ACG Members Wade Conlan, PE, CxA and Justin Garner, TBE, CxA are Interviewed for The Percussive Maintenance Podcast

November 4, 2020

Percussive Maintenance podcast
The editor of Engineered Systems (ES) recently interviewed ACG Members Wade Conlan, PE, CxA, Hanson Professional Services and Justin Garner, TBE, CxA, Engineered Air Balance Co., Inc. in The Percussive Maintenance Podcast.

Wade Conlan, PE, CxA, is the Commissioning Discipline Manager at Hanson Professional Services, certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) by the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), and a member of the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force.

“The commissioning provider, to me, is perfectly suited to help owners during their reopenings. And that’s because, inherently, their job is to look at systems’ energy and comfort performance, see how they’re operating, and see how they could be operating more efficiently and effectively. Also, when dealing with labs and health care, safety becomes a greater concern. So, it’s a perfect marriage of trying to understand the systems and determining how you can modify them to add in mitigation strategies to increase ventilation, increase the effectiveness of certain filters, and implement cleaning technologies with a goal of creating a potentially safer space for occupants.

We will continue to talk about how you can design, operate, balance, and setup systems to be able to mitigate the virus at ACG’s CxEnergy 2021 on April 20-23 in Fort Worth, Texas.”

Click here to read and listen to the full interview and subscribe to the Percussive Maintenance Podcast.

Justin Garner, TBE, CxA is the Vice President of Engineered Air Balance Co., Inc., member of the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC), Chair of the Certification Council of the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), and a member of the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force.

“It Takes a team! What ASHRAE is recommending is that you have a test and balance firm on board to help you with those measurements, maybe even a building and commissioning provider to help with control side of things, test and balance firm maybe can handle that. And if you are really going to be making changes to the system maybe even a design professional as a part of that team, along with potentially contractors and other folks like that. But the biggest take away there is bring the right kind of people to the team!” Click here to listen to the full interview and subscribe to the Percussive Maintenance Podcast.

EMA Associate Member CopperTree featured in FacilitiesNet

October 29, 2020

“Now more than ever, as occupancy levels fluctuate during the pandemic, building analytics can help FMs fine-tune equipment to run efficiently.”

Jessica Wilson and Derek John Mullassery, both from EMA Associate Member CopperTree Analytics, share four things you could consider during the pandemic and post COVID-19 to ensure that your buildings are being operated safely and efficiently.

In this article, they remind us that it is important to ensure that your building analytics platform is configured with ground realities in mind, so that they can be used for not just AFDD and energy reporting, but also compliance reporting.

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ACG’s Reimagined Commissioning Guideline Recognizes New Priorities Now That Commissioning is Business as Usual

October 15, 2020

The ACG Commissioning Guideline Revision Committee has been working hard on revamping our comprehensive look at the commissioning process. The new Guideline will cover all aspects of Cx from the design phase to occupancy, as well as in-depth best practice guidance designed to help providers get commissioning done in the real world, and system-specific commissioning information.

ACG Building Systems Commissioning Guideline under development is by shifting the focus of the guideline to presenting best practice narratives for executing the process. These practical guides will offer insight and strategies from experienced providers on a variety of topics, designed to help providers get commissioning done in the real world — effectively and efficiently — while overcoming common challenges.

Guideline sections will cover topics including system-specific commissioning guidance, approaches for accomplishing key commissioning goals, managing processes, directing resources and producing valuable commissioning deliverables.

This article by Brian Marsh, PE, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Nashville provides a sneak peak of the portion on building enclosure systems (BECx).

How has COVID-19 affected the testing, adjusting, and balancing industry?

October 10, 2020


Ken Sinclair, Founder, Publisher, and Owner of AutomatedBuildings.com
spoke recently with Mike Kelly, TBE, CxA, American Testing, Inc., Incoming AABC President about the state of the industry and new & revamped AABC programs.

Questions asked include:

  • How has COVID-19 affected the testing, adjusting, and balancing industry?
  • What can industry professionals expect from the AABC Virtual Annual Meeting’s technical agenda this year?
  • Industry Partner Program: What’s in it for controls companies and manufacturers of equipment and systems commonly tested in a TAB scope?

Click here to read the full interview.

About AutomatedBuildings.com: Since 1999 AutomatedBuildings.com has been an online magazine and web resource. We provide the news and connection to the community of change agents that are creating our present definition of smart, intelligent, integrated, connected, green, and converged large buildings. Our virtual magazine and web resource provides a searchable platform for discussion and exchange while creating opportunities for B2B for all new and existing stakeholders.

Free Webinar by Spirotherm on Hidden Costs In Hydronic Cooling And Heating Systems

October 8, 2020


Revealing Hidden Costs In Hydronic Cooling And Heating Systems

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
2:00 PM. Eastern
Pending approval for 1 AIA LU
FREE REGISTRATION

Abstract

This presentation focuses on proven opportunities to improve the performance, decrease the energy usage, and reduce the operating costs of chilled water, heating hot water, and glycol systems. Included is a review of how air present in a hydronic fluid reduces the heat transfer capability of the fluid and all heat transfer surfaces it contacts, reduces pump performance, and causes system-wide corrosion of ferrous materials. The content features case studies documenting system performance improvements, energy efficiency increases, and water treatment chemical reductions after removing air and the associated corrosion from these systems. Discussion will include data presented in industry white papers, manuals, and guidebooks that quantify the negative impact of varying levels of entrained air on pump performance.

The presentation will also address the results of an extensive energy modeling and financial analysis evaluating the increased energy usage and associated costs due to air in chilled water and heating hot water systems. The financial analysis includes various metrics related to utility cost and non-utility cost savings linked to effective air and dirt elimination from hydronic cooling and heating systems. This exercise utilized actual case history data developed over several decades in a multi-iteration modeling exercise of a prototypical facility, with the building modeled in five different U.S. cities. Each model was adapted to address site-specific weather data and energy rates and the building/system modifications required for ASHRAE 90.1 compliance for each location.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone involved in the ownership, management, design, installation, operation, energy analysis, project management, commissioning, test and balance, maintenance, or service work related to hydronic cooling and heating systems.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a better understanding of the negative impact air and dirt in a hydronic fluid has on the performance, energy efficiency/consumption, maintenance of any cooling or heating system
  • Learn to identify symptoms and sources of air in hydronic systems
  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of various air and dirt elimination technologies
  • Identify the utility cost and non-utility cost benefits and savings associated with effective air and dirt elimination

Speaker Biography

Stephen Clinton, PE, LEED AP draws on more than 27 years of broad national and international industry experience in his role as the Director of Business Development for Spirotherm, Inc. He is a Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a previously certified Medical Gas Inspector who designed and managed the design of healthcare, research laboratory, and higher education projects throughout the United States and China during his 19-year tenure as a consulting engineer. Multiple higher education projects which he designed achieved LEED Gold and Silver Certification. Stephen actively engages numerous market sectors throughout North America.

Presented by

Spirotherm, Inc. manufacturers the industry leading high efficiency Spirovent® coalescing type air elimination products and its extended line of Spirotrap® dirt separators. A wholly owned subsidiary of Spiro Enterprises, Inc., we have been developing and manufacturing products to improve water quality in the HVAC industry for 50 years. Sizes from 3/4” to 36” pipe, flows to over 30,000 GPM for residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional applications. By eliminating air and dirt from these systems, we protect the investment in high efficiency boilers, chillers, and other system components, while eliminating many maintenance items that have been considered routine. A system free of air is able to maximize heat transfer systemwide, which saves energy and improves overall system performance. Spirotherm is an EMA Associate Member and Exhibitor of CxEnergy 2021.

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AABC, ACG, and EMA join the High Performance Buildings Coalition

September 27, 2020

The AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) and the Energy Management Association (EMA) joined the High Performance Buildings Coalition. Together, these Authorities in Building Performance represent over 600 member companies and 2,000 certified professionals in the testing, adjusting, and balancing, commissioning, and energy management industries.
They support legislation and policies that promote innovative building technologies, increase energy and water efficiency in the built-environment, advance sustainable and resilient communities, and support the development of private sector standards, codes and guidelines that address these concerns.

The High Performance Building Coalition is comprised of more than 200 manufacturers, nonprofits, standards developing organizations, trade associations and other stakeholders who have coalesced to support policies that advance high performance buildings and that make economic sense.

Missed the last CxA LIVE Q&A? (December 8 | Workshop 11 AM , Live Q&A 2 PM)

September 26, 2020

 You asked, we responded…Again!

(Washington, D.C., August 27, 2020)—The AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) is offering a livestreamed version of its popular Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) Workshop followed by a live 1-hour online Q&A session with its instructors to allow further explanation of concepts introduced in the recorded workshop.

Event:                                             On-demand CxA Workshop & Live Q&A Session

Sponsor:                                         AABC Commissioning Group

When:                                             December 8, 2020, workshop livestream at 11:00 AM Eastern; Live Q&A at 2:00 PM Eastern

Registration Information:            Registration ACG website; for free ACG Guideline visit here. Telephone: (202) 737-7775 

ACG CxA Workshop Sneak Peak

The prerecorded, 3-hour commissioning 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 Al LaPera, CxA , EMP, TLC Engineering Solutions and Loren Morris, PE, CxA, EMP, LEED AP, TMCx Solutions, LLC. The event takes place on Tuesday, December 8, with a livestream of the 3-hour workshop at 11:00 AM Eastern, follow by the live Q&A session at 2:00 PM Eastern Time.

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.

The CxA program achieved ANSI accreditation in 2017, and the credential is also a recognized certification by the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings® Workforce Guidelines program, ensuring that the CxA is considered an approved commissioning credential for all federally funded projects.

The CxA certification is the premier credential for independent commissioning providers. It demonstrates you are an experienced commissioning provider with a complete understanding of the commissioning process and with the ability to ensure that the intent of the building owner is achieved.

For More Information

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Long-time CxEnergy Exhibitor CopperTree Analytics Delivers a Free Webinar on Building Analytics

September 2, 2020

Building Analytics for COVID-19 and Post-COVID-19 Building Operations

Thursday, September 17, 2020
2:00-3:00 PM Eastern
Approved for 1 AIA LU
FREE REGISTRATION

EMA Webinar with CopperTree Analytics Speakers

Abstract: The current global pandemic brings so much uncertainty into our day to day lives. This informative webinar explores how HVAC building analytics can be leveraged to detect faults that compromise occupant safety, and report on health compliance standards, while still ensuring that we are not wasting energy unnecessarily in the process. Regular communication with building occupants will go a long way to alleviate fears around the transmission of COVID-19 in indoor spaces.

Along with examples of compliance reports, we will investigate how your energy consumption and reporting may be impacted by COVID-19 and provide recommendations on how to obtain the data needed to improve accuracy. Finally, we discuss tips on how to best communicate the results of compliance monitoring to occupants, bringing peace of mind to everyone who enters your buildings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how building analytics can be used for both fault detection and compliance reporting
  • Learn what type of sensors will add the most value to your compliance monitoring
  • Learn how your energy reporting initiatives may need to adapt to accommodate changing occupancy
  • Learn how to communicate results and gain trust from building occupants

Presented By:

CopperTree Analytics: CopperTree Analytics is a provider of building and energy analytics solutions, drawing upon 30 years of controls manufacturing and smart building experience. We take your building’s data and turn it into actionable insights, helping you save money and energy while maintaining occupant comfort levels. Take control of managing all of your resources, and realize your building potential.

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Missed the last CxA LIVE Q&A? (September 24 | Workshop 11 AM , Live Q&A 2 PM)

August 27, 2020

You asked, we responded…Again!

(Washington, D.C., August 27, 2020)—The AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) is offering a livestreamed version of its popular Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) Workshop followed by a live 1-hour online Q&A session with its instructors to allow further explanation of concepts introduced in the recorded workshop.

Event:                                             On-demand CxA Workshop & Live Q&A Session

Sponsor:                                         AABC Commissioning Group

When:                                             September 24, 2020, workshop livestream at 11:00 AM Eastern; Live Q&A at 2:00 PM Eastern

Registration Information:                Registration ACG website; for free ACG Guideline visit here. Telephone: (202) 737-7775 

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 event takes place on Thursday, September 24, with a livestream of the 3-hour workshop at 11:00 AM Eastern, follow by the live Q&A session at 2:00 PM Eastern Time.

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.

The CxA program achieved ANSI accreditation in 2017, and the credential is also a recognized certification by the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings® Workforce Guidelines program, ensuring that the CxA is considered an approved commissioning credential for all federally funded projects.

The CxA certification is the premier credential for independent commissioning providers. It demonstrates you are an experienced commissioning provider with a complete understanding of the commissioning process and with the ability to ensure that the intent of the building owner is achieved.

For More Information

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CxEnergy Abstract Call is Issued for Dallas/FW Event

August 24, 2020

CxEnergy Calling for Technical Program Abstracts for Live 2021 Conference

The premier event in commissioning, energy management, and building analytics and diagnostics, CxEnergy 2021, issued a call for abstracts for presentations at its technical program. The event takes place April 21-23, 2021 at the Omni Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. CxEnergy draws hundreds of the nation’s leading commissioning experts, energy management professionals, MEP engineers, HVAC testing professionals, facility managers and building owners. CxEnergy abstract topics include, but are not limited to:

CxEnergy abstract topics:

  • Case studies in commissioning and energy management in buildings and facilities (particularly featuring the owner perspective)
  • Building & facility safety and wellness issues relating to HVAC and COVID-19
  • Lighting, particularly in the area of advanced lighting control systems
  • Building envelope/enclosure
  • Advances in building automation and control technologies
  • Cyber security, data analytics, data integration and IoT topics
  • Market sector case studies (e.g. health care, education, data centers)
  • Distributed energy resources (renewables, microgrids, storage etc.)
  • Water conservation
  • Pertinent regulatory, standards and management system topics.

CxEnergy has placed an Abstract Submission Form on its website for submitting presentation topics and speaker information. Deadline for submission is September 30, 2020. For more information, email info@commissioning.org or call (202) 737-7775.

CxEnergy Technical Presentation attendees earn AIA (LU), USGBC LEED General Education, CxA and EMP continuing education credits for presentations.  The credits are widely applicable for other certifications and professional licenses (attendees should check with their certification or licensing body).

More than 100 videos from past CxEnergy presentations are available on the CxEnergy YouTube Channel.

CxEnergy is presented by the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), Associated Air Balance Council (AABC), and Energy Management Association (EMA). They are known as the “Authorities in Certification,” and administer certification programs for professionals working in commercial buildings. Their certifications cover testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB), building commissioning, and energy management respectively. Collectively, these groups have over 600 member companies with more than 2,500 professionals carrying one of more of AABC, ACG, and EMAs’ certifications.

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CxEnergy 2021 Preliminary Schedule
CxEnergy 2021 Preliminary 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)
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

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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