ICC: Commercial Building Code Violations

The International Code Council’s 2019 Common Code Noncompliance Survey Report ranks the top commercial building code violations in construction-related trades, and details the reasons behind the violations. Building inspectors rank the top causes for issues and the categories of work where they most commonly take place: Workers that don’t follow the manufacturer’s instructions. A contractor’s […]

Decarbonizing Boston Buildings

In October of 2019, Boston released its Climate Action Plan Update. Building owners & operators can expect green building zone requirements to be strengthened, existing buildings over 35,000 square feet will be required to comply with a carbon emissions performance standard, and deep retrofits will likely be necessary for buildings in the commercial sector. for […]

Enablers and Barriers to EMIS: LBNL Survey 2019

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) conducted a survey of Smart Energy Analytics Campaign (SEAC) participants and supporters over the summer to “define next steps for future collaboration with building owners and industry.” Owners and supporting partners were asked what elements have been the most helpful enablers, barriers, and what they think is necessary to mainstream […]

Ready for Regeneration?: Think “LEED Positive”

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has just announced a visionary plan for the next generation of its rating system: “LEED Positive.” According to GBCI, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), in order to help address challenges of resource scarcity, air quality, resilience and climate change, “the LEED Positive vision will guide USGBC in transitioning LEED […]

BCxA Annual Conference Summary

Available now! Are you pictured? Every year the BCxA brings the annual Commissioning Conference to a different North American venue that optimizes availability for attendees, sponsors, speakers and exhibitors. In keeping with our 2019 location, the Annual Conference was celebrated in true BCxA style – this year we kicked off in Chicagoland with a 1920s […]

Women Increase Their Presence in Commissioning

It’s happening in commissioning and all across the building industry. This year, nearly fifteen percent (14.7%) of BCxA Annual Conference attendees were women who work in the field of commissioning as Cx providers, owners, facility managers and technology specialists. Ranging from commissioning newcomers to seasoned and certified providers, women are showing up in larger numbers […]

Codes and Standards – ASHRAE 90.1-2019 Revised Updates

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2019 incorporates all of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016 and addenda with more than 100 changes, many related to commissioning. Specific updates for building enclosures, lighting, renewables, mechanical, IT, energy budgeting, modeling and energy efficiency. Commissioning, verification and testing requirements are updated to be consistent with ASHRAE/IES Standard 202. A code update at the National […]

Value of Commissioning – Current Market Drivers

Most of our readers know that recent BCxA/LBNL Value of Commissioning Survey and other Cx industry reports are available in their entirety here. In addition to Commissioning Giants, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, published the BCxA’s report summary of current commissioning market status in its October issue. Among the important aspects of commissioning, one of the hardest to […]

2019 Commissioning Giants – Annual Survey

As a media partner with Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE), we’re pleased to see that the magazine’s Commissioning Giants Annual Survey includes a high percentage of BCxA members. In fact, the Top 25 commissioning firms include 20 corporate and/or individual BCxA members, plus two of four firms in Tetra Tech’s High-Performance Buildings Group. According to CSE survey […]

BCxA Members: Your 2019 Survey Results

The annual BCxA Member Survey, conducted in September, included responses from 32 states in the U.S., five provinces in Canada, and seven countries, representing members in these categories: Respondents were asked what percent of their business is conducted in each of four categories. Many firms provide multiple Cx services, as the numbers show: New Construction […]