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
LEEDv4 (HOMES, ID+C, ND and O&M)

This narrated presentation provides a look at the lighting provisions of LEED-2009, including the 4 rating systems other than BD+C.

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, Planning, Planning, Project, and Program Management, Regulations and Requirements, Sustainability, Systems and Demand Reduction, Technology, Technology Solutions
Legrand P&S USB Chargers

An overview of the Legrand P&S USB Charger product offering.

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

This course begins with a video lecture overview of the Leviton Energy Manager. You will also learn the What, Why and How of sub-metering and explore the Leviton sub-metering product line.

Assess Initial Conditions, Best Practices and Innovation, Building Automation Systems, Building Exterior, Building Interior, Building Systems, Design, Energy Management, Facilities Operations and Management, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Infrastructure Systems, Planning, Systems and Demand Reduction, Technology, Technology Solutions
Lighting Controls

Pass & Seymour energy saving lighting controls, Switches, Dimmers, Occupancy Sensors.

Background, Best Practices and Innovation, Building Automation Systems, Building Interior, Design, Energy Management, Facilities Operations and Management, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, Infrastructure Systems, Innovation, Leadership and Innovation, Operating and Maintaining Electrical and Mechanical Systems, Planning, Project, and Program Management, Sustainability, Systems and Demand Reduction, Technology, Technology Solutions
Lighting for Learning: Classroom Lighting Best Practices

This narrated presentation identifies the best practices for classroom lighting and controls and the advantages of following these practices.

Best Practices and Innovation, Building Exterior, Building Interior, Building Systems, Design, Energy Management, Facilities Operations and Management, Facilities Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, General Building Maintenance, Implementation, Infrastructure Systems, Operating and Maintaining Electrical and Mechanical Systems, Planning, Planning, Project, and Program Management, Sustainability, Systems and Demand Reduction, Technology, Technology Solutions
Lighting I: Lighting Your Way

Lighting is considered a “quick hit” by many building owners and managers looking to save energy and reduce costs. This class is a preliminary introduction to the four principles for efficient lighting, which every energy manager should be aware of. Improving lighting is not just about energy efficient lamps, but also about the right amount of light, the right lamps, controlling lighting, and ensuring systems are commissioned and maintained correctly.

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: USGBC, 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
Lighting II: Defining Light

We all know what light is. Yet most of us would find it difficult to define or describe it. Knowledge of natural and artificial light sources improves our ability to create quality interior environments and control them. In this class, we will learn how to describe and quantify light – terms that are important vocabulary when we interact with lighting professionals as we evaluate and select solutions.

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: USGBC, 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
Lighting III: Lamp Families: Incandescent and Low Pressure Discharge

At the heart of lighting performance is the lamp or light source. Lamps are the key determinant in the amount, quality, and distribution of light from a luminaire. Additionally, power consumption, maintenance and lifecycle are lamp characteristics a facility owner will live with long after the initial purchase is made.

In this class, we will learn about the key characteristics of incandescent (including halogen) and low pressure discharge lamps, particularly fluorescent. We’ll learn about the advantages and disadvantages, and the appropriate applications of each lamp family. As we look at fluorescent lamps, we’ll also examine ballast factor and see how ballasts contribute to energy efficiency. Certain lamps can also contribute to an effect called “low power factor”. We’ll look at this briefly and see how it can impact your energy bill.

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: USGBC, 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
Lighting IV: Basic Lamp Families: High-Intensity Discharge and LED

At the heart of lighting performance is the lamp or light source. Lamps are the key determinant in the amount, quality, and distribution of light from a luminaire. Additionally, power consumption, maintenance and lifecycle are lamp characteristics a facility owner will live with long after the initial purchase is made.

In this class, we will learn about the key characteristics of high intensity discharge lamps, particularly metal halide and light emitting diodes. We’ll learn about the advantages and disadvantages, and the appropriate applications of each lamp family.

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: USGBC, 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
Lighting V: Economics

Lighting is frequently a large proportion of the energy consumption in buildings and can be a significant cost in industrial spaces too.

Projects to improve the energy efficiency of lighting are among some of the lowest risk, highest payback projects that an energy manager can select. To select and justify those projects, energy managers need to be able to show how the changes will impact the consumption and present the financial benefits. In this class we’ll see a number of ways to make simple evaluations of lighting projects.

Before you take this class, you will need a basic understanding of electrical fundamentals such as demand, power and energy. You will also need to understand energy rate structures. Please see our classes on these topics if you need them as prerequisites.

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.

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