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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 […]

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 […]