High-Performance HVAC Optimization Program
High-Performance Sustainable Buildings: HVAC Optimization consists of five scenario-based online modules focused on the relationship among the facility manager, building tenants, and systems maintenance personnel. BOMI International’s new program was developed using the latest instructional design techniques, using animated, real-life scenarios to provide learners with immediately applicable learning opportunities.
The content covers a wide range of topics important to ensuring the most efficient operation of HVAC systems year-round while taking into consideration people, profits, and the planet. Concepts include: best practices for operations assessments, demand response strategies, the use of analytics tools, and procedures for engaging third-party support. Detailed examples are provided to demonstrate the importance of monitoring ventilation rates and economizer functionality, as well as employing a variety of system resets to save energy, lower costs, and increase occupant comfort.
- Foundational HVAC Optimization Knowledge: establishes a case for implementing HVAC optimization strategies in commercial buildings. Emphasis is placed on the critical impacts HVAC optimization strategies have on the triple bottom line, affecting building occupants, building finances, and the surrounding environment. An overview of common commercial HVAC systems and their fluctuating heating and cooling loads provides context for optimization needs.
- Assessing Operations for Optimization Opportunities: presents a framework for building professionals to work collaboratively in identifying strategies for higher performance. The framework includes a focus on analyzing gaps between building and lease requirements and actual systems performance. Strategies are proposed for evaluating the current state of operations to inform the development of a plan for pursuing greater efficiency.
- Applying Building-Wide Optimization Best Practices: explains global changes that can be made to building operations to reduce energy expenses and provide a more comfortable environment for occupants. Methods include establishing standards for space temperature control, optimizing equipment start and stop times, aligning systems schedules with occupancy, and employing a demand response strategy.
- Applying System-Specific Optimization Best Practices: details a variety of technical procedures that can be implemented to significantly impact energy use and occupant satisfaction. Fundamental concepts regarding the functionality of air handling units and central plant chilled and hot water systems provide a foundation for understanding the implications of resets to numerous systems setpoints.
- Analytic Tools for Ongoing Optimization: communicates the importance of using analytics tools and dashboards to verify the success of implemented HVAC optimization strategies and to promote continued systems efficiency. Types of analytics platforms are presented, as well as tips for procuring and implementing the best solution based on identified needs.