Building Automation Course


Learn how building automation helps reduce carbon emissions according to code standards and ASHRAE Guideline 13: Specifying Building Automation System.


Building automation helps buildings reduce site energy use and carbon emissions. Property managers and owners often incorporate building automation into overall commercial retrofit projects which delivers a substantially greater value than one-off, “quick-fix” solutions.

A building automation system (BAS) helps you control and monitor your connected building systems from a centralized control point either on-site or off-site via connected devices. The BAS may be used to control HVAC, lighting, access control and other systems while providing real time data collection and reporting.

For compliance with state and city carbon emissions reduction laws, such as NYC Local Law 97, a successful automation project requires an integrative and whole-systems approach that combines other energy conservation measures (ECMs) rather than considering one solution in isolation. By considering building automation as part of a bundle, you’ll leverage the interactive effects between ECMs to further reduce energy, carbon emissions and costs.

A BAS is often required as part of a risk management strategy to guaranty the payback of a building retrofit with energy savings insurance.

About This Course

In this course, you’ll learn how to design the integrated, high performance buildings of the future with industry expert Ron Bernstein. You will learn building code standards and ASHRAE Guideline 13: Specifying Building Automation System.

This class is an introduction to building automation, smart buildings and the terminology and concepts currently used in the industry. The student will learn about open systems, Building Automation Systems, Building Management Systems, and Enterprise Management Systems as they are applied to integration of various building sub-systems.

Building automation systems encompass a broad range of integration requirements. To understand the basics, a clear understanding of the core industry terms, acronyms, and concepts is presented as a foundation of key topics.

Learning Objectives

Participants in this course will upon completion of this course, be able to:

  • Smart Building Drivers and Key Concepts
  • Introduction to Building Automation Systems
  • Open Integrated Buildings
  • Key Terms and Definitions
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Enterprise and Supervisory Systems
  • Device Functional Profiles
  • Control Network

About The Instructor:

Ron Bernstein is CEO of RBCG Consulting, 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 lighting, BAS system design, network security, control system architecture, and communication protocol implementations. He is a significant contributor to ASHRAE’s new Building Automation System (BAS) Guide Specification, the MSSLC’s Adaptive Roadway Lighting Guidespec, CEA 709.5/6 LonWorks Home and Building Device Interoperability Standards, the US Army Corps of Engineers Unified Monitoring and Control Specification, Suncor Energy’s BAS and BMS Standards for the Oil and Gas industry, and many others.

Prior to starting his own company, he was a Senior Director, Program Manager, and Senior Engineer at Echelon Corporation supporting the global building automation and control networking marketplace and Executive Director and CEO of LonMark International, a non-profit development, promotion, education, and member support organization for control networking standards. Prior roles include engineering and management positions at Sharp Digital Information Systems and International Robomation Intelligence in the robotics, image processing, and automation industry.

Mr. Bernstein has 30+ years’ experience with building automation, control networking, interoperable systems, network communication protocols, standards development, specification development, educational program development, smart city system architecture, and facility master planning.

Active industry committee work include: Member Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC), Chair of CTA R7 Home and Building Networking Committee, Chair of CTA R7 WG 13 and member CEA R7 WG17, DOE MSSLC Adaptive Streetlighting Controls Task Group, ASHRAE SGPC-13 Building Automation Systems Guidespec Committee, ASHRAE 1.4 Committee, and past Chair of the LonMark Building Automation Systems Task Group among others. He is a board adviser and past Chief Ambassador at LonMark International supporting the non-profit association with strategic planning, industry stewardship, and management of a team of ambassadors worldwide, and is a past Director of the Smart Buildings Institute.

Mr. Bernstein is a published author, past instructor for the APPA Institute, curriculum advisor to Mt SAC building automation program, advisor to Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture, frequent columnist, lecturer, and advocate for open integrated control systems. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a Masters in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and a Masters of Philosophy from PTS College of Philosophy. He is the past Chair and advisor to HeatReach San Diego, an outreach charity and support organization helping people in need.