FAQ's for Owners Consultants

During one of my many presentations on Building Enclosure Commissioning to architecture firms, I had a question from a concerned architect that I think echoes the concern in many professionals’ minds about mold. The architect in question was wondering if there is any way to guarantee “on paper” that mold will never occur in an

LEED for New Construction - By Building Type

LEEDv4 IAQ Testing Requirements Industrial hygienists across the US have been watching the USGBC as they’ve updated the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing Credit for Post-Construction. LEEDv4 IAQ Testing requirements have changed since LEEDv2009. Many health and healthy building advocates hoped they would lower the allowable levels of formaldehyde, but due to industry uproar that did

BECx provides Energy Efficient Building and Savings For Facility Managers Building Enclosure (or Envelope) Commissioning (BECx for short) originated in Canada in the 80’s and came to the US in the 90’s. The General Services Administration and the US Army were amongst the early adopters. They started commissioning enclosures on their building projects in 2006. Since

So What Exactly Does An Enclosure Commissioning Agent (BECxA) Do? Understandably, there is a lot of confusion in the design and construction industry about the role of building enclosure commissioning agents (BECxA). Owners and architects do not know what a BECxA does during design and construction and how (or if) this discipline adds value to

Effects of Airtight Construction on Lab Pressurization Most labs and clean rooms require airtight construction to create differential pressure with respect to adjoining spaces. Labs are usually maintained at slight negative pressure to keep the chemicals used in the labs from migrating to adjacent spaces. Clean rooms on the other hand have to be kept at a

Sustainable Construction Documents

What are Sustainable Construction Documents? Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Sustainable Construction Documents, but were afraid to ask. An Architects Explains Sustainable Construction Documents From time to time I find myself explaining the process and make up of sustainable construction documents to various people. So it recently occurred to me that it would

Architectural Industry – New Trends

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The Architectural Industry In early summer 2012, when I joined HBS, I also transitioned from working as an architect myself, in the mainstream architectural industry, into a consultant to architects. Since then, I have worked with many architectural firms of all sizes, on small to very large projects. This gave me the unique opportunity to really step back

Building Enclosure Commissioning overview

Why Commission the Enclosure? Building Enclosure Commissioning Overview, Part 2 In the ideal world, all components of the building enclosure providing waterproofing and air leakage mitigation – air and water resistive barriers, flashings, primary and secondary membranes, sealants, coatings etc., would be thoroughly analyzed for compatibility and detailed with great care to maintain integrity at all

Lessons learned while working on LEED Projects   I am lucky in that I have had the opportunity to work on such a wide array of LEED projects in so many different LEED rating systems and versions. While most LEED professionals, especially those that work in architectural firms, have seen the design side of the

building enclosure commissioning 101

Building Enclosure Commissioning 101, the why? – Part 1 Building Enclosure Commissioning 101 is still relatively new and many teams don’t yet understand its value. I still remember attending a seminar at the Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco, 18 years ago, on HVAC Commissioning. This was a new and upcoming service at the time