DIY: Maximizing facility assessments
Two-part webinar series

When it comes to facility assessments, you can make the most of your efforts by focusing on the most common deficiencies that have the greatest potential for energy savings.

This two-part series will be a mix of live presentations and embedded DIY videos identifying deficiencies in actual facilities, as well as open dialog between attendees and the speakers. Join us as we roll up our sleeves for this fast-paced and interactive virtual training series. 

Part 1 – DIY: Maximizing facility assessments for air systems

In this webinar, our speakers will discuss common deficiencies in air systems and demonstrate how to quickly identify them in real facilities—both with and without the help of a building automation system.  

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:

1. Describe common issues which increase the energy consumption used in the process of introducing fresh air into an air system.
2. Identify inappropriate and uncoordinated setpoints in common HVAC operations.
3. Explain the process for identifying failing valves and dampers at terminal units and air handling units.
4. Recognize priority sensors and explain how to validate their accuracy.

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Part 2 – DIY: Maximizing facility assessments for hydronic systems

As with Part 1, this webinar focuses on common deficiencies, this time with a focus on hydronic systems. Through a mix of video, live presentation, and open dialogue, we'll discuss everything from pumps to cooling towers.

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:

1. Describe common issues which increase pump energy consumption.
2. Explain the concept of outdoor air temperature reset and why it is beneficial in hot water and chilled water systems.
3. Explain energy savings opportunities related to the operation of cooling towers.
4. Recognize priority sensors and explain how to validate their accuracy.

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Who should view this webinar:

Facility managers, building operators, maintenance staff of commercial and industrial buildings, business owners, retail/office managers, engineers, contractors, and anyone responsible for utility costs or interested in learning more about energy efficiency and reducing energy expenditures. 

Take a sneak peek at some of the DIY videos that will be featured in the webinar series. Register now to join us for the full building walkthrough as we point out how to capture low hanging fruit in facilities.

If you need continuing education credits for these webinars, you will need to pass a quiz after each webinar with a score of 80% or higher. You will be able to view the webinars on-demand, take the quizzes, and complete the evaluations in Coassemble (Slipstream’s Learning Management System). Links are below.  

Credits for Parts 1 and 2

BOC These courses offer up to 1.5 points for BOC certified operators. 

BOMI These webinars are approved for up to 1.5 continuing professional development points toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.

WI-PE These courses are geared towards professional engineers in the State of Wisconsin and offer up to 1.5 professional development hour (PDH). The course participant must decide if these are qualifying courses as defined in the relevant Wisconsin Administrative Code.

These courses will not be pre-approved for GBCI credits; however, if you believe the content is applicable to your credential, you can self-report credits.

Use the following links to either create an account (you only need to do this once) or go directly to the on-demand webinar - the quiz will be available immediately after the live broadcast ends and the on-demand recording will be posted within a few days of the live broadcast ending: These links will not allow you access to the LMS until AFTER the live broadcast/until the webinar is on-demand.

DIY: Maximizing facility assessments for air systems

  • Introduction
  • Common air system operations
  • Outdoor air damper operational deficiencies
  • Economizer operational deficiencies
  • Appropriate and coordinated operating setpoints
  • Building pressurization
  • Sensor accuracy
  • Equipment scheduling
  • Q&A

DIY: Maximizing facility assessments for hydronic systems

  • Introduction
  • Common hydronic system operations
  • Pumping system shortcomings
  • Outdoor air temperature reset of chilled water and hot water setpoints
  • Cooling tower operations and optimization
  • Sensor accuracy
  • Q&A
Rebecca Ellis

Rebecca Ellis, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CCP, BCxP, CxA, President, Questions & Solutions Engineering

Rebecca is a nationally recognized leader in the building commissioning industry. In addition to being a licensed professional engineer in 17 states, she is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds commissioning certifications from ASHRAE, the Building Commissioning Association, and the AABC Commissioning Group. She has Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and the University of Minnesota, respectively. She has helped define mainstream commissioning services and has written a monthly column about commissioning for Engineered Systems magazine for more than 20 years. Rebecca is Founder and President of Questions & Solutions Engineering, a consulting engineering firm committed to working with facility owners and operators worldwide to achieve high performance from their new and existing mechanical, electrical, and life safety systems.

Miles Ryan Miles Ryan, PE, CEM, commissioning engineer, Questions & Solutions Engineering
Miles Ryan is a commissioning engineer at Questions & Solutions Engineering in Chaska, MN. He has eleven years’ experience in the industry, getting his start as a Civil Engineering officer in the Air Force. He served in various roles overseeing the design, construction, and operation of facility mechanical systems at Grand Forks AFB, ND. In 2015, he became a mechanical systems instructor at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). Since leaving active duty in 2018, he has remained on faculty at AFIT as an Air Force Reservist to continue teaching courses in HVAC control systems as well as HVAC design and analysis. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Montana State University and M.S in architectural engineering from University of Colorado Boulder. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Ohio.


Free to view and to receive continuing education credits. 

DIY: Maximizing facility assessments for air systems


DIY: Maximizing facility assessments for hydronic systems

Live webinar on June 8, 2021 from 10-11:30 am Central




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