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BCXA/LBNL VALUE OF COMMISSIONING STUDY – DECEMBER 2017 UPDATE

By Tom Poeling, PE, CEM, CCP, US Engineering Company BCxA International Board Member The November 2017 ASHRAE Journal contains an article entitled “A Conversation on Commissioning”. In the article, panel members are asked to define the value of commissioning. Several panel members referred to the 2009 Evan Mills study for statistics on cost/benefits and types […]

10 Reasons Why We’re a 15-Year BCxA Member

By Jeffrey K. Conner, P.E./ CCP/ BCxP/ LEED AP – Grumman/Butkus Associates  About 15 years ago, I decided that as a “career enhancing next step” getting involved with a professional organization focused on building commissioning would be a great decision. As a corporate officer of a consulting engineering firm, becoming engaged in an outside organization also […]

Benefits of Steam Trap Surveys

Now’s the time to start thinking about your steam usage! Written By: Steven Johnson, Project Engineer, Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP When performing a steam trap survey on your building’s systems, owners/operators receive a comprehensive map of how efficiently their current steam systems are operating. A well-executed steam trap survey will also include a plan for […]

2017 – Stellar Year for BCxA Awards at NCBC

Each year, BCxA has the pleasure of recognizing outstanding contributions to our commissioning profession and the Association. This year, culminating in the 25th Anniversary of NCBC, was a stellar year for awards to both individuals and chapters. BENNER AWARD In memory of Nancy Benner, the Benner Award recognizes outstanding achievement in promoting excellence and making […]

Four Candidates Awarded Scholarships from the BCxA Scholarship Foundation

The BCxA Scholarship Foundation announced the award of scholarships to four individuals who applied to the foundation’s annual scholarship program. Jesse Addison Corzine was awarded $1,500 to continue pursuing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Jesse has consistently made the Dean’s List while also working as a commissioning intern since July […]

Just arrived! New Building Commissioning Handbook, 3rd edition, now in stock!

We are excited to offer the long-awaited, completely revised and updated Building Commissioning Handbook, 3rd edition at a special introductory price right now! Significantly expanded from the 2nd edition published 10 years ago, this Handbook adds detailed instructions on New Construction (NCCx), Existing Building (EBCx), Ongoing (OCx), and Building Enclosure (BECx) commissioning. This edition offers […]

What is Building Enclosure Commissioning? Benefits and Tips

By Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP HEA loves to stay ahead of the curve – who doesn’t? This is why we’ve put a lot of effort into our newest service offering, Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx). This process will deliver an efficient building and can also keep your facility in tip top shape. What is Building Enclosure […]

CCP / CCF Congratulations: August 2017

BCxA would like to congratulate the following individuals and organizations on achieving Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) and Certified Commissioning Firm (CCF) designation. These individuals and firms join the ranks of the most qualified commissioning providers in the industry. Excellent work! New CCPs Drew A. Koenig, STAN & Associates, Inc., Dayton, OH Thomas Joseph Mulqueen, McKinstry, Portland, OR Stephen C. Sanford, […]

Education is for Everyone

by Craig A. Hawkins, CxA, CCP Where, or how, did you learn Commissioning (Cx)? Did you attend a college or trade school to learn how to commission building systems? Did you take a week-long Cx training course? Did you mentor under someone asserting their knowledge of commissioning? Are you self-taught, reading a Cx guidebook or […]

Commissioning for the Future: Demand Response, Microgrid Cx & PEER Certification

Commissioning is on the cusp of evolution beyond the single-building perspective, and expanding into commissioning a broader infrastructure where resilience, reliability, efficiency and performance form the basis for “smart cities” and sustainable portfolios. Read on to learn more about electrical ecosystems that will incorporate microgrids, district energy, demand response and other features into community and […]