Control Theory and Application
ASHRAE Technical Committee 1.4

Meeting Information

TC 1.4 is sponsoring several technical programs at the Long Beach  Summer 2017 Meeting.

Sunday, June 25, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Workshop 2, Room: 101B
Are You Ready For 21st Century Building Automation?
Chair: Marcelo Acosta, Member, Armstrong Fluid Technologies, Toronto, ON, Canada
In this session the panel engages the audience in exploring the obstacles and solutions to the disappointingly low levels of adoption of new technologies for building automation, despite their big potential. Why do most designers still opt for the inefficient old schemes unless pushed by legislation? Is energy too cheap? Are owners and operators ready? Does ASHRAE or YEA membership make a difference in your view? Whether you are a Baby Boomer, GenXer, or Millennial, are you ready to adopt new building control technologies?
1. Potentials and Disappointments: The Slow Adoption of Advanced Building Automation
Marcelo Acosta, P.Eng., Member
, Armstrong Fluid Technologies, Toronto, ON, Canada
2. Are Millennials Ready for Advanced Building Automation?
Michelle Shadpour, Student Member
, SC Engineers, Inc., San Diego, CA

Sunday, June 25, 9:45-10:45 AM
Seminar 3, Room 201A
Smart Buildings, Smart Cities
Chair: Joseph Kilcoyne, PE
, Member, SC Engineers, Inc., San Diego, CA  
Progressive cities are taking building automation out of the building and applying it across their infrastructure of outdoor lighting, cameras and pumping stations. This seminar presents the latest advances in smart city technology, its proper application and the importance of interoperability. The role of traditional building automation systems in the smart city is discussed. See how San Diego became the first city in the US to deploy a smart wireless lighting network equipped with sensors and software to compile data for real-time analysis and its plans to take the smart city to a whole new level.
1. What Is Smart? The Architecture of a Smart City
Ron Bernstein, Member
, RBCG, LLC, Encinitas, CA
2. Turning Modern Cities into SMART Cities
Parita Ammerlahn
, City of San Diego - Environmental Services Department, San Diego, CA

Sunday, June 25, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Seminar 14, Room: 202AB
The IoT for Better Building Operation and Control
Chair: Michael Brambley, Ph.D.
, PNNL, Richland, WA  
The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly influencing our personal lives, businesses and infrastructures. It interconnects devices having embedded processing, sensors, data storage and physical capabilities, such as actuation. The interconnection of such devices enables the sharing of data and processing for mutual benefit. For buildings and their heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, the IoT can support improvements in monitoring of equipment and space conditions, energy management, supervisory control and participation in electric-utility demand response programs to mention a few. The presentations in this seminar provide examples of how the IoT can deliver improvements to building operation and control.
1. Smart Plug Enabled Intelligent Commercial Building Operations
Li Song, Ph.D., P.E., Member
, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
2. Iot Technologies Make Buildings More Energy Efficient and Way Smarter
Xin (Sherry) Hu, Ph.D., P.E., Member
, BriteThings, San Francisco, CA
3. An Energy Balance Model for Detecting Anomalies in Residential Buildings
Brent Huchuk, ecobee, Toronto, ON, Canada

Monday, June 26, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Seminar 19, Room: 103AB
Preventing Headlines: Securing Building Automation Systems
Chair: Michael Pouchak, P.E., Member, Honeywell International, Golden Valley, MN
Building Automation Systems have grown in complexity and now routinely integrate with HVAC DDC, energy monitoring, automated demand response, lighting control and interfaces to fire and smoke managements. A large percentage of the Building automation systems have been enabled for the ability to control and monitor from the Internet. The failures of computer security in corporations and high profile attacks on computer networks and resources have created significant news stories and has led to increased scrutiny on the source and protection of these valuable resources. This seminar discusses problems and solutions to Building Automation cybersecurity.
1. Specifying Cyber Security Requirements for Building Automation Systems: An Introduction to Industry Challenges, Opportunities and Best Practices.
Ron Bernstein, Member,
RBCG, LLC, Encinitas, CA
2. The 20 Minute Risk Assessment
Bruce Billedeaux, P.E., Member, Maverick Technologies, Portage, MI
3. Using a Systems Approach to Secure Networks
Mike Pouchak, P.E., Member, Honeywell, Golden Valley, CA
4. Cybersecurity Compliance Testing
Paul Forney, Schneider Electric, Lake Forest, CA

Monday, June 26, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Debate 2, Room: 203AB
Commissioning Agents For Smart Buildings: Whose Side Am I On?
Chair: Frank Shadpour, P.E., HFDP, Fellow ASHRAE, SC Engineers, Inc., San Diego, CA 
The commissioning agent's role is to ensure that the Owner's Project Requirements (OPR) are met; however, the commissioning agent (CxA) is frequently hired by the Contractor. The Owner’s goal is a high-performance building; the Contractor's goal is maintaining budget. Does this relationship pit the commissioning agent against the owner? This debate covers the benefits of commissioning from an Owner's perspective and a Contractor's perspective. Does the Owner get a high-performance building when the commissioning agent is hired by the Contractor or does an Owner-hired CxA guarantee better results? An Owner and Contractor debate lessons learned from commissioning smart building controls.
1. A Contractor's Perspective
George Rogers
, RQ Construction, Carlsbad, CA
2. An Owner's Perspective
Dan Farrow,
Palomar Health, San Diego

Tuesday, June 27, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Seminar 35, Room: 102AB
Using Nature, Keeping Control
Chair: James Coogan, P.E.,
 Siemens Industry, Inc., Buffalo Grove, IL
Moving toward sustainability, designers increasingly select systems that work with nature, rather than against it. Free cooling is routine today. Daylighting and daylight harvesting are moving into the mainstream. Natural ventilation for commercial spaces is uncommon, but it will grow. This session explores control systems for spaces with natural ventilation and natural light. When nontraditional systems are selected, they bring new control issues. Topics include control strategies, control devices, occupant interfaces and system architecture. Practical aspects of integrating new functions in a unified Building Automation System are discussed. Implications include the occupant’s experience, along with costs of construction and operation.
1. Engaging Users in Natural Ventilation in Mixed Mode Buildings
Glenn Friedman, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE
, Taylor Engineering, Alameda, CA
2. Reducing Uncertainty When Controlling Natural Ventilation
Stephen Ray, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Member
, North Park University, Chicago, IL
3. Integrated Room Control for HVAC, Lighting and Daylighting
Klaus Jank, Siemens BT, Buffalo Grove, IL

Wednesday, June 28, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Seminar 52, Room: 201A
Control System Best Practices: How to Make Your Control System Project a Success Part 1
Chair: Kris Kinney, Highwoods Properties, Raleigh, NC
Understanding an owner’s needs, effectively controlling the mechanical systems, capturing the products, networking and sequences to produce contract documents is the control designers challenge. Learn the best practices of how to successfully design the control sequence, network architecture and a truly useful dashboard and communicate the requirements to the control contractor. The control contractor is challenged with making the system work while complying with the requirements of the contract documents. In this sometimes conflicting environment, the contractor often has to make some decisions. Learn how the contractor handles this dilemma and make the project a success.
1. Effective Design of Building Control Systems
Frank Shadpour, P.E., HFDP, Fellow ASHRAE, SC Engineers, Inc., San Diego, CA
2. What Owners and Engineers Should Know about Control Systems for Successful Implementation
Larry Fisher, Life Member, ECT Services (Retired), Louisville, KY


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