What to Know About a New Construction Test and Balance

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(Newswire.net — July 21, 2020) — A new construction testing and balancing process is work that is specifically designated for the design engineer, and a schedule set in place assists in avoiding timing conflicts and misunderstandings between the engineer and the building owner. Before any owner of a non-residential building receives the certificate of occupancy, a thorough and quite detailed testing and balancing scheme is a key obligation. Such buildings contain so many systems that improve the efficiency of the living experience, especially for occupants. These systems include air conditioning and circulation systems, temperature controls and regulators, energy consumption systems, and pressurization systems that come a long way to ensure a perfect lifestyle offered for occupants. 

Components of the testing process

The design engineer knows the perfect testing components to include under his testing and balancing schedule to ensure he meets the designated requirements specified by the owner of the building. The testing requirements have to be effectively laid out and need to be from trusted brand owners, and the model of the equipment used should be of up to standard level, and the application of the testing should be keenly provided. The building’s systems’ testing procedures should be carefully laid down to ensure a luxurious living experience is provided. The contractors and professionals involved in the testing are a key component, and each of them is required to complete his/her piece of the testing process tasks.

Components of a balancing plan

For a balancing plan to fit the standard that is highly required, it should and must fit appropriately in the construction schedule, bringing a strict balance between punctual timing and meeting the requirements of the design written down before the construction. Balancing then comes later, but before occupation and like testing, it also involves key components. They include the realization and laying down of the accessibility of building from the flooring to security and fire systems to meet the balancing plan required. Also, after the external construction of the non-residential building, the testing and balancing processes should be carried out; hence realization of the estimated time to be used in carrying out the processes and especially the detailing of the balancing plan is vital. However, most importantly, before the balancing process is carried out, an outline of the expected construction completeness is drawn and ensures timing conflicts are avoided.

Why it is so important

The benefits of the new construction test and balance plan carried out on new buildings under construction purposefully for occupancy are quite many. To start with is that timing issues are solved and helps to meet the designated intent and expectation of occupancy from the owner of the building. The carefully laid out plan goes further to help the building’s owner determine when the building will start offering him service and other personal draw-outs from the process. Also, the construction testing and balancing ensure all key systems of the building are working and very efficient in its service delivery like temperature and energy controls, pressurization facilities, and more so the air ventilation and circulation systems. Conflicts that may have arisen within the undertakings of the whole construction and refinishing processes are done away as a schedule plays the role of specifying every specialist’s role in the testing and balancing processes and ensures each activity is done within its designated plan.

Therefore, it is noticeable that just having the know-how of up to standard construction testing and balancing is extremely key as the construction process is made less bureaucratic and done within a shorter time, and in the long run, offering longer and more quality service to the building owners. For occupancy of the new building, a certificate of occupancy is issued to the owner of the building. It only comes after a standard and detailed testing, and balancing plans and processes are carried out.