BOC 1014

Credits: .7
Lecture: 6 hrs
Class Exercise: 1 hr
Total: 7 hrs

Prerequisites: None

Class Description:
Examines how electrification will increasingly be a part of a building operator’s roles and responsibilities. Provides an overview of the fundamentals of electrification technologies, including implementation benefits and barriers, as well as maintenance and troubleshooting. Reviews applicable standards and incentives that will move buildings away from the use of fossil fuels and to 100% electric energy sources.

Learning Outcomes/Competencies:
At the completion of BOC 1014, students will:

  • Have a fundamental understanding of what electrification signifies, from a technology, environmental, and utility perspective
  • Understand how electrification will impact the role of building operators
  • Understand the benefits and barriers to electrification
  • Know how to maintain and troubleshoot electrification technologies

Outline

  • Introduction to Electrification Concepts
    • What is Electrification?
    • Environmental Drivers
      • Greenhouse gas emissions
      • Health Impacts
    • Impact of Buildings
    • Policy Trends
      • National
      • Regional
      • Utility response
    • Electrification Benefits
      • Energy benefits
      • Non-energy benefits
    • Barriers & Solutions
      • Technical/logistical
      • economic
        • Capital costs
          • End-of-life equipment
            • Consider ROI over life of equipment
            • Incentives
          • Costs will come down with economies of scale
        • Social
  • Technology and Equipment
    • Space Heating and Cooling
      • Heat pumps
        • Ratings
        • How a Heat Pump Works
        • Classifications/Types
      • VRF
      • Multifunction Systems
      • Energy/Heat Recovery
        • Energy Recovery Ventilator
        • Heat Recovery Chiller
      • Electric Resistance Heating
      • Electric boilers
    • Domestic hot water heating
    • Cooking
    • Distributed Energy Resources (DER)
    • Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEBs)
  • Impact on Building Operators
    • New construction
    • Retrofit planning
      • Power requirements and rate structures
      • Load reductions
        • Low/no-cost operational improvements
        • Demand response
        • Rate structures (e.g. TOU)
        • Energy storage (brief overview)
          • Distributed Energy Resources (DER)
          • Electric Vehicles
      • Identifying replacement options
        • Logistical considerations
        • Refrigerant types and global warming potential (GWP)
    • O&M Considerations
      • Staffing/training
      • Outsourced support
    • Energy accounting (measuring impact of electrification efforts)
  • Conclusion
    • Summary
    • Review of key takeaways