Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy® OnlineTraining Events

The Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy® program is offering two FREE, one-hour online training events in February. The first one is on “Implementing Energy-Efficient HVAC Controls,” and the second is “An Overview of Commercial Building Retuning.” These online training events are open to all Ameren Illinois business and non-profit customers who would like to learn how energy efficiency for HVAC controls and commercial building retuning can save energy and money.

Topic: Implementing Energy-Efficient HVAC Controls
Speaker: Reinhard Seidl, a Principal at Taylor Engineering
Date: Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Time: noon to 1:00 p.m.
Earn 1.0 CE Hours
The free, one-hour training event will cover how to: get your building benchmarked, perform a building audit, choose a controls platform, get your utility involved, select a provider, and train your staff.

Reinhard Seidl is a Principal at Taylor Engineering, a California based Engineering Consultancy specializing in Mechanical and Control System Design and Commissioning. Mr. Seidl has 20 years of experience in HVAC and Controls Design, is a member of several ASHRAE committees responsible for the creation of commissioning guidelines and standards, and has been an active member of the team designing a free trend review tool for commissioning providers and building managers, available at

To register for “Implementing Energy-Efficient HVAC Controls,” click here.

Topic: An Overview of Commercial Building Retuning
Speaker: Srinivas Katipamula, Ph.D., FASHRAE, FASME
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Time: noon to 1:00 p.m.
Earn 1.0 CE Hours

The free, one-hour training event will cover the definition of the re-tuning process, retuning vs.  retro-commissioning, the steps involved in the re-tuning process, results from re-tuning, and lessons learned.

Srinivas Katipamula is a Staff Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).  At PNNL, Dr. Katipamula leads a number of research projects in advanced controls, automated fault detection and diagnostics and building operations.

For over 20 years, Katipamula’s career has focused on improving the operating efficiency of commercial buildings.  Prior to joining PNNL, he led the analytics group at the Enron Energy Services.  Previously, he also worked at Energy Systems Laboratory, at Texas A&M University, where he developed a number of measurement and verification techniques to measure energy savings from retrofits.  He has extensive technical experience in the evaluation of advanced design concepts for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, development of automated fault detection and diagnostic techniques, building and energy system simulations, and analysis and evaluation of new energy efficient technologies, development and use of analytical modeling techniques.  More recently, Dr. Katipamula led a team of PNNL staff that developed the re-tuning process to identify operational improvements in large commercial buildings that can be corrected with low/no-cost.

A fellow of the American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Katipamula holds a Masters and Doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.  Nationally, Katipamula held a number of positions, including serving as a member of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Institute, reviewing proposals for National Science Foundation and Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and currently serves as an associate editor of the ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology.

To register for “An Overview of Commercial Building Retuning,” click here.

For more information about ActOnEnergy training events, go to ActOnEnergy.com/Education.

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