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The 2019 CxEnergy Conference and Expo

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CxEnergy marks its sixth year in 2019 and has scheduled the annual expo for April 15–18 in Orlando, FL. The event focuses on commissioning; energy management; and testing, adjusting, and balancing (TAB); and is presented by the leading organizations in those fields: the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC), AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), and the Energy Management Association (EMA).

We spoke recently with the respective presidents of these groups—Benjiman J. “BJ” Link, TBE of United Testing & Balancing (AABC); Steven “Rusty” Ross, P.E., CxA, EMP of SSRCx (ACG); and Robert Knoedler, P.E., CxA, EMP of Hanson Professional Services, Inc. (EMA)—to discuss plans for CxEnergy 2019

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Distributed Energy (DE): Could you explain the long history among these groups?

BJ Link: AABC, ACG, and EMA share a history and involvement in the field that goes back over 50 years. AABC was founded in 1965 by a group of engineers who saw a need for standards and stringent certification requirements in the TAB industry. Independence is also a key component, and AABC members are strictly prohibited from affiliations with any groups—such as mechanical contractors, design engineers, or equipment manufacturers—that might create a potential conflict of interest in providing an unbiased TAB report.

In 2004, as building commissioning became increasingly important, AABC launched ACG to help meet the industry’s need to identify qualified, certified providers. ACG represents the world’s largest group of certified, independent commissioning authorities (CxAs), and promotes the advancement of independent building commissioning services through education, training, and certification.

More recently in 2014, ACG noticed industry changes meant their personnel had a need for additional training to address increasing energy management concerns. In response, they created EMA, a commissioning-based energy management organization, to advance the quality of energy management services for the building owner.

That same year, these three groups debuted the CxEnergy Conference & Expo, an event tailored to professionals in the fields of commissioning, energy management, and TAB. CxEnergy has grown since then to host over 600 participants, has provided literally thousands of continuing education units, and has showcased the latest technologies through the always sold-out exhibit hall.

DE: The CxEnergy Technical Program is always a big draw. Can you give us a preview?

Rusty Ross: CxEnergy 2019 will give attendees a healthy dose of case studies, as well as topical and in-depth presentations on topics including building envelope/enclosure commissioning, technology and innovation, energy management, commissioning specialty systems, cybersecurity, data analytics, policy and financial issues, lighting, water management, data centers, microgrids, energy storage, and more. Attendees will earn AIA and other industry certification and continuing education credits for all presentations.

In particular, ACG is excited to have Steve Schmerber of CommScope serve as a speaker. He will cover how the introduction of 5G wireless networks impacts our industry by facilitating seamless, continuous connectivity between countless devices. This development will likely revolutionize data collection and management for the Internet of Things.

The speaker lineup includes more than 40 industry experts across all building science disciplines. They represent companies and organizations including TLC Engineering for Architecture, WorkingBuildings, SkyFoundry, Schneider Electric, Gresham, Smith and Partners, University of Central Florida, Hanson Professional Services Inc., Orange County Public Schools, and more.

For a preview, the preliminary technical program is available here. In addition, videos of CxEnergy 2018 technical sessions are available on ACG’s YouTube channel.  Attendees save 10% when they register with the promo code ENERGY10. To register, visit www.CxEnergy.com.

DE: What other offerings will each of your groups be providing at next year’s CxEnergy?

Bob Knoedler: EMA is hosting a Seminar and Exam for Energy Management Professionals (EMP) on Monday and Tuesday, April 15–16, 2019. This year, the EMP Certification achieved accreditation by ANSI, and is now recognized by the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines program. EMP is considered an approved energy management credential for all federally funded projects.

For those looking for some sunny recreation, EMA will also be hosting a golf tournament on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the nearby Grand Cyprus Golf Club. Teams will be treated to lunch, drinks, and goodie bags as they compete on a Jack Nicklaus signature-designed course.

BJ Link: AABC is hosting its third annual pre-conference TAB Seminar for CxAs, Engineers, and TAB Professionals on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The seminar will provide attendees a deeper understanding of testing and balancing issues, and is expected to include case studies on fan performance and water system rebalance, as well as sessions on duct pressure testing, maintaining outside airflow, and taking coil face airflow measurements. Monday night also includes the popular AABC Welcome Reception, which hosted over 100 attendees last year.

Rusty Ross: ACG will be hosting a CxA Workshop and Exam on Monday and Tuesday, April 15 and 16, 2019. The workshop covers all aspects of the commissioning process for both new and existing buildings. Attendees will also take part in instructor-led, dynamic group breakout activities where they will use project case studies to develop and discuss samples of key commissioning deliverables.

DE: What products and services will be on display in CxEnergy 2019 Expo Hall?

Bob Knoedler: Over 40 exhibitors will be showcasing a wide variety of products including controls, commissioning software, energy management platforms, instruments, and metering devices. Several of these exhibitors will be promoting their services specifically targeting commissioning, energy management, engineering, and testing firms. CxEnergy provides six hours of dedicated exhibit time with no competing technical sessions. Over 70% of the expo hall is already sold out, and companies are encouraged to register to exhibit at www.CxEnergy.com.

For questions or more information on the TAB Seminar, contact AABC Headquarters at 202-737-0202, or [email protected].

For questions or more information on the CxA Workshop & Exam or CxEnergy 2019 Conference & Expo, contact ACG Headquarters at 202-737-7775, or [email protected].

For questions or more information on the EMA Seminar & Exam or EMA Golf Tournament, contact EMA Headquarters at 202-737-1334, or [email protected]DE_bug_web

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