CxEnergy technical presentations are approved for the following Continuing Education programs: AIA (LU), USGBC LEED General Education CE, ACG Certified CxAs, EMA certified EMPs, and AABC Certified TBEs & TBTs.In addition, most state P.E. programs accept AIA-approved LUs, check your local board to confirm.

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RCx in Healthcare – Preparing Facilities for the Next Generation of Care

Joe Moroni, CxA, MBA, ECG Management Consultants.

The healthcare environment is requiring providers to adapt assets to changing demands and build in flexible use. Patients are seeking better care closer to home, and following the COVID-19 pandemic, health systems—having realized financial losses due to lost elective volumes– must improve their income, enhance clinical service portfolio, and meet rapidly evolving patient demands. From a facilities perspective this means that:

(1) new facilities will be built with greater flexibility in mind, and

(2) existing facilities will need to be thoughtfully modified to flex with changes in demand and alternative use. RCx offers a solution by reassessing assets within this context, identifying and prioritizing areas in need of change or repair, and scoring assets on their ability to meet new standards.

This presentation will review healthcare trends, vectored by COVID-19, and then focus on specific examples where RCx can enhance facility adaptability and use. A methodology will be presented to analyze current operations, refresh facility standards and procedures, and coordinate with a healthcare client’s leadership to coalesce on recommendations for implementation. Examples include converting medical office space into clinical diagnostic/testing and procedural space, preparing ambulatory surgery centers to meet the demands of new and expending service lines and procedures (i.e., cardiovascular catheterization), and identifying changes needed to accommodate expanding telehealth.

Learning Objective 1:
Learn about evolving trends in healthcare volumes and patient demands

Learning Objective 2:
Adapt volume trends to flexing facility and space needs

Learning Objective 3:
Learn how RCx can enhance a client’s understanding of their asset capabilities

Learning Objective 4:
Understand how to communicate facility needs in healthcare terms

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Cx of Fast Track COVID-19 Alternative Care Facility (ACF)

Ryan McClain, PE, CxA, CEM, CMVP, LEED AP, Pinnacle Energy Services, Inc.

Early 2020 computer pandemic models projected exponential COVID-19 case growth triggering an emergency need for isolation rooms to meet the anticipated demand.  Along with other similar projects, federal funding was established to create 116 COVID-19 isolation spaces in a 13-day window with the directive that spaces meet NFPA 99, Category 2 “plus” criteria but that otherwise, did not have to satisfy other typical code requirements for licensed beds under certain emergency provisions afforded by law established through the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services.  The US Army Corps of Engineers, was tasked with managing the project and, after surveying numerous sites, identified 85ksf of space within The Oklahoma State University Hospital in Tulsa for the implementation.  The designated area was composed of old inpatient care rooms that had “re-permited” as office occupancy in recent times and the older infrastructure not only fell short of current codes but had suffered system performance “drift” over time as well.

This all created a unique Cx scenario where project stakeholders had to navigate safety, cost, technical feasibility and professional liability hurdles all under the intense pressure of a 13-day turn-key schedule hard stopped by a liquidated damages clause. The case study addresses the unique considerations of how to approach delivering best-practice Cx services in the context of a fast-track, large-scale, federally-managed COVID-19 project amidst the intriguing scenario where even typical code-required provisions are being negotiated in near-real-time.

Learning Objective 1:
Learn techniques for delivering Cx services on fast-track projects.

Learning Objective 2:
Learn how to manage risk on projects on mission-critical applications involving trade-offs between life-safety, cost, schedule and technical feasibility.

Learning Objective 3:
Learn how to defend best-practice Cx norms and standards even when projects go far “off-script”.

Learning Objective 4:
Learn techniques for negotiating and managing the Cx of existing systems that interface with new infrastructure.

VFD Motors: Shaft Voltage Causes and Effects and Solutions

Tom Hedrick, PE, CxA, EMP, LEED AP, International Commissioning Engineers

Presentation will focus on the shaft voltage that is induced via Variable Frequency Drives, the main causes of the induced voltages, magnitude of the problems and possible solutions to this issue that reduces the life expectancy for VFD motors. Presentation is supported by peer reviewed research, field testing and performance based solutions. Included in the presentation will be case study measurements, documentation and analysis. Audience will walk away with information on how to prevent damaging shaft voltage on bearings and motor in order to reduce maintenance issues and capital cost expenditures.

Learning Objective 1:
Identify causes of damaging shaft voltage in VFD motor applications

Learning Objective 2:
Identify Methods to Measure Shaft Voltage in the field

Learning Objective 3:
Identify possible solutions to mitigate shaft voltage and extend expected life of VFD motors

Learning Objective 4:
Determine proper language to include in Design Standards / Specifications for future projects

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Automated Functional Performance Testing Is a Thing?

Derek McGarry, PE, LEED AP, HP Buildings  

For any commissioning project, multiple professionals end up spending a significant amount of time executing and observing Functional Performance Tests. This presentation will explore how bots and algorithms can be deployed to execute testing overrides through the BAS, record trend data, and automatically identify issues. In the context of several collaborations with Cx Agents and Controls Contractors over the past year, this session will review the enabling technologies as well as the process involved to make this happen. Specific examples from the collaborations will be used to demonstrate how automated FPT can help lower project costs and deliver high quality results.

Learning Objective 1:
What is meant by automated functional performance testing?

Learning Objective 2:
How can you connect your clients’ BAS to cloud-based applications quickly and securely?

Learning Objective 3:
What elements make a project well-suited to automated functional performance testing?

Learning Objective 4:
What tasks still require physical involvement that automated functional performance testing does not address?

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Codes, Standards, Ordinances and Guidelines – Which Rule?

Jim Magee, CxA, EMP, Facility Commissioning Group
Bob Knoedler, PE, CxA, EMP, Hanson Professional Services, Inc

As commissioning continues to be addressed in more codes, standards, guidelines and sustainability programs, (all updated on periodic schedules), Cx Providers need to be aware of the associated tasks, documentation and deliverables required by same within the sectors and jurisdictions they practice.

Several organizations have created their own guides and requirements for commissioning, including: ASHRAE, ASHE (for Health Facilities), General Services Administration (GSA), Veterans Administration (VA), and the Department of Defense (Unified Facilities Criteria). Recognizing the impact commissioning has on the performance of energy-using systems, many energy codes and standards have incorporated Cx requirements into their requirements, including the International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1. Sustainability programs, like LEED and Green Globes, also require commissioning, recognizing its importance in environmental stewardship and energy efficiency.

State codes and local jurisdictions have various schedules for code review and adoption; often resulting in different versions of a given code currently active, often with amendments. This session will review some of the differing Cx requirements currently incorporated (or adopted by reference) within current codes and standards, and some of the efforts by Cx organizations toward reconciling / standardizing these requirements.

Learning Objective 1:
Be aware of the general tasks, documentations, and deliverables required by codes, standards, guidelines and sustainability programs.

Learning Objective 2:
Learn which energy codes and standards have incorporated Cx requirements into their requirements.

Learning Objective 3:
Recognize and understand the impact commissioning has on the performance of energy-using systems.

Learning Objective 4:
Understand how some of the Cx requirements currently incorporated within current codes and standards differ.

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Commissioning Integrated Low Voltage Systems in Healthcare

Rebecca Richardson, EIT, SSRCx   

Kevin O’Brien, CxA, RTPM, SSRCx

Healthcare low voltage systems are increasingly complex, requiring levels of cross-system integration that can prove difficult to verify in the field. Modern Fire Alarm, Access Control, Nurse Call and Infant Abduction systems often communicate and cooperate to protect patients and Owners alike. A Commissioning Authority‘s understanding of these systems and how they interact can often make (or break) a successful low voltage Commissioning Plan, and can be the difference between an exceptional Client relationship and simply a good one.

Learning Objective 1:
To understand common basic system configurations and typical testing protocols for low voltage systems.

Learning Objective 2:
To advocate for the Client’s needs and unique considerations during commissioning of low voltage systems.

Learning Objective 3:
To understand common coordination difficulties that are unique to commissioning multiple integrated systems.

Learning Objective 4:
To become familiar with common low voltage system issues and strategies to mitigate their effect on the commissioning process.

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Commissioning, Operations and Maintenance – A Beautiful Relationship?

Michael Talbot, PE, CxA, FASHRAE, LEED AP, Apogee Consulting Group

A successful commissioning/retro commissioning process ensures not only that a building operates as the Owner intended but the building staff are prepared to operate and maintain the systems and equipment as intended. This process can ONLY be successful with proper input from the O&M staff. The root cause of why buildings do not function as intended can be traced to miscommunication or non-communication with the O&M staff prior too or during the commissioning process. The power point presentation will describe how to go through an O&M assessment during the commissioning process to achieve a “Quality” operation and maintenance program. It will also describe how commissioning and retro commissioning establish the performance objectives for the O&M staff.

Learning Objective 1:
Understand the differences between building maintenance and commissioning.

Learning Objective 2:
How to maintain building performance after the commissioning process has ended.

Learning Objective 3:
Understand the important roles that the O and M staff have during the commissioning process.

Learning Objective 4:
Review the O and M “best practices” for energy efficient buildings.

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CxEnergy 2021 Schedule
CxEnergy 2021 Program CxEnergy 2021 Abstract Submission All technical sessions of CxEnergy 2021 will be submitted to AIA under LU/HSW category.
Tuesday, April 20
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CxA Workshop (Day 1)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EMP Seminar (Day 1)

Wednesday, April 21
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CxA Workshop & Exam (Day 2)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EMP Seminar & Exam (Day 2)
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception in the Exposition Hall

Thursday, April 22
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Opening Plenary Session
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. “Meet & Greet” with Sponsors & Exhibitors
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Luncheon in the Exposition Hall
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception in the Exposition Hall

Friday, April 23
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Brown Bag Luncheon
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Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) Workshop & Exam

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$650 (includes application fee, workshop & exam)
Note: Individuals who are interested in CxA certification must submit a completed CxA Application in advance of the test date to get approved to take the CxA exam.
 

CxA certification is open to independent industry professionals who meet all education and experience prerequisites and implement commissioning processes in new and existing buildings.

The CxA exam is a four-hour, closed-book exam consisting of 130 multiple-choice questions. The exam tests candidates on elements of the commissioning process, as well as general understanding of building systems and how commissioning fits in with the construction process. ACG recommends that all candidates thoroughly study the ACG Commissioning Guideline to prepare for the exam. Other reference materials are also available. Individuals who are attending CxEnergy may also want to register to attend the Workshop as final preparation for the exam.

Download the CxA Candidate Handbook for comprehensive information regarding the CxA certification program, including how to apply for certification and prepare to take the new examination.

Download CxA Application Form
View ACG Commissioning Guideline
Register

Energy Management Professional (EMP) Seminar & Exam

Monday, April 24 – Tuesday, April 25, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$1,150 (includes application fee, seminar & exam)
Note: all required documentation must be submitted with the application in order to qualify for certification.
 

The Energy Management Process Seminar is designed to help candidates understand the energy management process and how it can be applied and serves as the final preparation for the Energy Management Professional (EMP) exam.

This program is based on the process described in the Energy Management Guideline. The detailed, phased process uses a data-driven approach and is designed to achieve maximum energy efficiency while ensuring optimal building performance. The Energy Management Professional (EMP) designation raises the bar for energy-related certifications. The EMP is a “master’s degree” for individuals who provide independent energy services and have not only a deep understanding of energy concepts, but also an intimate, hands-on understanding of how building systems operate.

Download EMP Application Form
View Energy Management Guideline
Register

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On-line registration available Nov. 3, 2014, please check back or email us and we’ll contact you. Anna@Commissioning.org

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2018 Technical Presentations Final 2019 Event Program All technical sessions of CxEnergy 2018 are approved by AIA under LU/HSW category.
Monday, April 23
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CxA Workshop (Day 1)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EMP Seminar (Day 1)

Tuesday, April 24
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CxA Workshop & Exam (Day 2)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EMP Seminar & Exam (Day 2)
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. AABC Test & Balance Seminar
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CxA Gap Session for Recertification
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception in the Exposition Hall

Wednesday, April 25
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Opening Plenary Session
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. “Meet & Greet” with Sponsors & Exhibitors
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Luncheon in the Exposition Hall
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception in the Exposition Hall

Thursday, April 26
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Technical Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Brown Bag Luncheon
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Contact Us

Questions about CxEnergy 2021?  Please contact a staff member below if you have any questions.

Sales and Marketing: Anna Kosova, Event Manager, anna@commissioning.org

Meeting registration and Meeting logistics: Jen Billingslea, Meeting Planner, meetings@commissioning.org.

Membership and Certification: Gus Chijioke, Membership & Certification Coordinator at gus@commissioning.org.

Accounting: Christina Lucas, accounting@commissioning.org

Or you may contact ACG Headquarters at info@commissioning.org or call 202-737-7775.

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COVID-19 Update

 

Dear CxEnergy attendees, ACG, EMA & AABC members:

After taking into account the current COVID-19 situation, continued hotel restrictions due to the virus, current registration numbers and, most importantly, feedback from our members and other potential attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors on their willingness to attend in-person, the ACG Board of Directors has made the decision to hold CxEnergy 2021 as a fully virtual event.

The Board did not make this decision lightly, holding biweekly discussions since November on the status of the conference. In the end, they concluded that because of the continuing uncertainty, pivoting now to a virtual event was the best decision. This will allow the event to take place during the month of April, while bringing the largest number of educational sessions to the greatest number of people.

Registration, including free access for members of ACG, EMA and ACG, will open soon. To see the complete virtual program, click here. Highlights of this year’s format include:

  • Two live virtual presentations each week during the month of April (Tuesdays & Thursdays).
  • A short virtual business session for ACG and EMA association updates.
  • 8 additional prerecorded technical sessions available to members and registered attendees, for a total of 16 hours of educational offerings.
  • A separate, dedicated “Technology Day,” designed to allow you to attend short, rapid-fire sessions with CxEnergy exhibitors over a period of a few hours, to keep up with their latest offerings in support of your commissioning, energy management, and testing businesses, as well as the opportunity to win a number of sponsored prizes.   

More information will be forthcoming soon. Please email info@commissioning.org with any questions. We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing you virtually again this year and then in person again, finally, in Orlando in 2022!

Sincerely,

ACG Headquarters Staff

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