Tidbit 10/19/12

2010 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities

1.2-8.1.4 Commissioning Requirements

On projects involving installation of new or modification to existing HVAC or fire alarm systems in patient care areas, the following commissioning activities shall be completed, at minimum:

1.2- Describe the basis of design (BOD) 1.2- Prepare pre-functional checklists. 1.2- Undertake functional performance tests.

A1.2-8 Commissioning b. Commissioning should be performed by an entity that is independent from the installing contractor.

The Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities provides guidance on good practice and emerging trends in the design and construction of health care facilities, recommending minimum program, space, and equipment needs for clinical and support areas of hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, and nursing and other residential care facilities. The document also addresses minimum engineering design criteria for plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. The Joint Commission, many federal agencies, and authorities in 42 states use the Guidelines either as a code or a reference standard when reviewing, approving, and financing plans; surveying, licensing, certifying, or accrediting newly constructed facilities; or developing their own codes.