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 up with the changes and ensure that our members are informed, and their interests are represented.

The Board of Directors in last week’s monthly Board meeting approved a Charter for a new Committee on Advocacy. The purpose as described in the Charter states:

“Their initial focus will be on relevant codes, standards, policies on state and federal legislative agendas. They will work closely with the Best Practices Committee to review codes and standards that are under consideration for being revised or added. The members shall advise staff on issues facing their state or region of changes in the practice of commissioning, the construction industry, and other built environment issues as they relate to building commissioning. This will help the staff assure accuracy and consistency in the content of BCxA materials with both the mission of the Association and our position on commissioning-related technical standards for the building industry.”

We are currently looking for 8-12 members to sit on this important committee. If you are active at the state or regional level in your building code process; if you are interested in seeing how legislative actions affect our profession; if you are passionate about ensuring a valued role for commissioning in the building community, please review the Chapter Charter and the Membership Application at

Being active on a committee is a great way to learn and influence your profession. Committee work allows you to build relationships with others in the industry, learn about trends in the built environment, and shape the future. Consider joining this or any of the BCxA Committees and help to build a strong profession!

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