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From The Field: Persistence of Energy Savings

  A New study released by The Urban Land Institute and their Greenprint Center for Building Performance indicates a 30% reduction in carbon footprint since 2009 for buildings participating in ULI’s program. This is a great message for persistence. The study is worth a read for ideas for EBCx (and New Cx) measures. The largest […]

Editorial: Does the Cx Process Have a Place at the ‘Lean’ Table?

By Tom Poeling, BCxA President-Elect US Engineering Company The Cx process still plays well with the design/build, integrated project delivery (IPD), and Lean processes. These processes put a premium on compressing the schedule, and making decisions quicker in a team environment in order to satisfy the clients’ Conditions of Satisfaction. Compressed design and construction schedules […]

Industry Partnership: MBCx Best Practices Recognized at BCxA Conference

Monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) and analytics featured strongly at the recent BCxA conference, so it was fitting that the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign (SEAC), with the BCxA as an Organizing Partner, chose this venue to recognize partners for their outstanding efforts. Amy Jiron of the U.S. DOE and Hannah Kramer of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab highlighted […]

Advocacy and Outreach: Present Yourself!

Advocacy by BCxA leaders is part of the Association’s mission and we are determined to get the word out. In October, in addition to the annual Conference on Building Commissioning, President John D. Villani co-presented at ASHRAE Illinois Chapter and ASPE Chicago Product Show, and Sylvain Duprey presented at BOMA Montreal. Ben Talbot and John […]

“Top Gun” Commissioning

By John D. Villani, PE CCP, BCxA President Vice President, Grumman|Butkus Associates In the battle against the pickup truck and drive-by commissioning process that we have discussed at length around commoditization of the commissioning industry, I would like to share another approach: “Top Gun” Commissioning! Ladies and Gentlemen, you are the top 1 percent of all […]

FROM THE FIELD: M&V — How To Do It Right

Lyn Gomes, PE, CCP, LEED AP, CLCATT kW Engineering I did a post-occupancy site visit for a job where the M&V component wasn’t designed very well. Our design review comments were not included and it wasn’t coordinated between disciplines. As a result, the problems never got fixed and still plague the project – over a […]

BCxA 20th Anniversary: Did you know?

The Start of Something Special: Regional Chapters In 2002 the BCxA started its Chapter Development Committee. The mission of the committee was to guide and assist in the formation of new chapters and support and interface with existing chapters in their growth and development for the betterment of BCxA. They were tasked to: Develop New […]

Certified Commissioning Firm – What it Means to McKinstry Co.

McKinstry’s New Certified Commissioning Firm Certification What kind of organizations elect to become Certified Commissioning Firms (CCF)? Here’s a look at one CCF from the inside out. McKinstry Co. has been a sponsor and supporter of the BCxA since the Association’s very beginnings. Craig Hawkins, Commissioning Project Director, is a BCxA Founder and a Certified […]

From The Field: Data Tagging

Data Tagging – It’s Really Very Simple Sarah Boll, High Performance Building Program Director for Utah’s Division of Facilities Construction and Management, and speaker at the 2017 NCBC Conference in Salt Lake City, was recently asked about Utah’s data tagging and analytics strategy. Question: “Is there someone in the initial design charette for new projects […]

We’re Advocating for You: Oregon Reach Codes

New Oregon “Reach” Codes  On August 1, the Oregon Building Codes Division met to finalize adoption of new Oregon Reach Codes.  The adoption of the 2018 IECC standards, plus Oregon amendments that exceed 2018 IECC for commercial structures. The Oregon Reach Codes are voluntary and are intended to achieve greater levels of energy efficiency. They […]