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BCxA Members: Your 2019 Survey Results


The annual BCxA Member Survey, conducted in September, included responses from 32 states in the U.S., five provinces in Canada, and seven countries, representing members in these categories:

Respondents were asked what percent of their business is conducted in each of four categories. Many firms provide multiple Cx services, as the numbers show:

New Construction (NCCx)                              98%

Existing Building (EBCx)                                93%

Ongoing and Monitoring Based (OCx)        64%

Building Enclosure (BECx)                            50%

 

Responding members say:

74% are certified CxPs

44% are registered Professional Engineers

38% are under 40

42% have been members for more than ten years

88% say their company pays for their membership

 

We asked members to rank the value of their membership benefits, and to identify and rate the most important topics (open-ended question) they would like the BCxA to address in the coming year.

We also asked about their use of software, by brand, for NCCx/EBCx, and separately for ongoing commissioning. We found the answers to be different for OCx.

In terms of certification, 74% of respondents are certified CxPs; not surprisingly, the majority are certified through the Building Commissioning Certification Board, and they explained why:

TOP BENEFITS: 2019

  1. BCxA advocacy and influence on commissioning issues that improve the profession
  2. Training/Education: Webinar Series, BCxA Annual Conference, Chapter Events, TechTalks, etc.
  3. Resources: Cx Templates, Best Practices
  4. Books for purchase: Building Cx Handbook, Cx Stakeholder’s Guide
  5. BCxA Website
  6. News: BCxA online Blog, Newsflash, biweekly “Checklist”
  7. Member Discounts: Trainings/Events
  8. Networking Opportunities: Chapter Meetings
  9. Career Listings, Job Resources

MOST IMPORTANT TOPICS: 2019

  1. New Cx Technology
  2. How-to Field Solutions
  3. Codes & Standards
  4. Building Sector Cx Case Studies
  5. Construction Issues
  6. Building Science Updates
  7. Cx Business Development Solutions
  8. Cx Software (All Phases)
  9. Project Communication
  10. Contract Types & Negotiation

Commissioning Software

The use of software by Cx firms is gaining hold as commissioning becomes increasingly oriented to data analytics. We asked two different questions:

  1. Do you use software to assist in new construction or existing building commissioning services? existing building commissioning services? Just over 36% of respondents said “no,” they do not use software for NCCx or EBCx. Of those who responded “yes,” just over 60% indicated they use a third party.  The remainder use proprietary (in-house) software, multiple brands, or single brands required by the owner, designer, or construction firm.
  2. Do you use software for ongoing commissioning services (OCx)?
    Just over 60% said “no,” they do not use software for OCx. Of those who responded “yes,” their software solutions were mixed.

The importance of software as a commissioning tool is being recognized across the building industry. BCxA will continue to track and report on the evolution of software tools and processes over the coming year. The BCxA Ongoing Best Practices document is scheduled for publication in early 2020.

Certification

74% of respondents said certification helps them obtain work, because (in their own words):

  • Certified personnel help us get to the actual interview with a new client.
  • Certifications require experience and knowledge and clients are aware of this.
  • Most of our Cx jobs now require the CCP or equivalent. Many also require LEED AP or PE
  • Good selling point for marketing and helps to hone skills needed.

Every year more members respond that they see Cx certification as a requirement in RFPs – often due to state and local policies, other times due to military or federal specifications, but increasingly in the private sector – indicating a small but growing trend. New codes and standards are driving up the recognition of certification as an indicator of quality performance in many sectors.

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