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.

Spring Webinar Series

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: Alternate Technologies

June 14, 2021

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Recently Recorded Webinars

Integration: Lighting Controls, HVAC, and Beyond
Lyn Gomes, CCP, PE, LEED AP – DPR Construction
September 14, 2020

Significant energy savings can be achieved by turning off HVAC when spaces are unoccupied. In the past, carbon dioxide was used as a proxy for occupancy, but energy savings only made sense for high occupancy spaces with transient use (e.g. conference rooms). With the ubiquity of lighting controls, facilitated by California’s Title 24-2013, turning off HVAC systems with a signal from the occupancy sensor is becoming the trendy way to save energy in advanced buildings. But just because you can use them doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. Inadequate detailing and specifications, poor coordination between trades, and a siloed maintenance team are but some of the torpedoes that will sink the grand vision of an integrated system. Lyn will share views on the advantages and disadvantages – including huge implications for maintenance – of four different ways to implement occupancy-based ventilation on your projects.

This presentation includes examples of the challenges and complexities encountered when designing and building integrated systems. Solutions based on real-world experience in implementing advanced lighting controls projects and integrating them into HVAC control systems will also be included.

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Cx for Safety & Security of Buildings
Wayne Dunn, PE, P.Eng., LEED AP – E.W. Dunn
October 5, 2020

Building safety and security issues continue to dominate the national conversation. As threats and mitigating technologies evolve, it is essential that security system commissioning be included in the skill sets of commissioning teams. This session features how the process can assist with achieving realistic security system expectations, from early procurement of security-focused commissioning services to commissioning the OPR. What are the technical questions to ask: Can systems and signals be modified to suit rapidly advancing technologies? What is an acceptable type and level of signal – how should we solicit or respond to solicitations that ask for it: How do we plan for security, and develop Owners Project Requirements that result in accurate design and construction specifications for the safety of building occupants?

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Commissioning Fire & Life Safety Systems Essentials

David LeBlanc – JENSEN HUGHES
November 9, 2020

The 2018 Edition of NFPA3, Standard for Commissioning Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems, provides the process, methods, and documents for commissioning fire protection and life safety systems. The speaker focuses on the difference between, and implementation of NFPA3 and the new NFPA4 Standard, Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems: who’s involved, how this new process interfaces with commissioning providers, and the steps in the commissioning process as it relates to fire protection and life safety systems.

Learn about the fire safety roles of the Fire Commissioning Agent (FCxA), and the new Integrated Testing Agent (ITA) who is responsible for review, documentation, and testing the needed integration/ interfacing between fire protection and life safety systems across various systems. What are their qualifications and responsibilities, and how do they fit in into an overall full building commissioning team? The speaker discusses common misconceptions, misunderstanding, and standardized terminology of commissioning fire protection and life safety systems, and reviews EBCx subsets – recommissioning (ReCx) and retrocommissioning (RCx) – and how they may differ from new construction commissioning.

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Panel Discussion:Coordination and Cx of Today’s Integrated Systems

Lyn Gomes, CCP, PE, LEED AP – DPR Construction

Wayne Dunn, PE, P.Eng., LEED AP – E.W. Dunn

David LeBlanc – JENSEN HUGHES

December 14, 2020

Moderator Tom Poeling of U.S. Engineering leads all three of the above speakers in a discussion of commissioning in today’s building environment. 

The speakers will review planning, contracting and commissioning of lighting, security and fire alarm systems focusing on integration with all the associated building systems. 

The speakers share their lessons learned in coordinating the specifying, installing and commissioning of these systems.  They will also answer questions submitted to the BCxA following the thee previous presentations.  

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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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