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ASHRAE Standard 224P Public Review

BIM Requirements for Design, Construction, Operation, Contracts The 45-Day working draft review of the proposed BSR/ASHRAE Standard 224P, “Standard for the Application of Building Information Model” will be completed by August 26, 2019. We have been tracking the progress of this proposed standard over the past year. Standard 224P provides minimum requirements for the application […]

BCxA Market Study – Value of Commissioning

The Building Commissioning Association (BCxA) is proud to announce publication of the “Value of Commissioning Market Survey Report.” BCxA partnered with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to produce a two-part update to the 2009 study, “Building Commissioning: A Golden Opportunity for Reducing Energy Costs and Greenhouse-Gas Emissions.” A goal of this partnership was to produce […]

ASHRAE Summer Meeting: Standards & Guidelines

By Bruce A. Pitts, BCxA President Emeritus At the ASHRAE Summer Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri last month, a lot of work was done by the SSPC 300 (ASHRAE Standing Standard Project Committee 300: Commissioning oversight committee, plus subcommittees) to modify existing Guidelines, prepare them for publication, and start new Standards and Guidelines. For example, […]

BIM Software: Best Ratings in 2019

Most of you are likely familiar with the term Building Information Modeling (BIM), if not the use of it in your projects. BIM is, like commissioning, a process. Whereas all BIM processes are based on software that acquires data, the Cx process is based on training, experience and perception that touches documentation, people, and equipment. […]

National Conference on Building and Facility Operations (NCBFO)

National Conference on Building and Facility Operations (NCBFO) September 18th & 19th, 2019 – Intercontinental Hotel, Montreal, QC Organized by Eastern Canada Chapter of Building Commissioning Association Building Commissioning Association (BCxA) is an international non-profit organization that serves as the recognized authority and resource on commissioning.  Our mission is to guide the building commissioning industry by […]

The Commissioning Profession Through a Student’s Eyes – Letter from the BCCB President

Greetings fellow commissioning providers, We take for granted what we already know and have experienced; the younger generations are eager to have those same experiences. The cool projects, the amazing buildings, the jaw-dropping stories—they want to be able to tell those stories from their own experience. I recently attended the New Construction (NCCx) and Existing […]

BCxA Presents Value of EBCx – Building Data and Market Survey

At the ASHRAE Annual Conference this week, BCxA President Tom Poeling presented an overview of EBCx-specific building data, along with snippets of our forthcoming market study results, from the Value of Commissioning study conducted in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL). Among the conclusions are that EBCx energy savings, outside of utility programs, could […]

Dodge/Autodesk Survey: KPIs of Construction

Autodesk (think: AutoCAD, BIM 360, Revit and digital twin software) commissioned a study with Dodge Data and Analytics to survey contractors and trade professionals to identify and analyze current processes for planning and executing projects. Process (performance) indicators key to providing commissioning services were identified as especially useful for defining performance in delivering building construction […]

Educate your Owners: Total Cost of Ownership & APPA TCO 1000™

APPA, the BCxA’s partner in developing the Building Commissioning Handbook (third edition 2017), has established a framework for owners of facility assets to identify, track and manage costs over the full life cycle. APPA TCO 1000™ is a recently ANSI-accredited APPA Standard for Facilities Asset Management. It provides decision-making tools for new construction and existing […]

Inside a BCxA In-Classroom Training

By Nicole Gardner, BCxA Marketing and Events Manager Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a Building Commissioning Association in-classroom training in Chicago. I sat in on the New Construction Commissioning, led by Craig Hawkins of McKinstry, and Existing Building Commissioning, led by Craig and John Villani of Grumman/Butkus Associates. Being new to […]