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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 […]

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 […]