Building Automation Systems for Existing Federal Facilities  

Education Type: 
3 Hours


AIA Learning Units: 
3.0 LU | HSW
0.4 CEU

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Building Automation Systems for Existing Federal Facilities provides Federal Facility and Energy
Managers with the knowledge and competencies to contract for the design and installation a Building Automation System (BAS) in an existing Federal facility, including the ability to apply General Services Administration (GSA) Smart Building Standards into the goal setting process and design objectives.

Learners will explore how to use Building Automation Systems to integrate existing HVAC, lighting, and other systems using normalized data and open communications protocols. The course details a process to set specific performance goals for the BAS, design the BAS to meet the established performance goals, and develop Requests for Proposals for both BAS design and installation. The course also discusses how to maximize the effectiveness of installed BAS to improve building energy efficiency, operations and maintenance, indoor environmental quality, and safety and security.


Brad Gustafson, Federal Energy Management Program   

Brad Gustafson is Program Manager of Customer Services for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program. In 1995, Mr. Gustafson began supporting Federal energy initiatives as an employee of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Before joining FEMP, Mr. Gustafson was program manager for the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) HVAC program at the PG&E Energy Center. He is a professional engineer, a certified energy manager, and a LEED accredited professional.

Ed St. Germain, Enviro-Management and Research, Inc.   

Ed St. Germain is Director of Energy and Environment Support at Enviro-Management and Research, Inc. (EMR). Mr. St. Germain has more than 37 years of public and private sector facility, maintenance management, and energy technical assistance experience, specifically in reliability centered maintenance (RCM), retro-commissioning, and energy saving alternatives.

Daniel Ackmann, Enviro-Management and Research, Inc.   

Daniel Ackmann is an energy engineer for EMR where he works on Federal agency meter and re/retro-commissioning compliance requirements as well as Utility Meter Enterprise and Bill Verification System development and quality control. Mr. Ackmann previously supported the environmental, sustainability, and energy efforts of Washington Headquarters Services of the Department of Defense. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and is a certified energy manager and a LEED accredited professional.

Mohan Jacob, Enviro-Management and Research, Inc.   

Mohan Jacob is Director of Construction, Engineering, and Design for EMR. He has more than 35 years of professional experience in mechanical and electrical systems design, construction management, energy efficiency retrofits, and maintenance management. For the last 16 years he has worked for Federal and local government agencies on energy conservation and energy efficient green projects, including conducting agency-wide energy audits and major retrofits and upgrades of existing Federal building systems. Mr. Jacob received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Bangalore University in 1971 and an M.S. in Business.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course you will have a demonstrated knowledge of:

  • Applying GSA Smart Building Standards for open, converged, and normalized building automation;
  • Integrating existing systems through open communication protocols;
  • Making decisions on critical BAS functionality as it applies to: efficiency/cost cutting, indoor environmental quality, operations and maintenance, and safety and security;
  • Identifying results-oriented objectives in development of an RFP;
  • Developing a design plan including sequences of operations, control strategies, schematics, and points lists;
  • Federal and industry standards and guidance related to BAS;
  • Developing RFPs for BAS design and installation;
  • Considering financing mechanisms for the BAS; and
  • Maximizing the installed BAS to improve overall efficiency.