Building enclosure commissioning is technical, complex and rigorous, and should integrate with commissioning building systems that control air, moisture and temperature for maximum building performance.
Early in 2021, there will be a first-of-its-kind ISO 17024-compliant certification, undergoing accreditation set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), that reinforces qualifications of BECx professionals. The Certified Building Enclosure Commissioning Provider (CBECxP®) certification has been developed and will be launched by the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC), a global membership organization originally established in 1983 as the Roof Consultants Institute.
Like the BCCB’s Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP), the CBECxP certification is based on content with exam input and review by senior subject matter experts and psychometrics professionals, and ASTM, ASHRAE, and NIBS commissioning guidance documents. John Runkle, BCxA International Board member and recognized BECx subject matter expert, serves on the IIBEC CBECxP Question Development Task Force.
Qualifications and eligibility to test for the CBECxP certification are evaluated through a flexible point-based combination of education, experience, and industry credentials. A passing score on the CBECxP exam and annual continuing education hours are required to hold this certification.
In an interview with IIBEC representatives Alexander Jeffries and Emily Lorenz, PE, BCxA learned that IIBEC has grown from 35+ years ago into an international association of more than 3500 members who specialize in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall specification and design. In 2019, RCI rebranded as IIBEC to recognize the mushrooming interest and expanding services offered by building enclosure consultants worldwide, including the need for rigorously qualified building enclosure commissioning providers.
IIBEC now offers building enclosure courses and seminars covering all elements and technical topics for the building enclosure. Taught by professionals like Emily, curricula are focused on professional roofing consulting and observation, and total building enclosure courses, and can lead to one or more of IIBEC’s available professional registrations.
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