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Virtual Energy Efficiency Forum
Dialing it in—building tuning strategies

Join us for a special 3-part webinar series dedicated to helping industrial and commercial customers “dial it in” by improving the energy efficiency and productivity of their facility. We will discuss building tuning processes and strategies that will highlight existing building commissioning, ventilation, heat recovery, and control strategies.

Part 1: Existing building commissioning

Existing building commissioning is a process that can result in 10-15% savings of a building’s annual energy consumption if applied appropriately and rigorously. This webinar will begin with a brief introduction to the existing building commissioning process. Then, focus on facility and/or system characteristics that make a building a good or poor existing building commissioning candidate.

You will learn about the various factors that impact the time required for and/or cost of existing building commissioning and the potential benefits, including non-energy benefits, of the process. This webinar is targeted to facility operators who may choose to implement existing building commissioning.

This is an introductory session to two following webinars that delve deeply into typical energy savings opportunities identified through the existing building commissioning process.

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

  1. Define the existing building commissioning process.
  2. Describe the characteristics that make a building a good candidate for existing building commissioning.
  3. Describe the characteristics that make a building a poor candidate for existing building commissioning.
  4. Explain the costs and benefits of existing building commissioning.

Part 2: Common ventilation issues and heat recovery opportunities

Facility HVAC operations often include conditioning outdoor air for ventilation purposes and may also include the exhausting of air from the building. Inappropriate control of either of these processes can result in underperforming, energy intensive building operations. This webinar will detail the interdependencies of outdoor air and exhaust air operations. You will learn how to recognize energy conservation opportunities for these types of operations. Additionally, we will cover the concepts of heat recovery and thermal energy storage.

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

  1. Identify energy waste that results from improper exhaust air operations.
  2. Recognize energy savings opportunities relating to ventilation operations.
  3. Discuss the issues that result from inadequate building pressure.
  4. Identify heat recovery opportunities.

Part 3: Building control strategies

Building Automation Systems (BAS) are the new age HVAC control systems, which dictate the operation of our HVAC equipment. These sophisticated systems provide many benefits that legacy control systems do not. This webinar will introduce you to the opportunities that a BAS provides and offer tips on how to utilize BAS to maximum performance, minimize energy consumption, and make life easier on the building operator.

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

  1. List the benefits BAS provides.
  2. Explain the considerations regarding BAS integration that need to be accounted for.
  3. Identify common approaches used to “meet without exceeding varying plant needs.”
  4. Recite the five big takeaways for improving BAS operation.

Who should view:

The Virtual Energy Efficiency Forum is intended for facility managers and plant engineers of large, medium, and small industrial buildings in the Xcel Energy service territory. Commercial customers will also find value in attending.

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

Credits for Parts 1 and 3

AFE This program supports a topic within the body of knowledge outlined by the Association for Facilities Engineering CPE/CPMM/CPS Certification Programs, and should count as 0.1 CEU (1.0 hour) toward re-certification.

BOC These courses offers up to 1 point for BOC certified operators.

BOMI These webinars are approved for 1 continuing professional development point 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 professional development hour (PDH). The course participant must decide if these are qualifying courses as defined in the relevant Wisconsin Administrative Code.

Credits for Part 2

AFE This program supports a topic within the body of knowledge outlined by the Association for Facilities Engineering CPE/CPMM/CPS Certification Programs, and should count as 0.15 CEUs (1.5 hours) toward re-certification.

BOC This course offers up to 1.5 points for BOC certified operators.

BOMI This webinar is approved for up to 1.5 continuing professional development points toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.

WI-PE This course is geared towards professional engineers in the State of Wisconsin and offers up to 1.5 professional development hour (PDH). The course participant must decide if this is a qualifying course 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 be functional until AFTER the live broadcast/until the webinar is on-demand.

Part 1: Existing building commissioning

  • Existing building commissioning overview
  • Good candidates for existing building commissioning
  • Poor candidates for existing building commissioning
  • Existing control system considerations
  • Cost of existing building commissioning
  • Benefits of existing building commissioning

Part 2: Common ventilation issues and heat recovery opportunities

  • Exhaust and outdoor air – energy savings opportunities
  • Building pressurization
  • Heat recovery opportunities
  • Thermal energy storage
  • Focus on Energy incentive program updates with Bill Lobner, Focus on Energy  
  • Q&A

Part 3: Building control strategies

  • BAS introduction
  • BAS benefits
  • Energy savings opportunities
  • Xcel Energy industrial customer case study with Sadith Osseni, energy project manager, Cascades​​​​​​— Learn how Cascades deployed energy efficiency systems and technologies in its Eau Claire industrial facility while also improving production processes.
  • 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. 

Part 1: Existing building commissioning

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Part 2: Common ventilation issues and heat recovery opportunities

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Part 3: Building control strategies

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