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ASHRAE 2019: Building Our New Energy Future

This year ASHRAE President Sheila Hayter is promoting a platform for Building Our New Energy Future, emphasizing the importance that buildings, distributed generation, smart grid and smart building controls hold in that future. The BCxA continues to leverage partnerships to work towards the shared goal of achieving that New Energy Future. Buildings are now the […]

Summary: ASHRAE/AHR Technical Conference & Expo

This is review is from the ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo held in Atlanta, Georgia this month.  The review is provided by Tom Poeling. Status of Technical Committee Reviews BCxA got an early start at the conference, with members participating in weekend TC7.9: Commissioning (Technical Committee) meetings focused on standards and guidelines. There were […]

Building New Resilience In North America: New U.S. Benchmarks & Canada Building Code

The International Code Council (ICC) and the Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR) have just released their community resilience benchmarks on buildings. This pilot document, the first in a series of community benchmarks, focuses on providing communities with a mechanism to evaluate their current state of resilience and a guide for areas in which […]

Project Haystack “Connections”

Project Haystack, which is partnering with ASHRAE to develop naming conventions for the proposed ASHRAE Standard 223P: “Designation and Classification of Semantic Tags for Building Data,” recently published its 62-page quarterly, “Connections.” An article by Marc Petock describes how to develop a data management plan for accurate building performance analytics, with guidance for collection, sorting […]

EDITORIAL: Offsite (Prefab) Construction

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS report), “Results of the 2018 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey,” is an update to a 2014 industry survey on prefabricated construction assemblies. The study discusses the state of the industry, current trends, and challenges. The biggest challenges identified in the report were lack of programming (aka: what you want […]

BCxA Annual Conference: Post-Script – Brutally Honest Letter to a Speaker

By Lyn Gomes, P.E., CCP, LEED AP, CLCATT, BCxA Conference Chair kW Engineering Brutal honesty: I attended your conference presentation because I had to (room monitor/moderator). BUT I’m really glad I did. And yes, I don’t do high-rises. I got a lot out of it anyway (3 pages of notes for a 1 hour presentation!) […]

Editorial: The Very Real and Sad Truth About Codes and Commissioning

Editorials are meant to influence opinion and promote critical thinking — essentially, an opinionated news story. We are adding a section to The Checklist to allow for occasional articles that reflect our market, and provoke thought or action. If selected, your article may either contain a byline or be anonymous.  BCxA President John Villani has offered […]

2019 Vermont Commercial Building Energy Standards

John Penney, BCxA International Board member, brought to our attention the standards activities of Public Service Vermont this year. Vermont, a leader in energy efficiency, undertook a sweeping review of its Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES) and has produced proposed standards, significantly based on IECC 2018, that are expected to be adopted in March 2019, […]

THE VALUE OF COMMISSIONING: Evaluation, Results and Drivers

We all know there is value in commissioning, but HOW MUCH? The BCxA has collaborated with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) over the past year to conduct two surveys – “market issues” and “building project data.” The purpose of this project is to update the findings of the Evan Mills 2009 study to reflect today’s […]

FROM THE FIELD: EBCx Market Investigation

EBCx: Survey, Impact Analysis and Charts Courtesy of Ryan Alexander Hallowell, Author Ryan Hallowell recently completed his Master of Science (Energy) thesis at Texas A&M University. His paper, “Existing Building Commissioning: Exploration of Use and Impacts,” will be a significant contribution to the current body of knowledge around the commissioning profession and quantification of its impact on cost […]