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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

BCxA Members: Your 2019 Survey Results

The annual BCxA Member Survey, conducted in September, included responses from 32 states in the U.S., five provinces in Canada, and seven countries, representing members in these categories: Respondents were asked what percent of their business is conducted in each of four categories. Many firms provide multiple Cx services, as the numbers show: New Construction […]

BCxA Conference News – Ongoing Commissioning: Changing the Building Industry

Ongoing Commissioning (OCx) is not new to our industry, but the time has come for us to formalize the practice as we strive for excellence in energy efficiency, reduce facilities’ energy footprint, and improve building performance consistency – by using OCx as a well-defined best practice. Join us as Copper Tree Analytics sponsors a full-day […]

BIM Software: Best Ratings in 2019

Most of you are likely familiar with the term Building Information Modeling (BIM), if not the use of it in your projects. BIM is, like commissioning, a process. Whereas all BIM processes are based on software that acquires data, the Cx process is based on training, experience and perception that touches documentation, people, and equipment. […]

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, […]

CX CASE STUDY: MBCx TO OPTIMIZE SAVINGS, PERFORMANCE

Building type: Multi-tenant Office Gross floor area: 2,480,000 square feet Total buildings: 2 Energy Savings since installation of EMIS: 9% whole building energy savings MBCx Service provider: Sieben Energy Associates EMIS Tools: SkySpark by SkyFoundry and Business Energy Analyzer by ComEd Tishman Speyer, property owner and property manager of The Franklin in downtown Chicago, was […]

Just arrived! New Building Commissioning Handbook, 3rd edition, now in stock!

We are excited to offer the long-awaited, completely revised and updated Building Commissioning Handbook, 3rd edition at a special introductory price right now! Significantly expanded from the 2nd edition published 10 years ago, this Handbook adds detailed instructions on New Construction (NCCx), Existing Building (EBCx), Ongoing (OCx), and Building Enclosure (BECx) commissioning. This edition offers […]