The BCxA Webinar Series is an excellent opportunity to maximize your educational dollar. Four unique sessions presented by industry experts with live Q&A – all from the comfort of your home or workplace. To register, purchase one login at the member/non-member rate for your office (per location) for all attendees. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are included for one registered participant for the member/non-member fee. If additional participants want CEUs they must be added as a guest by the registered participant for an additional $25 each.

Fall Webinar Series

Medical Gas System Commissioning
Harry Koons - Precis Commissioning
September 13, 2021

Within a hospital, there are few systems more important than the Medical Gas Systems. These systems directly affect patient care, are used in life-saving procedures, and support doctors and nurses on their day-to-day tasks. Understanding the design, installation, commissioning, and certification of these systems is of the utmost importance to hospital operation and patient safety and care. Knowing the systems and what the Department of Health (DOH) will be reviewing and auditing will help with the turn-over, occupation, and certification of the facility. This presentation will provide information on the gas systems, codes, design, installation, commissioning tasks, and the required certification process.

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Building Enclosure/Envelope Commissioning Procedure and Practice
Kevin Knight - Tower Engineering & David Leonard, P.L.Eng., Eng.L. - Entuitive Corporation

October 25, 2021

Today building owners are faced with increasingly complex building enclosure (envelope) design, new construction materials, shrinking schedules, and code requirements to deliver energy-efficient buildings. The building enclosure must be constructed to meet the design intent for expected service life and energy use, and to prevent adverse outcomes that may arise from deficient workmanship during construction.

Building enclosure commissioning (BECx), from the design to completed construction, fulfills this imperative. The presenters will identify and discuss the procedures that should be included in the building enclosure commissioning process—starting with the OPR, design, submittal reviews, project start-up, and orientation meetings, followed by preparing functional performance testing plans, conducting mock-up testing, on-site quality control, and quality assurance programs. The presentation concludes with how to test airtightness and insulation barriers of the finished building.

Over the past several years CSA and ASTM have published standards and guides outlining procedures for a comprehensive building enclosure commissioning process, and the presenters will discuss these currently available resources.

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Electrical Cx – Functional Testing Based on Real World Examples
David Cohen P.E., CCP, DCEP and Rich Widlowski - Grumman|Butkus Associates
November 8, 2021

Commissioning electrical systems is key to the proper operation of a building.  Each electrical system is different and varies in complexity and therefore requires review and functional testing by the commissioning provider. This presentation will focus on the review and functional testing of normal electrical and emergency power systems, using real world examples.

Rich Widlowski and David Cohen will describe the role of the commissioning provider during the startup and functional testing phase of the project.  Specific examples will highlight what to watch for during commissioning, and how to verify performance beyond simply meeting code requirements.

The presentation will detail the benefits and execution of circuit breaker validation, loss of normal power testing, and review when and how to utilize load banks during testing. 

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Recently Recorded Webinars

Assuring Health and Wellness: Learning from the Pandemic
Alan Scott, FAIA, LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, CEM, WELL AP - Intertek
March 8, 2021

The pandemic has changed our expectations for health and safety in the buildings we occupy and visit. As we shift our focus from reacting to immediate SARS-CoV-2 virus risks to a proactive approach to wellness in existing facilities and new building design, what are the most effective strategies to address continuing risks from the pandemic and promote general health and wellbeing. While the recently approved vaccines promise some relief from the threat of COVID-19, they do not remove all risks.

What are the most effective and practical measures to support occupant wellness, reduce transmission risks from likely pathogens, and assure the people who occupy and visit our buildings that their health and safety has been prioritized? This session will review known and anticipated health risks in buildings and explore a balanced approach to health, wellness and resilience in new construction and existing building operations.

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Breathing Easy – Filtration Best Practices for Indoor Environmental Quality

Jeffrey Siegel, Ph.D. - University of Toronto

Jesse Sycuro, PE, CCP, CEM, LEED AP - McKinstry
April 12, 2021

The average person spends 87% of their life indoors – living, working, and sleeping, and all the while breathing indoor air.  How much does your HVAC system help reduce particulates and pollutants from this air?  How effective are the filters we use? Does this change from installation over time?  How does the MERV rating translate to improved air quality?  And how much of a role do filters play in providing healthy environments? 

These questions among others about the health of our indoor environments have been at the forefront of building commissioning and operations over the last year.  Filtration has been identified as a key strategy in our efforts to improve indoor environmental quality and we have seen an exponential increase in the use of MERV-13 and HEPA filters in response to COVID-19 safety precautions. 

Join this webinar as Jesse Sycuro, P.E., CCP, McKinstry Co., talks with Jeffrey Siegel, Ph.D., University of Toronto, about the effectiveness of filters and the importance of air filtration in making it easier for us to breath.

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Ventilation for Healthy Buildings
Jeff Nichols, PE, CEM, BCxP, LEED® AP - Engineering Economics, Inc.
May 10, 2021

Over the past year, the COVID-19 Pandemic drove an intense focus on the risk of virus transmission in indoor environments, including commercial, institutional, and public buildings. Jeff Nichols, PE, CEM, BCxP, LEED® AP, will summarize the research and facilitate a discussion about airborne virus transmission. Additionally, he will highlight the importance of ventilation strategies in reducing the probability of infection.

Increased ventilation provides a direct dilution benefit and is one of the primary methods for reducing concentrations of indoor contaminants. ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force postures that building operating and maintenance procedures should adhere to current accepted ventilation standards. Additional supplementary guidance suggests that temporarily increasing ventilation rates above current levels until the community risk of infection returns to safe levels may be warranted. This webinar will review what we have learned over the past 12 months and what are the best ventilation strategies today and future considerations going forward.

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Panel Discussion: Bi-Polar What?  UV Who?

Moderator – Geremy Wolff - McKinstry

Panelists - Brandon Stock and Chris Lawrence – LTG-INC

                   David Schurk - Global Plasma Solutions

June 14, 2021

This webinar will bring together a panel of industry experts to talk about the rapid advancements in deploying alternate air purifying technologies due to the Covid pandemic.  Although these technologies aren’t new, they are seeing a resurgence in deployment outside of specialty facilities because of building owners’ desire to improve the indoor air quality of occupied spaces as employees, students, and occupants return to their buildings. 

The panel will start with a basic understanding of how their technologies work and offer things to consider when applying the technology and special considerations that should be made when commissioning the installation followed up by a moderated Q&A session.   

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Recorded Webinars

Sometimes it’s just not convenient to attend a live webinar. If you cannot attend at the scheduled time you can now purchase recorded webinars at a later date. Newly recorded webinars are added after each scheduled session. Your purchased webinar will be available to you for one year. Continuing education credits are available after completing a 10-question quiz before signing off. To purchase a webinar, you’ll need to register with a new profile just one time, and after that, you’ll always get login instructions, expedited purchase information, and your continuing education credits certificates will be saved for download at your convenience.

Review recorded webinars available for purchase.

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