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Figure 1.
Dashboard
for facility
operating
rooms
The HVAC systems typically consume
60 to 80 percent of the energy necessary
to operate a hospital, and therefore the
BAS plays a key role in reducing energy
spend and the overall carbon footprint.

Key considerations
Choosing a building automation
system is complicated, and often, no
solution is perfect. Instead, a balance
must be found between several key
factors to ensure the BAS works for
the specific needs of the site, both
immediately and in the future. Working
closely with an engineering firm that
recognizes the importance of the
BAS as a key driver of an efficient and
well-integrated system can assist facility
leaders in making sound investments
that work within the local context.
Several considerations should be
taken into account to help facilitate
the BAS decision-making process. For
existing systems, the first step should be
a detailed inventory of the current HVAC
system created by a needs assessment.
Second, regulatory compliance must
be considered. Third, the potential BAS
should be evaluated for ease of use.
Lastly, the BAS's ability to aid in energy
conservation efforts should be assessed.

Needs assessment
To determine what BAS will be
the most beneficial, the nuances of

the current HVAC system and the
particular needs of the local site must
be understood. One way to achieve
this understanding is to make a
comprehensive inventory of the existing
system, including what works, how well
it works, what does not work, what is
still being supported, and which parts
will work with an upgraded system and
which will not. Then, interviews with
users representing different perspectives
(for example, HVAC operators and field
technicians) should be conducted to
determine what attributes they consider
necessary for the BAS system. Finally,
teams can synthesize all the data
collected from these activities and create
a prioritized plan.

trended and documented. When
properly displayed and trended,
troubleshooting is simplified for critical
environments with high occupancy.
Hand-in-hand with compliance is
accountability. The building automation
system should alert personnel when
temperature, humidity, or pressure
readings are outside of the acceptable
ranges. This aids the facility staff in
quickly identifying issues and bringing
the building back into compliance. In
addition, if the BAS is set up to track
any changes made to the system by
individual technicians, this information
can be used to identify skilled users
along with those that may need
additional training.

Regulatory compliance

Ease of use

One of the most crucial factors to
consider is compliance. Above all else,
the BAS must maintain compliance
with all regulatory requirements.
A well-designed BAS can facilitate
management of compliance issues by
issuing immediate alerts, displaying
informative graphics, and providing
data to support sound decision making.
Teams should ensure the BAS
graphics and dashboards display
critical environment conditions such
as occupied/unoccupied mode,
temperature, humidity, space pressure,
and air changes and that these are

HVAC and facility technicians have
multiple priorities when maintaining a
hospital, and by ensuring a user-friendly
interface with dashboards, easy-to-read
graphics, integrated floor plans, and
logical drill down screens as well as
the time to monitor, evaluate, adjust,
and troubleshoot, daily operations
will be minimized, and they can
depend on the BAS to help solve
problems quickly. Figure 1 shows an
example of a dashboard for a facility's
operating rooms.
Another consideration for ease of use
is creating BAS naming conventions.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Inside ASHE - Fall 2017

Letter from the president
What’s new
Pop quiz
The measurement of a health care facility manager: How do you define success?
Creating a program to identify and monitor pressure dependent spaces
Critical considerations for specifying a building automation system for health care
Bright ideas: LED renovation at Boulder Community Health
Selecting the right fire extinguisher for operating rooms
Still battling reheat energy in hospitals: Short- and long-term ideas for hospitals’ biggest energy use
The financial impact of variable speed ventilation controls in hospital kitchens
Data driven culture fuels University of Florida Health’s success in energy and operational optimization
Energy management in a critical access hospital: How Barnesville Hospital reduced energy consumption by 39 percent
Value analysis: Improving operating margin through cost savings
Member spotlight
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