Maximize your building automation system
Three-part on-demand webinar series

Building automation and controls strategies are changing the landscape of commercial and industrial facilities.

These intelligent systems offer a powerful solution to ensure buildings run at peak performance. However, building automation systems (BAS) must be utilized correctly to avoid common pitfalls. Join us for an interactive three-part webinar series designed to help you get the most out of your BAS.

Part 1: Utilize building automation systems to troubleshoot in real-time

Many buildings use BAS to control and monitor the facility’s HVAC systems. The BAS provides a wealth of real-time information to the building operator. This helps to troubleshoot when issues arise. However, the BAS is an under-utilized tool in identifying such problems.

Building operators can view the BAS prior to physically going to investigate an issue. Oftentimes, the BAS alone has the answers to solve an issue at hand. If not, it can help narrow your focus on what needs to be looked at prior to investigating.

View this webinar to hone your BAS utilization skills. You will learn the system’s sequence of operation and a methodical approach to identify the root cause of an issue.

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

  • List the real-time information about an HVAC system that is the commonly available on a BAS.
  • Identify the prerequisite for utilizing a BAS for troubleshooting an HVAC system.
  • Describe the sequence of operation of the VAV with reheat system.
  • Restate the methodical approach when troubleshooting with the BAS.

Part 2: Make better use of trend data

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There are instances when a snapshot in time does not provide enough information to understand what is really happening with your BAS. All that real-time data (temperature, pressures, setpoints, damper commands, etc.) can be recorded, however. These trend-logs can provide a window into the past to help diagnose the root cause of the issue. 

Trend-logs can also be used to right-size equipment, benchmark energy consumption, identify energy conservation opportunities, and perform a host of other activities. In this webinar, you will learn how to decipher trend-log information. 

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

  • List the components of a trend-log and identify energy conservation opportunities.
  • Summarize how variables are chosen for a multi-point trend.
  • Recognize the benefits and limitations of trending.
  • Explore how to perform benchmarking on a system.
  • Demonstrate the procedures for right-sizing a system.

Part 3: Cost-benefit analysis: Quantifying energy conservation opportunities

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Now that you’ve learned how to make the most of your trend data, learn how to identify common energy conservation opportunities (ECOs) to reduce your facilities energy consumption and costs. To maximize your efforts, you must first identify your facility’s potential ECOs before you pursue. It is also important to accurately quantify ECO implementation benefits, especially if there is an upfront cost associated with them. In this webinar, we will build on your knowledge of trend data and you will learn and practice the common metrics used to measure ECOs savings potential.

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

  • Identify common metrics used to quantify the cost savings potential of an energy conservation opportunity.
  • Demonstrate the use of the simple payback calculation.
  • Distinguish between units of energy and units of power.
  • Identify common load reduction initiatives and common efficiency improvement initiatives.
  • Perform energy and energy cost savings estimates for a load reduction initiative and an efficiency improvement initiative.

Who should view

Facility managers and engineers, HVAC system designers, engineers and contractors, energy efficiency specialists, building owners, maintenance and operations personnel, energy and sustainability managers, and anyone with interest in building automation systems.

In order to receive credit for viewing these webinars, you'll need to pass a short quiz (one for each webinar). A link to the quizzes will be provided in your registration confirmation email. Separate registration is required for each individual requiring continuing education credit.

All credits have different expiration dates, so it is to your advantage to take the quizzes as soon as possible.

AFE These webinars support a topic within the body of knowledge outlined by the Association for Facilities Engineering CPE/CPMM/CPS Certification Programs, and each webinar should count as 0.1 CEUs (1.0 hours) toward re-certification.

BOC Each webinar offers up to 1 point for BOC certified operators.

BOMI Each webinar is approved for 1 continuing professional development point toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.

WI-PE Each webinar is geared towards professional engineers in the State of Wisconsin and offers up to 1 professional development hour (PDH). The course participant must decide if these are qualifying events as defined in the relevant Wisconsin Administrative Code

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

Part 1: Utilize building automation systems to troubleshoot in real-time

  • Building automation system introduction
  • Sequences of operation
  • Methodical troubleshooting demonstration
  • Troubleshooting exercises

Part 2: Make better use of trend data

  • Trend data basics
  • Troubleshooting demonstration and exercise
  • Benchmarking and right-sizing demonstration and exercise
  • Identifying energy conservation opportunities (ECO)

Part 3: Cost-benefit analysis: Quantifying energy conservation opportunities

  • ECO basics and common metrics
  • Simple payback calculations
  • Estimating savings from load reductions
  • Estimating savings from efficiency improvements 

Miles RyanMiles Ryan, commissioning engineer, Questions & Solutions Engineering

Miles has eleven years of 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.

Register once for the entire series. 
Free to view; $25 for credit (includes entire series)


Part 1: Utilize building automation systems to troubleshoot in real-time
Please view this webinar before viewing the rest of the series.

Part 2: Make better use of trend data

Part 3: Cost-benefit analysis: Quantifying energy conservation opportunities

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