BOC 2014

Credits: .7
Lecture: 5 hrs
Class Activities: 2 hr
Total: 7 hrs

Prerequisites: None

Class Description
This class introduces technologies to help building personnel better manage their energy use, reduce electrical demand, and maintain or even improve the comfort of building occupants. Topics covered include how to screen buildings to assess enhanced automation (EA) potential, lighting and HVAC technologies and control strategies, energy management and information systems, as well as EA implementation strategies. Upon completion, students will understand the complexities of enhanced automation and the role of the building operator in making EA really work in facilities. One day

Learning Outcomes/Competencies:
At the completion of Enhanced Automation and Demand Reduction, a participant will:

  • know the terminology of enhance automation (EA).
  • recognize the enhanced automation options available.
  • examine his/her facility to determine a suitable plan of action.
  • be able to perform a cost benefits analysis of EA options to gain approval for action.
  • be able to implement an appropriate EA system at his/her facility.

Texts: STUDENT HANDBOOK: BOC 2014 – Enhanced Automation and Demand Reduction, plus course handouts

Special Equipment for Instructors: None

Classroom Exercises and/or Hands-on Activities:

  • Review and discuss Demand Response programs.
  • List and discuss several enhanced automation technologies.
  • List and discuss your facility in terms of a potential demand response program.


a. Test 100%

BOC 2014 – Enhanced Automation and Demand Reduction: Course Outline

1. Overview of Enhanced Automation (EA) – what will be covered

a. What EA can do

i. Increased profitability
ii. More reliable building systems
iii. Increased tenant satisfaction

b. Lighting and HVAC strategies
c. Energy Management Systems
d. Energy Information Systems
e. Decision-making
f. Implementation
g. Resources

2. Terminology & Acronyms

3. Demand: How to Measure and Control

a. Demand defined
b. Strategies

i. Thermal Energy Storage
ii. Duty-Cycling Optimization
iii. Temperature Reset
iv. EMS & EIS work together for efficient energy automation

4. Energy Automation in Action

a. EA lighting options
b. EA HVAC options
c. Ventilation

5. EMS Examined

a. EMS vs. BAS

i. Types of controls (pneumatic, electric, DDC)

b. EMS costs & benefits
c. How to make EMS decisions

6. EIS Examined

a. EIS defined
b. EIS costs & benefits

7. Decision-making Process

a. Factors to consider
b. Constraints
c. Evaluating options

8. Implementation

9. Resources