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Philadelphia Building Tune-Up Law Passes Unanimously

As of November 21, owners of commercial buildings larger than 50,000 SF in Philadelphia are now required to conduct regular building tune-ups to improve energy efficiency performance, which will advance the city’s efforts to achieve its clean energy goals. Philadelphia is a member of the City Energy Project, a joint initiative of the Natural Resources […]

BECx Providers Note: NYC Is for The Birds

One of the unintended consequences of designing elegant, light-filled glass structures is that an estimated 100 million birds are killed annually in the US as a result of collisions with buildings. NYC Audubon estimates that up to 230,000 birds are killed every year from flying into the city’s buildings. On December 9, NYC Committee on […]

ICC: Commercial Building Code Violations

The International Code Council’s 2019 Common Code Noncompliance Survey Report ranks the top commercial building code violations in construction-related trades, and details the reasons behind the violations. Building inspectors rank the top causes for issues and the categories of work where they most commonly take place: Workers that don’t follow the manufacturer’s instructions. A contractor’s […]

Decarbonizing Boston Buildings

In October of 2019, Boston released its Climate Action Plan Update. Building owners & operators can expect green building zone requirements to be strengthened, existing buildings over 35,000 square feet will be required to comply with a carbon emissions performance standard, and deep retrofits will likely be necessary for buildings in the commercial sector. for […]

Ready for Regeneration?: Think “LEED Positive”

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has just announced a visionary plan for the next generation of its rating system: “LEED Positive.” According to GBCI, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), in order to help address challenges of resource scarcity, air quality, resilience and climate change, “the LEED Positive vision will guide USGBC in transitioning LEED […]

NYC Local Law 97 – Beyond Cx, Audits, Rating and Benchmarking

New York City again takes the lead with the City’s new Local Law 97, which establishes an Office of Building Energy and Emissions Performance to regulate and implement laws, policies, protocols, assessment methods, programs and actions such as: “Overseeing implementation of building energy and emissions performance laws and policies for existing buildings, new construction and […]

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 […]

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 […]