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Building Envelope Specialist

 

Open Position | Building Envelope Specialist

Cx Associates encourages candidates with marginalized identities to apply. We’re committed to continuous learning and growth as a company and we’re working toward a more just and equitable future for all. Read more about our justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion goals and efforts.
 
 
Cx Associates is seeking to hire a Building Envelope Specialist with experience in building science and/or building envelopes. This position requires familiarity with commercial construction, building envelopes, building science, general energy efficiency, spreadsheet analysis and building codes and testing standards. We’re looking for someone who is self-directed; highly skilled in Word and Excel; works efficiently; is a strong verbal and written communicator; and is collaborative and committed to sustainability.

Cx Associates is a dynamic, growing, mission-driven consulting engineering firm headquartered in Burlington, VT looking to add a building envelope specialist who’s keen to work on exciting projects that save energy and make buildings better for a large portfolio of clients in the Northeast. We’re a small firm that offers a relaxed, flexible, open (and dog friendly!) working environment. We believe in a solid work/life balance, offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits, opportunities for advancement and a staff-friendly workplace.

If you’re eager to work alongside our principals and the rest of our team to bring best-in-class energy engineering consulting services to our clients, then read on.
 

Location: Burlington, VT or remote from locations within approximately 1.5 hours or less of Burlington. Work will be a hybrid mix of work from home and work in office if the candidate is within 30 minutes of the office.

Travel Requirements: This position requires a valid drivers’ license and occasional field work (once or twice a week) and travel within a one to four-hour radius depending on where the candidate is located. Occasional overnight travel within New England and New York State may also be required. This position is for the unique individual who enjoys both desk work and fieldwork.

About Cx Associates
Cx Associates is a busy, mission-driven consulting engineering firm headquartered in Burlington, VT with a second office in Portland, ME. We’re a small but driven team of 13 dedicated to engineering better buildings for people and planet. What started with building commissioning in 1994, Cx Associates has since grown to offer a suite of services for new and existing buildings, energy management, and efficiency programs.
 
We are a collaborative organization, not a top-down corporation. We believe in identifying how we can improve as individuals and as a firm, and we support one another in furthering our skills and knowledge. Cx Associates is a team-oriented community that provides room for individuals to shine while maintaining a strong, cohesive environment.
Who We're Looking For

You have a background or experience in an architecture, engineering, or construction discipline with specific experience in building science and/or high-performance building envelopes. You have at least 1-6 years of experience in the field of building science and/or building envelopes. This could take many forms, including, but not limited to: formal education, building envelope commissioning experience, experience in building envelope systems testing, experience in building envelope assessments and diagnostics, high-performance building envelope design, or high-performance building envelope systems and materials installation experience.

Opportunities exist for someone without a formal degree in engineering to develop the necessary skillset to work in our field. Candidates without envelope commissioning experience will be considered entry-level with the potential for rapid growth.

You’re a demonstrated skilled written communicator. Even though most of your day will be spent doing technical things, our work often includes a lot of writing. You’re adept at different types of writing, from professional emails to proposals to technical reports. You can keep your audience in mind and tailor your style (more/less technical) to reach your reader most effectively.

You’re curious. You’re a creative problem-solver who excels at finding innovative solutions to problems. You are an intellectually curious individual who is committed to continuous learning and staying abreast of developments in the field. You’re not afraid to look for and learn new solutions that you think could benefit the organization and execute them. You’re a critical thinker with the ability to read between the lines and not just things at face-value.

You’re a hands-on person and not afraid to get a little dirty. Much of the field work for building envelope inspections and testing involves hands-on work on building construction sites or in existing buildings. You’re OK with moving around a lot on site (being on your feet for 2-8 hours, climbing stairs, etc.). You have experience with basic power tools, are relatively comfortable with heights, and don’t freak out when you unexpectedly get a face full of cobwebs or accidentally touch an uncured mess of new sealant.

You know your way around software. You’re highly proficient in Excel – you’ve mastered basic formulas and several of the more advanced formulas and know how to build useful Excel calculators to help answer that nagging building science math question that suddenly seems to keep coming up on every project. You know how to trace formulas, troubleshoot and fix errors, and verify correct data output when something goes awry. You’ve used spreadsheets to run relatively complex analyses and boil down large amounts of data. Apart from Excel, you know your way around common office software like MS 365 and/or Google Workspace, PDF reading and editing software, etc. You may have heard of and used the blower door software TECTITE. You’re a quick learner who can adapt to and use other various project management software.

You’re self-motivated. You’re the kind of person who takes initiative to insert yourself when you see opportunities to improve internal process efficiency. When you see a problem, you take action instead of ignoring it just because it may be someone else’s job. You keep the proverbial monkey off of other people’s backs and tackle things yourself, constructively seeking input when needed.

You have a sense of humor. We take our work very seriously, but we also like to have fun. You’re someone who can get along with a lot of different types of personalities and people with different backgrounds, and you enjoy the occasional viral cat video and a good meme.

You’re eco-conscious (or at least eco-curious). We try to walk the sustainability talk at Cx Associates. If you’re taking any steps to make your life “greener,” we’d love to hear about it. This may take the form of opting for public transit or your bike when possible, composting, being an activist for environmental causes, or taking other steps to lessen your environmental footprint.

You’re trustworthy. You have stellar references and a clean record.

Bonus points. You have direct experience performing building envelope commissioning, building envelope systems testing (e.g., you know what a blower door test or an AAMA 502 test is and have done it), managing projects, familiarity with commercial construction, and/or you are in the process of earning a professional certification like a P.E., CxA+BE, BPI-Building Analyst, BECxP, etc.

Things You Might Do

Cx Associates is a small but growing business, with over a hundred active projects at any given time. The envelope specialist will have to juggle a lot of balls at once. Here are some examples of things you might do:

  • Work with one of our senior engineers to blower door test the new 80,000 SF wing of a large regional medical center to quantify its air tightness and scan the building with an infrared camera to help evaluate sources of outstanding air leakage. You might also facilitate a testing coordination meeting for building stakeholders.
  • Work with a senior engineer at a high-end residence to methodically evaluate and diagnose a failed cladding system due to water infiltration and analyze data and findings to develop recommendations for next actions.
  • Perform design and submittal reviews for a new 35,000 SF manufacturing facility.
  • Write a commissioning plan, specification, field testing matrices, installation checklists, and/or functional performance test protocols
  • Spend a day in the field with a senior engineer performing theatrical fog testing to qualitatively assess typical and unique air barrier transitions, to help facilitate an air barrier that is seeking passive-house equivalent levels of air tightness.
  • Do a deep dive into a unique design or construction issue of a new Net Zero Ready school building and resolve the issue while maintaining envelope durability and design intent.
  • Crawl around in an attic of an early 1900s residence, turned state office, tracking down big air leaks and identifying the composition of the attic floor system.
  • Help an architect with a dew point/condensation concern in their system design by using Excel-based tools to help evaluate materials with respect to their placement and the surrounding environment.
  • Independently blower door test a small-to-medium-sized residence or commercial building to quantify the building’s air tightness and verify compliance with code minimums or establish a baseline.
  • Work with a senior engineer on site for a day to physically construct test enclosures with power tools for certain tests such as AAMA standard fenestration and other functional performance tests.
  • Spend time in a boom lift operating spray rack equipment or operating indoor equipment to test fenestration for water tightness.
  • Communicate with architects, owners, contractors, and trades people regularly to establish friendly relationships and articulate building envelope findings and results.
  • Continually review your effort with respect to a project’s overall budget and be conscious of your scopes of work, helping to ensure projects come in under or at budget.
  • Actively manage smaller building envelope commissioning, testing, or assessment projects, with guidance as needed from a senior engineer.
  • Write both simple and complex envelope assessment, diagnostics, and commissioning reports, detailing the performed work, its energy impact, and recommended next steps
The Whole Package

Cx Associates cares about its staff and recognizes that they are the firm’s most important and valuable resource. We believe in a solid work/life balance not often found at engineering consulting firms. We encourage our team members to use their personal time. And while we recognize that we all have the occasional crunch period, we also know that regularly working tons of overtime can actually be counterproductive. Therefore, we provide:

  • Competitive salary
  • Excellent health care coverage (CxA pays 90% for individual plan premiums, plus 50% of coverage for additional family members)
  • Health plan includes telemedicine service
  • Free Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • 401(k) Plan with 3% Safe Harbor contribution and annual profit sharing
  • Green incentives program with annual carbon reduction incentive lottery (lump sum towards solar panels, EVs, etc.), free bus passes, CarShare Vermont membership, and credits for bike supplies/tune ups or new walking shoes
  • Life insurance
  • 30 days of paid time off annually, increasing on the 4th and 8th anniversaries of your hire
  • Support for professional development

Cx Associates is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sex, ancestry, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.

To apply, please see the form below. Submissions without cover letters will not be considered.

Please see below for ADDITIONAL KEY SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE Position.

Other Key Skill and Ability Requirements

  • Observational skills - recognizing industry changes/shifts/needs and/or paying attention to Cx process successes and problems and being able to identify where we should adapt/improve/maintain our tools and processes
  • Critical eye for detail – the ability to think critically/read between the lines (not just surface-level or taking things at face-value), ability to anticipate and identify complex problems and optimize resources to develop actionable solutions.
  • Data analysis – the ability to sit down with a lot of data/info (especially seemingly scattered data/info) and sort/organize it into manageable pieces to create plans of action. Ability to analyze and synthesize information from disparate sources and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to think/visualize three-dimensionally
  • Effectively navigate architectural drawings and specifications
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and adapt to different types of tasks (proposals/estimates, BECx/other technical work, marketing work, biz. dev./outreach)
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong project, client, and stakeholder relationships
  • Flexible thinking – ability to be flexible to accommodate and consider multiple points of view from different stakeholders, treating all with respect and consideration.
  • Ability to effectively manage project budget and scope
  • Updating and using relevant knowledge (keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to the job)
  • Personal initiative/motivation
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and climb ladders to building roofs.
  • Ability to effectively operate basic power tools such as an impact driver, circular saw, drill to construct simple test enclosures.
  • Relatively comfortable with heights (e.g., from a boom lift or secured at a roof edge)
  • Ability to operate a boom lift (with certification) or scissor lift a plus
  • Spend 4-8 hours on their feet including climbing stairs/ladders

 

 

To Apply

Please fill and submit the form below, including an attachment for your cover letter and resume. Alternatively, you may email your resume and cover letter to lauren[at]cx-assoc[dot]com.

Submissions without cover letters will not be considered.

Cx Associates is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sex, ancestry, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.