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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 […]

Industry Partnership: MBCx Best Practices Recognized at BCxA Conference

Monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) and analytics featured strongly at the recent BCxA conference, so it was fitting that the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign (SEAC), with the BCxA as an Organizing Partner, chose this venue to recognize partners for their outstanding efforts. Amy Jiron of the U.S. DOE and Hannah Kramer of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab highlighted […]

Advocacy and Outreach: Present Yourself!

Advocacy by BCxA leaders is part of the Association’s mission and we are determined to get the word out. In October, in addition to the annual Conference on Building Commissioning, President John D. Villani co-presented at ASHRAE Illinois Chapter and ASPE Chicago Product Show, and Sylvain Duprey presented at BOMA Montreal. Ben Talbot and John […]

“Top Gun” Commissioning

By John D. Villani, PE CCP, BCxA President Vice President, Grumman|Butkus Associates In the battle against the pickup truck and drive-by commissioning process that we have discussed at length around commoditization of the commissioning industry, I would like to share another approach: “Top Gun” Commissioning! Ladies and Gentlemen, you are the top 1 percent of all […]

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 […]

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 […]