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What Are You Doing Today? BCxA Career-Worthy Activities

Now is a good time to take a breath and think long-term about your career path, or investing in your employees’ knowledge and skills One great feature of BCxA membership is the opportunity to access tools that enhance your value to clients, colleagues and yourselves. If you’re working remotely (and even if you’re not), take […]

Does Force Majeure Cover Pandemics? Two Legal Opinions

To be classified as force majeure, an event must be beyond the control of the contracting parties, it cannot be anticipated, foreseeable, or expected, and the event must be unavoidable. A Canadian and a U.S. law firm share their opinions about contract language and legal coverage. Members of law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, […]

BCxA Leadership Conference: Annual Association Business Meeting

Once a year, BCxA’s board of directors, chapter leaders, committee chairs and staff gather for two days to assess the prior year’s accomplishments and develop achievable goals for the year to come. This year’s meeting in February took place in Phoenix, AZ at the Renaissance Hotel and Spa that will be the Annual Conference venue […]

ASHRAE Winter Meeting: Standards & Guidelines

Bruce Pitts, BCxA Member Emeritus, is the BCxA’s official representative to ASHRAE. He summarizes the efforts of SSPC 300 (ASHRAE Standing Standard Project Committee 300: Commissioning oversight committee, plus subcommittees) at the Winter Meeting in Orlando last month, where the committees continued their work on updating the Standards and Guidelines. For example, ASHRAE Standards such […]

Chapter News: Northeast Chapter

The Northeast Chapter kicks off each year with an in-person annual meeting; 2020 brought representatives from 7 of the 8 states in the region. The February 13th meeting included Installation of officers for the executive committee of the board. The Chapter’s newest Board Member, Johanna Brau, is the first woman to be elected to the […]

Building Commissioning Certification Board – Newly Elected Board Members

Congratulations to the 2020 BCCB newly elected (or re-elected) members of the Building Commissioning Certification Board! Election results include: Derek Cheung, P.Eng., CCP, CBCP, CMVP, LEED Green Associate Dwight L. Gray, PE, CCP Kyle Hertenstein, PE, CCP Adam Mangrich, PE, CCP Amir Tarazy, P.Eng; CEM, CCP; BCxP; GGP; LEED AP BD+C To learn about each […]

BCxA Spotlight: David Guberud – Challenges, Thrills, Advice and Lessons Learned

You can tell just by talking with Dave Guberud that he is technical, smart, playful – and generous with his wisdom. “I’m known to be very approachable,” he says. “One of my core personal credos is that I try hard to share my knowledge for the greater good.” And that’s what he does, every day. […]

West Virginia Contractor Licensing Act 2020

If you work on building projects in WV, be aware of revised language requiring licensure, introduced in the January 9, 2020 legislature under House Bill 4012: It is unlawful for any person [“Person” includes an individual, firm, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, association, or other entity engaged in the undertaking of construction projects or any combination […]

NYC Design-Build Legislation

One of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s last actions in 2019 was to sign into law the “New York City Public Works Investment Act” (A7636-B) authorizing the use of design-build contracts, as opposed to the multi-phase design-bid-build (DBB) contract method, for many public facilities. Section 4(a) of the Act includes specifications for using a Qualifications-Based […]

Modular and Automated Construction – It’s Not Just About BAS Software Anymore

Ever the market leader, did you know that last year Amazon started selling prefabricated hospital rooms that include a bathroom and a bed. They’re out of stock right now, but if you’re a premium member they come with free shipping. According to global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, “enhanced building technology” is currently in an […]