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CRE Activities Forecast 2020 Themes

The nonprofit Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) says that building portfolio owners and asset managers are taking action on climate change, and in 2019 the activities in the commercial real estate market expanded considerably. For example, according to statistics cited in an article by Chris Brown: Investor action on climate change was higher in 2019 […]

Future Ready: Operating in the Energy Cloud

The “Energy Cloud,” like other IOT networks, are being designed to increase efficiencies in energy systems across commercial building types and users. Even beyond energy, key trends pushing this movement forward include increased regulations to reduce carbon emissions; transition to decentralized grids; more customer decisions and choices for equipment and systems types; cost/savings; and increasing […]

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 […]

TVD IN IPD: What’s in your Bucket? – Value Informs Cost

Last week, a principal architect at SRG Partners published an essay focused on Target-Value Design (TVD) as an element of lean integrated project delivery (IPD), especially in design/build contracts. She says it is “a way to break the project budget into smaller buckets of money and then designing to meet the smaller buckets. You begin […]

BIM Software: Best Ratings in 2019

Most of you are likely familiar with the term Building Information Modeling (BIM), if not the use of it in your projects. BIM is, like commissioning, a process. Whereas all BIM processes are based on software that acquires data, the Cx process is based on training, experience and perception that touches documentation, people, and equipment. […]

BCxA Presents Value of EBCx – Building Data and Market Survey

At the ASHRAE Annual Conference this week, BCxA President Tom Poeling presented an overview of EBCx-specific building data, along with snippets of our forthcoming market study results, from the Value of Commissioning study conducted in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL). Among the conclusions are that EBCx energy savings, outside of utility programs, could […]

Dodge/Autodesk Survey: KPIs of Construction

Autodesk (think: AutoCAD, BIM 360, Revit and digital twin software) commissioned a study with Dodge Data and Analytics to survey contractors and trade professionals to identify and analyze current processes for planning and executing projects. Process (performance) indicators key to providing commissioning services were identified as especially useful for defining performance in delivering building construction […]

Getting to Zero: Drivers, Technologies & Buildings Database

The New Buildings Institute (NBI) hosted a webinar this month presenting nationwide research on the status and trends of zero energy buildings, and the organization’s “Getting to Zero Buildings Database.” The presentation included the Vice President, Global Sustainability and Industry Initiatives at Johnson Controls, who shared findings from the 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator Study, a […]

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 […]

Modular construction Cx?

Modular construction, or offsite prefabricated structures and systems assembly, is affecting the new construction industry across the nation. According to Forbes, over $1 billion in venture capital funding has been invested in modular building startups in the past few years. The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS, or The Institute) recently released Report of the […]