What is Commissioning?

Commissioning (“Cx”) is a quality assurance process which confirms that building systems operate and perform according to the functional requirements and design intent.

The Cx process oversees, verifies, and documents that the facility and its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated and maintained as set forth in the project documents and ultimately satisfy the owner’s and users operational needs.   

What systems are Commissioned?

The Cx process typically focuses on the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems which consume energy and resources.  On most new construction projects at Emory, the building envelope and window systems also undergo a Cx process to insure air and water tightness.

What Facilities are Commissioned?

All new construction and major renovation projects are commissioned.  Existing facilities may be subjected to a “Retro-Cx” or “Re-Cx” process to either bring them back to their original functional intent, or to tune their performance to meet current operational requirements that may be different than the original operating intent, such as conversion of an office space to lab space or vice-versa.


For major capital projects, the Commissioning Engineer develops a Cx Scope of Work and RFP and selects a qualified Cx Provider.  The Cx Provider is, in almost all cases, independent of the design and construction teams and is contracted directly to Emory. 

For minor projects and renovations, the Commissioning Engineer performs all or part of the Cx process in-house.