September 25-27, 2019 | Schaumburg, IL

Call For Presenters is Now Open – Due April 8, 2019

The BCxA Annual Conference is designed for a broad audience of new entrants, seasoned commissioning professionals, and stakeholders associated with the commissioning process in the built environment.

The Experience

This is more than a conference. It is an intense 3-day experience where all stakeholders in the built environment – CxPs, owners, design and construction professionals, and other contributors – gather to learn from each other, gain insight into the future of building technology and essential tools to make buildings more successful.

If you have a passion for teaching and improving the practice of commissioning buildings for top performance then we want to hear from you!

Put Your Best Ideas Forward!

You are limited to submitting a maximum of two proposed abstracts. This year we are looking for presentations primarily on the topics listed below. The Conference Committee, however, is always interested in new topics that stretch attendees’ boundaries. We are looking for presenters who have:

  • Relevant content for an experienced audience that expands current thinking and offers new approaches
  • Content that is engaging in ways that draw on the experience of the attendees
  • Application exercises that involve audience participants
  • Examples and case studies of real success (and lessons learned from failures)
  • Practical tools that can be applied immediately in attendees’ organizations.
  • New ways to measure and verify systems and building performance

Topic Ideas for 2019

We are especially interested in presentations that have these features:

  • Owners or owner representatives as presenters or co-presenters on a panel.
  • Case study project information that includes all of the following: goals, features, issues, outcomes, costs, energy savings, other benefits and lessons learned.
  • High-impact, interactive or other innovative presentation approaches.

More topics BCxA leadership has expressed interest in learning about:

  • Trends in Hospital design, construction and commissioning
  • Electrical Cx
  • Occupancy Behavior and Building Performance
  • Ongoing Commissioning
  • Commissioning Technology Applications
  • Fire Life Safety
  • Building Enclosure issues
  • Measurement and Verification
  • Modular Construction Cx
  • Utilities
  • Backup Power/Switch Gear

Submission and Selection Process

The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, April 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM (PST). All proposals must be submitted using the Conference Abstract Form. Download the form, enter all your information and save it in a word document with the following naming convention: Last_First_2018.docx. Send all proposals to Nicole Gardner. Upon submitting a proposal, you will receive a confirmation for your records. Please contact Nicole Gardner if you don’t receive the confirmation email within 5 working days. Each abstract will be reviewed by a team of commissioning professionals and BCxA staff.

You will be notified by May 3, 2019 of the status of your submission.

Proposed presentations will be reviewed for relevance and purpose to provide a balanced educational program. Abstracts will be rated based on the following selection criteria:

  • Conceptually strong foundation, well-written, with clearly stated outcomes
  • Engaging program format that involves the audience and stimulates discussion
  • Qualified presenters with expertise/experience in the subject matter

Additional considerations:

  • Does the topic synthesize multiple disciplines to provide a unique viewpoint?
  • Has the speaker provided direction on the level of education (Introductory-Beginner, Applied-Intermediate, and Strategic-Advanced)?
  • Has the speaker received positive references?

Speaker Expectations

The following are expected for all accepted speakers:

  • In fairness to all who submit proposals and to maximize the opportunities for all speakers, BCxA tries to limit speakers to only one session each. If you are part of more than one accepted session, we will likely choose just one in which you may to participate. You may express your preference.
  • Speakers receive a discounted conference registration rate of $350 and are responsible for their own travel and expenses.
  • Speakers must meet all posted dates and deadlines for presentation materials, registering at the discounted speaker rate, submitting handout materials on time, etc.
  • If you’re putting a panel together, include panelists with diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a lively discussion. (A homogeneous panel is boring!)