Smart Building Systems
ASHRAE Technical Committee 7.5

Meeting Information

ASHRAE 2022 Winter Conference - Toronto, CA
TC 7.5 is sponsoring/cosponsoring these technical sessions at the ASHRAE 2022 Annual Conference:


Sunday, June 26 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM EDT
Seminar 4: What Happened to our Hospitals after the COVID-19 Fiasco? HVAC Design, Control and Operation
Program Track: Buildings in the Aftermath of COVID-19
Room: Sheraton Centre Toronto , Grand East (LC)
Sponsors: 1.4 Control Theory and Application, 7.5 Smart Building Systems, TC 1.5, TC 9.6, TC 4.10
Chair: Frank Shadpour, P.E.
Most of our hospitals survived the COVID-19 fiasco; and, quite frankly, we don't know how. Every hospital scrambled to remain operational, including providing makeshift negative pressure rooms to safeguard its occupants to the extent possible. Now what? We need to plan for the battles of the future rather than focusing on the wars of the past. This seminar focuses on the lessons learned and presents the latest technology for the proper design, control, and operation of hospitals. New standards regarding air changes per hour, filtration and building automation are among the topics of discussion.

  1. 1. The Hospital of the Future: Designing for Energy Efficiency and Infection Control
    Presenting Author: Timothy Jacoby, Scripps Health, San Diego, CA, USA
  2. 2. The Hospital of the Future: Designing Flexible and Adaptable HVAC Systems
    Presenting Author: Sandy Renshaw, Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, CA, USA


Sunday, June 26 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM EDT
Workshop 1: Developing an ASHRAE Standard/Guideline to Assess the Performance of Occupancy Sensor Systems in Buildings
Program Track: Research Summit
Room: Sheraton Centre Toronto , Provincial (2)
Technical Committee: 7.5 Smart Building Systems
Chair: Kristen Cetin, Ph.D., P.E.
A broad range of occupancy sensor systems are used in residential and commercial buildings, including for demand controlled ventilation, HVAC control and lighting controls, with the goal of saving energy and improving building performance. However there is not currently a standard methodology to evaluate the performance of occupancy sensor systems, including their reliability. This workshop focuses on a discussion of recent research findings on occupancy sensor reliability and the development of test methods that can be used to evaluate occupancy sensor reliability.


Sunday, June 26 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Seminar 10: Smart Buildings as a Transactive Energy Hub: Decarbonizing by Enhancing Building-to-Grid Interactions
Program Track: Connected Buildings, Connected Communities
Room: Sheraton Centre Toronto , Grand East (LC)

Technical Committee: 7.5 Smart Building Systems, 1.4 Control Theory and Application
Chair: Ron Bernstein
Decarbonization of the energy grid can get a boost from greater interactions and integration with building control system and their loads. Significant work over the last few years in this area has helped establish new requirements, standards and solutions. This session focuses on the key issues, current best practices, case studies and designing for interoperability, integration and interaction. Hear industry experts share about leading policy, regulation and pilot projects in California; the positive effects of building to grid integration; design and specification requirements; and how energy management information systems can facilitate buildings as a transactive energy integration hub.

  1. 1. Building to Grid Integration: Affects of Grid Load Balancing with Smart Building Integrations
    Presenting Author: David Forfia, DOE - Gridwise Architecture Council - GWAC, Washington, DC, USA
  2. 2. Automating Demand Management in Buildings
    Presenting Author: Joe Zhou, Ph.D., P.E., Slipstream, Madison, WI, USA
  3. 3. Specifying Building to Grid Interactions, Interoperability and Integration: A Path to Decarbonization
    Presenting Author: Ron Bernstein, RBCG Consulting, San Diego, CA, USA
  4. 4. Smart Buildings As a Transactive Energy Hub: Decarbonizing By Enhancing Building to Grid Interactions
    Presenting Author: Agatha Kazdan, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Palo Alto, CA, USA


Sunday, June 26 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Seminar 14: The Importance of O&M to Energy Efficiency, Comfort, IAQ and Energy System Decarbonization
Program Track: IAQ, Energy Use, Comfort and Health of Sustainable Buildings
Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto , Grand East (LC)
Technical Committee: 7.3 Operation, Maintenance and Cost Management, 7.5 Smart Building Systems, TC 7.6
Chair: Michael Brambley, Ph.D.
The earth is warming from emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere with disastrous potential human impacts in this century. Signs are already evident: increasing major storm frequency, melting glaciers and super droughts. Building O&M are often overlooked in this context. Effective O&M is essential to ensure sustainable buildings remain so, and O&M improvements across the large existing buildings sector could cut GHG emissions quickly while improving energy efficiency, comfort and IAQ. The seminar explores ways of improving building O&M and the potential impacts of improved O&M on GHG emissions, energy efficiency and comfort.

  1. 1. Best Practices for Building Operations and Maintenance: Where Small Building Performance Meets IAQ and Decarbonization
    Presenting Author: Sonya Pouncy, Building Vitals, Detroit, MI, USA
  2. 2. Changing O&M Under De-Carbonization Scenarios
    Presenting Author: Michael Bobker, CUNY Institute for Urban Systems, New York, NY, USA
  3. 3. Tuning the BAS: Stabilizing Performance to Improve Energy Efficiency
    Presenting Author: Orvil Dillenbeck, P.Eng., Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Chalk River, ON, Canada
  4. 4. Commissioning and Training: Setting the Foundation for Success
    Presenting Author: Michael Flemming, P.E., Interface Engineering, San Francisco, CA, USA


Monday, June 27 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM EDT
Seminar 18: Impacts on Occupants' Experience in Grid-Interactive Efficient Building Operations
Program Track: IAQ, Energy Use, Comfort and Health of Sustainable Buildings
Room: Sheraton Centre Toronto , Provincial (2)
Technical Committee: 7.5 Smart Building Systems, MTG.OBB Occupant Behavior in Buildings
Chair: Li Song, Ph.D., P.E.
Grid-interactive efficient building (GEB) operation promises a viable means to offset increases in variability of the power grid associated with increasing deployment of variable renewable generation on the grid, resulting in a change in paradigm for managing electric system operations in buildings. Providing grid service while meeting the occupants' needs, GEB operation will unavoidably have impacts on occupants' experience in the built environment. This seminar includes several recent studies on energy performance and occupant experiences associated with the impacts of GEB operations. The studies include test and analysis results for residential buildings, commercial buildings and an urban-scale occupant-centric ecosystem.

  1. 1. Homes in Control: Ensuring Comfort and Cost Savings While Providing Peak Demand Reductions to the Power Grid
    Presenting Author: Michael Brambley, Ph.D., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA
  2. 2. Understanding the Correlations between Cost Savings and Occupants' Comfort and Convenience for Grid-Interactive Smart Home Operation
    Presenting Author: Yilin Jiang, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA
  3. 3. Thermostats out of Control: Understanding the Automation, Occupancy, Habits and Frustrations that Drive Setpoint Changes
    Presenting Author: Michael Kane, Ph.D., Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA
  4. 4. Occupant-Centric Ecosystem: From Smart Buildings to Smart Cities
    Presenting Author: Bing Dong, Ph.D., Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA


Monday, June 27 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM EDT
Seminar 20: LIVESTREAM: Cybersecurity, Securing Building Control Systems: Are We Meeting Industry's Needs?
Program Track: HVAC&R Systems and Equipment
Room: Sheraton Centre Toronto , Grand East (LC)
Technical Committee: 1.4 Control Theory and Application, 7.5 Smart Building Systems
Chair: Ron Bernstein
You can't turn on the news today without hearing about a new cybersecurity incident, but are our buildings a concern? Are HVAC control systems vulnerable? Should we be doing more to address the risks? This session explores the cybersecurity issues facing building controls today and discuss how owners, users, and suppliers are addressing current market needs. We'll hear from a technology expert, a major end user, and a consulting engineer on how they are approaching this highly critical topic. Participants are given an overview of ASHRAE's efforts to enhance building specifications and standards for cybersecurity.
1. Specifying Cybersecurity for HVAC Controls
Presenting Author: Terry Schroeder, P.E., Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP, Baltimore, MD, USA
2. Enabling Reliability in the Built Environment by Promoting Cybersecurity of Building Control Systems: An Overview of What the Department of Defense Has Done to Strengthen Its Cybersecurity Posture within the Facility Environment
Presenting Author: Daniel Shephard, US Army Corps of Engineers, Champaign, IL, USA
3. Cybersecurity Baselines: From NIST to Industry Standards to Conformity Assessment
Presenting Author: Mike Bergman, Consumer Technology Association, Arlington, VA, USA
Monday, June 27 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Seminar 25: LIVESTREAM: Fundamentals of Division 25: Integrated Controls and Cyber Security
Program Track: Connected Buildings, Connected Communities
Room: Sheraton Centre Toronto , Grand East (LC)
Technical Committee: 2.10 Resilience and Security, 7.5 Smart Building Systems
Chair: Beth Tomlinson, P.E.
The built environment is quickly evolving into smart infrastructure, 5G Internet of Things and smart grid interoperability. Building interconnections provide an opportunity and target for cyber threats. This session presents the fundamentals of specification division 25, Integrated Controls, its benefits to smart building construction documents and the integration of cyber security in Operation Technology (OT) systems. In addition, we'll hear from real world HVAC&R hacks and resulting industry best practices.

  1. 1. Benefits and Difficulties of Developing Division 25 Specifications
    Presenting Author: Marcus Myers, AIA, Stantec, Phoenix, AZ, USA
  2. 2. Cybersecurity in a DIV25 Framework
    Presenting Author: Wade Reda, Siemens, Toronto, ON, Canada


Wednesday, June 29 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM EDT
Panel 3: Can Connected Buildings Save the Grid?
Program Track: Connected Buildings, Connected Communities
Room: Sheraton Centre Toronto , Provincial (2)
Technical Committee: 1.9 Electrical Systems, 7.5 Smart Building Systems
Chair: Randall Higa, P.E.
Managing building assets: HVAC systems, energy storage (TES, batteries, district energy), and on-site generation (including photovoltaic), can significantly enhance the building’s resilience to adverse events and grid outages. Interconnecting buildings in microgrids or connected communities enables further sharing of the resilience benefits and can help stabilize the grid during emergencies. This session discusses how grid-connected buildings and communities (e.g., military bases, universities) can improve resilience. A key part of the session will be to solicit audience input metrics for defining, designing for, and optimizing resilience.

1. What Makes a Resilient Building?
Presenting Author: Zachery DeLuke, P.E., Engineering Economics, Inc., Arlington, VA, USA
2. How Can Buildings be Better “Electric Grid Citizens”?
Presenting Author: Randall Higa, P.E., Southern California Edison, Rosemead, CA, USA
3. Military Lessons for Connecting the Dots from an Individual Building to the Interconnected Installation Community
Presenting Author: Frank Pucciano, Pucciano Energy Consultants, Lilburn, GA, USA
4. Resilience Benefits of Connected Buildings: What Are the Metrics of Building Resilience?
Presenting Author: Lawrence Markel, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Knoxville, TN, USA

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