As a process, existing building commissioning (EBCx) is often referred to as taking what you already have and making it better! Interest in Existing Building Commissioning projects has been growing steadily over the years, and it is now recognized as a formidable means to determine which low-cost/no-cost operational improvements may be made to a currently operated building to improve occupant comfort and achieve energy savings. Another facet of Existing Building Commissioning is, it can be conducted as a standalone activity or as part of a renovation/modernisation project.
The four-day Advanced Course on Existing Building Commissioning covers all the stages of the Existing Building Commissioning process, namely: planning, investigation, implementation, as well as hand-over and monitoring. These stages are presented in detail to allow trainees to develop a coherent understanding of the entire process and reap all the anticipated benefits. The fundamental principles of the use of mechanical systems in buildings are also discussed and best practices for testing and verification are examined to help participants develop in-depth understanding of the investigation stage.
Whether you are an energy consultant or a program/project manager who wants the capability to carry out an Existing Building Commissioning project internally, you will come away from the EBCx course with a thorough understanding of the Existing Building Commissioning process and how to maintain its benefits throughout the life cycle of a building. Additionally, this course serves to highlight the appropriate energy monitoring interventions to be carried out by third parties.
Note: At the end of the training, participants can choose to take an NRCan competency examination toward earning the EBCx recognition.
During this course, participants will learn:
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The EBCx certification does not require any education or experience. On the other hand, if you wish to become an accredited EBCx agent by Energy Transition Québec, you will have to meet certain requirements, including having passed the EBCx exam administered by CIET.
Any organization wishing to carry out a EBCx project and wishing to obtain a grant from the Quebec Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources must do business only with an agent accredited in the overhaul of building mechanical systems. These officers must have completed the Natural Resources Canada advanced building refurbishment course offered by CIET, or the Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP).
Gaz Métro requires that the project be carried out by an agent accredited in the development of mechanical systems for buildings by the MERN, in particular having obtained EBCx certification, as part of its program for the rehabilitation of mechanical systems in buildings.
For more information on the EBCx Agent Certification process, please visit the Remise au point des sytèmes mécaniques de bâtiments page at Transition énergétique Québec.
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