BCA Fall 2012 Webinar Series

Don't miss out on the BCA's Fall Webinar Series.

These 1.5 hour sessions allow you to learn about technical and process issues related to commissioning, while enjoying the comfort of your own home or workplace. And they feature the added bonus of allowing multiple attendees to share costs by listening in at the same location.

Cost: (per webinar)
$100 BCA members
$135 nonmembers

Time:
10:00–11:30 am PT
1:00–2:30 pm ET

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1.5 AIA/CES Learning Units/Hours per webinar.

The BCA is now offering Learning Units for all who attend the webinar, even groups. It is the attendee's responsiblity to complete the group attendance form and return it to BCA staff following the event. The group attendance form will be sent along with log-in instructions a few days prior to the event. Certificates of attendance will be available by request only.

 

Fall 2012 Webinars Details

Building Envelope Commissioning

October 3, 2012 (Wednesday)
10:00–11:30 am PT
1:00–2:30 pm ET

Presenter:
John Runkle, P.E.

Architectural Testing, Inc.

Topics:

The presentation will focus on the Building Envelope Commissioning process and associated benefits in achieving a high performance building façade. The webinar will review building enclosure commissioning and testing codes and standards including guidance on how to specify functional performance test plans. Through case studies, the speaker will demonstrate successes and failures in building design. This presentation will provide a comprehensive understanding of the full menu of building envelope laboratory and field testing including recommendations on integration of these tests into a building envelope commissioning process. Webinar participants will be able to:
  • Comply with current code changes that dictate building envelope performance.
  • Discuss the basic building sciences required to achieve environmental seperation.
  • Perform building envelope commissioning and testing to verify building performance.
  • Recognize common successes and failures in building envelope design through case studies.

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Monitoring Based Commissioning for LEED Building Performance Optimization

October 24, 2012 (Wednesday)
10:00–11:30 am PT
1:00–2:30 pm ET

Presenter:
Boban Ratkovich, P. Eng. LEED AP, CEM

CES Engineering Ltd.

Topics:

This webinar describes Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx) process as a method for ensuring optimized performance of LEED buildings during the first year of operation,utilizing synergies between building energy simulations, measurement and verification (M&V) and building commissioning (Cx). Monitoring-Based Commissioning is an up-coming LEED credit in the new USGBC LEED 2012, and is part of an industry-wide movement towards performance-based contracts of design and construction. It is currently the most comprehensive process that validates equipment and systems performances during first year operation.

MBCx is a relatively new process that involves energy sub-metering of major building systems and equipment, and the use of energy baselines from modeled data toidentify deficiencies in building energy performance. In addition to energy data, typical control system data such as temperatures, flows, pressures, and equipment run statuses, are collected and analyzed to determine the source of deficiencies and for opportunities to further improve performance. Energy use and control system data are collected and processed with an Energy Management System, to facilitate performance analysis and comparisons with benchmarks. Webinar participants will be able to:

  • Compare synergies between Energy Modeling, Measurement and Verification and the Commissioning process.
  • Explain Energy Information Systems features for performance monitoring as distinguished from Building Automation Systems.
  • Identify Monitoring Based Commissioning methodologies and principles.
  • Use MBCx process as a tool for evaluationg and optimizing energy performance of new buildings.

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Sequence of Operations

November 14, 2012 (Wednesday)
10:00–11:30 am PT
1:00–2:30 pm ET

Presenter:
David Sellers

Facility Dynamics Engineering

Topics:

This webinar will begin by looking at the factors that need to be considered to develop logic that will deliver repeatable, reliable, and robust operation from the system it is applied to. Then expand its focus to consider the infrastructure required to support the control sequence, including the steps necessary to commission the control system. This webinar will use an interactive exercise to explore how the physical configuration of the controlled system can constrain the effectiveness of even the most well thought out and implemented control sequence. Then it will conclude by taking a look at the benefits provided by developing and implementing repeatable, reliable control sequences. Webinar participants will be able to:
  • Identify the factors that need to be considered to deliver repeatable, reliable, robust control logic and be able to apply this knowledge to improve the control system design review and commissioning skills.
  • Describe the steps necessary to develop sound control logic and be able to apply this knowledge when they develop recommendations regarding improvements to the control strategies they are commissioning.
  • Recognize the key factors beyond sound control logic required to deliver working systems to their clients and apply these insights to their commissioning process.
  • Explain that even the best control logic and control system implementation can be compromised by the physical realities of the system it is applied to and be aware of tools and techniques they can use to identify and resolve problems of this type.
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    To help attendees prepare for the webinar and the exercise, the instructor has prepared a memo suggesting some resources that you may want to review prior to the class if you are not familiar with certain topics.  The memo includes a resource list with links to all of the recommended review items along with other resources that are available, generally at no charge, which may be of use to someone involved with building system design, commissioning, and operation.

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    The Power and Traps of Trend Data

    December 12, 2012 (Wednesday)
    10:00–11:30 am PT
    1:00–2:30 pm ET

    Presenters:
    David Guberud QCxP and Rachel Rueckert PE, LEED AP, QCxP

    Ring & DuChateau Consulting Engineers

    Topics:

    Building automation has put valuable information in the hands of Commissioning Providers (CxP); one of the perceived most important aspects of BAS information is TREND DATA. Our presentation, which will not be a High Tech discussion of state of the art data mining tools pertaining to trending, will focus on the data itself that is used to derive the trends we rely on in a hopefully interactive, entertaining and knowledge gathering (re-gathering) way that can remind/renew us of one of our Cx core competency activities…data and data analysis via the trend.Webinar participants will be able to:
    • Explain that trend data needs to be deemed reliable and accurate; location of what you’re sensing and how it is being sensed is as important as the value itself.
    • Recognize what data is valuable to trend.
    • Interpret and visualize trend data through the presented trend data analysis principles.
    • Relate results effectively with the client, construction team, and/or facilities management.
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