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Why of Commissioning – A Look at the Process and How it Can Mitigate Risk

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Why of Commissioning – A Look at the Process and How it Can Mitigate Risk

June 11, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Live webinar sponsored by the Air Barrier Association of America

Why of Commissioning – A Look at the Process and How it Can Mitigate Risk

Presented by Melissa Payne

Let’s face it, buildings leak! Owners and contractors battle these leaks for months and even years after substantial completion. A properly implemented and executed Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) process mitigates risks resulting in sustainable efficient structures. The elements of the building enclosure have evolved and become complex systems. This has changed the design and construction of these “skins”. So why is commissioning a plausible solution to these challenges? Well, simply put it provides a proven and tried practice which offers guidance and structure to the complex industry of Building Enclosures. This course will cover the BECx process intended to define the project expectations, focus on quality assurance, quality control, verification of system performance, owner training, and maintenance guidance. We will discuss building enclosure commissioning and how commissioning provides a successful trifecta scenario for the owner, design team and construction team.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the purpose and benefits of Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) and define the roles of the Owner, Architect, Commissioning Consultant, and Contractor.
  2. Discuss the formal BECx processes as developed by the National Institute of Building Science, ASTM, ASHRAE, and ISO, and how these standards and guidelines are quickly being recognized and adopted by institutions and organizations.
  3. Review why codes are recommending and requiring the implementation of exterior wall envelope detailing as part of design drawings and construction documents.
  4. Discuss how to implement the BECx process throughout the life-cycle of the building including design review, constructability review, testing matrix, mockup construction and testing, preconstruction meeting, inspections, and a post construction maintenance matrix.

Live webinar airing on June 11, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

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Melissa Payne, BECxP, CxA+BE, CDT
Construction Management – Specialist

Melissa Payne, BECxP, CxA+BE, CDT joined Tremco’s Building Envelope Solutions Team in November 2018.  Prior to joining Tremco, Melissa provided building envelope commissioning and consulting services, and conducted forensic investigations at Miller, P.C.  Prior to leading the building enclosure division at Miller, she served as owner’s representative on building enclosure projects for City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri.

Melissa possess a strong foundation in industry standards related to building envelope commissioning process, building science, performance testing, and building envelope construction.  As a Level 2 Building Science Thermographer she actively uses thermography in the study of building enclosure failures.  Her owner representative, consulting and commissioning experience, forensic work, and manufacturer internal consultant involvement gives her an encompassing perspective of the construction industry.  Currently working with owners, architects, engineers, designers, construction manager/general contractors, and enclosure trades to promote the integrity and performance of building enclosures.

Melissa maintains high involvement in the design and construction industry as a guest speaker at Drury University School of Architecture, currently a board member of the SWMO-CSI, a member of ICC, and as chair and founding member of BEC-OR.  She is member of ISO on ISO/TC 163 Committee, 21105-20106 Thermal performance in the built environment – Building envelope performance verification and commissioning BECx.


June 11, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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