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USGBC’S Peer Rating System – Microgrids and Portfolio-Scale Sustainability Projects

By Wayne A. Dunn, PE, PEng, LEED AP – Principal, E.W. Dunn (content edited) Join BCxA’s Board Member, Wayne Dunn, for his webinar September 9th describing the approach and benefits of the USGBC/GBCI third-party rating system known as PEER: Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal. What’s in it for commissioning providers? A lot! This is a […]

Raising Digital Twins – Building from Concept to Delivery

Essay by Diana Bjornskov The digital twin technology concept has been around since 2002 and was first used in the fields of astronautics and aerospace, and manufacturing and product lifecycle management. It was used by NASA for the moon exploration mission Apollo 13 and Mars Rover Curiosity. “Digital Twins” is a concept, composed of 3D […]

NYC Local Law 97 – Beyond Cx, Audits, Rating and Benchmarking

New York City again takes the lead with the City’s new Local Law 97, which establishes an Office of Building Energy and Emissions Performance to regulate and implement laws, policies, protocols, assessment methods, programs and actions such as: “Overseeing implementation of building energy and emissions performance laws and policies for existing buildings, new construction and […]

BCxA Conference News – Ongoing Commissioning: Changing the Building Industry

Ongoing Commissioning (OCx) is not new to our industry, but the time has come for us to formalize the practice as we strive for excellence in energy efficiency, reduce facilities’ energy footprint, and improve building performance consistency – by using OCx as a well-defined best practice. Join us as Copper Tree Analytics sponsors a full-day […]

ASHRAE Standard 224P Public Review

BIM Requirements for Design, Construction, Operation, Contracts The 45-Day working draft review of the proposed BSR/ASHRAE Standard 224P, “Standard for the Application of Building Information Model” will be completed by August 26, 2019. We have been tracking the progress of this proposed standard over the past year. Standard 224P provides minimum requirements for the application […]

BCxA Market Study – Value of Commissioning

The Building Commissioning Association (BCxA) is proud to announce publication of the “Value of Commissioning Market Survey Report.” BCxA partnered with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to produce a two-part update to the 2009 study, “Building Commissioning: A Golden Opportunity for Reducing Energy Costs and Greenhouse-Gas Emissions.” A goal of this partnership was to produce […]

ASHRAE Summer Meeting: Standards & Guidelines

By Bruce A. Pitts, BCxA President Emeritus At the ASHRAE Summer Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri last month, a lot of work was done by the SSPC 300 (ASHRAE Standing Standard Project Committee 300: Commissioning oversight committee, plus subcommittees) to modify existing Guidelines, prepare them for publication, and start new Standards and Guidelines. For example, […]

BIM Software: Best Ratings in 2019

Most of you are likely familiar with the term Building Information Modeling (BIM), if not the use of it in your projects. BIM is, like commissioning, a process. Whereas all BIM processes are based on software that acquires data, the Cx process is based on training, experience and perception that touches documentation, people, and equipment. […]

National Conference on Building and Facility Operations (NCBFO)

National Conference on Building and Facility Operations (NCBFO) September 18th & 19th, 2019 – Intercontinental Hotel, Montreal, QC Organized by Eastern Canada Chapter of Building Commissioning Association Building Commissioning Association (BCxA) is an international non-profit organization that serves as the recognized authority and resource on commissioning.  Our mission is to guide the building commissioning industry by […]

The Commissioning Profession Through a Student’s Eyes – Letter from the BCCB President

Greetings fellow commissioning providers, We take for granted what we already know and have experienced; the younger generations are eager to have those same experiences. The cool projects, the amazing buildings, the jaw-dropping stories—they want to be able to tell those stories from their own experience. I recently attended the New Construction (NCCx) and Existing […]