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Does Force Majeure Cover Pandemics? Two Legal Opinions

To be classified as force majeure, an event must be beyond the control of the contracting parties, it cannot be anticipated, foreseeable, or expected, and the event must be unavoidable. A Canadian and a U.S. law firm share their opinions about contract language and legal coverage. Members of law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, […]

Modular and Automated Construction – It’s Not Just About BAS Software Anymore

Ever the market leader, did you know that last year Amazon started selling prefabricated hospital rooms that include a bathroom and a bed. They’re out of stock right now, but if you’re a premium member they come with free shipping. According to global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, “enhanced building technology” is currently in an […]

High Performance Buildings – Forecast for 2020 Building Technologies

A little “light” reading from High Performance Buildings magazine sheds light on daylighting, human-centric lighting, full spectrum lighting, tunable white lighting, and fenestration measures. Industry leaders also discuss BAS security, BIM efficiency, and ASHRAE’s Standard 135, BACnet SC (Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks Secure Connect) for securing the back-end of the […]

Canada’s New EE Policy Scorecard: First Annual Scorecard, Ranked by Province

Efficiency Canada, a grant-based research organization of Carleton University and its allies, published Canada’s first-ever Provincial Energy Efficiency Policy Scorecard in November, ranking each province on its performance in acquiring energy savings. The Provincial Scorecard, similar to the annual U.S. ACEEE state-by-state scorecard, assesses efficiency policies and performance in energy efficiency programs, enabling measures, buildings, […]

Enablers and Barriers to EMIS: LBNL Survey 2019

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) conducted a survey of Smart Energy Analytics Campaign (SEAC) participants and supporters over the summer to “define next steps for future collaboration with building owners and industry.” Owners and supporting partners were asked what elements have been the most helpful enablers, barriers, and what they think is necessary to mainstream […]

Annual 2019 Energy Efficiency Report: 2019 ACEEE State Scorecard Is In!

On October 1, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) published its annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, ranking all 50 states for energy efficiency achievements in four major categories that directly affect the commercial building industry: Utility and public benefits Building energy efficiency Combined heat and power (CHP) State government initiatives The annual […]

Project Value ImprovmentT (PVI) – Where Does Cx Fit? Everywhere!

According to a McKinsey industry report, “there is an art to project delivery…but another component can also provide greater efficiency and effectiveness to all projects. Project value improvement (PVI) rigorously identifies tools, management practices, and capabilities that optimize a project’s financial value from early concept to front-end engineering design (FEED).” PVI relies on early input […]

Energy Efficiency Decision-Making – A Relationship Opportunity for Commissioning Providers

As we know, deciding to invest in energy efficiency isn’t arbitrary. Three researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA conducted a survey to find out more about how Class B and C office building owners make that decision, and why. Not surprisingly, the most frequent reason for not investing was uncertainty. Yes, they’re looking […]

Raising Digital Twins – Building from Concept to Delivery

Essay by Diana Bjornskov The digital twin technology concept has been around since 2002 and was first used in the fields of astronautics and aerospace, and manufacturing and product lifecycle management. It was used by NASA for the moon exploration mission Apollo 13 and Mars Rover Curiosity. “Digital Twins” is a concept, composed of 3D […]

Marriott Corporation: Modular “Accommodation”

In our last issue, we featured modular/prefab buildings as an up-and-coming construction model, leading to the question of quality-focused integrated performance issues — i.e., how to commission pre-assembled systems and facilities. As the market and confidence in the process continue to grow, we see this as a potentially disruptive (combination of) building technologies for Cx […]