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2019 Vermont Commercial Building Energy Standards

John Penney, BCxA International Board member, brought to our attention the standards activities of Public Service Vermont this year. Vermont, a leader in energy efficiency, undertook a sweeping review of its Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES) and has produced proposed standards, significantly based on IECC 2018, that are expected to be adopted in March 2019, […]

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 […]

We’re Advocating For You: Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit

Resilient-Efficient-Secure was the theme of this year’s Energy Exchange|Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland, Ohio. BCxA participated on the event’s planning committee, and we were also a proud Silver Sponsor and exhibitor. Our long-term partnership with FEMP in helping to plan and support this conference has allowed us the opportunity to advocate for commissioning on a […]

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 […]

ASHRAE Annual Conference, Houston: Cx Outcomes

BCxA was represented at the ASHRAE committee meetings this last week by staff and BCxA members.  The Technical Committee 7.9 (TC 7.9) Building Commissioning is knowledge resource (“cognizant”) for the following guidelines and standardASHRAE Guideline 0.2: The Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies ASHRAE Guideline 1.1: HVAC & R Technical Requirements for the Commissioning […]

WE’RE ADVOCATING FOR YOU! Cx in the Marketplace: The Smart Analytics Campaign

Major energy savings. Improved maintenance. Solid data management. BCxA is a proud Organizing Partner in this Campaign, which recognized five organizations for their exemplary implementation of Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) in the 2nd Annual Spring Awards. Participants have earned significant benefits from their installation of EMIS, and their use of these tools in their […]

WE’RE ADVOCATING FOR YOU! Certification: Louisiana Legislature

On April 9th, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed Bill No. 748, Occupational Licensing Review Act which recommends that “Individuals possessing a ‘certification’ from a voluntary program shall not utilize the term ‘certified’ as a title.” Our concern, as with other ANSI-accredited certifying organizations, was that the Certified Commissioning Professional designation would be disallowed in […]

WE’RE ADVOCATING FOR YOU!

Meeting with leaders who support the advancement of commissioning is inspiring. Between sponsoring and attending the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) Building Innovation Conference, participating in the ASHRAE Winter Conference, and working with the US DOE Energy Exchange Planning Committee, we’ve been able to work face to face with people who want to influence […]