Short is director of commissioning for sys-tek, a technology firm located in Blue Springs, MO that provides consulting engineering, building commissioning, and BAS consultation. He has specialized in mission critical facility commissioning and design with an emphasis in building automation and has a diverse background in engineering and BAS design and installation. He is Tridium Niagara AX TCP and Developer certified.
From BAS control panel wiring to network configuration, what we have here is a concise but thorough overview of what sets the BAS design and process apart in these special applications. Effective controls in this category require a different approach for power supply, documentation, and monitoring, so read on to avoid testing the fault tolerance in people as well as systems.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.