Building Automation


Instructor: Ron Bernstein

Subjects: Green Building: Building Automation

Length: 5 modules

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Learn how to design the integrated, high performance buildings of the future by spending five weeks with industry expert Ron Bernstein. You will learn building code standards and ASHRAE Guideline 13: Specifying Building Automation System.

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Self Paced Online Course

This online course is self-paced. You can begin instantly upon enrollment.

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After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.

Earn A Certificate Of Completion

When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our one-click LinkedIn integration.

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Self Report with Certificate: 8.5 AIA LU/HSW Credits

The course content was focused, concise, and relevant. It gave me a good refresher/update on the current state of building automation systems [BAS] technology.

- Glenn Brady, Sun-Air Sheet Metal

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Ron Bernstein

President, RBCG, LLC

Ron Bernstein is president of RBCG, LLC providing consulting, engineering, research, and educational services to organizations needing help navigating their energy and automation strategy. RBCG works with end users, owners, specifiers, suppliers, and integrators to develop IoT, interoperability, and open systems approaches to building automation, smart cities, outdoor...[more]

Course Outline

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment.

  • Introduction to HeatSpring (1 minute) (Video) preview
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
Module 1 - An Introduction to Smart Buildings

Understand the difference between “dumb” buildings and “smart” buildings, and recognize the different variants of what is considered a smart building. This class will explore key concepts including: Integrated Buildings, “Green” Buildings, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Design, Building Data, Controls, and more.

  • Introduction to Smart Building Automation (65 minutes) (Video)
  • Read article: Definitions and Terminology Article (Resource)
  • Required Discussion Board Post (Text)
  • An Introduction To Smart Buildings (20 questions) (Quiz)
Module 2 - Fundamentals of Building Open Control Networking Systems

This module describes the wide variety of systems that have separate functions yet may be integrated with other systems to communicate and share data, together creating the greater BAS and BMS infrastructure. Key concepts that will be discussed include: market trends regarding building automation, building management, and enterprise management systems. A multi-tier architecture model will define the interaction and integration responsibilities of smart buildings.

  • Fundamentals of Building Open Control Networking Systems (75 minutes) (Video)
  • Read article: Open systems: The foundation for a new era of BAS (Resource)
  • Required Discussion Board Post (Text)
  • Quiz Reference File (Download this before taking the quiz.) (Download .pdf)
  • Fundamentals Module Quiz (20 questions) (Quiz)
Module 3 - Building System Design and System Integration

This course follows the 102 course and provides an overview of buildings system design and requirements for open integrated smart buildings. Part 1 provides an overview of the multi-tier approach to building system design and contracting is discussed including the roles of the various contractors and designers. Part 2 introduces building sub-systems and their integration into the building management system requirements. An overview of system design and example system architectures is discussed along with tools, user interface requirements, and enterprise system connectivity.

  • Smart Building Design (1 hour 35 minutes) (Video)
  • Reading Assignment - LonMark - Why Open? (Resource)
  • Reading Assignment: What is the LonWorks Platform? (Resource)
  • Reading Assignment: Read about BACnet International (Resource)
  • Comparison of LON and BACnet (Resource)
  • Additional Optional Readings (Text)
  • Required Discussion Board Post (Text)
  • 103 Quiz Reference File (Download this before taking the quiz.) (Download .pdf)
  • 103 Design and Integration Quiz (20 Questions) (Quiz)
Module 4 - Specifying Building Automation Systems

This module presents the fundamentals of a good specification for building automation systems, how to assess specification criteria, and a look at the roles and responsibilities of the various contractors. It provides an overview of the specification sections, structure, and key resources available to designers, suppliers, and installers. This course will reference the ASHRAE Guideline 13 Specifying Building Automation Systems and other example specifications.

  • Specifying Building Automation Systems (60 minutes) (Video)
  • Required Discussion Board Post (Text)
  • Reading Assignment Week 4 Number 1 (Resource)
  • Review sample LonMark Specification (Resource)
  • Review Two Tier Specification Requirements Example (Resource)
  • Additional Reading Resources: US Army Corps of Engineers Specifications (Resource)
  • Additional reading material : ASHRAE Guideline 13-2015 Specification (Resource)
  • 104 Specifying BAS Quiz (15 questions) (Quiz)
Module 5 - An Introduction to Designing Building Automation Dashboards, User Interfaces, and Public Kiosks

Specifying and designing a BAS/BMS user interface requires significant insight into the usage requirements, staff skill set, and information available. This module will explore the technical and personnel requirements and options for good user interface design.

  • BMS User Interface Design (60 Minutes) (Video)
  • Required Discussion Board Post (Text)
  • Read article: Criteria for Building Automation Dashboards (Download .pdf)
  • Read article: Visualizing Building Information (Download .pdf)
  • 105 User Interface Quiz (15 questions) (Quiz)
After The Course - Feedback and Additional Resources

No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course, request a certificate of completion, and learn about additional resources. Don't forget that you'll have access to the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year). Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. Let us know what you do next and how we can help.

  • Required Discussion Board Post (Text)
  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials (Text)
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey (Survey)
  • Consider Joining as a Founding Member (Resource)
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate (Certificate)

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