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Inside Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg: BCxA Annual Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, is a figure to be reckoned with. Brilliance, enthusiasm, humility and a passion for building science are combined into his work with integrated teams of microbiolists, chemists, mechanical and electrical engineers, commissioning providers, architects and others in the building community who are working toward a safe and healthy built environment, […]

California 2019 Energy Code – Nonresidential Building Envelope

Envelope (Enclosure) Code Presentation The 2019 California Energy Code, aka Building Energy Efficiency Standards—Title 24, became effective on January 1, 2020. Last month (June), the California Energy Commission released this comprehensive presentation on the nonresidential building envelope mandatory and prescriptive measures now in place. BECx Checklist for Air Leakage The CEC mandatory requirements include limiting […]

Is the “Glass Box” Going Out the Window? These Building Enclosures Aren’t Making the Grade

Designing or recladding with a glass building enclosure during the time of COVID-19 has brought up issues beyond energy performance. Among the many attractions of glass is, of course, beauty. But equally or more important is occupants’ physical and mental health, which can be more dependent on things like natural daylight, connection to the outdoor […]

Re-Occupancy Assessment – AIA Risk Management Plan for Buildings

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has produced a seven-step risk management plan to assist design teams and clients when re-occupying buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan assists with assessing hazards, applying architectural or engineering strategies, and reducing risk. It uses an evidence-based design approach, documents design decisions, and functions as a repository for […]

Advocacy, Leadership and Mentoring – Building the Next Generation

By Liz Fischer, BCxA Executive Director As Executive Director of the BCxA I spend a fair amount of time advocating for our members and the commissioning profession. As an organization we also have members who act as liaisons to other industry associations, committees and boards, and we promote commissioning throughout the building community and regulatory […]

Get Ahead of Technology Transitions – DOE Commercialization Projects

Building technology research and transitioning to commercial applications is accelerating. Last week, the U.S. DOE announced more than $20.1 million in federal funding for 58 projects, supported by their Office of Technology Transitions Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). Some of the projects are specific to EERE’s Building Technologies Office and may affect commissioning trends and tools. […]

NEEA Cx 2019 Report – Long Term Monitoring and Tracking (LTMT)

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), which provided original funding to help start the BCxA years ago, and its consultant The Cadmus Group (a BCxA corporate member), conducted its annual commissioning market study of the NW region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana). The Long Term Monitoring and Tracking (LTMT) survey enables NEEA to track and […]

Spotlight: Marcus Myers

“Every time I can help make things better it’s a reward.” “Years ago, I didn’t know I was doing commissioning,” says Marcus Myers, CxA, CEM, LEED® AP, AIA Associate, LFA, and BCxA Southwest Chapter Board member. “I worked construction starting when I was 14 years old, later had my own business doing home renovation. Now, […]

Congratulations, Rachel Rueckert, PE – “Notable Woman in Construction and Design”

Reprinted from the Milwaukee Business Times feature, “Notable Women in Construction and Design.” BCxA member and Central Chapter President-Elect Rachel Rueckert is a partner and senior commissioning provider with Brookfield, WI-based Ring & DuChateau Consulting Engineers. She joined the firm’s commissioning group as a commissioning provider and department co-leader in 2010, and was named a […]

2020 BCxA (Virtual) Annual Conference Invite

By Craig Hawkins, a BCxA Founder Many of us were looking forward to engaging and networking at the BCxA Annual Conference, originally scheduled for late September in Phoenix, AZ. However, there’s been a “slight change in plans.” Like many gatherings in 2020, the Conference has gone virtual! So, you might ask, “What does this mean […]