Two Presentation Options Available:

Friday, December 14, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress Street, Portland, ME


Monday, December 17, 2018
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Offices of WBRC, 44 Central Street, Bangor, ME

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Short summary:  A 3.0 hour seminar on automated control systems in large buildings:  how they work; what’s available; what can be monitored in the occupied space; how to configure; when to run; how to maintain; benefits for both IAQ and energy efficiency; and cost. Who should attend:  engineers, architects, building owners and operators, facilities professionals (hospitals, universities, schools, commercial property), commercial contractors, and building consultants.


Building automation systems provide the automatic control of the indoor environment for both indoor air quality and energy efficiency.  Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, security and building access, lighting (including emergency lighting), and more.  Automated controls improve occupant comfort, streamline building operations, reduce energy, and reduce overall costs.  They work continuously in the background to monitor system performance, and alert staff as soon as systems malfunction, catching problems earlier thus minimizing expense and reducing risks that may impact occupant health and safety.  And, these systems are typically no more complicated than operating a personal smart phone, and the cost to implement in both new and existing buildings has dropped significantly.

This program will help engineers, architects, building owners and operators, facilities professionals (hospitals, universities, schools, commercial property), commercial contractors, and building consultants sift through the many available possibilities and options that are currently available in the broader systems marketplace, and help you identify which systems have the best potential for your specific project.  Because controls can be overdone, the program will further help you find the right balance between what you want to control and manage, and what you don’t.

Attendees will leave the program knowing how to talk intelligently about automated controls with a clear understanding of what systems are available, how they work, their specific benefits, what to place into project specifications and why, and the compatibility of equipment and controls with existing systems.

About the Presenters:

Avish Bhalani – Distech-Controls, MA

Avish Bhalani has been in the HVAC Controls industry for several years with experience on both the West and East coast.  He is a certified project manager and a former professor at Edmonds College where he developed and taught course work for a class on HVAC Fundamentals.  Today, Avish works as the Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Distech-Controls.  When he’s not thinking about how buildings should function, he spends his free time woodworking and biking.

David Clay, PE, CEM – Mechanical Services, Portland, ME  

David Clay is currently Director of Product and Energy Services at Mechanical Services/Maine Controls Inc., a Maine owned company that provides HVAC, Refrigeration, and Energy Management services to commercial, institutional and government clients.  His primary responsibility is ensuring that the HVAC products and systems promoted by Mechanical Services to its clients are energy efficient, cost effective and the best solution available to fill their needs. Previously, Dave was Manager of Maine Controls for twelve years and DDC Controls Application Engineer for eight years.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and is a Licensed Professional Engineer and AEE Certified Energy Manager.

Roger Parks – Maine Controls, Portland, ME

Roger Parks is an Account Representative for Maine Controls in Portland Maine, a division of Mechanical Services that installs and maintain Building Automation Systems all over Maine . Roger has years of experience helping his customers  find the best controls solution for their needs. Roger received his HVAC licenses from Northeast Technical Institute and graduated with a B.S. in Technology Management from the University of Southern Maine.


Continuing Education Credits

ACAC – Self-Submit with Certificate of Attendance

AIA – Approved for 3 LU’s

BOC – BOC graduates receive one maintenance point for each hour of seminar time

BPI – Approved for 1.5 BPI CEU’s

Certified Energy Auditors – Use BPI credits

Industrial Hygenist – Self-Submit with Certificate of Attendance

Professional Engineers – Self-Submit with Certificate of Attendance

Realtors – Approved for 3 hours by the Maine Real Estate Commission

USGBC – Self-Submit “Live Presentation” hours with Certificate of Attendance


Program Schedule (Portland schedule in green; Bangor schedule in blue)

8:00 a.m. (12:30 p.m.) Registration & Refreshments

8:30 a.m. (1:00 p.m.)– Program

  • Brief History of Building Automation Systems (BAS)
  • Major Components of BAS
  • Input Types
  • Output Types
  • Basic Functions of a BAS
  • Networking Overview
  • Reference Codes and Standards

10:00 a.m (2:30 p.m.)– Break

10:20 a.m. (2:50 p.m.)– Program

  • Human Machine Interface Types
  • Implementation Options for BAS
  • Energy Conservation Measures for BAS
  • Common (and not so Common) Building Types employing BAS
  • Q & A

11:30 a.m. (4:00 p.m.) – Adjourn

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