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Educate your Owners: Total Cost of Ownership & APPA TCO 1000™

APPA, the BCxA’s partner in developing the Building Commissioning Handbook (third edition 2017), has established a framework for owners of facility assets to identify, track and manage costs over the full life cycle. APPA TCO 1000™ is a recently ANSI-accredited APPA Standard for Facilities Asset Management. It provides decision-making tools for new construction and existing […]

IES vs. UL: Who’s Lighting the (Circadian) Way?

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) are in a duel over standards that may govern your circadian rhythm for lighting in the workplace. IES is the ANSI-accredited Lighting Standards Developing Organization in North America. IES has prepared a forthcoming publication, Recommended Practice for Supporting the Physiological and Behavioral Effects of Lighting in […]

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 […]

Mass Save EBCx Incentive Plans

A pay-for-performance energy efficiency structure can be used as a primary pathway for customers pursuing existing building commissioning and monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx). The MASS Save 3-year (2019-2021) plan for improving energy efficiency across the state of Massachusetts includes “Strategic Enhancements and Major Innovations — Expedited Paths to Capture Operations & Maintenance Savings & Retro-Commissioning.” Massachusetts […]

Don’t Complain About Title 24 – Do Something!

The California Energy Commission selects measures to support for each code cycle of California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6). Potentially useful changes to building commissioning were not included in 2019 updates to the standards — but before July 31st (3 months from now) you have the opportunity to be heard: submit commissioning […]

Treading (Lightly) Toward a 100% Clean Energy Future

No matter how the conversation about a “Green New Deal” evolves (or not) in Congress, states and cities across the U.S. are implementing codes, policies and initiatives for clean resources, carbon reduction, and distributed energy. Despite some efforts to the contrary, this trend has been growing faster in the past 12 months than ever in […]

Chicago – new building codes after 70 years!

On March 13th, before Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel leaves office in May, he introduced major revisions to the mostly 70-year-old Chicago Building Code. The code is based on the latest editions of the International Building Code (IBC) for new construction and the International Existing Building Code (IEBC). The provisions of the International Energy Conservation Code-Commercial […]

North Carolina Building Code: New Cx Provisions

The North Carolina Building Code Council has completed a code cycle and has elected to update the current code effective January 1st, 2019. The base documents for the 2018 North Carolina (NC) Codes are the 2015 suite of ICC codes, including the 2015 IECC with amendments. The commercial building section (section C408) of the International […]

ISO: New “Standard” Approach to Life-Cycle BIM

In December 2018, the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Technical Committee ISO/TC59 Buildings and Civil Engineering Works, published a two-part document on building information modeling (BIM). Part 1, ISO 19650-1:2018, Concepts and Principles, accompanies Part 2, ISO 19650-2:2018, a process guide. These documents present a standardized process for BIM during the full building life cycle, from […]

Building New Resilience In North America: New U.S. Benchmarks & Canada Building Code

The International Code Council (ICC) and the Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR) have just released their community resilience benchmarks on buildings. This pilot document, the first in a series of community benchmarks, focuses on providing communities with a mechanism to evaluate their current state of resilience and a guide for areas in which […]