Innovations in Comfort, Efficiency, and Safety Solutions.
EMAIL INTERVIEW – Jim Magee and Ken Sinclair
Jim Magee, CxA, EMP, LEED AP,
Building Technologies More Prominent than Ever at CxEnergy
CxEnergy was created in 2014 from what was previously the AABC Commissioning Group’s annual meeting.
Sinclair: You have been involved with the CxEnergy presenting organizations both before and after the conference became CxEnergy, please describe its roots and where we are today.
was created in 2014 from what was previously the AABC Commissioning
Group’s annual meeting. That transformation has created opportunities
for growth and to diversify the subject matter we address. For example,
this year, for the first time we are kicking off CxEnergy with a
keynote address at the Plenary Session, which will set a tone for the
We have invited Steve Schmerber,
Director of Field Application Engineering, with CommScope, to speak
about 5G, the fifth generation of cellular mobile communications. It
will have a profound impact on the professions of energy management and
commissioning as well as society as a whole. 5G will enable
exponentially higher data transmission rates, advance efficiency, and
allow for massive device connectivity. Mr. Schmerber is an expert
in the field and will discuss 5G’s implications for topics such as the
Internet of Things (IoT), data centers, data analytics and the massive
infrastructure requirements related to 5G.
I note that you are taking on a similar topic in your presentation in
the CxEnergy Technical Program.
presentation is “4G Commissioning for a 5G World.” I will segue from
Mr. Schmerber’s session to talk about how evolving communications and
technology advancement might impact the commissioning of building
systems. The management of data points alone is mind-boggling.
The ongoing competition between wired
and wireless environments, smart cities and the IoT have evolved with
profound impacts on our built environment. How will multiple control
points and infinite points arrays affect how we program, operate and
maintain building equipment? What commissioning administration,
implementation, diagnostic and tracking tools are online or soon to be
ready? Issues like that are very much on the minds of commissioning
personnel and facility managers. Does your coffee pot really need to
access your BAS?
Sinclair: I also note that technology is featured throughout the CxEnergy Technical Program, could you provide some other examples?
Magee: Happy to. I’ll start with a pair that get into fault detection and diagnostics, or FDD. Peter Serian of CopperTree Analytics will explore how advanced energy and building analytics software unlocks the power of BAS data to enable an array of benefits. Then we have Guanjing Lin of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, who will report on the current state of the FDD market, success stories, and outstanding needs in the industry. She will also present a framework for evaluating the performance of FDD algorithms.
I am also looking forward to Deepinder
Singh of 75F. He will explain how newer IoT and cloud computing
technologies enable pervasive building intelligence, which improves
indoor air quality, occupant health and productivity while reducing
It is truly an amazing technical
program, and I invite Automated Building readers to see it in its
entirety on the CxEnergy website.
The CxEnergy Expo Hall is a popular hangout for CxEnergy attendees, is
the technology trend evident there as well?
definitely. From longtime exhibitors like CxAlloy and Facility Grid
with their cloud-based software to SkyFoundry with their popular
The technology in the CxEnergy Expo Hall
is not limited to the cloud, some of it is affixed to hardware such as
I-Star Energy Solutions and TSI Energy Solutions, who will be showing
off the latest infrared technology. We also have an array of exhibitors
with high-tech tools, such as Armstrong Fluid Technology’s hydronic
Also, we are pleased to announce that
this year the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Program has signed on as both a
CxEnergy Supporting Organization and exhibitor. Attendees can stop by
their booth and hear all the latest on their popular online tool,
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, which is used extensively by many of our
Certified Commissioning Authorities (CxAs) and Energy Management
Professionals (EMPs). Portfolio Manager is also a primary tool for
sharing buildings energy data with USGBC for LEED Certified Buildings.
The CxEnergy website has a sponsor
and exhibitor page with descriptions of all the exhibiting
I note that the CxEnergy preconference agenda has expanded this year,
what is going on there?
Magee: This year, as in the past, we will conduct workshops and exam administrations for ACG’s Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) and EMA’s Energy Management Professional (EMP), both of which are ANSI-Accredited.
this year we have identified other special topics of interest for
seminars that go into far greater depth than the traditional 60-minute
presentation. We are offering “Test & Balance Seminar for CxAs,
Engineers, & TAB Professionals,” sponsored by the Associated Air
Balance Council (AABC), and the “NIBS BECx Workshop,” sponsored by the
National Institute of Building Sciences.
The AABC event is geared to helping
commissioning providers, engineers, and test and balance professionals
understand how key aspects of the test and balance process are carried
out, why they are important, and what expected results should be.
The NIBS seminar includes an intro to
envelope process and requirements, a review of lab test standards and
manufacturer testing used to set performance standards in project
specs, and best practices for installation of insulation and thermal
breaks, air and vapor barriers.
Sinclair: Please explain to our readers who the presenting organizations of CxEnergy are and where they can get more information.
is presented by three affiliated nonprofit trade associations, the Associated Air Balance
Commissioning Group and Energy Management Association.
We collectively have over 600 member companies and nearly 2,000
personnel carrying one or more of the affiliated groups’
certifications. Registration is going strong, but you still have time
to sign-up and attend, just go to the event website, www.CxEnergy.com.
The event runs April 15-18, 2019 in Orlando, FL.
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