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Education is for Everyone

by Craig A. Hawkins, CxA, CCP Where, or how, did you learn Commissioning (Cx)? Did you attend a college or trade school to learn how to commission building systems? Did you take a week-long Cx training course? Did you mentor under someone asserting their knowledge of commissioning? Are you self-taught, reading a Cx guidebook or […]

Commissioning for the Future: Demand Response, Microgrid Cx & PEER Certification

Commissioning is on the cusp of evolution beyond the single-building perspective, and expanding into commissioning a broader infrastructure where resilience, reliability, efficiency and performance form the basis for “smart cities” and sustainable portfolios. Read on to learn more about electrical ecosystems that will incorporate microgrids, district energy, demand response and other features into community and […]

BCxA President Pitts Report from the ASHRAE Summer Meeting and Association Updates

By Bruce Pitts, CPMP CSBA LEED AP, Principal – Wood Harbinger Standard 202 As BCxA president, I am now the BCxA representative to the ASHRAE Standard 202 committee—SSPC 300, previously known as SSPC 202. This is the continuous maintenance committee for Standard 202. Within its subcommittee structure, there is oversight on all ASHRAE standards and […]

RFP/Q Solicitation and Whole Building Commissioning

By John Runkle, PE – Vice President, Intertek Thanks to the hard work of many groups and individuals (e.g. BCxA, LEED), Commissioning has grown from a military nautical quality acceptance term to a practice that allows our buildings to function better. Despite this decades long growth in the practice of Cx, significant mystery remains on how […]

Persistent Commissioning: Maximizing Existing Monitoring Systems

Persistent Commissioning: Maximizing Existing Monitoring Systems Contributed by Bill McMullen, Business Unit Manager – Energy Solutions, Dewberry The term “commissioning” originated from a quality assurance process performed by military shipbuilders before ships were commissioned as active-duty vessels. Due to the high cost of failure, these sea trials were formulated as systematic tests and regulated checklists […]

Whole Building Commissioning (WBCx) – NCBC 2016 Open Forum

Is Whole Building Commissioning a perplexing term? The Building Commissioning Association President, Bruce Pitts, opened this can of worms at the National Conference on Building Commissioning’s open forum session in an effort to define the phrase for general industry acceptance. The session got underway with the one online source that specifically defines the term. The […]

Three Proven Strategies to Improve Mission Critical Chiller Performance in Existing Facilities

by Kenny Reed, PE, CxAP, CEM, Senior Commissioning Agent – HDR This commissioning study of a clean research lab demonstrates how planning, investigation and targeted commissioning implementation can improve chiller performance in a mission critical environment. Learn how trend analysis, sequence of operations investigation, and ongoing performance measurement have led to a significantly more reliable […]