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Associate Principal, PERKINS+WILL
4

great!

Community Housing Partners Corporation
4

good overview of process

Sr Construction Manager, Alder Construction Management, Inc.
4

good delivery

Senior Project Engineer, The Beck Group
5

Very helpfully

Director of Community Advancement - Wisconsin & Iowa, USGBC Wisconsin
4

I'm not an engineer, and often that can be a hindrance when I attempt to learn more about certain technical topics. This presentation was remarkably easy to understand despite the complexity of the topic. At one point, I even wondered about the fun professional challenge it would be to be a building envelope commissioner. Kudos to the team that put this together!

5

Interesting Presentation

Chief, Mechanical Design, US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisivlle District, U.S. Army
4

Good basic overview

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
5

Informative but not overbearing.

1

Some test questions are unnecessarily difficult. Its an interesting topic otherwise.

ABM Building Solutions - California
4

Great information for BECX

MBO, Inc.
5

Good basic coverage of the Cx process and how it is to be apllied to the Enclosure

Enginering Manager, Hines
4

It was interesting how it all integrates.

Chief Architect (Semi-Retired), Formerly of US Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District
Pro Reviewer
2

1. This course is a concise introduction into the fairly recent concept of Building Envelope "Commissioning". 2. The instruction is cogent, allowing the listener to easily digest the material as it is presented. 3. Mr. Stout's oral delivery is articulate and well-paced. Ms. Michelin's oral delivery is somewhat less so, although still comprehensible. 4. The course slides complement the narration well. 5. The two brief descriptions of real-life BECx examples are germane and interesting, but they are too brief and too few. A few added examples would provide better advocacy for BECx implementation. (There's certainly time available for more examples, for this course is only 3/4 hour in length.) 6. Several of the statements in the attached article (i.e., "Building Enclosure Commissioning....") need to be rewritten in order to eliminate obvious inaccuracies; for example, one sentence reads: "An airtight shell is the primary tactic for controlling the movement of air, heat, moisture, light, and noise into and out of the building -- all other systems are supplementary." .....There are so many errors in that one sentence that I would hardly know where to begin to critique it. 7. The quiz needs to be revised, because (a) Two of the test questions are true-false questions -- which the USGBC has held to be insufficient tests of subject matter, and (b) Three of the test questions present either three or four possible answers, of which all, or nearly all, are obviously correct -- again, not good tests of the subject matter. 8. Finally, please understand that no disrespect is intended by my assigning only two stars to this course in its current configuration, for the addition of a few more real-life BECx examples, plus improvements to the attached article, plus revisions to the quiz, would surely elevate my rating of this class to at least three stars, and possibly four.

Solutions Development Engineer, Honeywell
4

very informative

Sustainability Advisor & Engineer, Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
4

Good overview

Product Development Specialist, Alumicor Ltd.
3

Informative

President, K Sanders Architecture & Consulting
4

Very good

Student, Duquesne University
4

Very informative!

Senior Project Manager, The Walsh Group
5

Well done presentation

Senior Design Manager, AIA, LEED BD+C, Gensler
4

Good overview of what BECx is and how the process works. Most of the items are standard processes for large projects in my experience.

Area Director of Engineering / Mid-Atlantic Region, The RMR Group
4

Very informative.

Director of Facilities, MENDOCINO-LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1

good course, but the quiz sucks- each question has four potential answers

Preconstruction Specialist, Ryan Companies US, Inc.
4

Pretty basic content but it was described in a simple and easily understandable way. The project examples were good.

Google Inc.
5

good pace, easy to follow

Superintendent, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
5

Informative and organized clearly. Easy to follow along.

Senior Structural Engineer, HDR, Inc.
4

Very useful insight from experience

Program Manager, U.S. General Services Administration
4

Good intro and case for BECx.

Project Manager, Clark Construction Group, LLC
3

Seems more of a pitch for BECx rather than a more objective educational forum.

Principal: JOA Architecture and Urban Design, JOA Architecture/Urban Design
5

Excellent presentation

Senior Project Manager, Walters & Wolf
5

I found this content very relevant and informative.

Associate Research Engineer III, Texas A&M University
4

It is good to know about what the building envelope commissioning is.

5

Very good intro to BECx! Would be nice if some of the resources from the standards mentioned were also provided in PDF downloads.

Quality Control Manager, Absher Construction
5

Good Contents. Thank you

SVP, Global Design Head, Citi
Pro Reviewer
3

This is a good overview course describing what a building envelope and/or building enclosure commissioning (BECx) is, and how an owner can maximize the benefits of using such services. Initial sections of the course is a little dry and monotonous in its delivery; however, the two case studies shared at the end, along with the summary section displaying stats on potential benefits are very useful to make the case for BECx. Another example on an ideal case study to accompany the less than ideally scheduled involvement and very limited budget scenarios might have helped with showcasing the true benefits as argued throughout the course. Further discussion on the missed opportunities for particularly the first case study would have also helped with the lost benefit. I particularly enjoyed real-life stories peppered into the second case study. Building green article included as a handout provides a nice summary to the topic with additional links for further reading. As an additional FYI: built-in video does not have expanding or back and forth navigation capabilities but if you hover over the video, right click, and select 'open video in a new tab', you can gain access to a more user friendly screen.

Gordon Prill, Inc.
5

Well presented and explained the difference between Building Envelope Commissioning and MEP Cx

PRESIDENT/CEO, Green Globe USA, Green Globe USA
3

I liked the course. I think this course will help us when we start implementing a project.

Precision Planning, Inc.
4

Very informative and well explained.

Project Manager, Moody Nolan, Inc.
4

Very informative

5

Very informative. Case studies were helpful.

Senior Architect, Arab Engineering Bureau
4

Good

Burns & McDonnell Engineering
4

Making Bldg Envelope part of Cx is great.

Architect, Christopher Booker and Associates
4
Fitch Architecture & Community Design
3

Good presentation; important process!

Projects Manager (Sustainability Consultant, Commissioning & Energy), Green Consulting L.L.C
4

good course

Architect, DAR
5

informative

Naval Facilities Engineering Command
5

Well done

Intelligent Building Technology (IBT) Systems Manager, Carrier Corporation/United Technologies
5

Very informative!

Virtual Design and Construction Manager, Swinerton Builders
5

Great. I'm deeply interested in envelope and I've never really heard much on commissioning. Very enlightening.

Thanks!

Lighting & Controls Design and Commissioning, Building Enclosure Commissioning, LEED Specialist, Architectural Fusion, LLC
Pro Reviewer
5

Professional presentation: clear audio, excellent graphics, good case studies. This course covers all the fundamentals and expands on them with useful specific examples. You may be tempted to multi-task during some of the slower moving portions but don't divert long or you'll miss key information. One of the slides I particularly appreciated was "Engage in Building Performance Analytics." Here, Joel suggests setting optimum enclosure design criteria by evaluating building geometry in reference to harnessing daylighting opportunities. He mentions glare and overheating and suggests simulating shading combinations and glazing properties to determine optimum design. He follows this with a review of Annual Sunlight Exposure, ASE, recommending hours / yr be no greater than 10% of total occupiable floor area. I wasn't expecting this in a Basic BECx course and it's a rare Client who will pay us for it but it's worth mentioning in pre-design. This aspect can affect energy performance more than air barriers.. It's a good example of the bonus information Joel and Rachel included in this introduction to building enclosure commissioning. They also underline the cost justification for including BECx in building design and construction based on NIBS data. Very useful course! Just realized this course includes a brief but cogent, recent article by James Wilson on BECx. Don't skip this additional resource.

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