HVAC Controls Fundamentals

  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • SDGE Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92117


Participants will learn the fundamentals of automatic control systems for building mechanical systems to target possible inefficiencies in their HVAC systems and to evaluate potential problems as part of an enhanced operation and maintenance program. Participants will be introduced to Building Automation Systems (BAS) and the graphic user interface as a cost effective tool to review real time building data, identify problems, and verify proper performance for air handling and central plant systems. Accurate and reliable control strategy will insure that Integrative Demand Side Management programs function properly.


  • Develop skills to use building automation systems to increase building efficiency
  • Understand the importance of accurate measurement devices for comfort control
  • Learn how HVAC control loops calibrate


Paul Howland has over 40 years of experience in the maintenance, operation, supervision and management of facilities and physical plants. Beginning as a Boiler Technician in the US Navy, he spent 7 years in the public sector as a stationary engineer and then 16 years in the private sector as a control systems engineer and project manager in HVAC and factory automation. He retired after 24 years with CSU Long Beach and UC Irvine as Executive Director of the Facilities Management Department with a dual appointment as a teacher for UC Irvine Extension in the Facilities Management Certificate Program. Paul is presently an independent consultant and Principal of Steam Plant Solutions LLC.

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Check-in time: 8 am and continental breakfast & lunch will be provided.

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This is a project of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, which is partially funded by California utility customers and administered by San Diego Gas & Electric® (SDG&E) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The Center for Sustainable Energy® is a member of the collaborative. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.