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EMIS Field Evaluation Protocol – Now Available for Use

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Smart Energy Analytics Campaign is coming to a close after four years. During this Campaign, supported by the BCxA as an Organizing Partner, LBNL has developed a more consistent, standardized approach, “Field Evaluation Protocol v2.0,” for Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS). EMIS are combined hardware and software products that […]

Healthy Office Buildings – HPIs and the Hierarchy of Controls

“Sick Building Syndrome” has always been associated with dust, smoke, mold, asbestos and chemicals, coupled with inadequately performed air changes. Until now, there has not been a sudden, universal, untraceable and potentially deadly intrusion of airborne viral particulates coming from building occupants themselves. Existing buildings, whether open or closed during the pandemic, compel consideration of […]

Value of Commissioning – Current Market Drivers

Most of our readers know that recent BCxA/LBNL Value of Commissioning Survey and other Cx industry reports are available in their entirety here. In addition to Commissioning Giants, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, published the BCxA’s report summary of current commissioning market status in its October issue. Among the important aspects of commissioning, one of the hardest to […]

Be Part of NEEA’s Paid NW Commissioning Market Survey

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), which provided funding to help start up the BCxA more than 20 years ago, has conducted a commissioning market study of the NW region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana) annually for six years. The Cx survey enables NEEA to track and report on total commissioning square footage for the […]

Tag, You’re It! How Do You Think “Semantic Tagging Will Affect Cx?”

Naming conventions plague the building design and construction industry. ASHRAE and industry partners have formed a committee to develop national and international standardized meaning and tagging that will ease the language barrier across building automation and control platforms. The resulting proposed Standard, ASHRAE 223P “Designation and Classification of Semantic Tags for Building Data,” is scheduled […]

GIMME FIVE! VALUE OF CX UPDATE

By Tom Poeling Many thanks to our commissioning providers and utility partners who have provided hundreds of project case studies for the Value of Commissioning Study. Almost 30 commissioning providers and five different utility companies have provided hundreds of case studies. BCxA is collaborating with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) to update the 2009 Evan […]

BCXA/LBNL VALUE OF COMMISSIONING STUDY – DECEMBER 2017 UPDATE

By Tom Poeling, PE, CEM, CCP, US Engineering Company BCxA International Board Member The November 2017 ASHRAE Journal contains an article entitled “A Conversation on Commissioning”. In the article, panel members are asked to define the value of commissioning. Several panel members referred to the 2009 Evan Mills study for statistics on cost/benefits and types […]