Om Taneja, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE
Associated Consulting Company
118 Henderson Road
Kendall Park, NJ 08824
United States
(908) 604-8689 US, 91-7042281126 India
Region: I, At Large
Honorarium: None

Mr. Taneja holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, Master’s degree in Control systems and a Ph.D. degree in Systems Sciences and Operations Research from New York University. He is a licensed professional engineer and active in power generation and distribution, sustainability, energy-efficiency, innovative technologies, operations and maintenance issues.. Om has been active in discussing facilities, sustainability and energy-related issues at various professional organizations. He has been an Associate Professor at Kean University of New Jersey, Dean of HVAC/Facilities Management Divisions at Technical Career Institute and periodically takes adjunct teaching assignments in Building Systems. He organized All Day Seminars every year on important sustainability, commissioning, benchmarking & O&M issues in greater New York City area. . Om has presented more than 40 technical and management papers at different national and international conferences.

Dr. Taneja has more than 35 years of diversified experience in the area of design, construction, operations and maintenance of large facilities, including the United Nations Headquarters, General Electric Headquarters, US General Services Administration and a 17 years in the Infrastructure Development for hospitals, court houses and varied commercial, industrial and historical facilities. He was the Chief of Planning, Design & Overseas Properties, at the United Nations Headquarters, New York for 12 years, where he had the responsibility for coordination and management of facilities, security and technology implementation for the United Nations Headquarters and Overseas Properties worldwide. At the United Nations he had the supervisory responsibilities for the Architecture & Engineering Unit, Office Space Planning Unit, environmental and budgetary issues. He also worked as Senior Engineering Manager for long range capital improvements plan for the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, and Refurbishment of the Rockefeller Center for General Electric & National Broadcasting Company. Mr. Taneja has recently been the “Director of Manhattan Service Center” for the United States General Services Administration where he managed the Federally owned and leased Properties with diverse and growing portfolio of assets and with emphasis on greening, energy and water efficiency, analytics, technology adoption, alternate work space designs, emergency preparedness and improved operations, and maintenance.

Dr. Taneja was a student Member of ASHRAE starting in 1970 and has been a full time member of ASHRAE since 1976. He was nominated ASHRAE fellow in 2015. He has served on different Chapter and Technical Committees and has been a Member of the Board of Governors of ASHRAE NY Chapter since the year 2002. He was the Program and Student Committee Chairman and President of ASHRAE NY Chapter during 2008-2009. Thereafter, he was the “Regional Vice Chair” for Student Activities for ASHRAE Region 1. He served as a “Distinguished Lecturer” for ASHRAE for FY 2012-2014 and 2016-18 conducting seminars on technology adoption, smart buildings, transformation of facilities management, operations, maintenance and staff development.. In addition to being a Board Member of ASHRAE NY, Mr. Taneja was also a Board Member of the USGBC, New York Chapter which has lot of synergies in partnering with ASHRAE towards Energy Efficiency & Sustainability issues. He has been an active member of ASME, IFMA and USGBC.

Leveraging Innovative Technologies for Life Cycle Operational Efficiency and Improved Indoor Environment Quality

Interest on relevant technologies is to help improve operations of infrastructure and buildings during “Normal and Emergency” situations as well as to allow a quicker reconstitution of spaces, equipment and technologies after emergency situations. This requires metering, sensors. remote monitoring and analytic tools for data monitoring and compilation, managing energy and water use, benchmarking, retro-commissioning and reporting. Innovations in HVAC systems that can help improve performance should be explored, such as, ductless cooling, “demand controlled ventilation", “dedicated outdoor air systems", “chilled beams”, “variable refrigerant flow unitary systems”, “geothermal heat pumps”, magnetic bearing for chiller compressors, wireless sensor networks for data centers, solar heating and cooling systems, and adaptive Building Energy Management systems. Greater use of Energy Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) and collaboration with IT system administrators can help dynamically tune up or down the building operating parameters, based on occupancy, time of day, and other human, environmental, and business considerations.

Facing the Realities and Challenges of Urbanization, Smart Cities, Smart Infrastructure & Smart Buildings for Greater Sustainability & Resilience

This talk presents how to face challenges that could affect timely projects delivery of energy efficiency and smart buildings projects. Measures required for facility managers to face such challenges and maintain a balance between energy savings, safety and IAQ are having measurements and verification tools along with proper operator training. Innovative HVAC systems and technologies can create innovative problems. Facility managers need a tool kit incorporating networked "smart building technologies employing smart sensors, smart meters and facility automation systems" with analytics, diagnostic and fault detection capabilities. Information provided by such a technology enables discovery of leaking valves, stuck dampers or degrading equipment performance early to solve the problems before they become serious. Training of O&M staff with structured classroom and on the job training targeting energy efficiency, safety, occupant health and comfort and changing workplace needs is indispensable. US “Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act” is a good resource for developing the training program, inclusive of both the technical and soft skills of customer intimacy, behavioral changes and timely communications

Framework For Structured Transformation to Future of Facilities to Foster Innovation, Operational Excellence & Resilience - Bridging The Gap In Performance From Concept Though Operations

This talk presents as to why the future of facilities is going to be governed by how effectively we can transform facilities planning, design and operations from short-term payback type decision-making to longer-term decisions based on business case for sustaining buildings with improved economic, environmental and social performance. The industry needs to develop well trained and motivated facilities leaders and operating and maintenance personnel who have the vision, the tools, measurements and verification devices to bring strategic improvements.

Operations & Maintenance Measures for Improving Performance of HVAC Systems & chiller plants

Buildings’ Mechanical, Electrical systems, including Chiller plants, cooling towers and fan rooms are heavy users of energy and water. These systems offer an enormous opportunity to transfer the sustainable technologies and practices on a large scale and help transform the marketplace. Having trained O&M staff involved from concepts stage through construction motivates them to adapt actions and changes to better satisfy customer needs and provide operational excellence to sustain high performance over the life cycle of systems and buildings.

Analytical, Performance & Prescriptive Codes & Measure for Life Cycle assessment of Sustainability & Energy Efficiency Projects

Across the high performance buildings industry, unrealistic performance goals have come from, among other things, inadequate modeling and benchmarking practices, unreliable monitoring and equipment controls and significant changes in space usage and tenant improvements. This talk discusses the application of analytical, performance & prescriptive codes measures for life cycle assessment of resource efficiency projects which can help in making adaptive changes to buildings systems to suit changing uses, or other internal and external factors that affect performance.

An approach to Improved Indoor Air Quality and Operations of Buildings: Adopt Smart Buildings Technologies and Train Operations and Maintenance Staff for Required Competencies

This presentation first focuses on the extent and scope of structured classroom and on the job training to promote the life-cycle mix of preventive, predictive and reliability-centered operations and maintenance “Best Practices”. Traditional “Best Practices” need to be modified and strengthened for high performance buildings. It further emphasizes progressive efforts required for transforming existing and new buildings into “Smart Buildings” by installing sensors, smart meters and building automation systems and normalizing data. Use of Green Procurement, recycling program, regular sensor and equipment calibration, tracking and computerized maintenance management systems targeting reliability, safety, occupant comfort can facilitate meeting the goals

Analytical, Performance & Prescriptive Measure for Life Cycle assessment of Facilities Projects

This talk provides the analytical, performance & prescriptive measures for life cycle assessment of resource efficiency projects which can help in making adaptive changes to buildings systems to suit changing uses, or other internal and external factors that affect performance. This paper outlines a framework for making a life-cycle qualitative or quantitative analysis of facility systems or projects so as to guide the decision-making process by cradle-to-grave total impact analysis.

Bridging the Knowledge, Technology and personnel Gap for High Performance Buildings from Concept through Operations

Bridging the gap between great intentions in design and construction, toward building performance at the desired levels, is a major challenge. This presentation outlines some approaches for promoting an improved team approach for design, commissioning, systems turnover and periodic tune-ups to ensure that performance is restored to original design parameters. Field measurements of performance and understanding operational problems can lead to adaptive changes and can increase accountability amongst the design, build and buildings management groups.

Improved Operations & Maintenance Measures for better Energy Performance and Environmental impact of HVAC & chiller plants
Buildings’ Mechanical, Electrical systems, including Chiller plants, cooling towers and fan rooms are heavy users of energy and water. These systems offer an enormous opportunity to transfer the sustainable technologies and practices on a large scale and help transform the marketplace. With so much at stake in terms of energy environment, and economic benefits, industry needs to seek more efficient design and equipment replacements, and to promote efficient and consistent operations and maintenance best practices through trained staff incorporating advanced metering, measurements and verification tools, commissioning and retro-commissioning.
An Approach to Facilities Operational Improvements: Train O&M Staff and Provide Tools to Measure, Track & Adjust Equipment and Systems
This talk provides Details about how to track performance of High Performance Buildings and how proper training and development of Operations and Maintenance staff can help improve the performance.
Sustainability & Energy Efficiency - Bridging The Gap In Performance From Concept Though Operations

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Improved Operations & Maintenance Measures for better Energy Performance and Environmental impact of HVAC & chiller plants

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Sustainability & Energy Efficiency - Bridging The Gap In Performance From Concept Though Operations
Will include a detailed discussion of the causes for gap in performance of buildings from concept to operations and essential steps to mitigate causes adversely affecting the performance. Role of regulated and unregulated building loads will be discussed and measures to properly include them in modeling and benchmarking will be addressed. This will include following steps:
Myth or Reality Series on Astuteness in Technology Adoption, Building Automation System, Performance Contracting, Energy Efficiency Based Commissioning, Operations & Maintenance
Will include – Pro & Cons based on field experiences in adoption of technologies and building automation systems. How simple practical technologies can help, while complex technologies and building automation systems can hurt the performance unless due considerations of all building loads and full and part time actual operations of buildings is properly analyzed.. In addition, the application of energy efficiency based commissioning, operations and reliability based maintenance is discussed
Geo-collaborative Infrastructure & associated skills development for smart cities Utilities, Mechanical and Electrical Systems
The world has benefited significantly by global cooperation in education, research, social services and in use of Internet and Social Media. The same approach of sharing, exchange, training, designing, construction, commissioning, and O&M can help improve the overall performance of the commercial and residential building sectors and lower the environmental impact on climate change.
Global Trends in Collaborative Infrastructure Development to Foster Sustainable Built Environment
Infrastructure systems and buildings offer many opportunities to deploy energy-efficient and low-carbon solutions that provide a reasonable payback and lasting comfort. By leveraging use of technology, infrastructure can be built to be more scalable, resilient, and energy and cost-efficient under changing occupancy, weather or other situations. Skilled O&M staff shave between 5% to 20% of energy use by pursuing dynamic adjustments. Priority action is recommended for developing policies for energy efficiency and a greater use of renewables, for improving performance of energy and water sources and infrastructure. A well-coordinated collaborative approach is favored to benefit from nexus between high performance buildings, HVAC systems, IAQ, environment, power and water infrastructure. In the future, the combination of data analytics and use of artificial intelligence will bring us high performance cities and buildings that can adopt to weather changes and emergencies
Technologies for maintaining Safe, Healthy, Resilient and Comfortable occupancy in buildings’ before, during and after potential viral, bacterial and environmental & Collateral incidents
Review parameters for building preparedness for occupancy and present factors for improving IAQ ; Review how technology can be the pathway for bringing better access control, health, safety, energy efficiency, operations and IAQ; Review application of IoT enabled Smart Buildings Technologies ; Describe Specific steps an Architect, Engineer, Contractor, Commissioning Agent and property manager can take to ensure that the safety and rapid response to health, safety & IEQ of the buildings is sustained