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Building Enclosure – That’s a Wrap!

A recent article in BD+C Magazine, “Building Wrap and the Code; What you Need to Know,” cites International Building Code and ASTM codes, and describes the International Code Council-Evaluation Service’s evaluation criteria for building “wrap” (also known as WRBs, a popular method of protecting building enclosures against moisture intrusion). The article also lists key performance […]

Advocacy, Leadership and Mentoring – Building the Next Generation

By Liz Fischer, BCxA Executive Director As Executive Director of the BCxA I spend a fair amount of time advocating for our members and the commissioning profession. As an organization we also have members who act as liaisons to other industry associations, committees and boards, and we promote commissioning throughout the building community and regulatory […]

Clearing the Air for Owners – Reopening: A Critical Cx Skill Set

By Dan Forino, BCxA President One of the questions we’re asked again and again since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic is, “how do I know it is safe to return to work?” As it turns out, Commissioning Providers (CxPs) have an advantageous skill set to help owners and Operators assess the situation, and support […]

Spotlight: Brad Jones, PE, CCP, LEED AP BD&C

President, BCxA Northeast Chapter Cadmus, Principal From summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro to leading Cadmus Group’s high-performance buildings practice in Waltham, MA, Brad Jones has forged his own path. We asked him to share career thoughts and advice, and some personal experiences. Here’s what he said: When did you engage with commissioning? My work as a commissioning […]

Workplace Considerations – The Built Environment and COVID-19 Transmission

An article appeared on April 7th, in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, focused on guidance to decision makers for the built environment —owners, facility managers, building operators, and occupants attempting to minimize infectious disease transmission through environmentally mediated pathways. The paper, based on research at the University of Oregon and University of […]

USGBC’S Peer Rating System – Microgrids and Portfolio-Scale Sustainability Projects

By Wayne A. Dunn, PE, PEng, LEED AP – Principal, E.W. Dunn (content edited) Join BCxA’s Board Member, Wayne Dunn, for his webinar September 9th describing the approach and benefits of the USGBC/GBCI third-party rating system known as PEER: Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal. What’s in it for commissioning providers? A lot! This is a […]

Want a better building? Do this.

Editorials are meant to influence opinion and promote critical thinking — essentially, an opinionated news story. We added this section to The Checklist to allow for articles that reflect our market, and provoke thought or action. If selected, your article may either contain a byline or be anonymous. by Justin D’Arcy, PE, and Sumeta Sachdeva, […]

Owners: Your Buildings Are Not Getting Simpler

Editorials are meant to influence opinion and promote critical thinking — essentially, an opinionated news story. We added this section to The Checklist to allow for articles that reflect our market, and provoke thought or action. If selected, your article may either contain a byline or be anonymous. By Andy Cooper, CCP, NEBB BSC, BECxP, […]

EDITORIAL: Offsite (Prefab) Construction

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS report), “Results of the 2018 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey,” is an update to a 2014 industry survey on prefabricated construction assemblies. The study discusses the state of the industry, current trends, and challenges. The biggest challenges identified in the report were lack of programming (aka: what you want […]

Editorial: The Building Science of Tomorrow

Architects’ thirst for new and innovative building aesthetics will always feed the need for new products. However, new materials come and go, and rarely are game-changing. More often than not, new materials boost wide ranging applications, come with a price tag that few projects can afford, and are limited to the elite projects. Recent articles […]