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This course will take you through the steps necessary to understanding the basic principles: the critical steps in design, the necessary detailed descriptions required by the installers, the commissioning process, staged acceptance, implementation, perf


 
Course Outline
A control system is at the heart of every building’s energy use and its Indoor Air Quality. From standalone packaged pump controllers to sophisticated Building Automation Systems, the performance of building equipment rests largely on the design, installation, commissioning, and operation of its control. Yet, study after study by well recognized bodies indicate that most control systems are not performing as intended. Furthermore, studies show that most could achieve a significant improvement over and above the original intent at little additional cost, but fail to do so. Building owners, tenants, and managers can no longer afford to ignore the potential energy savings and associated reductions in green house gas emissions.

This course will take you through the steps necessary to understanding the basic principles: the critical steps in design, the necessary detailed descriptions required by the installers, the commissioning process, staged acceptance, implementation, performance analysis, and successful day-to-day operation. Along the way, the various backgrounds of the attendees will have ample opportunity to discuss and debate the “dos and don’ts” within each one of these steps.

This is a unique opportunity for designers, contractors, commissioning engineers, and operation personnel to understand, and discuss the experiences of the others, and learn from a presenter whose career has encompassed all 4 facets.

The course is structured so as to allow those with some experience in the design of control systems to forego the first day.

OBJECTIVE To present control system designers, contractors, commissioning agents, and building operators with the steps necessary to providing the best performance possible in existing buildings, and the criteria necessary to designing, implementing, and operating a high performance building’s control system. WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Mechanical design engineers, control systems designers, controls contractors, energy auditors, measurement & verification specialists, commissioning engineers, facility managers, and building operations specialists.

PROGRAM OUTLINE (18 PDHs)

DAY I (OPTIONAL FOR THOSE WITH CONTROL DESIGN EXPERIENCE)

THE HISTORY OF CONTROL SYSTEMS
The history of control systems
“Legacy Systems”
Ladder logic
Electronic Controls
Digital Controls
Types of Electronic Control points
Electronic vs. Digital Controls

DIGITAL CONTROL BASICS
Definition
Types of DDC points
Types of virtual / software points

HVAC SYSTEMS CONTROL APPLICATIONS
Capacity for control
The effect of air balancing
Single Zone systems
Constant volume systems
Humidification
Dehumidification
The effect of hydronic balancing
Constant flow systems
Rooftop units
Heating Plants
Types of boilers
Chilled Water Plants
Types of chillers

Day II

MODEL NATIONAL ENERGY CODE FOR BUILDINGS (MNECB)
Modeling and what the numbers mean
Basic requirements and restrictions:
Load calculations and equipment sizing

LEED
The “Scorecard”
Energy & Atmosphere Section
Energy points
Basic requirements:
Measurement & Verification

THE MISSING LINKS
Operation during partial loads
Sequencing

STANDARD SOFTWARE PACKAGES AND STRATEGIES
Unoccupied Cycle
Night Setback / Set-up
Optimal Start/Stop
Temperature control
Supply air temperature control
Supply air pressure control
Supply air reset
Fluid systems control
Electrical demand limiting

INTEROPERABILITY
Definition
Pros and Cons
Specifying interoperable systems

NETWORK-BASED SYSTEMS
LAN network

CONTROL CHARACTERISTICS OF HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS
Variable Air Volume systems
Variable flow fluid systems
Natural ventilation systems
Heat recovery
Heating Plants
Cooling Plants
Humidification & the use of Green Walls
Electrical demand management
Dehumidification
Rainwater systems
Sewage treatment systems

Day III

COMMISSIONING
“Commissioning” vs. commissioning
Installation Verification
The importance of the HMI
Trend Logging
Password management
Alarm & event tracking
Performance-based Functional Testing
Testing personnel’s background

DAY-TO-DAY OPERATION
Documentation
The Operator’s “manual”
Design Intent
Alarm management & tracking
Documenting changes

LESSONS LEARNED
VAV systems
Natural ventilation
Heating Plants
Chilled Water Plants
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Rainwater systems
The real performance of “Green Buildings”

CONTROL SYSTEM DESIGN WORKSHOP
Participants will be divided into small groups to work on a given case study. Each group will have its representative present the design prepared by the group. A discussion will follow.

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

There will be a forty minute lunch break each day in addition to 10 minute refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

YOU WILL:

  • Learn ways to design control systems so as to optimize energy performance, minimize water use, improve indoor air quality, and maximize building systems life cycle
  • Become familiar with latest methods, procedures and practices for designing high performance control systems
  • Understand the effect decisions made during the design phase have on the actual performance of buildings
  • Enhance your understanding of the effects of all the activities related to the design, installation, commissioning, and operations of control systems on actual building performance
  • Learn how to implement what you learned.

 

Instructor:

Reg Barsoum, CET, is a gold-seal certified Project Manager and a certified DDC systems engineer. Mr. Barsoum has served on ASHRAE’s CSA Ergonomics Standards Committee and on the Allergy & Environmental Health Association’s panel on Healthy Schools.

With 30 years of experience in building automation systems and building operations, he has a breadth and depth of experience unparalleled in the industry.This experience includes being a national HVAC systems trainer for Johnson Controls; Director of Facilities for the Orthopedic & Arthritic Hospital in Toronto, Construction Project Manager for the Waterloo County Board of Education and Sutherland-Schultz Ltd, and Commissioning Dept Manager for RS&G Commissioning Ltd.. At Enermodal Engineering Ltd., Mr. Barsoum manages building systems commissioning and troubleshooting projects around the globe.


Prerequisites & Certificates
Pre-Requisites

Certificates offered

A certificate of completed Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be granted at the end of this course. Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.


Cancellation Policy
If you wish to withdraw from a course, you must advise us, in writing, including the official receipt. Our policies regarding refund are:

More than fifteen business days in advance: a full refund minus $50.00 administration charge.

Fifteen or less business days in advance: a transfer to another course or a credit, valid for one year, to another GIC course can be considered. Credits are transferable within your organization.

If the course has been running for more than 2 weeks, or after the course has started, an 80% credit towards another GIC course may be considered, if notice is received before the start date of the second session. After this time, no refunds or credits will be issued. If a speaker is not available due to unforeseen circumstances, another speaker of equal ability will be substituted.

GIC reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. GIC's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. GIC is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations.

Refund Policy: Allow up to 30 days for refunds to be processed.

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