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ASHRAE Winter Meeting: Standards & Guidelines

Bruce Pitts, BCxA Member Emeritus, is the BCxA’s official representative to ASHRAE. He summarizes the efforts of SSPC 300 (ASHRAE Standing Standard Project Committee 300: Commissioning oversight committee, plus subcommittees) at the Winter Meeting in Orlando last month, where the committees continued their work on updating the Standards and Guidelines. For example, ASHRAE Standards such […]

West Virginia Contractor Licensing Act 2020

If you work on building projects in WV, be aware of revised language requiring licensure, introduced in the January 9, 2020 legislature under House Bill 4012: It is unlawful for any person [“Person” includes an individual, firm, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, association, or other entity engaged in the undertaking of construction projects or any combination […]

NYC Design-Build Legislation

One of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s last actions in 2019 was to sign into law the “New York City Public Works Investment Act” (A7636-B) authorizing the use of design-build contracts, as opposed to the multi-phase design-bid-build (DBB) contract method, for many public facilities. Section 4(a) of the Act includes specifications for using a Qualifications-Based […]

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 […]

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, […]

Advocacy: A Member’s Role

Since our inception, education and advocacy have been the BCxA’s core offerings and strength. In recent years the Board and Staff have been developing robust education packages. Now it’s time to strengthen our policies and practices for advocacy. As new codes and standards are making their way into more cities and states, we must keep […]

NYC: Renovation and Legislation

BCxA Board member Ryan Lean and two partners from Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B) presented three case studies on best approaches to using data and other tools to assess building performance, testing/tuning individual building components, managing system upgrades, and conducting full building renovations at a recent BOMA New York monthly meeting. The speakers also presented […]

Advocacy: The Fight for Certification

Professional certification like the Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) and the Associate Commissioning Professional (ACP) are used to demonstrate proven credentials. Last Fall, the Building Commissioning Certification Board (BCCB) joined with over 100 associations to support the Professional Certification Coalition (PCC). This coalition was organized by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and the American Society of […]

ASHRAE 2019: Building Our New Energy Future

This year ASHRAE President Sheila Hayter is promoting a platform for Building Our New Energy Future, emphasizing the importance that buildings, distributed generation, smart grid and smart building controls hold in that future. The BCxA continues to leverage partnerships to work towards the shared goal of achieving that New Energy Future. Buildings are now the […]

Summary: ASHRAE/AHR Technical Conference & Expo

This is review is from the ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo held in Atlanta, Georgia this month.  The review is provided by Tom Poeling. Status of Technical Committee Reviews BCxA got an early start at the conference, with members participating in weekend TC7.9: Commissioning (Technical Committee) meetings focused on standards and guidelines. There were […]