Optimizing Operations in Automated Buildings

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The potential of Automated Building Management Systems has increased significantly in recent years. Advancing technologies provide opportunities for more and more sophisticated sequences of operation and optimization capabilities. However, the application of these technologies can often fall short, due to incomplete implementation, limited commissioning and system balancing, or lack of operator training. This can lead to a decrease in tenant comfort, disturbance of building operations, or a loss of energy savings. 

This event gathers industry leaders from system design, portfolio management, and building engineering staff to discuss how to optimize operations in automated buildings to maximize the benefits of automated building management systems. 

Karen Oh
Utilities Engineer, Vornado Realty Trust

Karen Oh is the Utilities Engineer for Vornado Realty Trust. As the energy efficiency strategy manager for Vornado’s NYC and San Francisco properties, she brings Vornado’s chief engineers together with outside expertise to plan capital projects that reduce utility costs across their portfolio. She is also responsible for all audit and retro-commissioning work; her energy conservation measures often serve as the basis for capital planning. Oh manages Vornado’s approach to best-practices in building automation, demand-response protocols and ongoing peak demand management. Prior to joining Vornado, Karen worked with ConEdison across various departments, including steam engineering, steam operations, Brooklyn-Queens environmental operations, Manhattan electric construction and demand forecasting. Karen has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Cooper Union.

Glenn Hertzberg
Vice President, AME Inc Controls Specialists

Glenn Hertzberg is Vice President of A.M.E., Inc, where he is responsible for running company operations, including sales and services. Hertzberg works to educate the engineering community on best practices and procedures, along with current and future trends in control designs. Glenn specializes in data centers, clean rooms, medical facilities, hi-rise commercial & residential buildings and higher education facilities.

Edilberto Valdez
Chief Engineer, 277 Park Avenue, Stahl Realty

Edilberto Valdez is a facility engineering and management professional based in NYC. Valdez is a key member of professional teams that oversee the installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of large facilities' mechanical and electrical systems. Valdez currently leads property engineering operations at 277 Park Avenue, a 1.8 million square foot facility in NYC. He is a Chiller Systems and Building Operations and Design instructor at the Local 94 Facility Engineers Training Center and BOMI NY. He studied HVACR and Electrical Engineering at TCI and CCNY in New York City.

Tristan Schwartzman
Associate, Goldman Copeland Associates

Tristan Schwartzman is an Associate at Goldman Copeland Associates, where he leads the Energy Department. In this role, he works with primarily commercial buildings and hospitals to optimize their systems. As part of this work, he has been involved with numerous BMS upgrades, replacements and installations, and has worked with facilities to maximize the benefits achieved with new sophisticated controls. Tristan is a licensed professional engineer; he previously presented on automated building systems at the 2016 ASHRAE winter conference.