, and technically sound practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) that is based upon:
The Owner Project Requirements;
Clearly defined and enforceable levels of BECx; and
Minimum core competencies required of the BECxA and associated service-providers (see 4.2) to qualify as Fundamental or Enhanced BECx under this practice.
This practice is suitable for use as an independently applied standard for new buildings and structures, or as part of a more broadly based Total (or “Whole”) Building Commissioning Program.
1.1 This practice is intended to serve as a concise, authoritative, and technically sound practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) that establishes two levels of BECx: Fundamental and Enhanced (refer also to Section 4).
1.2 The BECx process as defined in this practice includes the following phases and sub-phases:
126.96.36.199 Schematic Design,
188.8.131.52 Design Development,
184.108.40.206 Construction Documentation,
1.2.4 Construction, and
1.2.5 Occupancy and Operations.
1.3 This practice includes a mandatory OPR Development Guideline (Annex A1) and requires the development of an OPR for both Fundamental and Enhanced BECx that addresses, at a minimum, the performance attributes and metrics included in Annex A1 of this practice.
1.4 This practice includes mandatory BECx Performance Testing Requirements (Annex A2) approved for use with this practice to evaluate the performance and durability of enclosure materials, components, systems, and assemblies.
1.5 This practice mandates independent, third-party design peer review during the Design Phase of both Fundamental and Enhanced BECx.
1.6 This practice recognizes that the OPR for exterior enclosure performance and environmental separation may exceed the baseline requirements of applicable building codes and standards and provides guidance for the development of an OPR based on the following attributes as defined in Annex A1 of this practice:
1.6.6 Sustainability, and
1.7 The terms “building enclosure” and “enclosure” as they appear in this practice refer collectively to all materials, components, systems, and assemblies intended to provide shelter and environmental separation between interior and exterior, or between two or more environmentally distinct interior spaces in a building or structure.
1.8 This practice establishes that the Building Enclosure Commissioning “Agent” or “Authority” (BECxA) refers specifically to the individual or firm retained by the Owner to develop, manage, and be in responsible charge of the BECx process, including individual members and technical specialists that may comprise the BECx team (see 4.2).
1.9 The role and responsibilities of the BECxA as defined by this practice are not intended to supersede or otherwise replace the contractual obligations reserved specifically for the parties responsible for the design and construction of a building or structure, nor the duties that may otherwise be assigned to those parties by applicable regulatory or statutory law.
1.10 This practice is not intended to warrant or otherwise guarantee the as-built or in-service durability, or both, and performance of enclosure materials, components, systems, and assemblies.
1.11 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to inch-pound units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.12 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
C423 Test Method for Sound Absorption and Sound Absorption Coefficients by the Reverberation Room Method
C510 Test Method for Staining and Color Change of Single- or Multicomponent Joint Sealants
C522 Test Method for Airflow Resistance of Acoustical Materials
C724 Test Method for Acid Resistance of Ceramic Decorations on Architectural-Type Glass
C732 Test Method for Aging Effects of Artificial Weathering on Latex Sealants
C794 Test Method for Adhesion-in-Peel of Elastomeric Joint Sealants
C1060 Practice for Thermographic Inspection of Insulation Installations in Envelope Cavities of Frame Buildings
C1087 Test Method for Determining Compatibility of Liquid-Applied Sealants with Accessories Used in Structural Glazing Systems
C1153 Practice for Location of Wet Insulation in Roofing Systems Using Infrared Imaging
C1193 Guide for Use of Joint Sealants
C1246 Test Method for Effects of Heat Aging on Weight Loss, Cracking, and Chalking of Elastomeric Sealants After Cure
C1258 Test Method for Elevated Temperature and Humidity Resistance of Vapor Retarders for Insulation
C1279 Test Method for Non-Destructive Photoelastic Measurement of Edge and Surface Stresses in Annealed, Heat-Strengthened, and Fully Tempered Flat Glass
C1294 Test Method for Compatibility of Insulating Glass Edge Sealants with Liquid-Applied Glazing Materials
C1371 Test Method for Determination of Emittance of Materials Near Room Temperature Using Portable Emissometers
C1522 Test Method for Extensibility After Heat Aging of Cold Liquid-Applied Elastomeric Waterproofing Membranes
C1549 Test Method for Determination of Solar Reflectance Near Ambient Temperature Using a Portable Solar Reflectometer
C1601 Test Method for Field Determination of Water Penetration of Masonry Wall Surfaces
C1651 Test Method for Measurement of Roll Wave Optical Distortion in Heat-Treated Flat Glass
C1652 Test Method for Measuring Optical Distortion in Flat Glass Products Using Digital Photography of Grids
D2203 Test Method for Staining from Sealants
D4541 Test Method for Pull-Off Strength of Coatings Using Portable Adhesion Testers
D5957 Guide for Flood Testing Horizontal Waterproofing Installations
E90 Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of Airborne Sound Transmission Loss of Building Partitions and Elements
E283 Test Method for Determining Rate of Air Leakage Through Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors Under Specified Pressure Differences Across the Specimen
E330 Test Method for Structural Performance of Exterior Windows, Doors, Skylights and Curtain Walls by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference
E331 Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors, and Curtain Walls by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference
E336 Test Method for Measurement of Airborne Sound Attenuation between Rooms in Buildings
E488 Test Methods for Strength of Anchors in Concrete and Masonry Elements
E492 Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of Impact Sound Transmission Through Floor-Ceiling Assemblies Using the Tapping Machine
E514 Test Method for Water Penetration and Leakage Through Masonry
E576 Test Method for Frost/Dew Point of Sealed Insulating Glass Units in the Vertical Position
E596 Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of Noise Reduction of Sound-Isolating Enclosures
E631 Terminology of Building Constructions
E779 Test Method for Determining Air Leakage Rate by Fan Pressurization
E783 Test Method for Field Measurement of Air Leakage Through Installed Exterior Windows and Doors
E795 Practices for Mounting Test Specimens During Sound Absorption Tests
E903 Test Method for Solar Absorptance, Reflectance, and Transmittance of Materials Using Integrating Spheres
E966 Guide for Field Measurements of Airborne Sound Attenuation of Building Facades and Facade Elements
E997 Test Method for Structural Performance of Glass in Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors Under the Influence of Uniform Static Loads by Destructive Methods
E1007 Test Method for Field Measurement of Tapping Machine Impact Sound Transmission Through Floor-Ceiling Assemblies and Associated Support Structures
E1014 Guide for Measurement of Outdoor A-Weighted Sound Levels
E1050 Test Method for Impedance and Absorption of Acoustical Materials Using a Tube, Two Microphones and a Digital Frequency Analysis System
E1105 Test Method for Field Determination of Water Penetration of Installed Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors, and Curtain Walls, by Uniform or Cyclic Static Air Pressure Difference
E1186 Practices for Air Leakage Site Detection in Building Envelopes and Air Barrier Systems
E1425 Practice for Determining the Acoustical Performance of Windows, Doors, Skylight, and Glazed Wall Systems
E1503 Test Method for Conducting Outdoor Sound Measurements Using a Digital Statistical Sound Analysis System
E1827 Test Methods for Determining Airtightness of Buildings Using an Orifice Blower Door
E1886 Test Method for Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, Doors, and Impact Protective Systems Impacted by Missile(s) and Exposed to Cyclic Pressure Differentials
E1980 Practice for Calculating Solar Reflectance Index of Horizontal and Low-Sloped Opaque Surfaces
E1996 Specification for Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, Doors, and Impact Protective Systems Impacted by Windborne Debris in Hurricanes
E2099 Practice for the Specification and Evaluation of Pre-Construction Laboratory Mockups of Exterior Wall Systems
E2178 Test Method for Air Permeance of Building Materials
E2179 Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of the Effectiveness of Floor Coverings in Reducing Impact Sound Transmission Through Concrete Floors
E2249 Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of Airborne Transmission Loss of Building Partitions and Elements Using Sound Intensity
E2264 Practice for Determining the Effects of Temperature Cycling on Fenestration Products
E2268 Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Skylights, and Doors by Rapid Pulsed Air Pressure Difference
E2319 Test Method for Determining Air Flow Through the Face and Sides of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors Under Specified Pressure Differences Across the Specimen
E2353 Test Methods for Performance of Glass in Permanent Glass Railing Systems, Guards, and Balustrades
E2357 Test Method for Determining Air Leakage of Air Barrier Assemblies
E2359 Test Method for Field Pull Testing of an In-Place Exterior Insulation and Finish System Clad Wall Assembly
E2570 Test Methods for Evaluating Water-Resistive Barrier (WRB) Coatings Used under Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) or EIFS with Drainage
E2649 Test Method for Determining Argon Concentration in Sealed Insulating Glass Units Using Spark Emission Spectroscopy
F1233 Test Method for Security Glazing Materials And Systems
F1642 Test Method for Glazing and Glazing Systems Subject to Airblast Loadings
F1869 Test Method for Measuring Moisture Vapor Emission Rate of Concrete Subfloor Using Anhydrous Calcium Chloride
F2170 Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Using in situ Probes
F2420 Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity on the Surface of Concrete Floor Slabs Using Relative Humidity Probe Measurement and Insulated Hood
ASHRAE GuidelinesASHRAEGuideline0 The Commissioning Process
ICS Number Code 91.010.99 (Other aspects); 91.040.01 (Buildings in general); 91.060.01 (Elements of buildings in general)
UNSPSC Code 81101513(Building construction management)
ASTM E2813-12, Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.orgBack to Top