Systems and Demand Reduction

Federal personnel are required to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of building systems and how they affect energy use:
  • HVAC System
  • Electrical Systems
  • Motors and drives
  • Lighting Systems
  • Building Envelope
  • Fuel Systems - Fuel Selection
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems and distributed generation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Renewable Energy Systems – Solar (Thermal and Photovoltaic), Wind, Biomass, and Hydropower.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Thermal Energy Storage systems (e.g., chilled water storage, ice storage, potential energy storage).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Building Automation Systems (BAS) and Control Systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Enhanced Automation (EA) – “the variety of potential strategies to increase the capability of the existing energy or building management systems to control current, and plan for future, building energy costs while maintaining the comfort and productivity of all building occupants.”
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Energy Management Systems (EMS) and Energy Information Systems (EIS).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of reprogramming current systems and expanding network of sensors and control devices to optimize HVAC, lighting, and other automated systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to incorporate occupancy sensors, task lighting, and thermostatic setpoints with weather forecasting and other demand linked strategies to optimize building performance.

Related Courses

Title Description Organizations Competencies
Active Energy Efficiency Using Speed Control

Many motors only have two settings: on and off. They operate at constant speed. If a motor turning at constant speed is driving a device or process that requires less output, adjustments are required to achieve the desired output level. This adjustment is often achieved by letting the motor run at full speed, while using downstream devices to block part of the output.

This is like driving your car by having one foot fully depressing the accelerator pedal, and the other on the brake to constantly control the speed. It sounds absurd, but this is still one of the most common control methods. An estimated 60% of motors are not speed controlled.

The focus of this course is to explore the different ways we can control motor speed efficiently and with minimal physical stress on equipment. In addition, we’ll discuss other advantages such as controlled starting and regulated torque.

The course link will take you to the Energy University landing page; if this is your first Energy University course, click “Join” and complete the form. Returning students can “Login” from the landing page. You can search for each course by title.

This course is accredited by: IEEE, USGBC, AHLEI, BOMI, CIBSE, ACORE, REEP, FIRE, AFE, CPD, IAAT, and FENITEL

Building Systems, Energy Management, Facilities Operations and Management, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Operating and Maintaining Electrical and Mechanical Systems, Systems and Demand Reduction
Commercial Wiring Devices

An overview of the P&S Commercial Device Offering.

Building Interior, Energy Management, Facilities Operations and Management, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Infrastructure, Occupant Interface, Operating and Maintaining Electrical and Mechanical Systems, Safety, Systems and Demand Reduction
Demand Response and the Smart Grid

Investment in electrical infrastructure has struggled to keep up with increased demand. We have seen demand become so strong that it has triggered large network failures. Demand response programs provide a simple way for facility managers to get paid for reducing consumption and relieving load on the power grid when it is stressed. In effect they are returning capacity to the grid and being paid for that asset. This course will look at the issues involved, how Demand Response works, why it is beneficial, and what the Smart Grid is.

The course link will take you to the Energy University landing page; if this is your first Energy University course, click “Join” and complete the form. Returning students can “Login” from the landing page. You can search for each course by title.

This course is accredited by: IEEE, USGBC, AHLEI, BOMI, CIBSE, ACORE, REEP, FIRE, AFE, CPD, IAAT, and FENITEL

Coordinate with Public Utilities, Energy Management, Systems and Demand Reduction
Efficient Motor Control with Power Drives Systems

In buildings, nearly three quarters of the electricity consumed is used to turn motors. For a typical motor, the lifetime energy bill is equivalent to 100 times the cost of the motor itself. The money invested in motors, is merely 1% of their total cost. And installing and maintaining those motors accounts for only 2% of overall motor costs. 97% of costs associated with motors are spent on the energy required to operate them. This course will provide an overview of power drive systems and motors along with insight on efficiency. This course will also cover, gears – types, efficiency and maintenance.

The course link will take you to the Energy University landing page; if this is your first Energy University course, click “Join” and complete the form. Returning students can “Login” from the landing page. You can search for each course by title.

This course is accredited by: IEEE, USGBC, AHLEI, BOMI, CIBSE, ACORE, REEP, FIRE, AFE, CPD, IAAT, and FENITEL

Building Systems, Energy Management, Facilities Operations and Management, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Operating and Maintaining Electrical and Mechanical Systems, Systems and Demand Reduction
Electric Vehicle Charger

Learn about Pass & Seymour’s new EV Charger.

Background, Best Practices and Innovation, Building Exterior, Building Interior, Building Systems, Design, Energy Management, Facilities Operations and Management, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Implementation, Infrastructure Systems, Innovation, Leadership and Innovation, Operating and Maintaining Electrical and Mechanical Systems, Other Facility Systems, Sustainability, Systems and Demand Reduction, Technology, Technology Solutions
Energy Efficiency Fundamentals

This course offers an overview of the energy dilemma and why energy efficiency is the quickest, cleanest, most effective solution. It explains where 72% of energy is consumed and how up to 30% can be saved through passive and active energy efficiency.

The course link will take you to the Energy University landing page; if this is your first Energy University course, click “Join” and complete the form. Returning students can “Login” from the landing page. You can search for each course by title.

This course is accredited by: IEEE, USGBC, AHLEI, BPI, BOMI, CIBSE, ACORE, REEP, FIRE, AFE, CPD, IAAT, and FENITEL

Assess Initial Conditions, Energy Management, Planning, Project, and Program Management, Systems and Demand Reduction
Energy-Efficient, General-Purpose Transformers – HPS Sentinel Series

This course will cover: What an energy-efficient transformer is, laws for dry-type distribution transformers, and applications and features of the Hammond Power Solutions Sentinel Series.

Related Standards: Meets DOE 10 CFR Part 431 and CSA C802

Building Systems, Energy Management, Facilities Operations and Management, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Operating and Maintaining Electrical and Mechanical Systems, Other Facility Systems, Systems and Demand Reduction, Technology, Technology Solutions
Essentials of Lighting Control

This course is intended for all audiences to promote a basic understanding of some key aspects of lighting control, with an emphasis on “how it works.” The reader is encouraged to complete the companion “Essentials of Electrical Theory” course prior to starting this course.

Assess Initial Conditions, Basic Requirements, Best Practices and Innovation, Building Exterior, Building Interior, Building Systems, Energy Management, Facilities Operations and Management, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, General Building Maintenance, Infrastructure, Occupant Interface, Operating and Maintaining Electrical and Mechanical Systems, Safety, Systems and Demand Reduction, Technology, Technology Solutions
Evolution Floor Box Training

The New Evolution Series Floor Boxes. Learn why this versatile floor box is the only one you will ever need to order again.

Building Interior, Energy Management, Facilities Operations and Management, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Operating and Maintaining Electrical and Mechanical Systems, Planning, Project, and Program Management, Systems and Demand Reduction
FAS Power

Prewired Wiring Assembly Training. With FAS Power, much of the electrical assembly is completed in advance, dramatically cutting project completion times and saving a minimum of 50% in labor costs.

Building Interior, Building Systems, Design, Energy Management, Facilities Operations and Management, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, General Building Maintenance, Infrastructure Systems, Operating and Maintaining Electrical and Mechanical Systems, Systems and Demand Reduction, Technology, Technology Solutions
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