Building Automated Systems (BAS) Training for Everyone
In December 2015, Stephen Dixon, President of TdS Dixon, spoke to building operators and owners at the Buildings Show about how to improve energy efficiency through Building Automated Systems (BAS) training for their facilities, and strategies to achieve realistic goals.
In the webinar, Building Automation Systems (BAS) and the Built Environment: Improving your Facilities Energy Efficiency , viewers learn:
- the benefits of BAS
- how to build your case through data
- the importance of engaging and training people in the process
Employing a centralized system to monitor the heat, HVAC, and ventilation for your facilities, or a building automation system (BAS), helps operators monitor the efficiency of their buildings. However, a well-planned out strategy that includes all stakeholders, saves building operators and owners energy, time and money.
How Does BAS Help Property and Facility Managers?
BAS helps operators monitor how their buildings are running, and tracks the success of their energy consumption objectives.
Common BAS Energy Consumption Objectives:
- Save money
- Lower energy consumption
- Reduce an organization’s carbon footprint and greenhouse emissions
By analyzing energy efficiency through BAS, property and facility managers can identify the root cause of specific issues instead of simply addressing the symptoms. Through trending features, BAS helps operators and managers monitor how energy is being used. Capital investments are just that, investments! Property and facility managers want to ensure they are getting the best ROI. To make the most of their BAS investment, they should ask the following questions:
- Do all systems work efficiently together?
- Are operators noticing a spike in consumption at certain times of day or running unnecessary equipment?
- Does an owner need to upgrade their system or just make adjustments?
Data Tells a Story
Data is essential to optimizing schedules, performing audits, and providing the data necessary to benchmark building performance across your portfolio or others in the same class. It identifies abnormalities, flow, and accuracy while troubleshooting. By understanding how and when your building uses energy, operators can take advantage of cost saving measures by shifting energy use to off-peak times. Without data, it becomes difficult to engage stakeholders if they don’t understand the impact of their actions.
Getting Everyone Engaged
People are creatures of habit and not always open to change. However, with the right training, empowering those same groups to be a part of the solution can have a lasting impact. By engaging everyone in the process, and helping them understand the benefit of positive actions, it helps building operators and managers realize their own goals.
A targeted and comprehensive training program can help employees identify:
- operational objectives and the role everyone plays in facility energy efficiency
- the basic components of the BAS screen
- how to increase comfort and safety
- environmental impact
- costs and waste
- equipment maintenance schedules
- best practices to support operational goals
Watch the two case studies at the end of the webinar to learn how the City of Mississauga and Peel Region were able to work towards their operations, financial and ecological goals through BAS training for their employees. For Mississauga, engaging the city’s facility managers helped the municipality realize cost savings for 350 buildings. For Peel, training empowered employees with the skills to identity efficiencies, lessen wear and tear on capital equipment, and support energy conservation goals to reduce the region’s carbon footprint.