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Inside a BCxA In-Classroom Training

By Nicole Gardner, BCxA Marketing and Events Manager Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a Building Commissioning Association in-classroom training in Chicago. I sat in on the New Construction Commissioning, led by Craig Hawkins of McKinstry, and Existing Building Commissioning, led by Craig and John Villani of Grumman/Butkus Associates. Being new to […]

NE Chapter Annual Summit

The Northeast Chapter held its 12th Annual Commissioning Summit on May 15 in New York, NY. The full day event included twelve speakers who delivered eight sessions on the latest trends and opportunities in the industry. The event was kicked off with a presentation on upcoming updates to NYC’s local laws related to commissioning by […]

The Lists Are Out: ENR 2019

The ENR 2019 top 500 design firms and top 400 contractors were announced recently. Do you provide commissioning services for them? Here are the top 10: 2019               2018               DESIGN FIRM                                                        FIRM TYPE 1                      1                      JACOBS, Dallas, Texas                                      […]

IES vs. UL: Who’s Lighting the (Circadian) Way?

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) are in a duel over standards that may govern your circadian rhythm for lighting in the workplace. IES is the ANSI-accredited Lighting Standards Developing Organization in North America. IES has prepared a forthcoming publication, Recommended Practice for Supporting the Physiological and Behavioral Effects of Lighting in […]

Advocacy: A Member’s Role

Since our inception, education and advocacy have been the BCxA’s core offerings and strength. In recent years the Board and Staff have been developing robust education packages. Now it’s time to strengthen our policies and practices for advocacy. As new codes and standards are making their way into more cities and states, we must keep […]

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 […]