IIBEC Focuses on Building Enclosure Commissioning

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May 3, 2019


IIBEC members are actively expanding their professional services to include building enclosure commissioning (BECx). A recent member survey confirmed that several hundred IIBEC consultant members currently offer BECx services. As such, IIBEC has responded by allocating resources and increasing our focus on commissioning.

Payne, Jeffries, and Runkle
IIBEC members Melissa Payne BECxP, CxA-BE, CDT of Tremco and John Runkle , PE of PSI Intertek visit Alec Jeffries (center) at the IIBEC CxEnergy booth. Payne recently authored an IIBEC Interface article titled “Construction Industry Misconceptions on Building Enclosure Commissioning.”
Recently, IIBEC made a splash at the CxEnergy conference in Orlando, FL. We connected with dozens of commissioning experts and encouraged their partnership with IIBEC members. If you haven’t had a chance to read the April 2019 IIBEC Interface article, “Construction Industry Misconceptions on Building Enclosure Commissioning,” by Melissa Payne, BECxP, CxA+BE, CDT,  I highly recommend you take a moment to learn more about how the building enclosure commissioning industry is evolving.

With commissioning on the mind, IIBEC is also busy developing the Certified Building Enclosure Commissioning Provider (CBECxP) program. This certification, not to be confused with a certificate, will be launched in early 2020. Take a look at our CBECxP Survey and kindly provide feedback on our certification blueprints. The new certification will offer accreditation in compliance with ISO 17024.

CertificateCertification
Results from an educational process (a course or series of courses with specific focus and learning objectives).Results from an assessment process, demonstrating mastery/competency of a set of standards, usually by application and exam.
Little or no professional experience required.Professional experience required.
Awarded by educational programs or institutions.Awarded by a third-party, standard-setting organization.
Course content not considered to be a definitive set of standards about the topic.Content considered standards, which are set through a defensible, industry-wide process.
Usually listed on a résumé as education or professional development.Typically results in a designation to use after one's name.
Is the end result; demonstrates knowledge of course content at the end of a set period in time and may result in a physical certificate to hang on the wall.Has ongoing maintenance requirements; holder must demonstrate they continue to meet standards for ongoing use of the credential.

As our members recognize building enclosure commissioning as a growth market, developing partnerships is more critical now than ever. IIBEC is collaborating with partner organizations to elevate the commissioning profession and bring attention to this important sector. One key take-away from the recent CxEnergy conference: Building enclosure commissioning is a growth industry, and there is a healthy demand for qualified BECx professionals.

4 responses to “IIBEC Focuses on Building Enclosure Commissioning”

  1. Interesting that you would contrast certificate vs certification when Melissa is identified with her University of Wisconsin credential in the accompanying photo. This marketing strategy seems misguided.

    • Hi David – This is a valid point. Many professionals in our industry list certificate credentials after their name. This common practice highlights one of the challenges we face when raising professional standards from certificate courses to accredited certification programs based on established codes and standards: ASTM, ASHRAE, ISO, CSA, etc. Thank you for your comment, and your interest in IIBEC.

  2. So I’m going to need a degree to pursue your BECx “certification?” So arrogant. I hate it when people confuse education with intelligence. You can have a degree and still be a complete idiot.

    • Although the details have not been finalized, it’s unlikely that a degree will be a requirement to pursue the BECx certification. If there is something in this article that makes you think that, please let us know so that we can clarify the text. Thanks.

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