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Small Building Re-tuning Resources

Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a number of useful resources to help re-tune small (<100,000 sf) commercial buildings without building automation systems (BASs):

Small Building Re-tuning Classroom Training Material

Small commercial building re-tuning training is a systematic process to identify operational problems in buildings without a BAS. Unlike the large commercial building training, which is data-driven, the small commercial building training is prescriptive and does not rely on data collected from the building. Small commercial buildings have packaged units for heating and cooling with simple air distribution, and are controlled by a zone thermostat. The process relies on the aspects of “how to” maintain and sustain building systems, identify problems and areas for improvement, and make a building and its individual systems more energy efficient. Download the Microsoft PowerPoint® training material slides.

Small Building Re-tuning Training Instructor Manual

PNNL also developed an instructors' manual that provides additional information on what to highlight in each of the re-tuning slides. This document is useful for someone teaching a re-tuning class. Download the instructor manual.

Small Building Re-tuning Primer

PNNL is also developing a re-tuning primer that provides more detailed background information to help any potential audience of the training. As soon as the primer is complete, it will be available for download here.

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