MECH3023/4423 Building Energy Management and Control Systems
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    Level: 3 / 4
    Duration: Second semester
    Credit Units: 6 credits
    Prerequisite: None
    Calendar Entry: Concepts of distributed computer-based monitoring and control; hardware and software development; communication protocols; application to maintenance, energy management and control; system design and performance evaluation; computer simulation and emulation techniques; analysis of dynamic building services systems.
  • To introduce students to the basic concepts of computer-based integrated monitoring, control and energy management for building services installations.
  • To enable students to understand the principles of design and operation of building energy management and control systems (EMCS) and their applications to modern buildings.
  • To enable students to understand modern methods of performance analysis of building services systems using building EMCS.
  • Assessment Methods: Examination (70%); practical work (10%); continuous assessment (20%)
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    Course Content:

    The course covers the fundamental principles, applications and future development potentials of EMCS which have become indispensable for modern buildings. The students have the opportunity to perform laboratory experiments or to undertake mini-projects to better understand the application of knowledge acquired. The students will be able to apply the knowledge acquired to the specification, selection and system enhancement of building EMCS.

    This course is related to the Level 3 courses BBSE3004 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration and MECH3005 Building Services. The teaching/learning in this course will be supported by audio/visual aids, Web-based resources and group discussions. Satisfactory attendance rate and active class participation are expected and required.

    Lectures and Assigned Readings

    The detailed list of lecture/topics is contained in the Course Schedule. The lectures provide the conceptual framework for the course and will also be supplemented with assigned readings if necessary. Students are recommended to complete all the assigned readings on their own time so that questions which may arise can be discussed more fully. Students are expected to have a working understanding of the lecture and reading materials.

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    Updated information of the course can be found on the course website. Students are encouraged to visit and make use of the website to support their learning. They may review the lecture materials online and study the linked references when reviewing the topics.


    • American Technical Publishers, 2008. Building Automation: Control Devices and Applications, American Technical Publishers, Homewood, Ill. [696 A512 b]
    • CIBSE, 2012. Energy Efficiency in Buildings, CIBSE Guide F, 3rd ed., Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, London. [696 E56 C4g]
    • CIBSE, 2009. Building Control Systems, CIBSE Guide H, 2nd ed., Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford. [696 B93 C]
    • Carlson, R. A. and Di Giandomenico, R. A., 1991. Understanding Building Automation Systems: Direct Digital Control, Energy Management, Life Safety, Security/Access Control, Lighting, Building Management Programs, R.S. Means Co., Kingston, Mass. [696 C28]
    • Coffin, M. J., 1998. Direct Digital Control for Building HVAC Systems, 2nd ed., Kluwer Academic Publishers. [697 C67]
    • EMSD, 2002. Guidelines on Application of Central Control and Monitoring Systems, Energy Efficiency Office, Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD), Hong Kong. [available from]
    • Haines, R. W. and Hittle, D. C., 2006. Control Systems for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning, 6th ed., Springer, New York. [697 H1]
    • Honeywell, 1997. Engineering Manual of Automatic Control for Commercial Buildings - Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, SI Edition., Honeywell, Inc., Minneapolis, MN. [PDF]
    • Horan, T. J., 1997. Control Systems and Applications for HVAC/R, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., pp. 260-264. [697 H811 c]
    • Levermore, G. J., 2000. Building Energy Management Systems: Application to Low-energy HVAC and Natural Ventilation Control, 2nd ed., E & FN Spon, London & New York. [696 L661 b]
    • Lewry, A., 2012. Energy Management in the Built Environment: A Review of Best Practice, IHS BRE Press, Garston, England. [P 696 L67]
    • McDowall, R. and Montgomery, R., 2011. Fundamentals of HVAC Control Systems, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Atlanta, GA. [697 T24]
    • Montgomery, R. and McDowall, R., 2008. Fundamentals of HVAC Control Systems, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc., Atlanta, GA. [ScienceDirect]
    • Panke, R. A., 2002. Energy Management Systems and Direct Digital Control, Fairmont Press, Lilburn, GA. [658.2 P193 e]
    • Shadpour, F., 2001. The Fundamentals of HVAC Direct Digital Control: Practical Applications and Design, 2nd ed., Chapters 1-3 & 9-11, Hacienda Blue, Escondido, CA. [697 S52]
    • Underwood, C. P., 1999. HVAC Control Systems: Modelling, Analysis and Design, E & FN Spon, London & New York. [697 U55]
    • Wang, Shengwei, 2010. Intelligent Buildings and Building Automation, Spon Press, London and New York. [696 W246 i61][ebook via MyiLibrary]
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