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Construction Workplace of the Future – Computation and Commissioning

Construction technology is an emerging subsector that requires workers with a “top-to-bottom understanding of the principles of good construction, project management and computer coding” — also known as computational engineers. A construction firm’s ability to review and capture relevant design data (from 3D BIM models, for example) and apply it to decision-making for construction procurement, […]

Nonresidential Lending Ramps Up – Construction Market: Better Than You Thought?

The construction market – and thus the commissioning profession – is reputedly slower since the onset of COVID-19. But in the second quarter, U.S. banks had $380.61 billion in total construction loans on their books, according to regulatory filings, up 2.9% from the first quarter. Banks’ construction loans as a percentage of total loans and […]

“Deep Green” Gets New Green Light – Healthy Buildings for People and Planet

On July 16, Canada Green Building Council launched a new initiative designed to rally support for a green recovery that includes green building. Industry leaders have lent their support to encourage government decision-makers to direct stimulus spending toward green building initiatives. According to CaGBC, research shows that stimulus spending on green building and progressive policies […]

LEED 4.1 “Safety First” – O&M Pilot Credits for Re-Entry

Four new Safety-First Pilot Credits have been created in response to the pandemic. The credits outline how LEED will support recovery efforts as businesses and communities prepare for post-pandemic life. The USGBC will refine the Safety Credit recommendations as needed and is welcoming feedback. Re-Enter Workspace. Space preparation; workforce preparation; access control; social distancing; green […]

Up in the Air – OCx and COVID-19

Energy efficiency. Greenhouse gas emissions. Indoor air. Outdoor air. Systems, metrics and benchmarks…Local Law 97 is complicated. New York City’s Climate Mobilization Act LL97 requires buildings of more than 25,000 square feet to meet the first set of mandated energy efficiency and emissions reduction goals by 2024, or face major incremental fines every year. The […]

Returning to the Workplace – A Phased Approach

Control Engineering magazine outlines a three-phased approach to return to the workplace: restricted phase, controlled phase and finally the unrestricted phase. The article, including layouts and diagrams, outlines a 7-step approach to the restricted phase. Here’s how: Establish a multidisciplinary re-entry task force. When establishing your team, considering creating a task force to develop the […]

What’s in a Post-Pandemic Office Building? Design Modified to Respond During Construction

When it opens later this summer, The 90,000-square-foot Fulton East Chicago office building will be one of the first in the country with features designed to address COVID-19 safety concerns. It was under construction when the outbreak hit, and has been engineered for maximum social distancing, touch-free operation, and air and surface sanitization. Redesigned details […]

Is the “Glass Box” Going Out the Window? These Building Enclosures Aren’t Making the Grade

Designing or recladding with a glass building enclosure during the time of COVID-19 has brought up issues beyond energy performance. Among the many attractions of glass is, of course, beauty. But equally or more important is occupants’ physical and mental health, which can be more dependent on things like natural daylight, connection to the outdoor […]

Get Ahead of Technology Transitions – DOE Commercialization Projects

Building technology research and transitioning to commercial applications is accelerating. Last week, the U.S. DOE announced more than $20.1 million in federal funding for 58 projects, supported by their Office of Technology Transitions Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). Some of the projects are specific to EERE’s Building Technologies Office and may affect commissioning trends and tools. […]

Congratulations, Rachel Rueckert, PE – “Notable Woman in Construction and Design”

Reprinted from the Milwaukee Business Times feature, “Notable Women in Construction and Design.” BCxA member and Central Chapter President-Elect Rachel Rueckert is a partner and senior commissioning provider with Brookfield, WI-based Ring & DuChateau Consulting Engineers. She joined the firm’s commissioning group as a commissioning provider and department co-leader in 2010, and was named a […]