Hank Jackson, P.E.
Salas O’Brien
30 Morning Glory Lane
Weaverville, NC 28787
United States
(828) 691-0785
Region: IV
Honorarium: None

Hank Jackson is currently National Director of Cx Training for Salas O’Brien. He has provided technical training and consulting services since 1979. He holds a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (1974) and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (1978), both from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Mr. Jackson served as director of the Georgia Industrial Energy Extension Service program at the Georgia Institute of Technology prior to entering a private consulting practice. During a five year hiatus from consulting (1999 – 2005), he was department chair of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, North Carolina. Most recently he has been employed as a Senior Mechanical Cx Engineer with Salas O’Brien, Atlanta, GA

Mr. Jackson specializes in building commissioning and energy-efficient operation of commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings. He has provided training for numerous public electric and natural gas utilities, including Georgia Power, Midwest Gas, Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and Niagara Mohawk Power. He has also traveled abroad to Jamaica and Central America to conduct energy audits and to provide technical training, including a lecture series in Spanish.

Mr. Jackson has been a member of ASHRAE since 1983. He co-authored “Infiltration heat gains through cold storage room doorways,” 1989 with W.A. Hendrix and D.R. Henderson, ASHRAE Transactions 95(2).

Green Buildings: Help or Hype?

This workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the state-of-the-art in sustainable design, current issues and design tools, and likely future developments. This workshop includes a survey of sustainable design practice, including the LEED™ certification process, and will introduce participants to EnergyPlus, the public domain analysis tool that can be used to satisfy the design criteria for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. This course is designed for architects, engineers, residential developers, and large institutional and commercial property owners interested in building a "green building."

JUST DO IT! How to Get Started with an Energy Efficiency Survey

This half-day session is designed to help building owners, operators, and engineers perform on-site energy efficiency surveys with more confidence and accuracy.  Specifically, this course is directed toward the on-site inspection and critical assessment of  heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; refrigeration systems; lighting systems; compressed air; and motor applications typically found in buildings and process facilities. Attendees will receive a qualitative understanding of design and operation considerations for common systems and will learn site survey techniques to help them gather the information needed to evaluate the costs and benefits of a variety of energy-efficiency improvements.

BEAM ME UP, SCOTTIE! Transport Energy: Motors, Fans, and Pumps

Significant power and energy is expended transporting water and air through buildings and process systems.  In this workshop, participants will learn how to evaluate motor loads due to pumps and fans, how to determine motor energy usage, and how variable speed drives function and how they can be applied to save energy.  Through sample application problems, the attendees will be asked to evaluate the potential for energy savings using variable speed drives, low-slip drive belts and pulleys, and through proper motor sizing.

Introduction to Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

Many electric utilities would like to promote the installation of geothermal heating and air conditioning systems (sometimes branded as GeoExchangeSM systems) in their service territory.  The acceptance of the technology by design professionals and local contractors is key to this objective.  The design professional wants a system that will operate correctly and provide the specified performance.  The contractor wants a system that is easy to install and generates few "call-backs" to correct installation problems. And the owner wants optimum performance and minimum first cost.  This lecture provides an introduction to the design and installation resources that have been developed for meeting these objectives, and will provide some "real world" experiences associated with installing GeoExchangeSM systems.

Overcoming Objections to Energy Efficiency Investments

This workshop explores methods that can be used by engineers, contractors, and vendors to overcome the objections of business owners toward investments in energy efficient products and services. The session will emphasize financial considerations that go beyond the traditional “first cost” and “simple payback” method. Attendees will learn how to use return on investment, life cycle cost analysis, capitalization rate, and tax effects to help business owners appreciate the true long-term financial benefits of energy efficiency.  In addition, the workshop will explore the underlying psychology of financial decision-making and the thought processes that give rise to common objections to investments.

TRANSFORMERS: Turning Existing Buildings “Green”

We hear lots about “green buildings” and “sustainable design” for new construction, but what about existing buildings?  This workshop provides an overview of operations and maintenance (O&M) techniques for transforming older, existing buildings into greener, more sustainable facilities.  Participants will learn how landscaping practices, water usage, waste disposal, indoor environmental control, and energy efficiency influence the sustainability of buildings.  A discussion of guidelines and certification programs will be included, along with ideas for implementing low cost “green” O&M practices.  Owners and operators of existing buildings who want to add “sustainable” to their property description will want to attend this workshop.

Commissioning Critical Environment Facilities – Lessons Learned

More and more engineering firms are offering building commissioning services as part of their professional repertoire. But all buildings are not created equal – some are more equal than others. Critical environment facilities require additional attention to detail in the planning and execution of building commissioning. This presentation focusses on some “lessons learned” associated with commissioning such facilities and how to avoid costly mistakes and delays in the process.