Building Commissioning

As is stated in WBDG (Whole Building Design Guide) the Building Commissioning is a rapidly growing professional practice that is being embraced by public and private organizations because buildings that are delivered according to the owner’s intent, typically have fewer change orders, tend to be more energy efficient, and have lower operation and maintenance cost.

We think, that project delivery team, after determining the critical project goals and requirements, have to create the Commissioning Plan, including:
=> General Information on the Project.
=> Overview and Scope of the Project Commissioning.
=> Listing of Equipment and Systems to be Commissioned.
=> Commissioning items, such as: Protocols and Communications; Process, including Team Responsibilities; Schedule; as well as Full Documentation.
=> Appendices, such as: Testing and Inspection Plans; Inspection, Functional and Performance Test Procedures; Construction Checklists; Performance Testing Procedures and forms; Issues Logs.

So, the complex process should consider a whole quality assurance process of building, which could be tailored to particular project needs and/or requirements. Nevertheless, it´s requires always comprehensive definition of performance expectations, strict planning and execution schedule, thorough testing methods, adequateness of staff training, and complete documentation.

Urban warming – fears, risks & mitigation actions

As is stated by BUILD-UP ( “Urban warming has a very significant impact on human life: it increases energy consumption, reduces comfort levels, increases pollution concentration, threatens human health and affects the urban economy. Mitigation technologies aiming to counter the impact of the phenomenon are rapidly being developed and applied in real projects”


Mitigation techniques, proposed in this article are: More green urban space, Use of reflective materials, Decrease of anthropogenic heat levels, Use of low temperature natural sinks.


We think, that all the mitigation techniques are very interesting and promising. Nevertheless, the local authorities needs more incentive(s) and subsidie(s), or at least be aware of different source of money available for that initiative … Here, the question is: how much local authorities are involved in the fight against urban warming? and … what they are doing in this direction?