The U.S. General Services Administration, through its Public Buildings Service
(PBS), manages buildings that house over a million Federal associates and has an
on-going planning, design and construction program to meet our federal customers
housing needs. PBS' project delivery program is the vehicle for transforming our
customer agencies' vision into reality. The built environment for our nation's public
buildings, including courthouses, federal office buildings, laboratories, and border
stations, in turn shapes the communities and landscape in which they reside.
The comfort, productivity and job satisfaction of a million Federal associates in
many ways rests with the quality of their immediate working environment. Critical
to our management role is providing our customer agencies with the assurance
that we are delivering to them facilities which meet or exceed their expectations for
performance, efficiency, safety, sustainability, security and occupant satisfaction.
Integrating the process of Total Building Commissioning into project delivery is
one way we can provide the occupants of our facilities with this level of assurance.
Total Building Commissioning, as presented in this Guide, is GSA's quality delivery
process which translates expectations into documented and tangible facility
results. Reduction in operating costs, enhanced energy efficiency, improved
occupant safety, comfort and health, and increased maintainability are only a few
of the proven benefits of commissioning.
In this Guide, the U.S. General Services Administration offers a road map and
recommendations for navigating the commissioning process from its necessary
inclusion in project planning to its continued emphasis throughout the life of a
facility. We hope that this Guide offers GSA associates, our customer agencies, and
our consultants valuable assistance in support of our mission of providing a superior
workplace for the federal worker, and superior value for the American taxpayer.
F. Joseph Moravec
Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service
U.S. General Services Administration