BCxA Webinars

The BCxA Webinar Series is an excellent opportunity to maximize your educational dollar. Four unique sessions presented by industry experts with live Q&A – all from the comfort of your home or workplace. To register, purchase one login for the member/non-member fee for your office (per location) for all attendees. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are included for one registered participant for the member/non-member fee. If additional participants want CEUs they must be added as a guest by the registered participant for an additional $25 each.

Upcoming Webinars

Introduction to Microgrid Commissioning

Wayne A. Dunn, PE, PEng, LEED AP – E.W. Dunn
September 9, 2019

Commissioning is on the cusp of evolution beyond the single-building perspective and expanding into commissioning buildings as part of a broader infrastructure where resilience, reliability, efficiency and performance form the basis for “smart cities” and sustainable portfolios.

Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER), is a third-party rating program for sustainable power system performance in city-scale projects, campus projects and locally-generated power supply projects. Similar to the LEED rating system, the program is composed of prerequisites plus core and bonus points. Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) administers both programs on behalf of USGBC.

What’s in it for commissioning providers? A lot! This is a global market transformation, and a growth area for functional testing and verification of building and infrastructure performance.

Utilities face several major opportunities that are challenging the electricity system — a shift to cleaner energy sources, rising demand, increasing amounts of data, and a desire for customers to contribute to sustainability goals. Utilities can leverage the PEER standard and lessons learned from PEER applications to expand into utility microgrids and district energy systems.

Commissioning Support for Building Automation Systems – Part II

Harry Koons, LEED AP/CxA – Precis Commissioning, Inc
October 14, 2019

The CxP is expected to assure that the building automation system (BAS) is properly installed, operational and meets key design requirements. In part one of this two-part presentation, we reviewed the role of commissioning in BAS selection and how to advise the owner. This second webinar describes the role of the CxP in the design, purchase, installation, testing and performance validation of a BAS. Harry Koons focuses on commissioning responsibilities during functional and integrated system testing, and how commissioning can assure the system meets design requirements and critical functions. The presentation touches on the pitfalls and shortfalls found during commissioning, how to avoid or address them in a timely manner, and how to interact with the BAS vendor and subcontractors.

Panel Discussion on “Passive and Active Natural Ventilation Design, Construction, Commissioning, and Operation”

John M. Herboth, PE, CxA, EMP, BET CP – Northwest Engineering Service, Inc.
November 11, 2019

Passive and active natural ventilations systems, in the right climate zone, can be an effective way to reduce mechanical cooling costs in appropriate buildings. These systems have been introduced into educational environments to reduce mechanical cooling and ventilation hours in an effort to reduce building energy use.

While the design concept isn’t new, current construction practices, components, and integration with the building automation system have presented challenges to design & construction teams who aim for long term successful operation of these systems.

The panel discussion will cover design intent, construction, commissioning, and operation of the common components such as connected dampers, operable windows, and mechanical ventilators while reviewing areas of concern, failure, and solutions implemented on specific projects.

Commissioning Contracts and Hiring A CxP

Jim Magee, President – Facility Commissioning Group
December 9, 2019

Understanding contracts and realizing how their contents impact the CxP’s ability to secure, execute and profit from commissioning services represents the cornerstone of successful Cx business operations. The changing paradigm away from traditional Design-Bid-Build procurement, and towards more integrated project contract types and risk models, is yielding a plethora of partnership agreements.

After discussing the fundamentals of commissioning contract writing, this presentation will delve into different types of project contracts, introducing and explaining many (and their acronyms!) in the context of implications for CxPs. As one example, the American Institute of Architects’ Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method positions the CxP as a member of the multiparty design team, promoting commissioning as part of the design process focused on achieving the owner’s project requirements. The speaker will also look at contracts between providers, where a prime CxP hires subconsultants to form a commissioning team with diverse capabilities needed for accomplishing the goals established by the contract.

There is no panacea for writing the perfect commissioning contract. Contracts should be composed with insight into the commissioning team roles and responsibilities. Commissioning firms are advised to consult with appropriately credentialed contract attorneys recognized in the applicable jurisdictions. This presentation is explicitly not intended as legal advice. It is intended to provide a practical summary that informs future work in crafting good contracts with the support of legal and governmental direction.

Recorded Webinars

BAS Data: the Fuel for Your EMIS

Candice Rogers, MBA, CCP, CxA, LEED AP BD+C – Paladin
Kelsey Leslie, PE – Paladin
Recorded Webinar – June 10, 2019

As major organizations have raced to embrace “smart” buildings, they have discovered that merely adding sensors, hardware and software are not enough for a building to deliver on its intelligent potential. In this presentation, Candice Rogers and Kelsey Leslie will explore the challenges facing owners and the economic and environmental benefits of carefully planned systems integration.

The presentation will also cover the challenges of leveraging and integrating emerging technologies to help building owners and their AEC teams access the yet-untapped potential in their buildings. They will also touch on the pitfalls of automation including equipment incompatibility and unsecured IP networks that leave system controls exposed to hacking.

Drawing upon their extensive experience in Enterprise Building Automation Systems, they will share lessons learned from major projects including the Commonwealth Energy Management and Control System (CEMCS) implementation for Kentucky’s Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

They will discuss key challenges including:

  • Equipment inventories and controls assessment
  • Data collection and measurement
  • Integrating diverse control systems
  • Metadata management for maximum security and effect
  • Basing a remediation plan on BAS interval data
  • Building and leading multidisciplinary teams
  • Data gathering and equipment inventories.

Smart buildings start delivering on their potential when their energy conservation measures are managed with an integrated program structure. As budgets shrink and demands grow, artfully integrated systems can generate efficiencies and improved performance on the thermostat and the balance sheet. In a word, attendees will gain insights into driving buildings from smart to brilliant.

Commissioning Support for Building Automation Systems

Harry Koons, LEED AP/CxA – Precis Commissioning, Inc.
Recorded Webinar – May 13, 2019

The expansion of Building Automation Systems (BAS) throughout the building construction industry is requiring commissioning providers to provide more insight, earlier, and have a more influential role in the selection, checkout and commissioning of BAS systems. This webinar helps owners to understand what BAS capabilities are needed by owners, facility managers and operations personnel, and which type of system is best for their project requirements.

Although BAS have come a long way since the days of pneumatics, many owners and building operators don’t really understand what they need, or have an understanding of all the options for components, software, logic, or even the costs to install, operate and maintain the system. You will learn what helps to achieve a smooth, pain-free controls project that meets the owner’s needs and provide your client with an understanding of what they should expect, what they could accept, and options for “Go/No-Go” requirements for selecting a BAS provider. Your ability to make recommendations for Proprietary vs. Open Systems, Vendor vs. Integrator, Code/DOS vs. Ladder Logic, and Graphic Blocks type BAS, will help your clients understand the limits of each type of system, and the costs to operate and maintain the selected BAS system.

PE Ethics

Dan Forino, PE, CCP, LEED AP, WELL AP, – Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP
Recorded Webinar – March 11, 2019

Each day many of us are faced with ethical dilemmas in our commissioning practice. A cyclical refresher on engineering ethics is becoming more common in various jurisdictions. As Cx providers we have a duty to uphold the generally accepted fundamental canons of ethics in the engineering practice, including these:

  • Hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public; Perform services only in areas of competence; Issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner.
  • Act for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees.
  • Avoid deceptive acts.
  • Conduct ourselves honorably, responsibly, ethically, and lawfully so as to enhance the honor, reputation, and usefulness of the profession.

This webinar reviews these canons and how they are intertwined with day to day commissioning activities, and how to handle them via the ethical decision-making process. The second half of the presentation focuses on real life experiences of the presenter and allows for audience interaction to discuss ethical dilemmas facing our industry.

“I enjoyed your lecture on ethics this morning – as much as one can enjoy a lecture on ethics.”
– Gerald Kettler

Past, Present, and Future of Building Science QA

John Runkle PE – Intertek
Recorded Webinar – April 8, 2019

With a focus on building enclosures, you will learn more about the full Building Science space and how quality assurance systems have been developed and executed. You will explore the major influences of today’s building codes and predict how tomorrow’s buildings will be better equipped to deal with today’s problems (e.g. intense weather events, poor air quality, frequent fires, looming threat of earthquakes). Learn what type of quality assurance options there are for today’s construction projects, and what is trending, so you can select the best value for your project to help ensure that the building performs as intended. We will review case studies for the state-of-the-art enclosure commissioning process, deliverables and functional performance testing options. The webinar concludes with predictions on where this industry is headed in the future, so that we can be better prepared to build quicker, produce less waste, and achieve sustainable, quality buildings.

Recorded Webinars

Sometimes it’s just not convenient to attend a live webinar. If you cannot attend at the scheduled time you can now purchase recorded webinars at a later date. New recorded webinars are added after each scheduled session. Your purchased webinar will be available to you for 30 days. Continuing education credits are available after successfully completing a 10 question quiz before signing off. To purchase a webinar you’ll need to register with a new profile just one time, and after that you’ll always get login instructions, expedited purchase information, and your continuing education credits certificates will be saved for download at your convenience.

Review recorded webinars available for purchase.

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