Building Operating Management, May 2013 —

This event will provide the following learning objectives:

  • Understand the primary sources of energy consumption in a data center
  • Review the role of IT equipment in heat generation
  • Learn about air and water economization options
  • Discuss the benefits of commissioning for optimal data center operations

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Consulting-Specifying Engineer, May 2013 (Archived) — Mission critical standby systems provide power to critical operations power systems (COPS) for public safety, national security, or business continuity reasons. Electrical equipment and wiring that serve these designated critical operation areas must remain operational during a natural or man-made disaster. The National Electrical Code (NEC) describes the engineering practices for mission critical facilities, which go beyond the requirements for emergency and legally required standby systems. In addition to specific code requirements, design engineers as well as authorities having jurisdiction must know the requirements for the installation, operation, control, and maintenance of standby power for mission critical facilities.

Learning objectives:

  • The audience will understand the requirements of NFPA 70: National Electrical Code, Article 708 a it applies to mission critical facilities.
  • Attendees will learn the criteria for designating a facility as mission critical
  • Viewers will understand the criteria for identifying the reliability requirements of mission critical facility standby power systems.
  • Viewers will learn the criteria for commissioning mission critical facility standby power systems.


Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, engineering design principal, KlingStubbins, Philadelphia

  • Kenneth Kutsmeda is an engineering design principal at KlingStubbins in Philadelphia. For more than 18 years, he has been responsible for engineering, designing, and commissioning power distribution systems for mission critical facilities. His project experience includes data centers, specialized research and development buildings, and large-scale technology facilities containing medium-voltage distribution.

Danna Jensen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, associate principal, ccrd partners, Dallas

  • Danna Jensen has 12 years of experience at ccrd in Dallas, where she became associate principal in 2012. Most of her work consists of designing electrical distribution for hospitals. She also designs electrical systems for office and retail facilities. She is the project manager for major hospital projects, which includes knowledge of all mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection systems, as well as commissioning. Jensen was a 2009 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 winner and is a member of the Consulting-Specifying Engineer Editorial Advisory Board.

Moderator: Jack Smith, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Pure Power, and CFE Media LLC

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Consulting-Specifying Engineer, November 2012 (Archived) — The continually evolving Smart Grid is becoming an automated, widely distributed power delivery network characterized by a two-way flow of electricity and information. As the Smart Grid grows, new technologies emerge that enable concepts to become reality. However, transformers are one of the Smart Grid’s weak spots because few of them have the ability to sense critical parameters such as voltage, current, and temperature; and few of them have communication capabilities. Transformers purchased today will likely be in service for more than 25 years and may not include the monitoring and communication capabilities that could be required within the next five years. Consulting and design engineers should be aware of the rapidly changing Smart Grid landscape and how it affects them and their clients.

Learning objectives:

  • The audience will how transformer technology is changing to facilitate bidirectional power flow in the Smart Grid.
  • Attendees will learn about solid-state transformers and their potential effects on Smart Grid operations.
  • Viewers will understand how utility infrastructure will need to change to accommodate solid-state transformers and bidirectional power flow.
  • Viewers will learn how monitoring of distribution transformer loading will affect the future Smart Grid.


  • Sam Sciacca, president, SCS Consulting, Winsted, Conn. — Sam Sciacca is an active senior member in the IEEE and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the area of utility automation. He has more than 25 years of experience in the domestic and international electrical utility industries. Sciacca serves as the chair of two IEEE working groups that focus on cyber security for electric utilities: the Substations Working Group C1 (P1686) and the Power System Relay Committee Working Group H13 (PC37.240). Sciacca also is president of SCS Consulting.
  • Chris Edward, electrical engineer, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Warrenville, Ill. — Edward is an electrical engineer at KJWW and has created designs for multiple renewable energy installations. He is a graduate of Purdue University and has served as an executive committee member for the Iowa/Illinois section of IEEE.

Jack Smith, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Pure Power, and CFE Media, LLC

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Building Operating Management, May 2012 (Archived) — Data center energy efficiency is a critical issue for facility managers today. With energy consumption sky high, and with some data centers facing energy cost increases due to looming deregulation, top management is looking to facility managers to find ways to rein in data center energy use. What’s more, energy efficiency is a key to reducing the environmental footprint of data centers – another key priority for many organizations.

Fortunately, there are many proven steps that facility managers can take to reduce energy use without jeopardizing data center reliability. At the heart of these strategies are measures to optimize the performance of mechanical systems. Data centers have a voracious appetite for cooling, but facility managers can take actions that will help control cooling costs. These steps are recommended by experts in the industry as best practices for facility managers responsible for data centers today.

This webcast will offer insights into optimizing data center cooling plant performance — and saving on energy costs in the process. In addition, the presentation will include a review of revised energy efficiency standards for critical data centers, and how to apply them.

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Building Operating Management, April 2011 (Archived) — This webcast provides not only an overview of the necessary considerations in developing high-availability– and green — facility infrastructures, but also addresses the role of short- and long-term sustainability planning and its impact upon data center financial liabilities. Learn about emerging trends, options and alternatives in data center development, and get updated information regarding LEED requirements as well as local, regional and national regulations that will affect the future of data center design, construction and operations.

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Key takeaways from this webcast include:
* Identifying data center green initiatives
* Understanding reliability vs. redundancy vs. uptime
* Clarifying the role of LEED in data centers
* Learning the cost impacts and trends in greening data centers

Building Operating Management, March 2010 (Archived)

In this 75-minute Webcast presented by Bill Kosik, energy and sustainability director for HP Critical Facilities Services, attendees will learn the fundamentals of ensuring a reliable, energy-efficient data center, including:  the latest on the Energy Star standard for data centers; a review of current benchmarks, including power usage effectiveness (PUE) and data center infrastructure efficiency (DCIE); and the impact of LEED on greening data center operations.

Building Operating Management, March 2009 (Archived)

A green data center can save money and the environment. This webcast will show you how the latest technologies and approaches can create a greener, energy-efficient, cost-effective data center without compromising reliability or performance objectives.  Topics include:   the emerging Energy Star standard for data centers; current benchmarks, including power usage effectiveness (PUE) and data center infrastructure efficiency (DCIE); planning for technology upgrades; and the impact of LEED on greening data center operations.

Building Operating Management, May 2008 (Archived)

Presented by Tom Reed, Senior Director of Mission Critical Services, Kling Stubbins, this webcast discusses the many ways data centers can fail, and what you can do in advance to prevent these failures, including:   specification and installation tips; effective commissioning practices; and the importance of ongoing maintenance.

Building Operating Management, September 2007 (Archived)

This webcast on high-performing data centers will introduce you to the best practices and latest technologies you’ll need to ensure your data center operates at maximum efficiency and cost-effectively 24/7.  Presented by Steve Spinazzola, Vice President of RTKL, an international architectural, engineering and planning firm, this webcast will address the following topics: what IT knows (and what facility executives don’t); factors making existing data centers obsolete; how these trends affect an organization; and energy efficiency and green design.