The popular BCxA Spring Webinar series is back!  Thank you to the many members who responded to our survey last fall – we heard you!  We have lowered the cost of webinars for our members so you can access each webinar now for $50.  Members and non-members will need to register to receive continuing education credits and access the recorded version.  Non-members can still purchase webinars for the low price of $150.

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Spring Webinar Series

March 21, 2022 - Recording Now Available

Ongoing Commissioning:  Contracting for Implementation
Janelle Griffin - RTI International

Eric Gregory - Emory University
Janson Whipple - IBIS

Leslie Kramer and Michael Huang - Stanford

This Owners panel will give different perspectives on how they have procured and managed the implementation of their Ongoing Commissioning Plan.  This panel describes the different contracting mechanisms and what is included in the scope of work.  Learn through case studies and experience how OCx projects have been delivered using internal and outsourcing options to navigate systems integration efforts.  Discover how to apply best practices and leverage lessons learned in a critical step to maximizing the value of data from your building through OCx.

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April 11, 2022

Ongoing Commissioning: Getting the most from your building data through analytics

Kelsey Leslie, PE, CCP  - Paladin
Nifoghale (Niffy) Ovuworie - McKinstry
Annie Wesolek - Bernhard
Vince van Oostenbrugge, CCP - Bernhard

This Ongoing Commissioning (OCx) Provider and Technology Solutions Provider panel will share how to best leverage the evolving landscape of technology solutions that support fault detection, analytics, and monitoring-based commissioning approaches supporting OCx projects.  In addition, the panel members, through their case studies, will discuss best practices and lessons learned on how to align technology solutions to owner project requirements, and specifically how to use a Diagnostic Plan to design, engineer, and apply OCx analytics to track and monitor building system-specific performance in alignment with the Current Facility Requirements.

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May 9, 2022

Level of Confidence and Risk Mitigation: Level of Confidence Concept and Risk Mitigation, Related Contractual Language – Part 1

Bryan Scholnick, JD - Tyson and Mendes
Kent Barber, PE, CCP - KBA Associates
Jeff Nichols, PE, BCxP - CEM, EEI
John Runkle, PE - Intertek

This two-part webinar series is a follow-up to the 2021 Annual Conference session entitled, Level of Assurance – An All-Important Provider Question, An All-Important Owners Decision. The webinars will cover and expand upon the material presented at the conference with more time allotted for attendee questions and discussion. The presenters of these sessions proclaim that marketing commissioning as a process that “ensures buildings operate as intended,” is inaccurate, introduces unfair and unnecessary liability to commission providers, and compromises commissioning effectiveness.  They suggest that in fact, commissioning is a high-value service that: 1) provides owners and the project team with a “level of confidence” that buildings and systems perform per the owner’s functional requirements, and 2) that the “level of confidence” should be determined on a project and system specific basis, by the owner and commissioning provider (CxP) based on the project budget and the criticality level of the facility’s systems and mission.

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June 13, 2022

Level of Confidence and Risk Mitigation:  Insurance Coverage, Defining Level of Confidence in the Cx Scope – Part 2

Bryan Scholnick, JD - Tyson and Mendes
Kent Barber, PE, CCP - KBA Associates
Jeff Nichols, PE, BCxP, CEM - EEI
John Runkle, PE- Intertek

This two-part webinar series is a follow-up to the 2021 Annual Conference session entitled, Level of Assurance – An All-Important Provider Question, An All-Important Owners Decision. The webinars will cover and expand upon the material presented at the conference with more time allotted for attendee questions and discussion. The presenters of these sessions proclaim that marketing commissioning as a process that “ensures buildings operate as intended,” is inaccurate, introduces unfair and unnecessary liability to commission providers, and compromises commissioning effectiveness.  They suggest that in fact, commissioning is a high-value service that: 1) provides owners and the project team with a “level of confidence” that buildings and systems perform per the owner’s functional requirements, and 2) that the “level of confidence” should be determined on a project and system specific basis, by the owner and commissioning provider (CxP) based on the project budget and the criticality level of the facility’s systems and mission.

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Recently Recorded Webinars

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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Operating with Persistence: Monitoring-Based Commissioning and HVAC Analytics
Brent Grimm, PE, PMP  and Vince van Oostenbrugge, CCP- ETC Group
December 13, 2021

This presentation explores the application of HVAC Analytics on energy efficiency projects, which previously would have been at risk for persistence.

Equipment and its operation will degrade over time without a cost-effective means of monitoring and a staff structure to make improvements and help good performance persist. Using data, rolled up to key performance indicators (KPI), to monitor performance allows staff to easily assure systems are not drifting out of optimal performance. Analytics serves another viable role for an organization by informing design of new systems and equipment replacements. And finally, analytics readily support Environmental Health and Safety requirements, another critical aspect of building performance.

We will talk about how owners are thinking about and responding to known barriers, including lessons learned, and steps being taken to address them.

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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.

Questions?

Contact BCxA at 1.877.666.2292 or sadams@bcxa.org