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OCx in the Time of Pandemic

By Jesse Sycuro, P.E., CCP BCxA International Board of Directors The following article about performing Ongoing Commissioning (OCx) in the “new normal” is based on recent studies conducted by scientists, engineers and researchers. Many of these studies contain limitations, and research is continuing to better understand the transmission risks of COVID-19. For any facility, you […]

Spotlight: Brad Jones, PE, CCP, LEED AP BD&C

President, BCxA Northeast Chapter Cadmus, Principal From summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro to leading Cadmus Group’s high-performance buildings practice in Waltham, MA, Brad Jones has forged his own path. We asked him to share career thoughts and advice, and some personal experiences. Here’s what he said: When did you engage with commissioning? My work as a commissioning […]

What Are You Doing Today? BCxA Career-Worthy Activities

Now is a good time to take a breath and think long-term about your career path, or investing in your employees’ knowledge and skills One great feature of BCxA membership is the opportunity to access tools that enhance your value to clients, colleagues and yourselves. If you’re working remotely (and even if you’re not), take […]

BCxA Northeast: building award winners!

Congratulations to the Northeast Chapter’s 2018 Building Project Award winners, announced at their Annual Meeting in January! The awards are given to both the commissioning firm and project owner to receive recognition for their focus on improving building performance through the commissioning process. New Construction Cx: NY Presbyterian Hospital – David H. Koch Center Owner: […]

Letter from President Poeling

BCxA Members and Partners: Happy 2019!  I am honored and excited to serve you as the Building Commissioning Association’s President this year. Just so you know a little about my background, I spent 20 years as an energy efficiency consultant and a commissioning provider.  About 5 years ago, I took a position with a large […]

Editorial: Does the Cx Process Have a Place at the ‘Lean’ Table?

By Tom Poeling, BCxA President-Elect US Engineering Company The Cx process still plays well with the design/build, integrated project delivery (IPD), and Lean processes. These processes put a premium on compressing the schedule, and making decisions quicker in a team environment in order to satisfy the clients’ Conditions of Satisfaction. Compressed design and construction schedules […]

BCxA Annual Conference: Post-Script – Brutally Honest Letter to a Speaker

By Lyn Gomes, P.E., CCP, LEED AP, CLCATT, BCxA Conference Chair kW Engineering Brutal honesty: I attended your conference presentation because I had to (room monitor/moderator). BUT I’m really glad I did. And yes, I don’t do high-rises. I got a lot out of it anyway (3 pages of notes for a 1 hour presentation!) […]

Editorial: The Very Real and Sad Truth About Codes and Commissioning

Editorials are meant to influence opinion and promote critical thinking — essentially, an opinionated news story. We are adding a section to The Checklist to allow for occasional articles that reflect our market, and provoke thought or action. If selected, your article may either contain a byline or be anonymous.  BCxA President John Villani has offered […]

2019 Vermont Commercial Building Energy Standards

John Penney, BCxA International Board member, brought to our attention the standards activities of Public Service Vermont this year. Vermont, a leader in energy efficiency, undertook a sweeping review of its Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES) and has produced proposed standards, significantly based on IECC 2018, that are expected to be adopted in March 2019, […]

THE VALUE OF COMMISSIONING: Evaluation, Results and Drivers

We all know there is value in commissioning, but HOW MUCH? The BCxA has collaborated with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) over the past year to conduct two surveys – “market issues” and “building project data.” The purpose of this project is to update the findings of the Evan Mills 2009 study to reflect today’s […]