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ASHRAE Annual Conference, Houston: Cx Outcomes

BCxA was represented at the ASHRAE committee meetings this last week by staff and BCxA members.  The Technical Committee 7.9 (TC 7.9) Building Commissioning is knowledge resource (“cognizant”) for the following guidelines and standardASHRAE Guideline 0.2: The Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies ASHRAE Guideline 1.1: HVAC & R Technical Requirements for the Commissioning […]

Semantic Tagging – the Commissioning Provider’s Role

By Jim Meacham, P.E. Founding Principal, Altura Associates Semantic tagging is a data modeling schema that is highly flexible and powerful. You are probably already familiar with semantic tagging in tools you use every day. Gmail, Evernote, Microsoft Word and many other applications already allow users to add free form or pre-defined tags to their […]

The Awakened Dragon – Commissioning in China

By Derek Cheung, Isotherm Engineering Ltd. BCxA Eastern Canada Chapter Secretary What a great time I had delivering commissioning seminars for BOMA China! The seminars were well-attended. My presentations were based on new construction and existing building commissioning processes with project examples; new construction is the trend of growth in China’s urban environment. The agenda […]

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 […]