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ASHRAE 2019: Building Our New Energy Future

This year ASHRAE President Sheila Hayter is promoting a platform for Building Our New Energy Future, emphasizing the importance that buildings, distributed generation, smart grid and smart building controls hold in that future. The BCxA continues to leverage partnerships to work towards the shared goal of achieving that New Energy Future. Buildings are now the […]

Summary: ASHRAE/AHR Technical Conference & Expo

This is review is from the ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo held in Atlanta, Georgia this month.  The review is provided by Tom Poeling. Status of Technical Committee Reviews BCxA got an early start at the conference, with members participating in weekend TC7.9: Commissioning (Technical Committee) meetings focused on standards and guidelines. There were […]

Building New Resilience In North America: New U.S. Benchmarks & Canada Building Code

The International Code Council (ICC) and the Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR) have just released their community resilience benchmarks on buildings. This pilot document, the first in a series of community benchmarks, focuses on providing communities with a mechanism to evaluate their current state of resilience and a guide for areas in which […]

Project Haystack “Connections”

Project Haystack, which is partnering with ASHRAE to develop naming conventions for the proposed ASHRAE Standard 223P: “Designation and Classification of Semantic Tags for Building Data,” recently published its 62-page quarterly, “Connections.” An article by Marc Petock describes how to develop a data management plan for accurate building performance analytics, with guidance for collection, sorting […]

EDITORIAL: Offsite (Prefab) Construction

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS report), “Results of the 2018 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey,” is an update to a 2014 industry survey on prefabricated construction assemblies. The study discusses the state of the industry, current trends, and challenges. The biggest challenges identified in the report were lack of programming (aka: what you want […]

Editorial: The Building Science of Tomorrow

Architects’ thirst for new and innovative building aesthetics will always feed the need for new products. However, new materials come and go, and rarely are game-changing. More often than not, new materials boost wide ranging applications, come with a price tag that few projects can afford, and are limited to the elite projects. Recent articles […]