ACG Announces “Essential Cx” Webinar Series

July 22, 2020

Group’s commissioning talent, depth & diversity of expertise put on full display!

The AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) announced that it will launch a multi-installment webinar series focusing on various venues and applications of the commissioning process. The presenters will include ACG member-companies, certified personnel, and affiliated associations. It debuts on August 13, 2020, running through December.

“ACG is proud to launch the Essential Cx Webinar series. The talent and diversity of expertise within our ranks is remarkable and this programming puts that on full display,” said ACG President Troy Byers, P.E. CxA (Commissioning Consultants, LLP).

“The ACG Essential Cx Series will take you behind the scenes to the commissioning of everything from mission critical facilities to major sports arenas. It features topics ranging from energy modeling, to building envelope commissioning, to the critical occupancy issue of our age: COVID-19. I highly recommend it for commissioning providers and anyone associated with building performance,” added Byers.

The first Essential Cx presentation highlights the commissioning and energy modeling work performed by ACG Member SSRCx on the innovative Chase Center Arena in San Francisco. The multipurpose arena features ambitious performance and sustainability goals specified by its owner, the NBA’s Golden State Warriors organization. Presenters are SSRCx’s Clark Denson, PE, and Eric Sheffer.

Subsequent ACG Essential Cx presentations cover topics including data centers, monitoring based commissioning (MBCx), building enclosure commissioning and more.

ACG is home to the world’s largest body of certified independent commissioning professionals. It created and administers the ANSI-accredited, DOE Better Buildings®-recognized CxA Certification, the premier credential for independent commissioning providers.

Event:                                                     ACG Essential Cx Webinar Series

Sponsor:                                              AABC Commissioning Group

When:                                                   Begins August 13, 2020, running through December 2020

Registration Information:               Event and Registration Information or: info@commissioning.org, (202) 737-7775      

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Retrofit Magazine Profiles “Authorities in Building Performance,” Meet ACG, EMA and AABC

July 7, 2020

Feature Article looks at Building Performance Impact of Associations’ Training and Certification Programming

Retrofit’s article takes a deep dive on ACG, EMA and AABC with interviews of six long-time association officers and at look at how each association is leading in “Challenging and Uncertain Times.” These groups are the sponsoring organizations of CxEnergy.

Excerpt: The professionals who perform testing, adjusting, balancing, commissioning, monitoring, measurement and ultimately help ensure proper function in these buildings have critical roles to play. Ensuring they possess the requisite experience, knowledge and ability to perform these tasks is vital. To that end, never has the value of certification been more important.

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EMA Conducting Free Webinar on Utilizing Digital Replica of Building Data

June 30, 2020

Utilizing Digital Twins of Operational Data

Tuesday, July 23, 2020
11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Noon) Eastern
Approved for 1 AIA LU
FREE REGISTRATION

Abstract: The goal of the digital data twin is to provide managers and operators with access to any and all operational data at any time. It provides a unified, seamless replicated data environment enabling diverse users to address unique data analysis and reporting needs. Digital twin data replicas provide that capability for operators. This webinar will examine this technology, and explore the current uses and future possibilities for digital twins.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand digital twin data replicas of facility operational data, and how they serve applications from analytics, to energy analysis/forecasting and 3D visualizations of building operations over time and under differing design conditions.
  • Understanding how a digital twin data replica supports diverse facility management functions and applications to enable improved operational results
  • Learn about potential use cases of digital twins in a building and the role of “metadata.”
  • Understand the next steps to take to get to get value from digital twins.

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CxEnergy 2020 Virtual Conducting Webinar on Key Changes in ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2019

June 7, 2020

Session will Highlight Commissioning and Comparisons to the current International Energy Efficiency Code

The popular CxEnergy 2020 Virtual webinar series will next examine the overhauled ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2019 which provides minimum requirements for energy efficient designs for buildings. The timely event includes an examination of the commissioning requirements for the new edition as well as comparisons to the current International Energy Efficiency Code. Many states apply ASHRAE 90.1 to buildings being constructed or under renovation and most apply it (or comparable standards) for all commercial buildings.

ASHRAE 90.1 Cx Requirement Changes and Comparison to the International Energy Efficiency Code

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 2:00 PM Eastern
Approved for 1 AIA LU

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CxEnergy Virtual is presented by the Energy Management Association (EMA), along with its affiliates the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) and AABC Commissioning Group (ACG). ACG’s Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) Certification comprises the world’s largest group of independent, certified commissioning professionals.

Abstract: ASHRAE Standard 90.1–Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings–was recently overhauled to clarify commissioning requirements for the 2019 edition. An important expansion of typical commissioning work is a review of the design for compliance with 90.1 requirements. The boundaries between a full commissioning project and items required in 90.1 will be explained. In addition, comparisons to the current version of the International Energy Efficiency Code will be made.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the commissioning requirements in ASHRAE Standard 90.1.
  2. List additional Cx items required by 90.1 not typically included in the Cx process.
  3. Note the differences between standard 90.1 and the IECC relative to Commissioning required by energy codes.
  4. Describe the difference between normative requirements and informative information in energy codes.

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Free Webinar: Improving Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Resiliency Using FCAs, Retro-Cx and an Energy Road Map

June 4, 2020

The Energy Management Association (EMA), along with Hanson Professional, Services Inc. are presenting a free webinar on June 25 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time that provides a demonstration of how to implement multiple energy management and commissioning practices in concert to achieve improved energy efficiency and building and facility performance. Hanson is a member of both EMA and its affiliate the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG).

Thursday, June 25, 2020, 2:00 PM Eastern
Approved for 1 AIA LU

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Presenters:

Bill Bradford, P.E., Senior Vice President and Energy, Sustainability & Resiliency Principal, Hanson Professional, Services Inc.

Wade Conlan, P.E., CxA, Commissioning and Energy Discipline Manager, Hanson Professional, Services Inc.

Abstract: This presentation details how energy managers, commissioning providers and facility managers can improve energy efficiency and overall operations and maintenance, sustainability and resiliency by implementing a program of Facilities Condition Assessments to gain a better understanding of the condition of their equipment and systems; retro-commissioning and energy audits to identify facility improvement measures that can be implemented to reduce energy costs and improve environmental conditions; and creating an energy roadmap to provide a smart growth framework as they continue to improve energy efficiency, increase sustainability and improve resiliency.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn how to assist their customers gain a better understanding of their equipment and systems; and be able to help them develop a record of their equipment and assist with CapEx and O&M budgeting.
  2. Participants will learn techniques and methods to help customers improve the efficiency and operating effectiveness of their systems.
  3. Participants will gain an understanding of how to guide their customers as they work to achieve their long-term energy, sustainability, and resiliency goals.

Sponsored by: BlueRithm Commissioning Software

BlueRithm is modern and intuitive building commissioning software at an exceptional value. BlueRithm gives you confidence, control, and saves time and money by streamlining and managing building commissioning projects. Automate reports, simplify communication, collaborate in the cloud, accelerate project closeout, and improve quality control.

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ACG’s CxA Workshop Now Offered On-demand

May 20, 2020

You asked, we responded!

(Washington, D.C., May 15, 2020)—The AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) announced it will offer an on-demand version of its popular Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) Workshop along with a live 1-hour online session with its instructors to allow clarification of concepts introduced in the recorded workshop.

The prerecorded, 3-hour workshop will cover all aspects of commissioning ranging from project management to functional testing, and both new and existing building commissioning. It is recommended for the video to be watched prior to the live Q&A session with instructors. The live Q&A session will take place on Friday, May 29 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. (These sessions ARE NOT intended to directly address exam content.)

Registrants for the event can choose to either watch the workshop and Q&A session only or bundle it with a specially priced exam package. Up to four AIA Learning Units (LUs) can be earned by attendees for continuing education purposes.

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Announcing the CxEnergy 2020 Virtual Experience!

April 14, 2020

(Washington, DC, April 14,2020) CxEnergy Virtual is an online platform that allows co-presenting organization members and conference registrants to access live and pre-recorded technical sessions that were originally scheduled to be presented at the CxEnergy 2020 Conference and Expo.

CxEnergy, the premier industry event in commissioning, energy management and building diagnostics, was originally set for this month in San Diego, CA, but had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected nearly every aspect of life and commerce in the U.S.

The CxEnergy Virtual responds to this with eight, one-hour live webinars to ensure that it provides the same amount of live session hours that would have been received by attending the live conference. In addition, the sessions are all approved for AIA Learning Units (LUs) so attendees of the Virtual Experience can attain the same continuing education credits they would have otherwise received by attending the live conference’s technical program.

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CxAlloy® is CxEnergy Gold Sponsor

March 5, 2020

Also Sponsoring Presentation on: Children’s Hospital of Atlanta Case Study – Highly Effective Commissioning

(Washington, D.C., March 5, 2020) CxEnergy, the only conference and expo dedicated exclusively to building commissioning and energy management, announced today that CxAlloy® will be a Gold Sponsor at the event. In addition, CxAlloy® is also sponsoring a presentation entitled “Children’s Hospital of Atlanta Case Study – Highly Effective Commissioning.”

CxAlloy® is cloud-based software that ensures building quality from laying the foundation through daily operations. The company offers enterprise applications engineered for design and construction project management, commissioning, building maintenance, and energy and sustainability management.

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Gresham Smith is CxEnergy Gold Sponsor

March 2, 2020

(Washington, D.C., February 2, 2020) CxEnergy, the only conference and expo dedicated exclusively to building commissioning and energy management, announced today that Nashville, TN-based Gresham Smith will be a Gold Sponsor at the event.

The company offers a variety of commissioning, energy management and other engineering services. They are a member of the CxEnergy copresenting organization the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), with three Certified Commissioning Authorities (CxAs) on staff. Gresham Smith’s work is about more than simply checking the boxes – they create custom commissioning plans tailored to meet client energy and operational goals.

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CxEnergy Announces Site Tours in Conjunction with 2020 Event in San Diego

February 25, 2020

Energy-Related Tours of Airport, University Offered to Attendees

(Washington, D.C., February 12, 2020)—The premier event in commissioning, energy management, and building analytics and diagnostics, CxEnergy 2020, announced that it is including a pair of site tours as part of this year’s offering. The event takes place April 6-9, 2020 in San Diego, CA at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The tours both take place Thursday, April 9 and will depart via bus from the venue at 12:15 p.m. and return by 4:00 p.m. They include:

San Diego International Airport (SAN) Technical Tour

The tour (note: background check required) begins with brief presentation at the Airport Authority’s administration building, the group will tour a number of unique operational features at SAN.

SAN will also be a part of CxEnergy’s Technical Program with a presentation entitled San Diego Airport’s Strategic Energy Plan in Action delivered by Cogan Semler of the San Diego Airport Authority

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Utility Plant Tour

This VIP tour of the East Campus Energy Park begins with a brief facility overview followed by a walking tour of  storage technologies, CHP, and EV chargers.

Register for the tours and all other CxEnergy activities on the CxEnergy 2020 Registration Page. View the entire CxEnergy 2020 technical program and schedule of events.

CxEnergy is presented by the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), Associated Air Balance Council (AABC), and Energy Management Association (EMA).

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2020 Schedule
CxEnergy 2019 ProgramCxEnergy 2020 Abstract SubmissionAll technical sessions of CxEnergy 2020 will be submitted to AIA under LU/HSW category.
Monday, April 6
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 7
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
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Welcome Reception in the Exposition Hall

Wednesday, April 8
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 9
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
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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.

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View Energy Management Guideline
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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 PresentationsFinal 2019 Event ProgramAll 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 2020?  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: Cyndie Graddy, Meeting Planner, meetings@commissioning.org.

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

Accounting: Azzizah Moore, azzizah@commissioning.org

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

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