Ken Sinclair’s Automated Buildings July Release — Finding Reality in a Virtual World

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 12.40.18 PMKen Sinclair’s editorial in the July, 2015, publication of Automated Buildings, “Finding Reality in a Virtual World,” addresses the effort there is finding the gems and the relevance — the actual reality while sorting through the virtual digital fire hoses aimed at our attention. Trusted people and trusted sources bring clarity.

Editorial excerpt: “When we started AutomatedBuildings.com 17 years ago we created an online vehicle design to connect the reality of the large building automation industry to a virtual world the internet / web. Today the ease of publishing online allows anyone and everyone to post everywhere. We all are struggling with the blizzard of information and the actual reality within the variety of virtual formats. We all seek guidance and appreciate the sharing from our trusted people and sources to find clarity and even reality within all this virtuality.” Read more.

Automated Buildings Featured July Articles:

Energy Management an “IoT” World Jim Lee, Cimetrics, Jack McGowan, McGowan Group

HVAC/DDC Training Solutions Jon Vietti, DDC Support Services

BIM – what about the occupants? Chris Thorne, Model IB

Designing Humans into Buildings Christopher Naismith, SES Consulting

The Ignored Database, BIM Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings LLC

IIoT: You Talking to Me?” Varun Nagaraj, Sierra Monitor

Building IoT (BIoT) Marc Petock, Lynxspring & Connexx Energy

Building Internet of Things (BIoT) Allan McHale, Director, Memoori

Realcomm/IBcon Review 2015 Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext Ltd

Don’t Go It Alone When Retrofitting Jim Meacham, Altura Associates

Utility-Side Data Analytics Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext Ltd

Finding Reality in a Virtual World Christopher Larry, exp US Services

Solar Co-Op to Power Homes and Businesses Devlyn Parsons, Engenuity Systems

Inspection Discomfort a Silent Killer Harry Kohal, Eagle Technology, Inc.

Control of Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRF) Ofer Ben-Nathan, Cool Automation

Belimo ZoneTight™ Zone Valve Launch Video

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 10.58.34 AMControlTrends picked this Belimo video on a Twitter feed from Lars van der Haegen, new CEO of the Belimo Group, commenting on Take Your Daughter to Work Day – Learn about all the great product features and benefits as Dad shows off his newest invention, the Belimo ZoneTight zone valve. As Lars says, “Watch this outstanding example of a Launch Video for a new Zone valve. This Video was created by the Marketing Team of Belimo Americas. Belimo is the global market leader for HVAC actuators and control valves. B2B videos do not have to be boring!”

Energy Department Invests $600,000 in University-Industry Partnerships to Enhance Building Efficiency

ENERGY.GOV12_ The Energy Department today announced $600,000 in funding to help American universities to establish stronger partnerships with industry and business in the area of building efficiency, supporting the Obama Administration’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030 and developing the nation’s clean energy workforce.

A recent study by the National Research Council found that increasing the competitiveness of American universities in building energy efficiency research and development is of great importance, and that universities need to develop stronger partnerships with business and industry in this area. In addition, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers has emphasized the need for expanding manufacturing education at all levels, including undergraduate and graduate students.

The selections for the Building University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) awards support efforts by American universities to more effectively compete for building energy efficiency research and development funding, develop partnerships with industry, and improve manufacturing education. Each selected project will receive $200,000 in funding; more than 50% of expenditures in each project will be used to support undergraduate students.

The projects selected for award negotiations are:

Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania): The Drexel University project will develop an innovative and cost-effective automated fault detection and diagnostics tool that integrates statistical process control, machine learning, and rule-based methods to reduce building energy consumption. To enhance the tool’s plug-and-play capability and potential market penetration, it will be compatible with VOLTTRON, an open-source software platform that is highly interoperable.

Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia): Georgia Tech will support 20 student project teams in developing building energy efficiency technologies through a capstone design project. Students will gain hands-on product design experience, including the manufacturing and testing of a prototype solution, as well as publically demonstrating the solution at the Capstone Design Expo. Student teams partner with company sponsors, which will foster student employment in the building energy efficiency sector.

University of California, Davis (Davis, California): University of California, Davis will have undergraduate students work with industry partners to develop and validate a new EnergyPlus solution to model hybrid rooftop air conditioners. This model will integrate the function of multiple cooling elements to gain climate-specific advantages in comfort and efficiency.

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. EERE supports innovative technologies that reduce both risk and costs of bringing energy efficient building technologies online. Learn more about the Department’s efforts to help homes and buildings save energy.

ControlTalk NOW Week Ending June 28, 2015

ControlTalk NOW week ending June 28, 2015 features products from BASSG, LLC, and ACI; DOE’s latest Crowdsourcing Initiative; interviews with Newcombe and Boyd’s Donny Walker, and SmartCore’s Will Winn; Mike Marston’s Inaugural BAS Pub Talk; Honeywell’s Niagara 4 Head Start Program and Momentum 2015; and the ControlTrends Event Information Calendar Update previewing a variety of HVAC and Building Automation information announcements and industry events. Help ControlTrends help you — by forwarding your organization’s up-coming events, training, webinars, and product releases — and we’ll gladly post them ControlTrends!

AlperAlper Üzmezier, BASSG, LLC, Presents Cool New Thermostat from BAS.co. The ever inventive, Alper Üzmezier, BASSG, LLC, introduced us to a very cool thermostat at Haystack Connect. This is more than your average commercial thermostat. With a port on the back of the thermostat, you can control your Dali Lighting ballast directly from this thermostat, you can add remote I/O, and get data from the thermostat via modes on BACnet MS/TP.

Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 8.54.24 AMACI’S NEW A/CO2 SERIES: Room and Duct sensors only strengthen an already distinguished product lineup. The A/CO2 Series sensors are a cost-efficient means of monitoring carbon dioxide levels in industrial, school, and office-type environments. Output data can be used in conjunction with a Building Automation System or Demand Control Ventilation System.

ENERGY.GOV12_DOE’s Crowdsourcing Initiative Seeks to Solve Buildings-Related Problems (Watch Video). Calling all building technology innovators! The Building Technologies Office is partnering with the successful SunShot Catalyst crowdsourcing initiative to identify and solve problems related to software development, data, and/or automation. Individuals who submit a problem statement will have a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize! Problem statements need to be submitted by July 15, 2015.

Donny WWhat Kind of Consulting Engineer Shows up at Realcomm|IBcon? What kind of consulting engineer shows up at shows like Realcomm|IBcon? Well, the enlighten ones, like Donny Walker do. It is refreshing to see more and more consulting engineers coming to conferences like Realcomm|IBcon and getting the 411 on the latest building automation controls technologies and solutions.

Mad MikeInaugural Episode of BAS Control Pub Talk with Mad Mike Marston. We affectionately refer to EasyIO’s Mike Marston — as Mad Mike Marston, because of his effervescent scientific approach towards building solutions. In the first relaxing hours after an intensive 2-day conference show, ControlTrends adjourned with Mike, to a near-by microbrewery restaurant.

WillSmartCore’s Will Winn on Making Your Building Cyber Secure. I had a chance to catch up with Will Winn from SmartCore at the 2015 Realcomm|IBcon conference. Based in Charlotte, NC, SmartCore provides a five‐tiered framework that encompasses building management systems, physical security systems, digital media systems, network communications systems, and operational support solutions.

Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 3.06.11 PMGet an Edge with Niagara 4 Head Start Program!As the excitement builds for the release of the next generation of the Niagara Framework®, now is the time to take advantage of its features and benefits before the official launch. This program introduces the Niagara 4 Head Start bundle for current Niagara AX TCP certified professionals.

Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 3.53.09 PMHoneywell MOMENTUM 2015 — IT STARTS HERE! BUSINESS-BUILDING INSIGHTS — Join Honeywell Building Control Systems in our mission to drive technological innovation, sustainability and profitable growth. We’re advancing the industry with unprecedented speed and power, but it’s only with you that we can transform our momentum into true success.

Hot key for breaking newsControlTrends Event Information Calendar Update: Use ControlTrends to help keep you on track and up-to-date with all of the HVAC and Building Automation information announcements and industry events. Help ControlTrends help by forwarding your organization’s up-coming events, training, webinars, and product releases — and we’ll gladly post them ControlTrends!

ControlTrends Event Information Calendar Update

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 9.01.48 AMJune 30, 2015, at 1PM ET. Advances in lighting controls allow for improved control and increased energy savings at your facility, not to mention reduced maintenance costs and increased occupant satisfaction. To reap the full benefits of advanced lighting control systems requires commitment, and a proper education, which is precisely what you can expect when you attend the free webcast “Advances in Lighting Controls: A Facilities Update.” This information-rich event will walk you through the critical points necessary to successfully implement an advanced lighting control system. You will also learn about the major implementation strategies and the different system types. Register here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 9.47.32 AMIEC 61850: Communication Networks and Systems for Power Utilities — Tuesday, July 14, 1-2PM ET: IEC 61850 “Communication Networks and Systems for Power Utilities” is a powerful standard that provides a holistic view of designing and managing utility substation and field device communication, automation systems, and applications. It is a collection of multiple protocols, concepts, and component standards. With the objective of understanding the issues, challenges and benefits of implementing the IEC 61850 standard, we have developed a case study that presents a summary and analysis of deployments of the standard at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L), and Southern California Edison (SCE). Each utility had very different experiences and value achievement in their respective implementations. They are also quite different in their plans for future implementations.Register here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 9.21.45 AMUPCOMING REALCOMM WEBINARS: Energy Management vs. Building Automation – Understanding the Differences – 7/16/2015. There has been a lot of “energy” in the smart building industry in the last two years. The activity has been coming from established companies, new Fortune 50 entrants and a host of start-ups. Many firms are interested in Energy Management Systems (EMS) and are implementing solutions. If they are not careful, they could find themselves in a segregated solution-set twenty-four months from now. It is important to understand the broader characteristics of an integrated, interoperable, open-architected, IP centric building automation platform that could include energy, security, parking, resource management, user experience and other applications. This webinar will discuss the differences between energy management and building automation. Register now!

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 9.10.53 AMNFMT Orlando Registration is Now Open: The perfect blend of solutions, strategies and sunshine, NFMT Orlando is a free conference and expo for facilities professionals wanting to better themselves and their buildings. The event takes place October 27-28, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Register here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 8.56.47 AMThe Lynxspring Exchange and Partner Conference being held October 26th-28th at the Argosy Hotel and Casino, Riverside, Missouri brings together Lynxspring’s ecosystem and community of business partners, integrators, contractors, OEMs, technology partners, industry professionals and practitioners to exchange, collaborate, network and learn about today’s operating systems and solutions for operating facilities smarter, safer, securely, more efficiently, and at peak performance levels and the latest in advanced smart-device applications. Registration to attend Lynxspring Exchange 2015 is $295.00 per person. The registration fee includes admission to all sessions, workshops, exhibits, and food and beverage during the course of the conference. Register here.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 8.42.23 AMThe SGIP Annual Conference takes places in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana for 2015 at the centrally-located InterContinental Hotel. The 2015 Annual Conference promises to be filled with the latest in grid modernization and many networking opportunities for members and guests to reconnect and collaborate. AGENDA: To view the agenda, please click here. SPEAKERS: To view the list of speakers, please click here. Register now!

Honeywell MOMENTUM 2015 — IT STARTS HERE!

Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 3.53.09 PMBUSINESS-BUILDING INSIGHTS — Join Honeywell Building Control Systems in our mission to drive technological innovation, sustainability and profitable growth. We’re advancing the industry with unprecedented speed and power, but it’s only with you that we can transform our momentum into true success.

Get ready to move forward faster, smarter, and launch a new era of success. Register Now!

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Get an Edge with Niagara 4 Head Start Program!

Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 3.06.11 PMAs the excitement builds for the release of the next generation of the Niagara Framework®, now is the time to take advantage of its features and benefits before the official launch.

This program introduces the Niagara 4 Head Start bundle for current Niagara AX TCP certified professionals. This offers an early glimpse of Niagara 4’s power and flexibility, along with the opportunity to generate new business and increase revenue from your existing customer base — all at a great price. You’ll also get access to web-based training that you can complete on your schedule at your convenience.

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Inaugural Episode of BAS Control Pub Talk with Mad Mike Marston

We affectionately refer to EasyIO’s Mike Marston — as Mad Mike Marston, because of his effervescent scientific approach towards building solutions. In the first relaxing hours after an intensive 2-day conference show, ControlTrends adjourned with Mike, to a near-by microbrewery restaurant, where after the first pour, Mike asks, “Do you want to see a fabulous AHU application?” Instant presto, Mike reaches into his brief case, pulls out a battery, a router, a wall unit, and an FG-32+ and two minutes later, Mike is connected to an FG-32+ — and the demo begins, and BAS Control Pub Talk with Mike Marston is born. The next episode is about a microbrewery application from an integration firm out of Spokane, Washington. The FG-32+ is a growing part of the future — Watch the next episode of BAS Control Pub Talk with Mad Mike Marston, and see why!

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 9.11.59 PMP.S. Mike sent us this from Dubai. We believe he’s working on another BAS Control Pub Talk with Mike Marston, from Dubai?

DOE’s Crowdsourcing Initiative Seeks to Solve Buildings-Related Problems (Watch Video)

ENERGY.GOV12_Calling all building technology innovators! The Building Technologies Office is partnering with the successful SunShot Catalyst crowdsourcing initiative to identify and solve problems related to software development, data, and/or automation.

Individuals who submit a problem statement will have a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize!
Problem statements need to be submitted by July 15, 2015.

In the first, “Ideation” phase of the initiative, those working in the building technology space are invited to submit problem statements describing challenges that need to be overcome in order to promote better engagement with building occupants and to improve the ability to balance energy and occupant comfort objectives in a building. In addition to submitting problem statements, participants are invited to vote and comment on ideas that have already been submitted. To browse buildings-related statements that have been submitted, follow this link.

So what are you waiting for? Go and submit your problem statement by clicking here. You will need to:

Add a title and description of the problem statement
Make sure that “Ideation” is selected in the Campaign drop down box
Use “Buildings” tag for your problem statement
Add up to 5 URL links to the idea (optional)

For more information about the SunShot Catalyst and complete contest rules, visit the SunShot Catalyst website.

Competition phases following Ideation will focus on developing products that address submitted problem statements, and contestants will have a chance at up to $1,000,000 in total prizes. If you would like to find out more about the SunShot Catalyst and how it works, you are invited to attend Catalyst Jamathon @ WeWork in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 25 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Visit the SunShot Catalyst website for event details. A building-related Jamathon will be scheduled for later this summer.

ACI’S NEW A/CO2 SERIES

Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 8.54.24 AMRoom and Duct sensors only strengthen an already distinguished product lineup. The A/CO2 Series sensors are a cost-efficient means of monitoring carbon dioxide levels in industrial, school, and office-type environments. Output data can be used in conjunction with a Building Automation System or Demand Control Ventilation System to limit energy consumption. This in turn creates a healthier indoor air climate.