Tridium’s Chief Technology Officer, John Sublett turns the tables on ControlTrends with his interview with Ken and Eric. Beginning with how ControlTrends got started, John deftly steers the conversation along the open systems and integration highway, traversing the trends and the new drivers in the industry; the speed and formidability of technology and the blurry lines it creates; and perhaps most importantly, there is a lot of open road and smart building integration opportunity still ahead. The open systems technology is there, ready to enable the next systems integrator, applications developer, or distributor. Who will fill that gap? Once again, ControlTrends thanks John Sublett and Tridium for the great experience.
The New Belimo Butterfly Valve: Join us to learn about the newly designed butterfly valve and actuator assembly that is the most intelligent, energy efficient, and reliable high flow solution in the HVAC market. Highlights include patent pending self-adjusting end stop algorithm to ensure zero leakage, Near Field Communication (NFC) for easy troubleshooting, commissioning, and programming, and brushless DC motor technology that reduces energy consumption by up to 80%. With a focus on the ease of installation, application flexibility, and longevity, this series sets new performance standards in HVAC applications.
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Optergy is a technology company dedicated to improving the business of managing facilities with tools to improve efficiency, performance and processes, whilst providing key stakeholders with the information and reporting to make informed strategic decisions.
Combining these systems improves the way our clients go about their business. This can be as simple as having a single interface to view their sub systems, or monitoring progress against budget. This ease of use in conjunction with automated processes such as real time demand response and automated billing.
Aurora enterprise management software provides a web-based, real time scalable solution to improve control and reporting within buildings. Aurora, an exclusive Building Management System that provides a full suite of tools to measure, manage, report and analyze building data to make it a Smart Building. The system can connect to a companion IOS or Android application suitable for use with mobile devices.
Aurora achieves this by unifying systems to a single platform: Integration of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Building Management Systems (BMS); Automated Energy Management; Data, Diagnostics and Analytics; Facility Performance;and People Management;
Proton is an innovative software based supervisor/controller that combines energy and building management features, uses an intuitive web interface, and can connect to a companion IOS or Android application suitable for use with mobile devices. This economical software manages up to 50 BACnet , Modbus devices or Meters , and has built-in database, programming & tools.
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Oct 23, 2016 starts with the release of the 2016 ControlTrends Awards Nomination Ballot! This is your opportunity to ensure your organization’s champions and the great people, products, and solutions in our industry are recognized. Two new categories have been added to the awards: ControlTrends Women of the Year and ControlTrends Most Impactful Video of the Year. Also this week: Video from the Geek Group; AHR EXPO Innovation Award Announcement; CANDI announces its PowerTools software has been integrated with the Intel® Building Management Platform (Intel® BMP); $6.5 Million DOE Funding Opportunity; Next Generation Innovation Episode 001 released; Contemporary Controls at Plugfest 2016; EasyIO’s Mike Marston Demos FW-14; and CBERD: U.S. and India PACE Update.
Electronics How-To: Relays the Basics a Contractor Needs to Know. Cool video from the Geek Group on relays! Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Geek Group provides access to science, technology, engineering and math by developing programming and facilities for individuals and institutions to learn, explore, innovate and play at an independent pace according to their needs. The Geek Group has many thousands of members scattered across the globe, in every state in the US and one hundred and forty-two countries. Come help us build Awesome! Thanks Chris, well done.
AHR Expo Innovation Awards Donates $22,500 to Opportunity Village. WESTPORT, Conn., October 18, 2016 – Each year as part of its submission process, the AHR Expo Innovation Awards Competition collects entry fees that are then donated in full to a charitable organization within regional proximity to the corresponding year’s show. For 2017, the AHR Expo announces Opportunity Village as the recipient of $22,500 in AHR Expo Innovation Awards proceeds, to be directly applied toward HVACR upgrades and new equipment purchases at three existing and one new campus location.
CANDI Integrates with Intel Building Management Platform to Provide Edge-to-Cloud IoT Data Access. October 20, 2016 – CANDI today announced that its PowerTools software has been integrated with the Intel® Building Management Platform (Intel® BMP), which is now available. Intel® BMP is a manageable IoT platform with built-in security that enables cloud-based smart building applications and services with easy access to the data and things in small to mid- sized buildings. CANDI-enabled gateways simplify smart building deployments by making it quick and easy—and often automatic—to integrate smart products such as meters, switches, thermostats, lights, sensors, cameras, and building controls.
Make Your 2016 ControlTrends Awards Nominations Today!ControlTrends is excited to announce that the 2016 ControlTrends Awards nomination period has begun. This is your opportunity to ensure your organization’s champions and the great people, products, and solutions in our industry are recognized. Two new categories have been added to the awards: ControlTrends Women of the Year and ControlTrends Most Impactful Video of the Year. Click here for the Nomination Ballot!
ENERGY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES $6.5 MILLION TO SCALE UP THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF US COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: DE-FOA-0001518: The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has announced the availability of $6.5 million for DE-FOA-0001518, “Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages.” BTO seeks proposals driving innovation in real building technology demonstrations while also fostering the collaboration of dynamic demonstration teams. The General Services Administration (GSA) Green Proving Ground program is a key collaborator, will participate in the review committee, and offer demonstration host sites.
Next Generation Innovation Episode 001. Next Generation Innovation is all about Smart Buildings and Smart People from The Young Guns Perspective. Rob Allen from Stromquist and Company along with his rotating co-hosts Josh Felperin, Jason Houck and Brad White invite guests to discuss HVAC, Lighting, Security and Smart Building Controls and their perspective of how it all fits and works together. Whether you’re a manufacturer, contractor, distributor or end user there will definitely be something you’ll enjoy on the Next Generation Innovation podcast.
Contemporary Controls Plugging in from New Hampshire, at the 2016 BACnet International Plugfest. October 2016 – The BACnet International Plugfest 2016 at the InterOperability Lab at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire gave attendees the opportunity to live test new products and features. The conference, for manufacturers of BACnet products, allows attendees to test their BACnet products with BACnet devices from other attendees in a neutral and friendly environment. “One of the benefits of attending PlugFest is the chance to test new products,” said Mingshu Wang, an engineer at Contemporary Controls. “We attend PlugFest every year because it gives us a unique chance to see how our products interact with those from another company.”
EasyIO’s Mike Marston Demos the FW-14 Live at Pittsburgh’s Carpenter’s KML Apprentice Training Facility. ControlTrends had the opportunity to join Mike Marston, VP Worldwide Sales at EasyIO Holdings, when visited with Pat Butler, Facility Manager at KML Carpenters, and Dave Simmers, a Systems Integrator with Renick Brothers Mechanical Contractors. Mike demos the awesome new FW-14 wireless controller technology that uses BACnet over IP and Mesh to Mesh integration between controllers using live wire sheets (no uploading/down loading). Great demo video!
CBERD: The Eagle and the Tiger: U.S.-India Partnership Advancing Building Energy Efficiency Innovations. The United States and India have a long and successful strategic partnership in the energy sector. In November 2009, the United States and India launched the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE), which is working to accelerate inclusive, low carbon growth by supporting research and deployment of clean energy technologies. Under PACE-R (research), the U.S. and India support research in solar energy, building energy efficiency, advanced biofuels, smart grid, and energy storage.
CBERD: The Eagle and the Tiger: U.S.-India Partnership Advancing Building Energy Efficiency Innovations.
The United States and India have a long and successful strategic partnership in the energy sector. In November 2009, the United States and India launched the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE), which is working to accelerate inclusive, low carbon growth by supporting research and deployment of clean energy technologies. Under PACE-R (research), the U.S. and India support research in solar energy, building energy efficiency, advanced biofuels, smart grid, and energy storage.
As a part of that initiative, the U.S.-India Center for Building Energy Research and Development (CBERD) was established in 2012 to advance building energy efficiency technologies. Building energy use accounts for 40% of U.S. energy consumption and 33% of India’s energy use. CBERD is promoting collaborative research in innovative energy efficient technologies for smart buildings, which have the potential to contribute to significant energy savings in both the United States and India.
Multidisciplinary experts from 11 leading research and academic institutions collaborate with over two dozen industry partners to create a dynamic public-private partnership that promotes clean energy research and development in both countries. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) administers CBERD for the U.S., while the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology and Department of Science and Technology, with support from the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum, administer the program for India. The lead research organizations of this research and development (R&D) consortium are Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT University).
CBERD R&D addresses two primary areas: building information technology systems and building physical systems, with a cross-cutting focus on triple bottom-line cost of energy efficiency technologies. Within building information technology systems, researchers are focusing on the areas of simulation and modeling, monitoring and benchmarking, and integrated sensors and controls. In the other primary area of building physical systems, researchers are focusing on advanced HVAC systems, building envelopes, and climate responsive design. The research teams for these areas are multidisciplinary across the U.S. and India, creating diverse groups of experts to better determine the specific problems and next solutions in smart buildings and energy efficiency.
To this end, one of CBERD’s major achievements has been through its researcher exchange for bilateral transfer of scientific approaches and methods. To date, nearly 40 two-way researcher exchange visits have occurred, resulting in access to new ideas, training on scientific approach and test beds, technical assistance in capacity building, and even the development of new tools and technologies, as described further below. Two senior scientists visited India for an extended period, and throughout their stay, worked partly on CBERD, thereby strengthening the bond between U.S. and Indian partners. In addition, a new BHAVAN fellowship program on buildings energy efficiency has also been instituted in India, through which exemplary Indian researchers are also currently placed at CBERD-U.S. partner institutions.
Key examples of joint technology development between Indian and U.S. R&D teams are sensors and controls technologies. Low-energy wireless motion sensors, and smart power strips have been developed that can identify plugged-in devices through machine learning. These are both integrated into a novel, personalized workstation energy management system, which integrates air conditioning, ventilation, lighting, and plug loads while responding to energy prices; and for this, a joint IP disclosure has been filed between U.S. and India R&D partners. Another prototype under co-development is a new microchannel heat exchanger for lightweight, energy-efficient air conditioning units with low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants.
The CBERD program has championed the development of state-of-the-art research infrastructure, i.e. the design and construction of seven new test beds and apparata in India, with technical assistance from the U.S partners. These are being used to test novel building materials and technologies being developed at partner institutions, as well as the capacity to provide unbiased third-party testing of new products ranging from solar LED lamps to advanced air conditioning equipment.
New software tools have been developed and provided free online, such as COMFEN India, Non-coplanar Shading Tool, and Cool Roof Calculator. COMFEN is a user-friendly software tool that can model energy performance of complex fenestration systems and shading devices. It is a prime example of the CBERD partnership, as it was developed by LBNL using DOE’s EnergyPlus engine and then customized as COMFEN India for Indian wall constructions, HVAC systems, operation, and internal load schedules. The Non-coplanar Shading Tool and Cool Roof calculator characterize and can inform test protocols for building envelope design and materials. In addition, three more tools are in the CBERD R&D pipeline. These include eDOT, Early design stage optimization tool, a new practitioner-oriented early design assistance tool integrating energy issues into broader architectural design in both countries. A new model predictive control (MPC) tool for buildings is also under development, for use during building operations, as is a code compliance ruleset relevant for the Indian Conservation Building Code (ECBC).
CBERD’s research areas, researcher exchange, joint tool and technology development, and research infrastructure and testing facilities are advancing the state of building science and practice. To learn more about CBERD, visit their website at cberd.org/home.
October 2016 – The BACnet International Plugfest 2016 at the InterOperability Lab at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire gave attendees the opportunity to live test new products and features. The conference, for manufacturers of BACnet products, allows attendees to test their BACnet products with BACnet devices from other attendees in a neutral and friendly environment.
“One of the benefits of attending PlugFest is the chance to test new products,” said Mingshu Wang, an engineer at Contemporary Controls. “We attend PlugFest every year because it gives us a unique chance to see how our products interact with those from another company.”
This year, there were 43 teams and about 80 attendees. Contemporary Controls worked with 9 different teams in 9 one-on-one sessions. They tested their BASgatewayLX, BAScontrolZ (in both server and client mode), BAScontrol22S, BASrouter, BASrouterLX and BDT products. Contemporary Controls also utilized its new unmanaged EISK8-GT/H 8 port gigabit Ethernet diagnostic switch with hub functionality to allow easy access for sniffer programs during the BACnet interoperability tests.
“Yes, we purposely ‘broke’ the address learning functionality of the switch,” said Joe Stasiek, Sales Manager at Contemporary Controls. “This allows all messages – directed, multicast, broadcast – to flood the ports on the switch, allowing a protocol analyzer tool such as Wireshark® the ability to observe all traffic on the network.”
Contemporary Controls kept the best part of the switch functionality by maintaining the auto-negotiation of the data rate at 10/100/1000 Mbps and allowing a straight through or cross-over cable on a per port basis. The switch, which Contemporary Controls calls a Diagnostic Switch, performed well at PlugFest 2016.
“Sometimes it becomes very important to be able to view the communication packets to determine why BACnet devices are not responding properly,” said Joe Stasiek. “With the diagnostic switch on the communications wire and the sniffer set up to listen, the root cause is easier to discover and fix.”
In your field work, if communication problems cause you serious grief, the EISK8-GT/H is the tool to help you resolve the issues. If you prefer a smaller diagnostic switch, there is a 5-port gigabit model EISK5-GT/H or the 5-port 10/100 model EISK5-100T/H. For more information please visit the Diagnostic Switch product page.
In addition to the interoperability testing at PlugFest 2016, Andy McMillan, President of BACnet International, spoke about the four accredited test labs around the world and the new BACnet International website. Lori Tribble spoke about the advancements BTL is making in testing the new BACnet BIBBs.
ENERGY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES $6.5 MILLION TO SCALE UP THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF US COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS!
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: DE-FOA-0001518: The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has announced the availability of $6.5 million for DE-FOA-0001518, “Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages.” BTO seeks proposals driving innovation in real building technology demonstrations while also fostering the collaboration of dynamic demonstration teams. The General Services Administration (GSA) Green Proving Ground program is a key collaborator, will participate in the review committee, and offer demonstration host sites.
Successful applicants will propose high impact real building demonstrations led by strategically structured teams who will identify and verify the cost and energy performance of multi-system energy efficiency packages (groups of technologies that improve efficiency across two building systems: envelope, lighting/electrical, plug, process, heating, ventilation, cooling, refrigeration, energy management and information, sensors and controls).
The objective of this funding is to generate and disseminate data, case studies, and information that lowers perceived risk regarding the efficacy and economic benefits of innovative and under-utilized commercial building technology packages that can save significant amounts of energy in new and existing commercial buildings. Demonstrations of the technology packages funded through this FOA are likely to meet the investment hurdles for the commercial real estate market at scale, but may not at the current time, and will have the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption in U.S. commercial buildings. The technical and/or non-technical products of this funding will enable investment-level decision-making, and will accelerate the development of utility programs for packages of technologies that meet cost-effectiveness thresholds.
A Teaming Partner List is attached in EERE Exchange. Proposed projects or approaches may reference the goals in the BTO Multi-Year Program Plan. Interested parties should consider responding to the GSA Green Proving Ground Program Request for Information GS-00-P-17-CY-C-7001.
More information, submittal requirements, and instructions for applying to this funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0001518) can be found on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange website. To be eligible for consideration, a concept paper must be submitted no later than 11/21/2016 5:00 PM ET. Questions about this FOA may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 11/21/2016 5:00 PM ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 2/21/2017 5:00 PM ET
Informational Webinar: Please join BTO’s Commercial Buildings Integration Program for an overview of this funding opportunity. Register soon, space is limited.
November 2, 2016 at 12:00 PM ET: Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6534736631364875266
ControlTrends is excited to announce that the 2016 ControlTrends Awards nomination period has begun. This is your opportunity to ensure your organization’s champions and the great people, products, and solutions in our industry are recognized. Two new categories have been added to the awards: ControlTrends Women of the Year and ControlTrends Most Impactful Video of the Year.
Please take the time to share this with your colleagues and fellow workers! The 2016 ControlTrends Awards are going to be exciting and highly competitive — every vote will matter! And mark your calendars for January 29th, 2017, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Cafe. You don’t want to miss this highlight event! Click here to begin the nomination process!
ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Oct 16, 2016 features highlights and interviews from three major industry events: Johnson Controls’ CBC16 in Nashville; KMC’s Genius Summit in Chicago; and Siemens’ National CPS Business Sales Meeting, also in Chicago. The Race to the Small Space continues as these three Vendors renew their focus on the Small to Midsize Building Markets with a host of feature-rich products. Haystack Connect 2017 update; Upcoming ACI Interface Device Webinar; Sierra Monitoring Corporation’s BACnet Survival Kit, Special Limited Offer; and don’t miss Phil Zito’s review of ControlTalk NOW’s 200 episode.
200th Episode of ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast and DAY 2 of Johnson Controls’ CBC16. ControlTrends is delighted to bring you our 200th episode of ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending October 9th, 2016, while covering DAY 2 of the Johnson Controls’ CBC16! Providence would have us at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland, which was an ideal venue — full of special people to help us celebrate our momentous occasion. Special thanks to Roger Rebennack, Jenny Stentz, Chris Eichmann, Rick Van Buren, Al Anderson, Russ Carfagna, John Donahue, Dave Gottfried, Jeff Hurwitz, Joe Chandler, Jim Hayman, Pete Walsh, Paul Burke, and the too numerous to name well-wishers and supporters of ControlTrends, that helped make this milestone happen!
Day Two Night Lights from the Johnson Controls CBC16. This video captures just a few of the great products and people at the Johnson Controls CBC 2016 Vendor Showcase. Listen as Sabrina Eder, Channel Account Manager, tells Rob Allen why she has been recognized as a ControlTrends Young Gun Award and for her continued success with customers. Troy and Tom tell ControlTrends about JCI’s sales operations and channel sales for APW, as well as a introduction to one of the most exciting entries into “the race to the small space,” the Johnson Controls’ Verasys.
Highlights From The KMC Genius Conference. From Nashville to Chicago, and from JCI to KMC, this has been the week of Smart Buildings Controls meetings. KMC’s Genius Conference theme was “Command Your future”. KMC rolled out all the stops with a great location, great speakers, innovative ideas, and training on KMC’s new light commercial system, the Commander.
Project Project Haystack Organization Announces New Members and Haystack Connect 2017 Conference Sponsors. Richmond, Virginia – October 12, 2016 – Project Haystack (www.project-haystack.org), a non-profit, 501(c) organization focused on developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data among today’s smart devices, systems and equipment, today announced the latest additions to the growing list of associate member companies and confirmed sponsors of next year’s Haystack Connect 2017 Conference scheduled for May 8 – 10, 2017 at the Saddlebrook Resort near Tampa, Florida.
ACI’s Brant Kasbohm’s INTERFACE DEVICE Webinar, 10/26/16 10:00 A.M. CST. Brant Kasbohm, ACI’s Interface Webinar Presenter will conduct a brief, educational overview of ACI’s Pressure Sensors including “How To” videos and product demonstrations. A “Q & A” session will conclude Brant’s 15 minute presentation. Questions? Send Brant an email: email@example.com.
Sierra Monitoring Corporation’s BACnet Survival Kit — Special Limited Offer. Sierra Monitor Corporation addresses the industrial and commercial facilities management market with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high-value infrastructure assets. BACnet Survival Kit Product Information and Description: Do you have a BACnet integration project and require various products to commission the site? No need to look elsewhere – we’ve got you covered. Introducing the BACnet Survival Kit: your all-inclusive BACnet integration toolkit.
ControlTrends coverage of the Siemens CPS Business National Sales Meeting in Chicago features interviews with John Katzmarszyk, VP Americas, Commercial Products and Solutions, who explains Siemens’ effort to be more open, honest, and engaging to their partners, make more products and solutions available, and be more effective business partners. ControlTrends’ next interview is with Siemens Territory Manager and ControlTrends Woman of the Year nominee, Ruth Hershey. Ruth reviews her eighteen year career that began in the electronics industry with Omron and the great experiences she has enjoyed with Siemens and the HVAC industry.
Phil Zito Breaks Down Episode 200 of ControlTalk NOW The Smart Buildings Video Cast. Smart Buildings Controls Expert Phil Zito, from Building Automation Monthly, shares his thoughts on Episode 200 of ControlTalk Now The Smart Buildings Video Cast. Click here to check out Episode 30 of Phil’s Building Automation Monthly Podcast on the ControlTrends Podcasting Network. Phil does a great job of laying out his seven steps to creating successful sequence of operations for our building automation controls system. Great job Phil!
Sierra Monitor Corporation addresses the industrial and commercial facilities management market with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions that connect and protect high-value infrastructure assets.
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