News Release

March 20, 2012

Contact: Deanna Martin

New Handbook Shows How to Perform Health Facility Commissioning

CHICAGO – A new handbook published this month by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association is a first-of-its-kind guide to the details of health facility commissioning, a process developed to ensure that hospitals and other health care buildings operate as planned.

ASHE’s Health Facility Commissioning Handbook is a hands-on guide that provides details to help facility leaders implement the ASHE commissioning process both for construction projects and for existing facilities. ASHE introduced the only commissioning process specifically for health care facilities in its 2010 publication, Health Facility Commissioning Guidelines. The guidelines tailored the commissioning process specifically to health care to ensure hospitals—complex facilities operating 24/7 and serving patients with a wide variety of needs—will function as they should, both in the short term and the long term. Additionally, commissioning can help hospitals save resources, which is especially critical given the rising cost of health care.

The new handbook transforms theory into practice. Health care organizations that take on the ASHE commissioning process will be able to:

  • Ensure that project expectations are met in terms of efficient building system operations.
  • Maintain the efficiency of building system operations over time to generate cost savings that can be used to help fund future projects.
  • Build an operations and maintenance team that supports efficient, cost-effective operation of building systems.
  • Demonstrate that the cost of not commissioning is greater than the cost of commissioning a project or retrocommissioning an existing facility.

The handbook is available through the ASHE store at ($95 for ASHE members, $125 for non-members).

About ASHE
ASHE is a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association. More than 11,000 members rely on ASHE as a key source of professional development, industry information, and advocacy, including representation on key issues that affect their work in the physical health care environment. For more information about ASHE, contact 312-422-3800 or visit