The numbers tell the story of an industry experiencing growth as a result of the increasing popularity of buildings that earn green certifications. In addition, the commissioning industry expects the adoption of more ambitious building and energy codes nationwide to further amplify demand. Together, these factors have created a need for training services that will expand the commissioning workforce and allow the industry to effectively meet these new, rising needs.
Attendees of the BCA’s National Conference on Building Commissioning (NCBC) were asked to assess their professional experiences in a variety of areas, including: current motivators for commissioning work; expected changes to the commissioning industry as a result of new building codes; and training needs. The survey revealed:
- 72% of respondents, mostly commissioning professionals, have experienced more demand for new building commissioning services in the past year.
- 69% have experienced more demand for existing building commissioning in the past year.
- Green building certifications like LEED and ENERGYSTAR are significant motivators for commissioning, according to 68 % of those surveyed.
- Green certifications are followed closely by corporate environmental goals, which were cited as motivators by 64% of respondents.
- 56% expect changes to building and energy codes to drive an additional increase in demand for commissioning.
- The rising demand has created a need for training industry wide; 68% cited a need for training on specialty systems like building enclosures and renewables.
- In order to adapt to new building codes and rising demand, respondents anticipate a need for increased training and certification and the deployment of larger teams with broader skill sets.
To learn more about the survey findings, visit www.bcxa.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Cx-Survey-Report-FINAL.pdf.