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Owners: Your Buildings Are Not Getting Simpler

Editorials are meant to influence opinion and promote critical thinking — essentially, an opinionated news story. We added this section to The Checklist to allow for articles that reflect our market, and provoke thought or action. If selected, your article may either contain a byline or be anonymous. By Andy Cooper, CCP, NEBB BSC, BECxP, […]

The K-Factor: Calibrating VAV Box Airflow

Why Do We Care? By Lyn Gomes, P.E., CCP, LEED AP, CLCATT Project Manager, Director, BCxA International Board Airflow reported at the variable air volume (VAV) box is actually a measure of total pressure. It gets converted into an airflow by a multiplier, commonly called k-factor, that is generated during test and balance (TAB). K-factor […]

BCxA Panel at AEI April Conference

BCxA is proud to be a Cooperating Organization of the AEI 2019 Conference, April 3-6 in Tysons, Virginia. The theme of the conference is Integrated Building Solutions – The National Agenda. In partnership with The Pennsylvania State University, the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) is holding its 8th Biennial Professional Conference. BCxA’s Executive Director, Liz Fischer, […]

AHR Award Goes to BCxA Corporate Member

Semantic Modeling & Tagging BCxA Corporate Member DLR Group was honored by Project Haystack at the Control Trends Awards Ceremony during the AHR Expo in Atlanta. The award was based on DLR’s adoption of semantic modeling and tagging methodology for smart building design strategies, monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx), and smart energy management. Project Haystack is a […]

North Carolina Building Code: New Cx Provisions

The North Carolina Building Code Council has completed a code cycle and has elected to update the current code effective January 1st, 2019. The base documents for the 2018 North Carolina (NC) Codes are the 2015 suite of ICC codes, including the 2015 IECC with amendments. The commercial building section (section C408) of the International […]

Letter from the President

Re:  Use Your Passion, Accelerate Your Career! Dear BCxA Members and Associates, In the past 12 years, the BCxA has provided an extraordinary opportunity to expand my career, my professional network, and my viewpoint of the building industry. I’ve learned that we are an organization of passionate professionals with a shared mission to “drive the […]

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 […]