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TECHNICAL FEATURE

What Insurance Do
Building Commissioning
Providers Need
BY ROSS D. MONTGOMERY, P.E., BEAP, HBDP, FELLOW ASHRAE

Building commissioning involves a wide variety of tasks during its course and scope
on any given project. Architects, engineers, contractors and owners think highly
of the work performed by building commissioning providers. This article provides
evidence-based and compelling reasons that should convince you that building
commissioning, specifically its application to the HVAC&R and lighting industry, is
a professional service performed by professionals, based on their tasks and responsibilities-and that these professionals should carry the appropriate insurance that
reflects this.
If we are convinced that we are professionals, liabilities and risks come with that categorization, such as, but
not limited to, personal injury, property damage, transportation, theft, losses, negligence, breach of duty, malpractice, errors, omissions, mistakes, wrongful acts, etc.
Professional services do require the appropriate general
and professional liability insurance to be carried for
indemnification, defense or reimbursement from many
potential liabilities.

What is Commissioning?
ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 202-2018, Commissioning
Process for Buildings and Systems is the standard of care for
the commissioning (Cx) industry, and it defines the Cx
process as follows:

" The commissioning (Cx) process is a quality-focused
process for enhancing the delivery of a project. Cx
focuses on evaluating and documenting that all the
commissioned systems and assemblies are planned,
designed, installed, tested, operated and maintained to
meet the owner's project requirements (OPR). " 1
ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2019 further defines
Cx as follows:
" A quality-focused process for enhancing the delivery of a project for verifying and documenting that the
building and its systems, controls, and building envelope
are planned, designed, installed, tested and include
plans for operation and maintenance to meet specified
requirements. " 2
It requires verification or functional performance

Ross D. Montgomery, P.E., is president of Quality Systems and Technology, Inc., in Tampa, Fla. He is a member of ASHRAE SSPC 300, Commissioning.
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