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NSC/SAFER Recommendations – Opening: A Can of Worms

The National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization established by Congress in 1913, recently formed the “SAFER task force” (Safe Actions For Employee Returns) which identified the 10 universal actions employers must consider for healthy buildings before reopening after coronavirus shutdown, and released a series of playbooks with in-depth recommendations for doing so safely. “Reopening businesses […]

OCx in the Time of Pandemic

By Jesse Sycuro, P.E., CCP BCxA International Board of Directors The following article about performing Ongoing Commissioning (OCx) in the “new normal” is based on recent studies conducted by scientists, engineers and researchers. Many of these studies contain limitations, and research is continuing to better understand the transmission risks of COVID-19. For any facility, you […]

COVID Hospital: A Heroic Collaboration – Turner, JB&B, USACE D-B-Cx in High Gear!

By Wallace F. “Wally” Workmaster, Jr. Associate, Jaros Baum & Bolles, NY At the end of March 2020, BCxA corporate member Jaros Baum & Bolles (JB&B) was contacted by Turner Construction Company (TCCO) and asked to join a team for the design-build construction of a 1,000+ bed alternate care facility at Stony Brook University under […]

Spotlight: Brad Jones, PE, CCP, LEED AP BD&C

President, BCxA Northeast Chapter Cadmus, Principal From summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro to leading Cadmus Group’s high-performance buildings practice in Waltham, MA, Brad Jones has forged his own path. We asked him to share career thoughts and advice, and some personal experiences. Here’s what he said: When did you engage with commissioning? My work as a commissioning […]

Remember Airplanes? BCxA’s Tracey Jumper Awarded CSE 40 Under 40!

It’s exciting to see that Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) selected BCxA International Board member Tracey Jumper as a winner of the “40 Under 40” competition. A short bio, along with her photo, are available in CSE’s digital magazine on page 14. We thought you’d also want to know that they left out two very important things […]

Do You Need ISO 45001 Certification? Safety/Health Standard for the Built Environment

The ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) Standard is an International Standard that “specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, with guidance for…preventing injury and illness.” Like other ISO Standards, Certification to ISO 45001 is not required, but its contents are useful for all businesses. Certification may not […]

Healthy Office Buildings – HPIs and the Hierarchy of Controls

“Sick Building Syndrome” has always been associated with dust, smoke, mold, asbestos and chemicals, coupled with inadequately performed air changes. Until now, there has not been a sudden, universal, untraceable and potentially deadly intrusion of airborne viral particulates coming from building occupants themselves. Existing buildings, whether open or closed during the pandemic, compel consideration of […]

Hands-Free Life with AI? MIT and Realtors Share Their Visions

“Envision…using an app on your smartphone to open the door, hands-free. Artificial Intelligence (AI) recognizes you as having authorized access to the building, selects your floor on the elevator and has adjusted your temperature, lighting, window shades and music preferences for your office. It knows your coffee preferences and has one waiting for you at […]