blog

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 […]

2019 hospital construction survey

In March, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) released the results of its annual construction survey. Each year the survey focuses on different core topics – this year, the spotlight was on (1) the cost of regulations and uneven code enforcement, and (2) forecast for new construction, major renovation, and building systems in 2019-2020. […]

Canada’s New IPD Contract

The new Canadian Construction Documents Committee contract, “CCDC 30 – Integrated Project Delivery Contract” addresses issues specific to integrated project delivery (IPD) deliverables, liability allocation, and [READ MORE] the usual contract terminology. The purpose of IPD is to increase efficiency, reduce waste and reduce project team disputes. The concept is that the design/construction team, including commissioning […]

Value of OCx – 2018 Initial Market Perspective

The BCxA/LBNL 2018 Value of Commissioning study examined market and individual building data for new construction, existing building, and ongoing commissioning (OCx). The market survey included 120 responses (83% CxPs, 17% Owners, managers, design engineers and construction contractors) from all regions throughout North America. Long-term building performance measurement, increasingly known as Ongoing Commissioning, or OCx, […]

From The Field: Persistence of Energy Savings

  A New study released by The Urban Land Institute and their Greenprint Center for Building Performance indicates a 30% reduction in carbon footprint since 2009 for buildings participating in ULI’s program. This is a great message for persistence. The study is worth a read for ideas for EBCx (and New Cx) measures. The largest […]

FROM THE FIELD: M&V — How To Do It Right

Lyn Gomes, PE, CCP, LEED AP, CLCATT kW Engineering I did a post-occupancy site visit for a job where the M&V component wasn’t designed very well. Our design review comments were not included and it wasn’t coordinated between disciplines. As a result, the problems never got fixed and still plague the project – over a […]

FROM THE FIELD: EBCx Market Investigation

EBCx: Survey, Impact Analysis and Charts Courtesy of Ryan Alexander Hallowell, Author Ryan Hallowell recently completed his Master of Science (Energy) thesis at Texas A&M University. His paper, “Existing Building Commissioning: Exploration of Use and Impacts,” will be a significant contribution to the current body of knowledge around the commissioning profession and quantification of its impact on cost […]