BOC 1013

Credits: .7
Lecture: 6 hrs
Group Exercises: 1 hr
Total: 7 hrs

Prerequisites: None

Class Description: As buildings continue to get smarter and evolve, it is becoming ever more challenging to keep up with the technology changes. This class provides an overview of what makes a building smart. Learn about interconnections that can tie together different standalone systems such as HVAC, lighting, power monitoring, and even furnishings and other components. These connections enhance the operational and occupant user experience, saving energy and providing greater comfort. Concepts discussed include networking, security, systems integration, analytics, and operational strategies.

Learning Outcomes/Competencies:
At the completion of Smart Building Fundamentals, a participant will be able to:

  • Define smart buildings.
  • Understand the role of smart buildings in the modern energy grid.
  • Describe and understand zero energy buildings.
  • Understand technology in building systems.
  • Survey and identify smart building technologies.
  • Understand energy information and analytics.
  • Describe and understand distributed energy resources.
  • Understand system integration.
  • Understand operational strategies for smart buildings.
  • Describe grid-interactive efficient buildings.
  • Describe cybersecurity risks and prevention.

BOC 1013 – Smart Buildings Fundamentals, NEEC

Recommended Reading
ACEEE Research Reports on Smart Buildings, i.e.:
Smart Buildings: A Deeper Dive into Market Segments by Christopher Perry,

ASHRAE – Building Our New Energy Future,

Special Equipment: None

Written Test 100%

Class Outline

  1. Introduction to Smart Buildings
    1. What is a Smart Building?
    2. The Modern Energy Grid
    3. Building Energy Codes
    4. Zero Energy Buildings
    5. Internet of Things (IoT)
    6. Review
    7. Group Exercise
  2. Technology in Building Systems
    1. Energy Savings
    2. Smart Lighting
      • Lighting Energy
      • Lighting Energy Codes and Standards
      • Smart Lighting Controls
      • Smart Lighting Configurations
      • Smart Lighting Resources
    3. Smart HVAC Systems
      • Smart HVAC Control Layers
      • Elements of a Smart HVAC System
      • Smart HVAC Advanced Features
      • Applications – Advanced RTU Controller
      • Smart HVAC Process Flow
      • Advanced EMS Measures
      • Multifunction Sensors
      • Control Devices
      • Energy Valve Savings
      • Advanced Economizer Controller
      • Smart Pumps
      • Fault Detection and Analytics
      • Applications – Lab Ventilation
    4. Plug and Process Loads
      • Receptacle Control Standards
      • Smart Plugs
    5. Smart Meters
      • Metering Requirements
      • Electric Meters
      • Other Smart Energy Meters
    6. Smart Shading Systems
      • Benefits of Smart Glass
      • Dynamic Glass – Peak Load Savings
      • Integrated Dynamic Façade Systems
  3. Systems Integration
    1. Introduction to Systems Integration
    2. System Interoperability
    3. Integration Through BACNet
    4. Common Points of Integration
  4. Distributed Energy Resources (DER)
    1. Challenges
    2. Technologies
  5. Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB)
    1. Characteristics
    2. Benefits
    3. Technologies
    4. Demand Flexibility
    5. Common Demand Reduction Strategies
    6. Transactive Energy
    7. Review
    8. Group Exercise
  6. Operational Strategies
    1. Managing Smart Building Systems
    2. Cybersecurity Risk
    3. NIST Framework Core Elements
    4. Cybersecurity Guides and Resources
    5. Review
  7. Summary