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EDITORIAL: The Future of Cx – Wearable Technology?

Commissioning has been around for many years – are you still using the same checklists and forms you used 15 years ago? Technology has changed the MEP-FP systems. Buildings themselves have changed with more technology. Designing has changed into computerized design drawings. Construction has changed with digital drawings, use of new materials, pre-fab, and processes […]

Value of OCx – 2018 Initial Market Perspective

The BCxA/LBNL 2018 Value of Commissioning study examined market and individual building data for new construction, existing building, and ongoing commissioning (OCx). The market survey included 120 responses (83% CxPs, 17% Owners, managers, design engineers and construction contractors) from all regions throughout North America. Long-term building performance measurement, increasingly known as Ongoing Commissioning, or OCx, […]

BCxA Scholarship Foundation Award

BCxA Scholarship Foundation is now accepting Applications!  Apply for scholarships to be awarded in early 2019. Applications are due no later than Friday, January 18, 2019. In 2018, the BCxA Scholarship Foundation was pleased to award $1,000 to Joyce Kelly, a scholarship candidate from Arizona who is her company’s Architectural Eco-Systems Specialist. Joyce’s experience in […]

Be Part of NEEA’s Paid NW Commissioning Market Survey

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), which provided funding to help start up the BCxA more than 20 years ago, has conducted a commissioning market study of the NW region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana) annually for six years. The Cx survey enables NEEA to track and report on total commissioning square footage for the […]

BCxA Election Results

Congratulations to the 2019 BCxA’s newly elected (or re-elected) members of the International Board and the Chapter Boards of Directors. All terms begin January 1, 2019. We are pleased to announce your new representatives: International Board of Directors Lyn Gomes kW Engineering Michael Dooley AKF Geremy Wolff McKinstry California Chapter: 3-Year Term James Anderton Salas […]

From The Field: Persistence of Energy Savings

  A New study released by The Urban Land Institute and their Greenprint Center for Building Performance indicates a 30% reduction in carbon footprint since 2009 for buildings participating in ULI’s program. This is a great message for persistence. The study is worth a read for ideas for EBCx (and New Cx) measures. The largest […]

Editorial: Does the Cx Process Have a Place at the ‘Lean’ Table?

By Tom Poeling, BCxA President-Elect US Engineering Company The Cx process still plays well with the design/build, integrated project delivery (IPD), and Lean processes. These processes put a premium on compressing the schedule, and making decisions quicker in a team environment in order to satisfy the clients’ Conditions of Satisfaction. Compressed design and construction schedules […]

BCxA Annual Conference: Post-Script – Brutally Honest Letter to a Speaker

By Lyn Gomes, P.E., CCP, LEED AP, CLCATT, BCxA Conference Chair kW Engineering Brutal honesty: I attended your conference presentation because I had to (room monitor/moderator). BUT I’m really glad I did. And yes, I don’t do high-rises. I got a lot out of it anyway (3 pages of notes for a 1 hour presentation!) […]

Editorial: The Very Real and Sad Truth About Codes and Commissioning

Editorials are meant to influence opinion and promote critical thinking — essentially, an opinionated news story. We are adding a section to The Checklist to allow for occasional articles that reflect our market, and provoke thought or action. If selected, your article may either contain a byline or be anonymous.  BCxA President John Villani has offered […]

2019 Vermont Commercial Building Energy Standards

John Penney, BCxA International Board member, brought to our attention the standards activities of Public Service Vermont this year. Vermont, a leader in energy efficiency, undertook a sweeping review of its Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES) and has produced proposed standards, significantly based on IECC 2018, that are expected to be adopted in March 2019, […]