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Introduction to Commissioning

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The training course is based around BSRIA's guides Commissioning Air Systems and The Commissioning of Water Systems in Buildings which are commonly specified on construction projects

      • 19 May 2020 - 9:00am1 day
      • 1st delegate: £385.00 (£305.00 for Members)Subsequent delegates: £360.00 (£280.00 for Members)
      • Old Bracknell Lane West, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 7AH
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"Very in-depth information" - Connar Nice, Heating Engineer, Water Treatment & Commissioning Services Ltd
"I found the whole course really interesting and especially the pipe systems" Suhanya Balasingham, Graduate Engineer, Mott MacDonald Ltd

Commissioning is a vital phase in the production of building services systems and is defined as The advancement of an installation from the state of static completion to full working order to the specified requirements. The importance of commissioning is often underestimated by design and construction teams and hence it is often neglected in the hurry to get the building completed on time.

This course covers:

  • LTHW and CHW pipework systems
  • Ducted ventilation supply/extract systems
  • Legal requirements for commissioing
  • Energy efficiency improvements
  • Pre-commissioing cleaning and checks
  • Theory and practice of air/water systems commissioning

The course is based around BSRIA's guides Commissioning Air Systems and The Commissioning of Water Systems in Buildings which are commonly specified on construction projects. Delegates will get a free PDF copy of both guides (worth £132 to non-members or £66 to BSRIA members). Since 2006, England & Wales Building Regulations have required commissioning for all building services systems. This invariably infers compliance with the recommendations in the BSRIA's commissioning guides.

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The course aims to explain commissioning procedures in air and water systems and provide detailed examples of their implementation on real projects.

Delegates will leave the session with a greater understanding of the issues that must be taken into account when designing, witnessing, planning for and undertaking the commissioning of air and water systems in buildings.

Who should attend

The course is intended for professionals in the building industry: building owners, design professionals, witnessing companies, M&E installers, pre-commission cleaning contractors, commissioning specialists and building energy performance assessors. A basic understanding of the layout of pipework and ductwork systems is required.

Content and timings

Delegates will learn about:

Reasons for Commissioning:

  • building regulations
  • reduced energy consumption
  • improved performance
  • BREEAM/LEED requirements
  • information required by commissioning engineer

Priciples of air/water flow:

  • velocity/flow rate relationship
  • static and velocity pressure
  • pressure loss due to friction and system resistance
  • principles of proportional balancing
  • fan/pump performance

Pipework systems:

  • pre-commissioing cleaning
  • flushing requirements
  • volume flow rate measurement
  • commissioning valve sets
  • proportional balancing in practice

Ventilation systems:

  • pressure testing of ductwork
  • point and mean air velocities in ducts
  • disturbances to uniform air flow
  • measuring air velocity and volume flow rate in-duct
  • measuring air velocity and volume flow rate from grilles
  • proportional balancing in practice
  • fan performance and specific fan power
  • tolerances

Registration commences at 0900 and the course will run from 0930 until 1630. Lunch & refreshments are included.


Delegates are provided with a copy of all the slides presented, BSRIA publication BG2/2010 Commissioning of Water Systems and BG49/2015 Commissioning Air Systems and a BSRIA CPD certificate.


Martin Ratcliffe is a chartered engineer in Building Services. He has spent half his working life in the building services industry and half in academia. In industry he worked for Roger Preston and Partners (now part of Grontmij) where he was involved in the design of mechanical services on many large projects and with particular responsibility for energy efficiency and sustainability. He spent 13 years as a senior lecturer at the former National College (part of London South Bank University) where he taught a range of mechanical building services including commissioning. Read Martin's full profile


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