SMART UTILITIES: COMMONWEALTH EDISON Leading and Driving the Industry with Best Practices

By John D. Villani, PE, CCP, CEM, LEED AP Grumman/Butkus Associates In an era of overstated energy savings and green-washing energy project results, here is one service provider’s retro-commissioning perspective on a true industry leading energy savings program. For the past decade, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has been driving and pushing the energy efficiency industry to […]

Cx? Acceptance Testing? Functional Testing? What’s the Difference?

By Lyn Gomes, PE, CCP, LEED AP, CLCATT kW Engineering This post first appeared on kW Engineering’s blog. From my experience as both an acceptance tester and commissioning provider, I’ve realized that not everyone knows the difference. It’s helpful for stakeholders to understand how they are different to be sure expectations are aligned and construction moves smoothly. Although […]

WE’RE ADVOCATING FOR YOU! Cx in the Marketplace: The Smart Analytics Campaign

Major energy savings. Improved maintenance. Solid data management. BCxA is a proud Organizing Partner in this Campaign, which recognized five organizations for their exemplary implementation of Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) in the 2nd Annual Spring Awards. Participants have earned significant benefits from their installation of EMIS, and their use of these tools in their […]

FROM THE FIELD: Getting the Most out of the Design Review Process

By Bruce Pitts, CPMP, CSBA, LEED AP, Principal, Wood/Harbinger BCxA Immediate Past President Of all the design phase commissioning activities, design review is arguably the most critical. The reason I say that is that this is the best forum for the Owner, design team, and commissioning provider to have a critical discussion about the systems […]

Northeast Chapter – 11th Annual Commissioning Summit

By Brad Jones, President, Northeast Chapter What a difference a couple of months makes! The sun gleaming off the Charles River and Boston’s skyline provided a dramatic backdrop for the Annual Summit on May 8 at the Samberg Conference Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Originally scheduled for March, the event was the victim of […]


By Candice Rogers, Paladin, Inc. 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. As designers and installing contractors have attempted to harness the Internet of Things for buildings, they have run up […]


At near record-breaking attendance, Spring Training BCxA Style kicked off with our BCxA In-Person 2-day Commissioning for New Construction Training Class, followed by the 2-day Existing Building Commissioning Class, at the Evanston, IL office of Grumman/Butkus Associates. Our hosts, John Villani and Kevin Vander Klay, hit it out of the park providing a great venue […]

Chapter Events – Southwest Chapter

Rocky Mountain High One of the goals of the Southwest Chapter is to improve outreach to the design and construction community. The Southwest Chapter recently purchased booths at two local conferences in Denver – Rocky Mountain Green, and Rocky Mountain ASHRAE Technical Conference) to network with consultants and owners and educate conference attendees on the […]

WE’RE ADVOCATING FOR YOU! Certification: Louisiana Legislature

On April 9th, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed Bill No. 748, Occupational Licensing Review Act which recommends that “Individuals possessing a ‘certification’ from a voluntary program shall not utilize the term ‘certified’ as a title.” Our concern, as with other ANSI-accredited certifying organizations, was that the Certified Commissioning Professional designation would be disallowed in […]