With the expansion of energy performance standards and as enclosure assemblies become more complex, developers and owners are beginning to recognize the added benefit of Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx). BECx is a quality assurance process that is intended to ensure that the building enclosure is designed and constructed to meet or exceed the owner’s project requirements.

MCA’s extensive experience with building enclosure investigations, design reviews and development, and construction observation help us bring a uniquely qualified perspective to the commissioning process. Drawing on our decades of experience MCA will provide third-party technical oversight from early design phases through building occupancy to help meet the Client’s goals.

Commissioning for building mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems has been established for several years, but BECx is a newer service in the industry. MCA performs Building Enclosure Commissioning per ASTM E2813, Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning, and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Guideline 3–2012, Exterior Enclosure Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process.

Services for BECx

  • Developing the Owner’s Project Requirement
  • Peer review of the drawings and specifications.
  • Developing the Division 1 specification section outlining the building enclosure commissioning process and scope and responsibilities.
  • Reviewing and gathering building enclosure systems manuals and Operator and Occupant training requirements.
  • Developing BECx checklists.
  • Reviewing shop drawings and submittals.
  • Attending construction progress meetings
  • Reviewing mock-ups and field quality control testing.
  • Performing field site visits and observations and punchlists.
  • 10-month post occupancy commissioning review of the enclosure.

At the conclusion of the project, MCA will provide a BECx final project commissioning report.

Our Services

McGinnis Chen Associates, Inc. is highly experienced in providing the following services for the building enclosure:

Construction Documents

Peer Review

Construction Defect Litigation Support

Construction Contract Administration

Historic Preservation

Third-Party Independent Observation

Property Condition Assessment

Remedial Architecture

Building Enclosure Investigation

Government-Mandated Inspections

Building Enclosure Commissioning

Field Quality Control Testing

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