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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 […]

NSC/SAFER Recommendations – Opening: A Can of Worms

The National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization established by Congress in 1913, recently formed the “SAFER task force” (Safe Actions For Employee Returns) which identified the 10 universal actions employers must consider for healthy buildings before reopening after coronavirus shutdown, and released a series of playbooks with in-depth recommendations for doing so safely. “Reopening businesses […]

COVID Hospital: A Heroic Collaboration – Turner, JB&B, USACE D-B-Cx in High Gear!

By Wallace F. “Wally” Workmaster, Jr. Associate, Jaros Baum & Bolles, NY At the end of March 2020, BCxA corporate member Jaros Baum & Bolles (JB&B) was contacted by Turner Construction Company (TCCO) and asked to join a team for the design-build construction of a 1,000+ bed alternate care facility at Stony Brook University under […]

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 […]