Evolving Practices Surrounding Building Enclosure Commissioning, (BECx)
Presented by Kayla Maines, AIA, BECxP, CxA+BE, LEED AP, Senior Architect, Building Enclosure Commission (BECx) Group Manager, Terracon; Stephen Shanks, Senior Consultant of Building Sciences Solutions for Architectural Testing, Inc.; and John Runkle, Vice President of Building Sciences Solutions for Architectural Testing, Inc., Intertek Building Solutions.
The practice of commissioning continues to evolve, and the global health emergency related to SARS-CoV-2 is one of the main drivers for this rapid change.
This presentation focuses on the evolving practices surrounding Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) and the desire for buildings to have healthy air. Adding to the complexity of this time of great change, some of these new project goals are in conflict with each other, as the techniques to improve air quality often leads to additional energy usage.
If we have learned anything during this time of great change, it’s that owners desire flexibility, such that their buildings quickly can adapt to their changing needs. Some Owners now are looking at modular construction as a solution to maintain flexibility and decrease construction times. However, the buildings still need to be commissioned, so we need to modify our practices to accommodate this off-site construction. As the practice of commission evolves to meet changing needs, we must allow an owner to provide their stakeholders with assurance that they have effectively implemented best practices to improve the health, safety, resiliency, and efficiency of their facilities. Through case studies, we will help to show the changing landscape of commissioning and predict where the industry is headed.