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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 […]

Inside Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg: BCxA Annual Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, is a figure to be reckoned with. Brilliance, enthusiasm, humility and a passion for building science are combined into his work with integrated teams of microbiolists, chemists, mechanical and electrical engineers, commissioning providers, architects and others in the building community who are working toward a safe and healthy built environment, […]

California 2019 Energy Code – Nonresidential Building Envelope

Envelope (Enclosure) Code Presentation The 2019 California Energy Code, aka Building Energy Efficiency Standards—Title 24, became effective on January 1, 2020. Last month (June), the California Energy Commission released this comprehensive presentation on the nonresidential building envelope mandatory and prescriptive measures now in place. BECx Checklist for Air Leakage The CEC mandatory requirements include limiting […]

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 […]

Re-Occupancy Assessment – AIA Risk Management Plan for Buildings

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has produced a seven-step risk management plan to assist design teams and clients when re-occupying buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan assists with assessing hazards, applying architectural or engineering strategies, and reducing risk. It uses an evidence-based design approach, documents design decisions, and functions as a repository for […]

Advocacy, Leadership and Mentoring – Building the Next Generation

By Liz Fischer, BCxA Executive Director As Executive Director of the BCxA I spend a fair amount of time advocating for our members and the commissioning profession. As an organization we also have members who act as liaisons to other industry associations, committees and boards, and we promote commissioning throughout the building community and regulatory […]

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. […]

NEEA Cx 2019 Report – Long Term Monitoring and Tracking (LTMT)

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), which provided original funding to help start the BCxA years ago, and its consultant The Cadmus Group (a BCxA corporate member), conducted its annual commissioning market study of the NW region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana). The Long Term Monitoring and Tracking (LTMT) survey enables NEEA to track and […]