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NYC: Renovation and Legislation

BCxA Board member Ryan Lean and two partners from Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B) presented three case studies on best approaches to using data and other tools to assess building performance, testing/tuning individual building components, managing system upgrades, and conducting full building renovations at a recent BOMA New York monthly meeting. The speakers also presented […]

Mass Save EBCx Incentive Plans

A pay-for-performance energy efficiency structure can be used as a primary pathway for customers pursuing existing building commissioning and monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx). The MASS Save 3-year (2019-2021) plan for improving energy efficiency across the state of Massachusetts includes “Strategic Enhancements and Major Innovations — Expedited Paths to Capture Operations & Maintenance Savings & Retro-Commissioning.” Massachusetts […]

Getting to Zero: Drivers, Technologies & Buildings Database

The New Buildings Institute (NBI) hosted a webinar this month presenting nationwide research on the status and trends of zero energy buildings, and the organization’s “Getting to Zero Buildings Database.” The presentation included the Vice President, Global Sustainability and Industry Initiatives at Johnson Controls, who shared findings from the 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator Study, a […]

2019 EE Sector Job Trends

The U.S. Energy and Employment Report, produced annually by National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and Energy Futures Initiative (EFI), identifies important trends and skill sets for the energy workforce. For 2019, employers report a projected aggregate growth rate for energy efficiency employment of nearly 8%. Construction employers, in particular, report expect energy efficiency […]

Marriott Corporation: Modular “Accommodation”

In our last issue, we featured modular/prefab buildings as an up-and-coming construction model, leading to the question of quality-focused integrated performance issues — i.e., how to commission pre-assembled systems and facilities. As the market and confidence in the process continue to grow, we see this as a potentially disruptive (combination of) building technologies for Cx […]

Don’t Complain About Title 24 – Do Something!

The California Energy Commission selects measures to support for each code cycle of California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6). Potentially useful changes to building commissioning were not included in 2019 updates to the standards — but before July 31st (3 months from now) you have the opportunity to be heard: submit commissioning […]

Treading (Lightly) Toward a 100% Clean Energy Future

No matter how the conversation about a “Green New Deal” evolves (or not) in Congress, states and cities across the U.S. are implementing codes, policies and initiatives for clean resources, carbon reduction, and distributed energy. Despite some efforts to the contrary, this trend has been growing faster in the past 12 months than ever in […]

Advocacy: The Fight for Certification

Professional certification like the Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) and the Associate Commissioning Professional (ACP) are used to demonstrate proven credentials. Last Fall, the Building Commissioning Certification Board (BCCB) joined with over 100 associations to support the Professional Certification Coalition (PCC). This coalition was organized by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and the American Society of […]