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Optimizing New and Existing Building Energy Management

George E. Thomas, PE

Course Outline

This course discusses the issues to consider when deciding whether to upgrade or replace an existing EMS, the essentials for writing specifications and selecting the right EMS proposal, the commissioning process and its role in a successful EMS project, surveys the many types of service contracts and providers, provides critical factors to consider when selecting a service agreement, describes methods for getting the most out of an EMS. The basics of EMS operation are covered, along with advanced strategies for energy and demand control. This course also describes diagnostic methods, including trending and manual testing, that provide valuable information on equipment performance and moves beyond traditional control into areas of potential non-energy tasks in a variety of buildings. Those topics include maintenance control, remote EMS operation, and security access control.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

Architects, Control Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Structural Engineers, and Consultants.

Benefit to Attendees

The course will provide an understanding of EMS and various optimization possibilities and capabilities.

Course Introduction

This course is intended to improve your engineering knowledge related to EMS’s by providing a common understanding of EMS operation, EMS optimization, EMS selection and commissioning.

Course Content

In this lesson, you are required to download and study the following course content in PDF format:

Optimizing New and Existing Building Energy Management

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Course Summary

This course covers the life of an energy management system and how best to optimize a new or existing system. Each section provides varying amounts of information on Energy Management Systems (EMS) potential capabilities and will provide guidance on specifying, choosing, procuring, maintaining, and optimizing the EMS.

For many buildings, the EMS has more power than any other equipment to make or break the operation of a facility. For this reason, the engineer must work closely with the owner, facility manager, and system operator on the management and the technical aspects of EMS to optimize cost and energy savings as well as providing tenant comfort.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.