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CSA Z320-2011 (R2016)

Z320-11 (R2016) - Building Commissioning Standard & Check Sheets

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This is the first edition of CSA Z320, Building commissioning. This Standard provides guidelines for the commissioning of buildings and all related building systems, and has been developed to deal with buildings and/or their major systems as a whole, rather than as separate individual stand-alone components. It applies to new construction and to renovations of existing buildings or facilities.


1.1 General

This Standard provides guidelines for the commissioning of buildings and all related building systems. It applies to new construction and to renovations of existing facilities. It does not apply to operational commissioning of equipment and systems installed by the owner or others.

This Standard is intended to assist the commissioning team in the preparation and implementation of a commissioning plan. This plan specifies commissioning requirements for newly installed or renovated building systems and includes, but is not limited to, descriptions of the following:

(a) the commissioning process;

(b) the resources required to complete commissioning;

(c) the responsibilities of the commissioning team; and

(d) the sequence and integration of commissioning activities.

1.2 Specific systems

1.2.1 General

The systems covered in this Standard are classified as

(a) architectural;

(b) vertical and horizontal transportation;

(c) electrical;

(d) mechanical; and

(e) control and integration.

1.2.2 Site services

For the purposes of this Standard, commissioning will be limited to the building enclosure and not include site services outside the building. Any exceptions will be identified in the commissioning plan.

1.3 Terminology

In CSA standards, shall is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; should is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and may is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard.

Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material.

Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements.

Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (nonmandatory) to define their application.

Electronic Checksheet Application:

The Z320 Electronic check sheet Application is designed to accompany the Standard and provides access to check sheet templates in Microsoft® Excel that can be updated, completed, saved locally, and printed. The application allows for one-time set-up of company and project specific details applied to all the check sheets you create, saving you time and energy in your check sheet development process. The application provides ease of modifying some of the more complex check sheets by answering simple questions that result in the addition or deletion of appropriate check sheet sections removing the guess-work and manual manipulation from your editing.

Check sheet templates are available for major building systems including Mechanical, Electrical, and Control Systems and Integration. The check sheets are used to document the inspections and tests associated with static verification, start-up, and functional performance testing as applicable.

Where an internet connection is available, updates will be retrieved and you will be prompted to install the latest published updates from CSA. The Z320 Checksheet Application is sold here for single user access. Multi-license purchasing options are available to meet the needs of larger organizations. Please contact us for details.

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CSA America, Inc. [csa]

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