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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 […]

EDITORIAL: The Future of Cx – Wearable Technology?

Commissioning has been around for many years – are you still using the same checklists and forms you used 15 years ago? Technology has changed the MEP-FP systems. Buildings themselves have changed with more technology. Designing has changed into computerized design drawings. Construction has changed with digital drawings, use of new materials, pre-fab, and processes […]

Editorial: Does the Cx Process Have a Place at the ‘Lean’ Table?

By Tom Poeling, BCxA President-Elect US Engineering Company The Cx process still plays well with the design/build, integrated project delivery (IPD), and Lean processes. These processes put a premium on compressing the schedule, and making decisions quicker in a team environment in order to satisfy the clients’ Conditions of Satisfaction. Compressed design and construction schedules […]

Editorial: The Very Real and Sad Truth About Codes and Commissioning

Editorials are meant to influence opinion and promote critical thinking — essentially, an opinionated news story. We are adding a section to The Checklist to allow for occasional articles that reflect our market, and provoke thought or action. If selected, your article may either contain a byline or be anonymous.  BCxA President John Villani has offered […]