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ABOUT ACCEPTANCE TESTING

What is Acceptance Testing?

Acceptance testing are pass/fail tests for mechanical systems and equipment for newly-constructed buildings, major renovations, and all newly-installed replacement equipment. Acceptance Tests ensure code compliance and promote optimization of efficiency and performance for nonresidential buildings. They serve to determine whether specific building components, equipment, systems, and interfaces between systems conform to criteria set forth in the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Section 10-103-A and Section 10-103-B of the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards).

More information about Acceptance Testing can be found in Chapter 13 of the 2013 Nonresidential Compliance Manual. The 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards require the following 17 mechanical acceptance tests: 

Under the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards both TABB-certified technicians and their employers are required to attend training in all 17 acceptance tests.


Why do we need Acceptance Testing?

Acceptance tests ensure code compliance and promote optimization of efficiency and performance of qualified mechanical systems in nonresidential buildings. They serve to determine whether specific building components, equipment, systems and interfaces between systems conform to criteria set forth in the 2013 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards for nonresidential buildings only. This includes offices, retail stores, factories, warehouses, schools, churches, hotels, motels and other nonresidential occupancy types. The tests are an effective tool to ensure proper installation of equipment; and meeting the energy goals of owners, occupants and the community. The benefits of properly installed systems include energy savings, extended equipment life, health, comfort and safety.


When are Acceptance Tests required?

Mechanical acceptance tests apply to new equipment and systems installed in new construction, change-out or retrofit applications. If an acceptance test is required, the appropriate form along with each specific test must be submitted to the enforcement agency before a final occupancy permit can be granted.