Building Automation System (BAS) is a part of the HVAC system of the University. It is used to monitor and save energy through energy performance contracting with Noresco and Johnson Controls. Recently, the HVAC lab installations (HVAC System, AHUs, VAVs box, and even window air-conditioner) were integrated to the BAS system of University, to be part of the students’ education.
BAS is the foundation of modern building energy management efficiency. Basically, a central system, intelligent Metasys BAS software, connects the HVAC, lighting, security and protection systems and enabling them to communicate on a single platform to deliver the information needed by the energy manager, allowing them to make smarter, savvier decisions while enhancing occupants’ comfort, safety and productivity.
Within the HVAC systems, multiple devices, related to the BAS, such as Network Automation Engines (NAE), Input/output Modules (IOMs), Controllers, Network Control Engines, TEC Thermostat Controllers, Variable Air Volume Modular Assemblies (VMAs) System, are connected to the HVAC to perform the decision taken by the manager, as well as to deliver and collect the information related to the basic function of the systems.
The Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes of the HVAC lab are to learn the basic HVAC System Calculations; Introduce students to the proper and safe use of equipment that measures temperature, flow, pressure, humidity, voltage, amperage, and power consumption; Providing students with experience in measuring variables associated with heating and cooling processes; Providing students with experience in developing the fan and pump fan performance curves; Providing students with experience in measuring airflow rate inside ducts, diffuser, VAV box, etc.; Enhance communication skills; Enhance critical thinking skills.
The objective of the paper is to assessing student learning at the lab course level, and how the BAS is serving the learning experience of the students, related to the fundamental concepts. Most importantly, project methodology will be discussed. We discuss the project from students’ point of view, and the experience earned in design, integration, and also in written and oral communication skills. Methodology used to evaluate the effectiveness of this class in term of learning outcomes is also described.
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