We’re Advocating For You: Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit

Past President Bruce Pitts staffing the BCxA Booth the Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Conference in Cleveland, Ohio

Past President Bruce Pitts staffing the BCxA Booth at the Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit

Resilient-Efficient-Secure was the theme of this year’s Energy Exchange|Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland, Ohio. BCxA participated on the event’s planning committee, and we were also a proud Silver Sponsor and exhibitor. Our long-term partnership with FEMP in helping to plan and support this conference has allowed us the opportunity to advocate for commissioning on a large scale, including the use of BCxA Best Practices by the federal government. It has also given us access to talk about the hiring of CxPs as independent third-party consultants who should be hired as a professional service at the design phase.

Two Conferences in One: Presentation Sessions and Training

The newly combined Summit 2018 brought together two annual conferences for one expanded training and trade show. The summit is a three and a half day educational and networking event for those seeking to expand their knowledge of building operations, energy security and management in the federal and private sectors. More than 3,000 thought leaders from the federal, private, education, and state and local government sectors convened to accelerate the adoption of energy and water efficiency, integrated resilience, emerging and secure technologies, and replicable renewable energy solutions.

The sessions this year were focused on the ways design, operations and maintenance, and the integration of resilience and security into our buildings can be done in the most efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective manner. Other hot topics at this year’s event included workforce development, financing and performance contracting, emerging technologies, legislative policy development, and water efficiency management.

Two former presidents and BCxA current president presented on Optimizing Design, Operations, And Maintenance for Smarter Buildings: Data Analytics 101 (Bill McMullen); Commissioning for Persistence (Carl Lundstrom); and Commissioning Your Building, (John Villani). All three attracted standing-room only audiences.

The BCxA also held our two-day New Construction Commissioning (NCCx) class, and at the end of the training participants were able to take their Associate Commissioning Professional (ACP) Exam. The BCxA will continue to offer the ACP in conjunction with the two-day class, offering a discount to class participants who choose to take the exam.

At this year’s Summit, many individuals who work with CxPs on projects or secure commissioning services through the federal procurement process, asked us for sample scopes of work, help in finding providers, and how to get further education. We had a lot of traffic at the booth this year — it was exciting to see how many private and public agencies are aiming for a quality commissioning experience.

To learn more about the conference and see 2018 and past year proceedings, visit the Energy Exchange|Better Buildings Summit website.


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