Recorded Technical Webinars

BOC Technical Webinars offer practical maintenance solutions for your facility. Taught by industry experts and available to watch at any time that suits your schedule, our library of recorded webinars provides tools and techniques vital to your building.

Upon registration you will receive a link, log-in and password information. Flash capable-browser is required for Webinars prior to 2013, high speed internet connection recommended. For the BOC graduate, successful completion of the webinar and accompanying quiz provides 1.5 points towards maintaining your BOC Certification and .15 IACET CEU’s towards the renewal of industry certifications, certificates and licenses including but not limited to AIA, PE, LEED, IFMA, ASHRAE, and AEE.

2017 Webinars

  • Building Envelope Leakage/Infiltration – Air, Moisture and the Problems They Cause

    Often building problems related to moisture and air leakage/infiltration manifest themselves in occupant discomfort and indoor air complaints, stained or cupped ceiling tile issues adding to building operations staff workload. The integrity of the building envelope and the operation of the HVAC systems are critical to understanding how these moisture related intrusions occur and the root cause of these types of problems. The building envelope and its interaction with the HVAC systems may be frequently overlooked by operators otherwise busy with day-to-day responsibility of building systems. This webinar will examine the role that the building envelope and its interaction with the HVAC systems play in ensuring both occupant comfort condition, improving energy efficiency, and lowering cost of operation.

    Speakers: Ed Simpson, Building Commissioning Authority, TESTCOMM, and Jay Enck, CTO and Principal, CxBGS

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    Fee: $59

  • Operational Improvements using Building Automation Systems

    The building automation system (BAS) not only schedules and dynamically controls the operation of the building, it is also a repository of critical data on how the building has operated over time and its environmental and occupancy conditions. As such, the BAS can be a critical tool in troubleshooting building performance problems and identifying operational changes that can improve energy efficiency. This webinar will demonstrate how to visualize and analyze BAS data to identify opportunities to improve occupant comfort and reduce energy use by focusing on the 3 basic S’s of controls – Schedules, Setpoints, and Sequences. (Recorded Mar 22, 2017)

    Speaker: Pete Segall, Energy Services Manager, ATS

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    Fee: $59

  • New Technologies for Lighting Retrofits and Upgrades

    New technologies in commercial lighting come rapidly. Manufacturers are eager to offer lighting technologies that reduce energy use, offer superior lighting quality – or both. For building operators, the trick is to know when a new technology is ready to deliver on its promise and where it is most effectively used. This webinar will scan the horizon of new lighting technologies and offer insights on performance and application. (Recorded Feb 15, 2017)

    Speaker: Eric Strandberg, Sr. Lighting Specialist, Lighting Design Lab

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    Fee: $59

2016 Webinars

  • Building Tool Diagnostics #6 - Managing Water Use in your Facility

    Climate change and pervasive droughts are the biggest challenges we are facing today in water efficiency. It takes a considerable amount of energy to deliver water use in a daily basis. This webinar takes a look at commonly used tools to help develop an action plan for water efficiency in your building. (Recorded October 13, 2016)

    SPEAKERS:  Michael Laurie, Watershed LLC, BOC instructor; Jim Walker, Facilities Engineer, Fred Hutchinson Center

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    Fee: $59

  • Building Tool Diagnostics #5 – Addressing Indoor Air Complaints

    Building operators are frequently called on to deal with air quality complaints. Whether it’s stagnant air, too much air, transient smells, or other problems, poor air quality creates a distracting and unproductive environment for workers and students. This webinar takes a look at use of handheld and integrated tools for monitoring markers such as CO2, humidity and temperature and discusses best applications for each. Additional topics will address the reliability of instrumentation, calibration and maintenance of tools, and legal v. acceptable limits for smells and odors. (Recorded September 15, 2016)

    Speakers: Karen Chase, MSPH(IH), BOC Instructor; Rebecca Ascenio, Resource Conservation Manager, Central Kitsap School District

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    Fee: $59

  • Building Tool Diagnostics #4 – Infrared Cameras

    Discover the multiple benefits of an infrared camera, the energy use information it can provide and how to communicate the importance to others. Purchasing an infrared camera for your building can be an investment. However there are multiple benefits to having a diagnostic tool that will help you conduct a thorough and accurate assessment of your building. This webinar will show you the benefits of an infrared camera that range from detecting air leaks in your HVAC system to gaps in the insulation of the building envelope to air leakage issues around windows and water leaks around roofing penetrations. With just one tool, building operators may be able to justify energy efficiency projects that might otherwise never get approval. Hear from experts on how to communicate data and information from this important tool to get buy in from decision makers in your organization. (Recorded May 18, 2016)

     

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    Fee: $59

  • Building Tool Diagnostic #3 – Occupancy and Lighting Data Logers

    How do you track when lights are left on? Learn about lighting and occupancy sensor loggers that will address this common lack of date. Room occupancy sensors can help achieve significant energy savings in buildings. However it is often difficult for building operators to know where occupancy sensors are needed due to the lack of data about when lights are left on in unoccupied rooms. This webinar will address this lack of data by featuring lighting and occupancy sensor loggers which measure light use patterns and track occupancy. (Recorded April 26, 2016)
    Speaker: Dan Kuhl, Sr. Lighting Specialist, Evergreen Consulting Group, BOC Instructor

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    Fee: $59

  • Building Tool Diagnostics #2 – Managing Your Plug Loads

    Plug loads have begun to consume a much larger percentage of electricity use in a commercial building and it’s expected to keep growing. The good news is that there are easy and low cost ways to control plug loads that save energy and reduce operating costs.  An important first step is to use power meters or data loggers to identify the size and opportunity for savings for various plug load end uses.  This data can help you develop a plan for controlling plug load energy use in your building.  In addition to these measurement actions, this webinar will help building operators learn how to effectively communicate with building occupants and decision makers to ultimately reduce energy and save money. (Recorded March 16, 2016)

    Speakers: Duane Llewellen, Sr. Project Manager, Smart Buildings Center; Teresa Rodgers, Facilities Manager, Hines

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    Fee: $59

  • Building Tool Diagnostics #1 – Temperature and CO2 Loggers

    Thermal comfort is the biggest occupant complaint in commercial buildings. CO2 levels, when excessive, can contribute to worker inattention and drowsiness and indicate problems with sufficient ventilation air in the space. This webinar takes a look at two types of data loggers that are valuable to address these comfort related issues. Data loggers that record temperature and humidity levels as well as CO2 loggers can be instrumental in helping building operators engage tenants and co-workers. This webinar will feature discussion of how to properly use these loggers as well as stories from our BOC grads who have successfully used them in their facilities. (Recorded February 10, 2016)

    Speakers: Herman Gustafson, Product Marketing Engineering, Onset; Tarek Khali, Deputy Director, NYC Housing Authority

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    Fee: $59

2015 Webinars

  • Diagnostic Tools 2 – What’s Your Favorite Diagnostic Tool?

    Hear from four BOC graduates about their favorite tools for investigating problems in their (and customer) buildings. Examples include an ultra-sonic flow meter to diagnose a chilled water system, a thermocouple procedure for comfort complaints, and tools for testing economizer functionality. (Recorded Oct. 22, 2015)

    Speakers: Danny Donovan, NYC Dept of Administrative Services; Scott Weide, Auburn School District; Richard Laws, United Radio

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    Fee: $59

  • Diagnostic Tools 1 – Tool Kit Stories from BOC Graduates

    Hear how three BOC graduates are using diagnostic tools to investigate problems in their buildings. Examples include air flow monitoring to address comfort complaints, logging pump and fan amperage use when doing PM’s, and monitoring pump run time to identify opportunities for water temperature set back. (Recorded Sept. 17, 2015)

    Speakers: Eric Carlson, Able Engineering; Dave Mason, Marriott (Santa Clara)
    Facilitator: Felix Rodriguez and Marco Ascazubi, CUNY Building Performance Lab

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    Fee: $59

  • Skill Building 4 – Communicating to Building Occupants

    An expert panel of facility professionals will talk about their experience in engaging, educating, and motivating building occupants to achieve good energy results – and happy building occupants.

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    Fee: $59

  • Skill Building 3 – Communicating Energy Performance in Your Organization

    Developing and tracking energy performance of your building is now a widely accepted responsibility of facility departments. Whether benchmarking performance using tools like ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager or more sophisticated energy dashboards that track energy, carbon emissions, and water use, performance metrics provide an opportunity to show management, building occupants, and external groups how effectively your building is performing. Energy data can be complex to understand, however. How do you turn energy performance data into communications that meet the needs of these various audiences? Tune in to this panel discussion webinar to hear how experienced facility professionals use energy performance metrics to communicate throughout their organizations. Learn from the panel’s experience ideas that can work in your organization. (Recorded April 22, 2015)

    SPEAKERS: Lee Richardson, Director of Facilities, Seattle Art Museum; Thomas Werda, Maintenance Mechanic, Washington State Dept of Transportation

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    Fee: $59

  • Skill Building 2 – Communicating with the Boss’ Boss

    In all organizations there are senior positions that make resource – human and financial – decisions that affect facility operations. Opportunities to communicate with these individuals are often rare and time limited. While you are comfortable talking about duct static pressure or boiler blowdown, these individuals speak a different language. This webinar will help you better understand how senior managers think and how you can learn to translate what you do into language they understand. An experienced panel of facility professionals and managers will discuss their worlds and how more effective communication can occur between facility operators and management. Bring questions to the panel and listen to their real life stories to sharpen your skills in talking with folks on the “top floor” of your organization. (Recorded March 12, 2015)

    SPEAKERS: John Junk, General Manager, Johnson Barrow; Wayne Harris, Director of Engineering, Irvine Company; Peter Renner, Facilities Director, City of Renton

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    Fee: $59

  • Skill Building 1 – Communicating with Your Boss

    Do you sometimes think it’s easier to talk to the equipment in the mechanical room than it is to communicate with your boss? You aren’t alone. Good communication skills however are important in making sure that you meet your day-to-day job responsibilities, and also in advancing your future career in the facility industry. This webinar will help you learn the importance of communication and specific techniques you can use to make you more clear and persuasive when talking with your supervisor. We won’t bore you with PowerPoint slides to do this, but instead offer you an hour of interactive discussion between a panel of experienced facility professionals who have learned and practice good communication skills. Pick up tips, and listen to stories of how facility colleagues have become better workplace communicators. (Recorded Feb. 10, 2015)
    SPEAKERS: EW Dovel, BOC Instructor; Lori Moen, Conservation Field Operations Manager, Seattle City Light; Ray Trent, Chief Facilities Engineer, San Diego Science Center

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    Fee: $59

2014 Webinars

  • Strategies to Help Reduce Peak Use

    Demand management and energy efficiency are two approaches to help cut costs for building energy use.  In many areas of the country, demand constraints are becoming increasingly acute for electric utilities.  This webinar will discuss strategies to cut energy use during high demand periods. These strategies can be permanent approaches to controlling peak energy use in the facility, but can also be episodic in response to a utility’s call for time specific reductions in demand (demand response).  Learn about these various approaches to demand management and possible ways to work with the serving utility for financial incentives. (Recorded Nov. 19, 2014)

    SPEAKER: David Wylie

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    Fee: $59

  • Optimizing Energy Management through Big Data and Analytics

    Building automation systems contain valuable data and information about operations and performance of the building.  This webinar will feature a suite of building solutions to help retrieve and understand building data, observe trends to see potential problems and discuss solutions to ensure optimization of building systems and equipment. IT (information technology) meets EE (energy efficiency) – this webinar will introduce you to the new opportunities available when these two worlds collide. (Recorded Sept. 24, 2014)

    SPEAKER: Kreg Schmidt, Accentur

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    Fee: $59

  • Playing for Savings: How Sports Facilities are Improving Operations

    Professional and collegiate sports venues across the nation are making efforts to improve their environmental performance — witnessing great successes in energy, waste and water conservation, and not to mention bottom line savings. Touting stats like a 30% reduction in electricity use and savings of over $300,000 in annual utility costs, some sports venues have discovered the value of enhancing their venue operations. This webinar will introduce better practices in the sports industry for increasing operational efficiencies and discovering saving opportunities through energy efficient upgrades, energy management and employee engagement. The examples presented will highlight the partnerships venues are developing to reach their reduction goals, and how the industry is working together to continue advancing sustainability initiatives. Find out how the facility of your favorite sports team is performing. (Recorded May 15, 2014)
    SPEAKERS: Martin Tull, Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance; Scott Jenkins, VP of Ballpark Operations, Seattle Mariners

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    Fee: $59

  • Are You Solar PV Ready?

    Solar photovoltaic is gaining momentum as a brighter investment prospect for commercial buildings.  This webinar will describe how solar applications are being integrated into commercial applications from building roofs to building structures, and discuss other factors such as economic and operational environments that will determine whether solar PV is the right choice for your building. (Recorded April 24, 2014)
    SPEAKER: Kevin Charap, NW Wind and Solar

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    Fee: $59

  • Solar Thermal Systems in Commercial Buildings

    Thermal energy constitutes about 40% of commercial building energy use. This webinar will describe one of the most practical solar thermal applications – water heating, from basic principles of solar thermal energy, including thermal load assessment, system sizing, and performance expectation, to important considerations such as freeze protection, overheat protection, scald protection and scale prevention.  In addition, you will learn features of the systems for operation longevity, maintenance requirements, and troubleshooting tips. (Recorded March 5, 2014)
    SPEAKERS:  Skip Fralick, California Center for Sustainable Energy

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    Fee: $59

  • Operating and Maintaining a Net Zero Building

    The Bullitt Center in Seattle is the nation’s first occupied commercial office structure designed to operate with net zero energy use. Combining innovation in design and systems with a large rooftop solar photovoltaic system, the building represents what all future commercial buildings may be striving for. This event will discuss the design and energy and water systems in the building and the real experience of the facility team that operates and maintains it. (Recorded February 12, 2014)
    SPEAKERS:  Robert Peña, UW Integrated Design Lab, Bullitt Center; Brad Flemins, CBRE

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    Fee: $59

2013 Webinars

  • Cooling Tower Water Treatment

    Energy recovery ventilation (ERV) is a cost-saving strategy for meeting the ASHRAE ventilation & energy standards, while improving indoor air quality and reducing HVAC energy waste. The process involves exchanging the energy contained in normally exhausted building or space air and using it to treat (precondition) the incoming outdoor ventilation air in HVAC systems. During the warmer seasons, the system pre-cools and dehumidifies while humidifying and pre-heating in the cooler seasons. Learn about the benefits, heat pipe technology and common applications in commercial buildings. (Recorded November 12, 2013)
    SPEAKER: Paul Howland, MBA, CEM, BOC Instructor

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    Fee: $58

  • Building Walk Through – Finding Energy Waste

    You’ve heard about “management by walking around”, but how about “energy savings by walking around”? A well planned walk through your building – whether day or night, weekday or weekend – is an effective strategy for spotting operational improvements. Often the “fixes” are inexpensive and immediate, but also lead to significant reductions in energy use and occupant comfort. The key to making a building walk successful is in the preparation. This webinar will help you plan and execute a successful building walk that will almost certainly open your eyes to energy improvements. What do you look for? Who should participate? What tools do you need and what are the safety considerations? After this webinar, you’ll be ready to take action. (Recorded October 16, 2013)
    SPEAKER: Dave Moser, PECI

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    Fee: $59

  • Measuring and Controlling Plug Loads

    Plug loads in buildings used to show up as “miscellaneous” in the energy pie chart, dwarfed by HVAC and lighting loads. Guess what – their share of the pie has gotten bigger in the last few years and continues to grow. In some buildings, these plug loads now comprise as much as 20% of total building energy use. This webinar takes a close look at the growth in plug loads and how and why building operators should begin to understand and manage their effect on building energy use. Yes, this can mean interaction with your IT Department and with building occupants! Know more about plug loads and opportunities for energy saving strategies before you have those conversations. This webinar will help. (Recorded September 2013)
    SPEAKER: Peter May-Ostendorp, Ecova

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    Fee: $59

  • Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Systems

    Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems are designed to use multiple indoor fan coil units connected to a single outdoor condensing unit. With VRF, there can be greater system efficiencies by using the load diversity within the building – heat rejected by zones in cooling can be used in other zones that require heating. VRF systems are becoming popular alternatives to chillers or packaged DX systems. When does VRF make sense as a system choice and what are the O&M requirements that ensure efficient operation? This webinar will help you answer those questions. (Recorded May 2013)
    SPEAKER: Ruben Willmarth, Mitsubishi Electric

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    Fee: $54

  • Best Applications for LED Lighting

    The market has seen an explosion of new LED products. Once considered an option only for specialty lighting applications, LED products are now available for a wide range of lighting applications both for the building interior as well as outdoor lighting. Knowing the best retrofit opportunities for this technology can be tricky. LEDs have different light characteristics than fluorescent or incandescent lamps and the fit between the LED lamp and the luminaire is critical in achieving quality lighting. This webinar will help you assess opportunities within your building for using LEDs. (Recorded April 2013)
    SPEAKER: Paul Wingco, California State University

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    Fee: $59

  • Tools for Building Operators to Measure and Manage Energy Use: Organizing and Interpreting Data from a Logger

    This companion webinar focuses on the all-important step of organizing and interpreting data from a data logger. Knowledge is power only when you have organized information in a way that makes sense. This session will help you do just that. How do you download data from a data logger devise? How can the information be presented or graphed that allows you to spot a performance related issue? What are common mistakes in organizing data that can be avoided? Tune into this webinar to feel best equipped to use your data logger as a key component of your operations tool kit. (Recorded March 2013)
    SPEAKER: Jim Volkman, Strategic Energy Group

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    Fee: $59

  • Tools for Building Operators to Measure and Manage Energy Use: Using Data Loggers to Get Building Information

    Portable data loggers are a relatively inexpensive way for building operators to collect information about operational characteristics of your building’s energy using equipment. Improving energy performance or troubleshooting an occupant complaint begins with having better knowledge of operating conditions. Knowledge is power! This webinar will tell building operators about types of data loggers they can use to gather critical information about building performance. Do you need to know motor run times, supply or return air temperatures, or just off/on times for lights? The data logger can be the right tool. This is fast becoming a critical skill for operations staff committed to best practices in facility management. (Recorded Feb. 2013)
    SPEAKER: William Pottinger, Pacific Gas & Electric Pacific Energy Center

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    Fee: $59

2012 Webinars

  • High Performance HVAC Equipment: Energy Savings Through Recovery

    Energy recovery ventilation (ERV) is a cost-saving strategy for meeting the ASHRAE ventilation & energy standards, while improving indoor air quality and reducing HVAC energy waste. The process involves exchanging the energy contained in normally exhausted building or space air and using it to treat (precondition) the incoming outdoor ventilation air in HVAC systems. During the warmer seasons, the system pre-cools and dehumidifies while humidifying and pre-heating in the cooler seasons. Learn about the benefits, heat pipe technology and common applications in commercial buildings. (Recorded Sept. 19, 2012)
    SPEAKER: David Wylie, P.E., ASW Engineering

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    Fee: $59

  • High Performance HVAC Equipment: Heat Recovery Chillers

    An air-cooled chiller produces chilled water and typically rejects the heat to the outdoors. For buildings where there is a simultaneous need to heat and cool, the capture of this rejected heat can lead to big increases in efficiency. Typical occupancies that may require cooling and heating energy at the same time include hospitality, athletic facilities, commercial laundries, hospitals, and dormitories. Participants will learn about the proper application of this equipment and the requirements for operations and maintenance to ensure good performance. (Recorded July 19, 2012)
    SPEAKER: Jeff Grinzel, Energy Manager, Swedish Medical Center

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    Fee: $59

  • High Performance HVAC Equipment: Ground Source Heat Pumps

    Heat pump technology is not new to the HVAC industry but, more recently, the use of ground temperatures has provided a huge leap in heat pump coefficient of performance. A ground source heat pump transfers heat between the ground and the building increasing efficiency over more traditional air source heat pump technology. Participants will learn about the proper application of this equipment, typical costs, and the requirements for operations and maintenance to ensure good performance. (Recorded March 14, 2012)
    SPEAKER: Dave Moser, PE, PECI

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    Fee: $59

  • High Performance HVAC Equipment: Condensing Boilers

    Traditional steam and hot water boilers have been used for decades to serve space conditioning and process loads in building. More recently, a new type of equipment – a condensing boiler – provides a significant jump in efficiency in excess of 88%. Participants will learn about the proper application of this equipment and the requirements for operations and maintenance to ensure good performance. (Recorded Feb. 15, 2012)

    SPEAKER: Steve Bader, Owner & VP, Proctor Sales

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    Fee: $59

2011 Webinars

  • Low Cost/No Cost Lighting Strategies for Cost Savings

    The phrase “turn it off, turn it down, tune it up” has often been referenced as a means for simple approaches to HVAC energy savings. The same basic philosophy can be applied to a facility’s lighting system however. This webinar will look at a host of practical ideas for achieving lighting operational cost savings without spending a lot. (Recorded Sept. 8, 2011)

    SPEAKER: Andrew Pultorak, LC, Lighting Design Lab, Seattle, WA.

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    Fee: $59

  • New Lighting Technology: A showcase of products and applications

    New technologies in commercial lighting come rapidly. Manufacturers are eager to offer lighting technologies that reduce energy use, offer superior lighting quality – or both. For facility professionals, the trick is to know when a new technology is ready to deliver on its promise and where it is most effectively used. This webinar will scan the horizon of new lighting technologies and offer insights on performance and application. (Recorded July 21, 2011)

    SPEAKER: Alan Suleiman, CEM, Electrical Engineer, SMUD Energy & Technology Center

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    Fee: $59

  • Lighting Controls for IEQ and Cost Savings

    Lighting controls provide the ability to regulate the level and quality of light in a space. Energy codes are specifying new lighting control requirements as a means to save energy. The proper application of control devices facilitates daylight harvesting, reduced energy use, and creates a superior indoor environment for occupants. Technology advancements have also been introduced in recent years that allow for full integrations of light control systems into building automation systems. This webinar will cover a range of lighting control applications for both common incandescent and fluorescent fixtures as well as their potential use for CFL and LED products. (Recorded March 16, 2011)

    SPEAKER: Lutron Electronics

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    Fee: $59

  • New Lighting Standards

    New federal standards for lighting products will become effective in 2012. Common lighting products such as general purpose medium screw base incandescent bulbs, some incandescent reflector (IR) bulbs, and T-12 lamps are affected by these new standards. This webinar will cover useful information that facility professionals need to know about changes to the availability of commercial lighting products for their facility. (Recorded Feb. 9, 2011)

    SPEAKER: Andrew Pultorak, LC,Lighting Design Lab, Seattle, WA

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    Fee: $59

2010 Webinars

  • Energy Tune Up: Measurement Tools for Building Energy Diagnostics

    Facility professionals often wisely rely on their five senses to help them evaluate the energy performance of their building. Along with these five senses, quality measurement tools are important for diagnosing system performance and managing energy consumption. This webinar will cover hand-held measurement devices and simple data logging equipment for short term monitoring projects to evaluate energy tune-up opportunities. Tools include hand-held temperature probes, pressure gauges, digital multimeters, calibration equipment, infrared cameras, light meters, data loggers and more. Learn how to select the appropriate tool for your energy project. (Recorded Sept. 16, 2010)

    SPEAKER: Bill Pottinger, Pacific Gas & Electric – Energy Resource Center

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    Fee: $59

  • Energy Tune Up: Optimizing Outside-Air Usage & Equipment Scheduling

    Two of the 4 big opportunities for energy savings in most buildings involve problems with equipment scheduling and outside air usage. This webinar takes an in-depth look at each, and discusses how to diagnose them and implement strategies for improved performance. The first – outside-air usage – wastes energy when a building’s ventilation system provides more than the minimum outside air necessary for air-quality needs, thereby placing extra load on the heating and cooling system to properly condition the air. The second – equipment scheduling– wastes energy when lighting and HVAC systems are illuminating and conditioning zones of the building unnecessarily. Temporary changes to operating schedules for one-time events can all too often remain in place and go unnoticed by facility staff long after the event is over. Learn how to evaluate your building for opportunities in these key areas and how to get started with a tune up program. (Recorded July 21, 2010)

    SPEAKER: Jim Volkman, Strategic Energy Group & BetterBricks

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    Fee: $59

  • Energy Tune Up: Addressing Problems with Sensor Error and Simultaneous Heating & Cooling

    Two of the top 4 big opportunities for energy savings in most buildings involve problems with simultaneous heating and cooling and sensor error. This webinar takes an in-depth look at these two opportunities, and discusses how to diagnose them and implement strategies for improved performance. The first – simultaneous heating and cooling – wastes energy when the same air gets heated and cooled, or hot and cold air streams get mixed together to make warm air. If the control strategy is not optimized, the supply air will be cooler than necessary and reheating it will use more energy than necessary. The second – sensor error- causes increased heating, cooling, or equipment operation, which can affect occupant comfort and lead to higher energy bills. This is most often caused by uncalibrated sensors, but can also be due to incorrectly placed sensors, failed sensors, or mistakes in control set-up. Learn how to evaluate your building for opportunities in these key areas and how to get started with a tune up program. (Recorded March 18, 2010)

    SPEAKER: Mike Kaplan, P.E., Kaplan Engineering on behalf of BetterBricks

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    Fee: $59

  • Top Four Energy Tune-up Opportunities

    An energy tune up of your building’s HVAC and lighting systems offers the biggest energy and dollar savings for the lowest cost. Case studies from across the country confirm that most buildings can achieve a 10% to 15% energy cost savings by taking a systematic approach to a building tuneup. This webinar will focus on the four most common energy savings opportunities in buildings: Sensor Error, Simultaneous Heating & Cooling, Equipment Scheduling, and Outside-Air Usage. Learn how to evaluate your building for opportunities in these key areas and how to get started with a tune up program. (Recorded Feb. 17, 2010)

    SPEAKER: Jim Volkman, Strategic Energy Group & BetterBricks

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    Fee: $59

2009 Webinars

  • Boiler Tune-up

    Boilers are major energy users in many facilities. The combustion efficiency of a boiler will degrade over time necessitating a tune up to restore the efficiency of the unit. This webinar will cover the basics of boiler tune up strategies – how to determine whether a boiler is in need of one, what a tune up entails, savings expectations, and how to work with outside service contractors offering boiler tune up services. (Recorded Sept. 9, 2009)

    PRESENTER: Greg Jourdan, Director and Instructor, Refrigeration Technology Program, Wenatchee Valley College

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    Fee: $59

  • Morning Warm-up Strategies

    A good energy saving strategy for the winter heating season is the use of a morning warm up cycle. Building zones that use a night setback in temperature have to recover to comfort conditions before occupied hours. During this warm up period an occupied space doesn’t need ventilation air. Reducing this fraction of cold air during the warm up cycle can reduce cost with no compromise to the indoor environment. This webinar will discuss the how and when of morning warm up strategies and the expected energy and cost savings in deploying this simple step. (Recorded July 22, 2009)

    PRESENTER: Bob Davis, Research Engineer and Head Trainer, Ecotope

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    Fee: $59

  • The IAQ Top Ten Fixes

    From dealing with soiled diffusers to offering a memorable rule of thumb about building pressure, Bud Offermann PE CIH gives his list of the top 10 items for reducing and fixing IAQ (indoor air quality) complaints. This webinar will open with a quick refresher in IAQ sources and pathways, then cover a checklist of ten critical HVAC conditions to help keep the workplace air quality in tip top shape. Participants will be able to identify HVAC measures for further exploration and apply new approaches for better performance. Building operators, owners, and designers can all pick up some tips here to boost occupant satisfaction and ensure that you’re not courting trouble with your building ventilation, temperatures, air pressures and moisture. (Recorded March 19, 2009)

    PRESENTER: Bud Offermann, MSME, PE, CIH, Indoor Environmental Engineering
    The instructor has 25 years experience as an IAQ researcher, sick building investigator, mitigation planner, healthy building design consultant, expert witness, technical author, and workshop instructor. He is president of Indoor Environmental Engineering, an IAQ research and forensic firm located in San Francisco.

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    Fee: $59

  • Lighting Retrofits: A Fresh Approach

    Lighting retrofits are a key component of a facility lighting maintenance program. With the advances in today’s lighting products, retrofits can bring dollars to the facility operating budget through energy savings, utility cash incentives, and reduced labor costs. Retrofits typically involve replacement of lamps and ballasts, fixture cleaning, and inspection and troubleshooting. But there are also other considerations such as surface reflectance, fixture selection, and luminaire efficiency that can improve system performance. This webinar will open with a quick refresher in high performance lamps and ballasts, then cover three new approaches to retrofits that will help lower power density while meeting the illumination needs in the workspace. Participants will be able to identify new lighting products for further exploration and apply new approaches to lighting retrofits for better performance. (Recorded Feb. 12, 2009)

    PRESENTER: Eric Strandberg, L.C., Senior Lighting Specialist, Lighting Design Lab. Eric has 15 years experience providing lighting consultations and seminars to facilities operators and engineers, and is the author of numerous articles on lighting technology and maintenance. He has designed the webinar to provide useful, ready-to-use information you can apply for immediate results.

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    Fee: $59

2008 Webinars

  • Demand Control for Ventilation: Using CO2 Sensors for Ventilation Savings

    Demand Control Ventilation (DVC) systems rely on room CO2 concentrations to vary ventilation rates. This strategy can be an effective energy savings retrofit in spaces where occupancy rates have wide variation throughout the day, such as conference rooms, auditoriums, classrooms and more. This webinar discusses the basics of how ventilation rates for healthy indoor air environments are determined and the system components and operational issues associated with a demand control ventilation system. Participants learn of free tools where energy savings calculations from DCV can be estimated as well as the common O&M steps necessary to maintain a demand control ventilation system. (Recorded June 16, 2008)

    PRESENTER: Adrienne Thomle is a Senior Product Manager with Honeywell. She is responsible for the design and development of the Honeywell economizers and is considered the leading expert on economizer design and applications. Adrienne is a member of ASHRAE and contributor to standards for energy conservation in buildings.

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    Fee: $59

  • Using Data Loggers to Improve Building Performance

    You can’t manage what you don’t measure—and the more detailed the measurement data the greater the opportunity to spot operational problems and opportunities for improvement. Portable data loggers are excellent tools for facility staff to obtain a host of operating measurements from important systems and equipment like air handlers, air temperatures, motor run time, and much more. This webinar introduces the basics of data loggers and how this tool can be used to effectively pinpoint building issues and explore opportunities for energy savings projects in your facility. (Recorded July 2008)

    PRESENTER: Bruce Shaffer is President of Action Energy, a firm specializing in helping customers improve energy performance.

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    Fee: $59