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Fundamentals of Building Operation Maintenance and Management

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What You Will Learn

You will develop an understanding of the current needs to operate, maintain, and manage buildings. Heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems and equipment are primarily discussed as they account for a great deal of operation and maintenance efforts. However, operation and maintenance of plumbing, electrical, life safety systems and other elements of building systems are also presented. After completing the course, you should know:

  • How to identify the major elements of an effective maintenance program and understand the advantages of transitioning to a proactive maintenance program.
  • How to define Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) and describe the types of CMMS training available.
  • The cost considerations associated with owning and operating a building.
  • How to effectively use controls to measure and monitor building energy performance.
  • The functional testing performed during commissioning including the existing-building commissioning process.

Course Content

  • Maintenance Techniques - Maintenance strategy and control, transitioning from reactive to proactive maintenance, maintenance contracts, establishing a minimum standard for inspection and maintenance of equipment, operating and maintenance documentation, and maintenance technician training.
  • Computer Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) - Benefits of implementing a CMMS, CMMS modules, CMMS selection process, how to implement a CMMS, going-live phase, keys to successful use of a CMMS, using CMMS to generate key performance indicators and to track performance, cost of implementing a CMMS, field devices, and training.
  • Owning and Operating Costs - First costs of building ownership, new building construction project delivery methods, estimating costs, service life, depreciation, recurring cost, maintenance costs, utility costs, regulatory costs, utility billing analysis, and economic analysis.
  • Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Controls - Control components, specifying control systems and writing control sequences, effective use of control technology, using the control system for energy management, impact of controls of operating costs, emerging control technologies and strategies.
  • Contractor Start-Up and Handover Procedures - Pre-start-up procedures, equipment and system start-up and testing, operator training, substantial completion and occupancy permit, handover procedures, record drawings, operating and maintenance documents, warranty, and post warranty operation.
  • Commissioning and Testing - Commissioning process and benefits; functional acceptance testing; testing, adjusting, and balancing (TAB); and existing building commissioning.
  • Risk Assessment Procedures - Defining risk, emergency response plans, activating an emergency response plan, types of risk and what to do during an emergency, and what to do after an emergency.
  • Greening Your Facility - Defining green buildings, developing a plan to green an existing facility, areas of green and strategies to green a facility, green building rating and certification systems, benchmarking tools, selecting energy efficient equipment and building products, green building case studies, and green professional credentials.
  • Health and Safety - Health and safety regulations and policies, organizational health and safety programs, safe work practices, and building operating regulations.

Who Should Enroll in this Course?

This is an excellent course for anyone who needs information on air distribution systems. You will benefit from this course if you are:

  • A recent engineering graduate working in the HVAC&R industry.
  • An experienced engineer who has entered the HVAC&R industry from another engineering field.
  • An architect, engineer, technician, or construction or building management professional who wants to increase your knowledge of air distribution systems.

Getting Started:

Self-Directed Learning
$199 ( ASHRAE Member: $150)
Earn 35 PDHs/3.5 CEUs
Purchase Dual Edition