Institute Gears up to Launch Building Enclosure Commissioning Course

Get a Sneak Peek at the BECx Education Workshop Preview during BEST4

Jan 27, 2015 -- As jurisdictions around the country are starting to enforce new building codes and building rating systems that require commissioning in buildings, the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) is gearing up to launch a new building enclosure commissioning (BECx) course to help bring the building industry up to speed. Industry professionals can get a sneak peek of the upcoming course on Thursday, April 16, during the BECx Education Workshop Preview, to be held in conjunction with the fourth BEST Building Enclosure Science & Technology Conference™ (BEST4), April 12-15, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Institute has long maintained that building enclosure commissioning (BECx) is an important pathway to achieving high-performance buildings. In 2006, in its role as an authoritative source, the Institute, through BETEC, conceived Exterior Enclosure Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process. That document in turn became NIBS Guideline 3-2012: Building Enclosure Commissioning Process BECx. ASTM, through a memorandum of agreement with the Institute, has since converted Guideline 3 into a standard, ASTM E2947: Standard Guide for Building Enclosure Commissioning, along with a companion document, ASTM E2813: Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning. Later this spring, ASTM is planning to launch testing and certification of BECx providers and BECx specialists.

To help industry professionals get prepared to take the ASTM exam when it comes out, the Institute, through BETEC, is creating a training program in compliance with International Accreditation Service’s (IAS) Accreditation Criteria IAS AC371, which will give participants knowledge of the BECx process, building science, building systems and testing needed so they will be able to practice BECx proficiently. BETEC presented an outline of the curriculum during Building Innovation 2015: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, and development of the full curriculum will result in a five-day course delivered at venues organized by the local Building Enclosure Councils. The BECx Education Workshop Preview will give attendees a detailed overview of what topics will be addressed in the Institute’s upcoming five-day educational course.

Topics at the BECx Education Workshop Preview will include:

  • The Commissioning Process
  • Building Science Principles 1
  • Building Science Principles 2
  • Building Systems
  • Testing and Sampling

Building industry professionals interested in learning more about BECx, don’t miss this chance to find out about the training and certification opportunities coming your way. And building enclosure professionals who are already planning to go to BEST4, be sure to stay over and attend the BECx Education Workshop Preview. Don’t wait. The online registration for the BECx Workshop Preview is $100 for Institute members and $150 for non-members.

Whether you have already registered to attend BEST4 or if you only wish to attend the Workshop, you may register for the Workshop alone by selecting ticket 6 and the optional ticket. Register now!


About the National Institute of Building Sciences

The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.

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