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We’re Advocating For You: Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit

Resilient-Efficient-Secure was the theme of this year’s Energy Exchange|Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland, Ohio. BCxA participated on the event’s planning committee, and we were also a proud Silver Sponsor and exhibitor. Our long-term partnership with FEMP in helping to plan and support this conference has allowed us the opportunity to advocate for commissioning on a […]

SPOTLIGHT ON MARKET PARTNERS: CxAlloy

CxAlloy has grown up as a BCxA Market Partner. Starting in 2012 at our annual conference, CxAlloy has participated in our annual conference as an exhibitor every year, and has sponsored the BCxA Conference (formerly NCBC) as well. CxAlloy was originally developed as an in-house commissioning tool by WorkingBuildings, LLC, an Atlanta engineering firm and […]

FROM THE FIELD EBCx: Plant Research Center Meets FDD and MBCx

If a facility is meeting occupant comfort requirements, are there reasons for EBCx? No matter where you are in the world, commissioning for better building performance matters. The High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre (HRPPC) Phytotron is a two story, 33,583 SF controlled critical environment plant research laboratory in Australia. The building was constructed in 1962 […]

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 – FEBRUARY 2018 UPDATE

By Tom Poeling, PE, CEM, CCP, US Engineering Company BCxA International Board Member BCxA is partnering with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) to update the 2009 Evan Mills study on the value of building commissioning.  This update will provide you with the current statistical evidence validating the economic and market value that commissioning delivers. Our […]

Education is for Everyone

by Craig A. Hawkins, CxA, CCP Where, or how, did you learn Commissioning (Cx)? Did you attend a college or trade school to learn how to commission building systems? Did you take a week-long Cx training course? Did you mentor under someone asserting their knowledge of commissioning? Are you self-taught, reading a Cx guidebook or […]

Commissioning for the Future: Demand Response, Microgrid Cx & PEER Certification

Commissioning is on the cusp of evolution beyond the single-building perspective, and expanding into commissioning a broader infrastructure where resilience, reliability, efficiency and performance form the basis for “smart cities” and sustainable portfolios. Read on to learn more about electrical ecosystems that will incorporate microgrids, district energy, demand response and other features into community and […]

BCxA President Pitts Report from the ASHRAE Summer Meeting and Association Updates

By Bruce Pitts, CPMP CSBA LEED AP, Principal – Wood Harbinger Standard 202 As BCxA president, I am now the BCxA representative to the ASHRAE Standard 202 committee—SSPC 300, previously known as SSPC 202. This is the continuous maintenance committee for Standard 202. Within its subcommittee structure, there is oversight on all ASHRAE standards and […]

RFP/Q Solicitation and Whole Building Commissioning

By John Runkle, PE – Vice President, Intertek Thanks to the hard work of many groups and individuals (e.g. BCxA, LEED), Commissioning has grown from a military nautical quality acceptance term to a practice that allows our buildings to function better. Despite this decades long growth in the practice of Cx, significant mystery remains on how […]

Persistent Commissioning: Maximizing Existing Monitoring Systems

Persistent Commissioning: Maximizing Existing Monitoring Systems Contributed by Bill McMullen, Business Unit Manager – Energy Solutions, Dewberry The term “commissioning” originated from a quality assurance process performed by military shipbuilders before ships were commissioned as active-duty vessels. Due to the high cost of failure, these sea trials were formulated as systematic tests and regulated checklists […]