Building Energy Resilience

Ideas to fuel a sustainable built environment

8 min read

Decarbonization: Fight Climate Change with Your Building

By Daniel Jordan on Apr 26, 2022 11:00:00 AM

Your building’s climate impacts begin with every mechanical, electrical, and envelope system on which it’s built. Identifying effective greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction measures requires an in-depth knowledge of a building’s systems and how they interact. That’s where our decarbonization service can help.

Topics: Climate Change #decarbonization Existing Building Building Envelope Carbon Reduction
5 min read

Blower Door Testing: Hand-in-Hand with Commissioning

By Mike LaCrosse on Mar 31, 2022 10:00:00 AM

In Vermont’s commercial construction industry, the word is well out there by now that the 2020 Commercial Building Energy Standards mandate building air barriers receive special attention, to some degree – either at post-envelope construction by way of a blower door test, or throughout the construction phase by way of commissioning (no blower door test). I’ve discussed portions of this in the past when it was relatively new. The 2021 IECC release now also mandates either air barrier commissioning or blower door testing. It will be some time before states begin to adopt this version of the code, but it is only a matter of time. So, I thought it a good idea to get out ahead and discuss why I think we, as an industry, should be considering the two of these options in harmony, rather than separately.

Topics: commissioning design review Building Envelope
4 min read

Seeing Value in Installation Checklists for the Building Enclosure

By Mike LaCrosse on Jan 26, 2022 11:00:00 AM

I’m excited to have recently joined the group of like-minded and down-to-earth individuals that comprise Cx Associates, and I’ve quickly learned that all of us here have a vested interest in expanding our minds and honing our craft. A huge part of that is information sharing with one another. In that vein, I’ve had opportunities to catch meaningful snapshots of the MEP commissioning process, allowing me to reflect closely on the process as I know it for the building enclosure. Lately, I’ve been asking myself, “What can be done better on the building enclosure side?” I think one of those things is employing installation checklists.

Topics: Building Envelope Building Enclosure

Featured