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Ray Bert, Executive Director, AABC Commissioning Group



CxEnergy 2015

CxEnergy 2015 is the only industry event exclusively designed for energy management and building and facilities commissioning.


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SinclairWhat is CxEnergy 2015?

Bert:  CxEnergy 2015 is the only industry event exclusively designed for energy management and building and facilities commissioning. It connects professionals in these fields with building owners, facilities managers, utility providers, manufacturers and others with an interest in energy efficiency and optimizing system performance in the commercial building and facilities environment.

The event features a 28-session technical program that provides in-depth information on commissioning a variety of building systems, energy management of the total building envelope, regulations and standards, and related issues such as project financing. In addition to the technical program, CxEnergy features an expo hall with manufacturers of the latest technologies, and certification opportunities for Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) and Energy Management Professional (EMP).

The event is sponsored by The High Performance Building Alliance and takes place April 27-30, 2015 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort, just outside Las Vegas.

Sinclair Tell us more about CxEnergy’s sponsor, The High Performance Building Alliance.

Bert:  The High Performance Building Alliance is a coalition of industry organizations that subscribe to the principles that produce today’s high performance buildings. Its founders are the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) and Energy Management Association (EMA). The Alliance includes an impressive and diverse list of CxEnergy supporting organizations that includes the Nevada or Las Vegas Chapters of the American Institute of Architects, Illuminating Engineering Society and the United States Green Building Council, and the Continental Automated Building Association.

Sinclair What will CxEnergy’s Technical Program offer this year?

Bert:  Much thought, research and planning goes into the CxEnergy technical program. Its educational and technical sessions focus on key topics including Building Envelope/Enclosure Commissioning, Technology & Innovation, Energy Management, Commissioning Specialty Systems, Policy & Financial Issues, and more. AIA Continuing Education Credits will be available for all technical sessions.

Our emphasis is on the total building and that is reflected by the diversity in the program. For example, we have sessions on topics such as LED lighting, fire protection and life safety systems, and windows. Technology topics range from big data analysis to the future of smart building technologies.

We’ve assembled a prestigious group of speakers from well-known industry names such as Siemens, Schneider Electric and Noesis, respected research organizations like the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and membership organizations such as the AIA, AGC, APPA, ASHRAE, and NFRC.

You can visit this page to see the current line-up and updates on additional technical sessions.

Sinclair What types of certifications can be obtained at CxEnergy?

Bert:  An important aspect of CxEnergy are the workshops and exams for the certifications offered by ACG and EMA.

ACG has two levels of certification granted to individuals; Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) and Certified Commissioning Technician (CxT). The workshop and exam for both is April 28. Complete information about the requirements to attain these certifications is found on this page of ACG website.

EMA’s 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 a deep understanding of energy concepts and an intimate, hands-on understanding of how building systems operate. The EMP certification workshop and exam is April 27-28. Complete information on the requirements to attain this certification is found on this page of EMA’s website.

You can register for the workshops and exams being conducted at CxEnergy at www.CxEnergy.com on the “registration” link at the top of the homepage.

Control Solutions, Inc Sinclair What will be found at CxEnergy’s Expo Hall?

Bert:  The CxEnergy Expo Hall is a popular location for networking and learning about new technologies. So much so we’ve even scheduled two receptions and a luncheon in the exhibit hall.

Our gold sponsor is Siemens Industry and you can expect a large showcase of their technologies. In addition, we’ll have a wide array of exhibitors of products ranging from building automation and control technologies, sensors, monitoring and metering devices, testing equipment, energy efficient lighting, and services ranging from commissioning to energy management.

The up-to-date list of CxEnergy exhibitors and sponsors is found on this page.  

Sinclair How can our readers learn more?

Bert:  Please visit our website at www.CxEnergy.com or phone our office at 202 737-7775 and ask for Anna Kosova (email: anna@commissioning.org). Our website features on-line registration, event and technical program schedules, a downloadable prospectus, all the latest news and listings of CxEnergy sponsors and exhibitors.

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