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With support from Puget Sound Energy and Seattle City Light, the Smart Buildings Center (SBC) has developed a video training series demonstrating practical applications of some of the tools available in SBC’s Tool Lending Library. These demonstrations are especially useful for commercial buildings without a building automation system (BAS), but the concepts can apply to any commercial building. Videos in the series include:

Melissa Sokolowsky, Senior Project Manager at the Smart Buildings Center, demonstrating practical applications of some of the data loggers available in the Tool Lending Library.

Verifying Proper Operation of Outdoor Air Damper Controls
This video demonstrates the use of portable temperature data loggers to record discharge air temperature (DAT), mixed air temperature (MAT), return air temperature (RAT) and outside air temperature (OAT) as well as supply fan status using a motor logger. The training shows how to program/deploy the data loggers and how to interpret from the data whether damper controls are working as intended.

Identifying Fan Operation During Unoccupied Hours
This video demonstrates the use of a motor logger to verify the operating schedule of fans, applicable to any motor driven device such as exhaust fans, supply/return fans, terminal unit fans and pumps. The training covers programming and deployment of the data loggers as well as data analysis.

Measuring Ventilation System Effectiveness
This video demonstrates the use of a CO2 meter and data logger to measure the effectiveness of the ventilation system. The training covers the programming and deployment of the meter and data logger and as well as data analysis.

Verifying Condensing Boiler Efficiency
This video demonstrates the use of a data logger to measure hot water return temperatures on a condensing boiler to determine whether the flue gas is condensing, and thus operating efficiently. This training shows how to program and deploy a 4-channel data logger with remote sensor, and covers data analysis.

Verifying Boiler Temperature Reset Control (coming soon)
This video demonstrates how to use data loggers to determine whether a hot water temperature reset strategy based on outdoor temperature is in use and working correctly, by monitoring the hot water supply temperature and outside air temperature. The training includes programming and deployment of the data loggers, as well as analysis of the data.

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