ZERO/SIX Consulting, LLC is an industry leading testing organization providing ISO accredited building performance testing on project sites and at their laboratory
Building Enclosure is defined as “a strict quality-focused process wherein the energy performance of a facility, system or assembly is evaluated and verified against defined objectives and criteria.”
The commissioning process begins at project inception stage and continues throughout different construction phases, such as pre-design phase, pre-construction phase and construction phase. Even on completion of the construction project, the process continues and gets implemented on an ongoing basis. The process has been explained in detail in the NIBS Guideline 3-2012 Building Enclosure Commissioning Process BECx.
The BECx process is carried out by a commissioning team. It uses reliable and accurate measures to verify and validate that the project is meeting pre-determined quality requirements. Now there is a standardized process for an independent third-party working directly for the owner to clearly define project goals, ensure air-tightness and vapor control are properly addressed in the construction documents, and verify installation of air-sealing and good vapor control measures during construction. This person is known as the BECx Agent. BECxA full scope of services, as laid out by NIBS, include:
Broadly, BECx work involves schematic design, building science, and building testing. Building science includes study of the flow of heat, air and moisture across all 6 sides of the building enclosure – walls, roof and slab. Z6 offers comprehensive BECx services as follows:
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