Honeywell Spyder PVB6436AS — BACnet Sensor Issue

HWSpyder BACnet Programmable VAV Controller: Spyder PVB6436AS with Date Code 1420. It was reported and verified that some PVB6436AS Spyder BACnet programmable VAV controllers with date code 1420 have an incorrectly calibrated air pressure sensor, resulting in the flow reading not functioning. The issue cannot be resolved by field re-calibration or firmware refresh.

Honeywell has taken action to quarantine the existing stock and rework malfunctioning Spyder controllers. Contractors who purchased PVB6436AS with date code 1420 please work with your distributor to return the product. Distributors can then file a Return Material Authorization (RMA) claim for refund or exchange. Please contact your regional sale representatives for further assistance.

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Haystack Connect 2015 Countdown! 8 Days Left Till Early Bird Discount Ends

PH_2015 There are 8 days remaining to receive the Early Bird rate of $695 per attendee.

The regular rate of $795 will take effect January 31, 2015. Haystack Connect 2015 provides a unique opportunity for professionals involved in automation, control and the Internet of Things to learn and share the latest techniques for connecting systems and utilizing device data in applications, including intelligent buildings, energy management, remote monitoring and other smart-device applications.

Session topics will include data acquisition, communications, wireless technologies, protocol translation, data visualization, analytics and methods, which can effectively bring data together for improved systems and equipment performance.

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ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast Week Ending January 18, 2015

The 2014 ControlTrends Awards event is only eight days away! The voting phase is over and the votes are being tallied. It will be an amazing and exciting night featuring the heroes and superstars of HVAC and Building Automation Industry. We thank our sponsors for making the ControlTrends Awards possible. Monday, January 26th, 2015 at Chicago’s McCormick Hyatt, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM, though we invite you to get there early to walk the red carpet and elegant ambiance of the Prairie Ballroom to celebrate the 2014 ControlTrends Awards Winners, the Petock Award recipient, and the ControlTrends Hall of Fame inductees.

smart_grid1Voluntary Code of Conduct for Smart Grid Data PrivacyU.S. DOE Releases Voluntary Code of Conduct for Smart Grid Data Privacy. January 12, 2015: President Obama announced the release of the final concepts and principles for a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) related to privacy of customer energy usage data for utilities and third parties. The final VCC is the result of a 22-month multi-stakeholder effort which was facilitated by the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force.

Ken and EricMr. Jones Votes and Gets Ready For The ControlTrends Awards. Voting for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards ends January 15. Click here to vote. Get ready for all the excitment and fun at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards January 26 from 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Prairie Ballroom, and meet the superstars of the Building Automation and HVAC Controls Industry including the very talented Bill Jones, who put together this video.

data centerRon Vokoun Data Center Predictions for 2015. A very special thanks to Ron Vokoun DBIA, LEED AP BD+C, leads the Mission Critical Market for at JE Dunn Construction for this very insightful post. And to Rick Warner, a.k.a “The Innovator” for making us aware of Ron. With the arrival of a new year, organizations are making plans to address the explosion of enterprise data in 2015. A big question is how those plans will differ from your data center operations this past year.

Rob AThe Best Way To Control Electrical Plug Loads? Rob Allen Explains. On this episode of 7 Minutes in Control Rob Allen and Michael Bonner show you the best way to control loads at the plug level. Plug-IT delivers a remarkable solution to maximize your energy savings and is an award-winning product that leverages existing Niagara installations! Easily meets the latest ASHRAE 90.1 standards for controlling 50% of wall receptacle plug loads.

RogerCan Your Building Automation Control System Do This? Honeywell might be the only company on the planet that combines building Automation Controls and Access and Security in one JACE, truly integrating ACCESS and Security and Building Automation Controls from one source and one vendor. Savvy systems integrators and owners love the value of this solution. Watch the video below and tell us what you think in comments.

building_summit111112015 Building Energy Summit — Early Bird Registration Ends January 31, 2015. On March 25, 2015, more than 500 of the nation’s top building owners and managers, along with technology and energy experts, will convene in Washington DC to discuss groundbreaking and innovative solutions for energy efficient buildings. Sign up for the 2015 Building Energy Summit.

Henderson.001Philip Henderson Meet John Petze.Great talk by Philip Henderson, who is the senior financial policy specialist for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Philip is speaking at GreenBuild. One of Philip’s points is that 80% of the buildings that are targeted for Vision 2020 and beyond are already built. Building more energy efficient buildings is great, but to reach the objectives of Vision 2020 we must make existing buildings more operationally efficient.

2015 Building Energy Summit — Early Bird Registration Ends January 31, 2015

building_summitOn March 25, 2015, more than 500 of the nation’s top building owners and managers, along with technology and energy experts, will convene in Washington DC to discuss groundbreaking and innovative solutions for energy efficient buildings. Join us for the 2015 Building Energy Summit® and be a part of the revolution that is permanently changing the way we operate buildings.

The annual Building Energy Summit® is the one event developed by the industry, for the industry. With 16 educational sessions, 3 plenaries, 2 keynotes, and plenty of networking opportunities, the Summit is an event you won’t want to miss.

Here are some of the *Hot Topics* we’ll be discussing this year. Earn up to 5 CEUs for your continuing professional education:

Unlocking the EE Investment Opportunity
Net Zero Energy Buildings
Turning Operational Data Into Real Value
Corporate Enterprise Sustainability Efforts
Engaging Tenants In Energy Conservation Efforts
The Real Value of Building Ratings and Certification
Solar And Renewable Energy Alternatives

Click Here To View The Track Descriptions and Topics.

U.S. DOE Releases Voluntary Code of Conduct for Smart Grid Data Privacy

smart_grid1January 12, 2015: President Obama announced the release of the final concepts and principles for a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) related to privacy of customer energy usage data for utilities and third parties. The final VCC is the result of a 22-month multi-stakeholder effort which was facilitated by the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force. The VCC reflects input from stakeholders across the electricity industry and incorporates comments and responses from the public that were collected via DOE’s Federal Register Notice issued earlier this year. The VCC will be instrumental in providing mechanism for demonstrating how consumers’ data is protected and secured thus instilling consumer confidence.

Download the Voluntary Code of Conduct Final Concepts and Principles.

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ControlTalk NOW: The Smart Building Podcast/Videocast Week Ending January 11, 2015

ControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s Premium sponsors Delta Controls and Neptronic. This week’s posts included updated SmartGrid.gov information; Visionary Jim Sinopoli’s Smart Buildings Predictions for 2015; New Products review from ACI’s Barry Gordon; Rob Allen breaks down 2014 CTA Awards nominee Blue Ridge Technologies; and Siemens’ product discussion with Joshua Felperin. Don’t miss our very special interview with EasyIO’s globetrotter, Mike Marston, who provides EasyIO updates from Cambodia.

Delta2 The Delta Difference: At Delta Controls, the mantra Do It Right is the “how”. It is how we design, manufacture and support our products. It is how we serve our customers. It is how we treat our employees, partners and vendors. And it is how we view business in general and respect the planet we live on. Delta Controls is one of the largest independent manufacturers of building automation systems with more than 300 installers in over 80 countries. For more than 3 decades Delta Controls has offered dependable and user-friendly building control solutions to commercial, healthcare, education, leisure buildings and more.

Neptronics 1 HVAC products and solutions since 1976. Founded in 1976, Neptronic is a private corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes products for the HVAC industry. Our product line includes intelligent controllers, electronic actuators, actuated valves, humidifiers and electric heaters. Our products are designed and manufactured by over 250 dedicated employees in our 7,500 m2 (80,000 ft2) state-of-the-art facility located in Montreal, Canada.

smart_grid139 Utilities Share Smart Grid Deployment Results at DOE-EPRI Conference: January 6, 2015: Thirty nine utilities met October 27-29, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to share results and lessons learned resulting from smart grid deployments supported through funds provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). This report provides a summary of the conference – the Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond.

Jim SJim Sinopoli’s Smart Buildings Predictions for 2015. DRIVERLESS BUILDINGS. Predictions for Smart Buildings 2015 by Jim Sinopoli, PE, LEED AP Smart Buildings LLC.

Over the last few years companies have developed and demonstrated driverless car technology; Google, Audi, BMW and dozens of other companies and universities have been involved. With the use of cameras, sensors, “decision and driving strategy and logic”, traffic sign recognition, pedestrian spotting and lane departure warnings, many but not all of the technical aspects have been addressed.

MikeMarstonControlTalk NOW interview with special guest, EasyIO’s Mike Marston, from Cambodia. Few people in the HVAC and Building Integration industry enjoy their profession. and are as successful at it, as Mike Marston. Mike’s enthusiasm and pride of ownership are infectious. Led by Gordon Chen, Mike Marston, and Lim Hoon Chiat, EasyIO is on the move with partners in over 30 countries. EasyIO has been nominated for eight 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Watch this interview and see why!

aci logoMessage from Barry Gordon: ACI Releases New Products for 2015!ACI is always standing by it’s motto to “Engineer a Better Sensor Solution.” We take great pride in our engineering achievements and have invested substantially in new product development. With that in mind, I am excited to introduce our newest product offerings; A/CO2 Series, WPR Wet to Wet DP, and PowerScout(TM) 3037 Series.

blue ridgeRob Allen Breaks Down 2014 ControlTrends Awards Finalist Blue Ridge Technologies. Rob Allen investigates Blue Ridge Technologies and Unified Lighting Control on this episode of 7 Minutes in Control. Many believe that when a complete Building Automation System (BAS) is required, Unified Lighting Control is a superior lighting control solution. We will know January 26, 2015 if the world-wide ControlTrends Community agrees with this statement when their votes will be heard. Nominated for the 2014 Lighting Integration Provider/Solution of The Year Award, we wish Blue Ridge Technologies all the best.

SiemensSiemens Gets Ready for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. Monday, January 26, 2015, between 6-8, the Prairie Ball Room at the Hyatt McCormick Place will be rocking as the Super Stars of the Building Automation and HVAC controls industry walk the Red Carpet and celebrate the 2014 ControlTrends Awards. ControlTrends Awards Platinum Sponsor Siemens is in the hunt for four Awards at this year’s show. The very talented, Joshua Felperin, stopped by to talk about Siemens entries and give us a run down on the new Siemens Variable Frequency Drive.

Honeywell-WEBs-AXHoneywell WEBs AX: In the Hunt for 2014 Building Automation Control System of the Year. Honeywell’s WEBs AX offers a Smart Solution for your Intelligent Buildings applications. WEBs AX connects buildings with maximum efficiency, reduces maintenance costs with centralized control. Additionally, WEBs AX offfers an open, scalable solution that lets you take immediate control of your HVAC control starting with thermostatic control, IAQ control, lighting, on your way to total access and video surveillance integration. The Honeywell WEBs AX possibilities are endless!

Message from Barry Gordon: ACI Releases New Products for 2015!

BarryGACI is always standing by it’s motto to “Engineer a Better Sensor Solution.” We take great pride in our engineering achievements and have invested substantially in new product development. With that in mind, I am excited to introduce our newest product offerings; A/CO2 Series, WPR Wet to Wet DP, and PowerScout(TM) 3037 Series.

Main features of each are noted below:

A/CO2 Series
-Room and duct Carbon Dioxide sensors
-Automatic Calibration Software
-Temperature, override, and setpoint available

WPR Wet to Wet DP
-LCD option (High, Low, & Differential)
-Units can display in PSI or BAR
-selectable ouput of 0 to 5 VDC, 0 to 10 VDC, and 4 to 20 mA

PowerScout(TM) 3037 Series
-Monitors and provides consumption data
-Can be equipped with Split-Core CTs or Rogowski Flex CTs

39 Utilities Share Smart Grid Deployment Results at DOE-EPRI Conference

smart_grid1 January 6, 2015: Thirty nine utilities met October 27-29, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to share results and lessons learned resulting from smart grid deployments supported through funds provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). This report provides a summary of the conference – the Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond.

This summary describes each session and provides links to the presentations and project descriptions. In the final session, utility representatives shared their views on project successes, challenges, insights, and next steps.

The event was sponsored by DOE and EPRI. The smart grid deployment efforts were supported by funds provided by the EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative or by the DOE Smart Grid Investment Grant Program and Smart Grid Demonstration Program. The latter two programs were funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Download conference proceedings! The Smart Grid Experience: Applying Results, Reaching Beyond – Summary of Conference Proceedings

Caution: Disruption Ahead! Data Sent to Cloud (Not to BMS) — Daikin Applied Intelligent Equipment

daikinThe Daikin-Intel disruption bell tolled rather loudly and clearly at the June 2014 Realcom/IBcon show in Las Vegas. Daikin, one of the world’s largest and most progressive equipment manufacturers, had already rolled out their Rebel Rooftop line, which put them in the pole position (kinda), because merging equipment and controls by utilizing the potency of IoT and new disruptive technology is great and does offer additional value to Daikin’s customers.

Daikin Applied Executive VP, Kevin Facinelli’s video says it all! Yet, for the savvy controls contractor or systems integrator, this poses a challenge. Daikin’s equipment brings intercommunication between equipment, building integration, and the benefits of cloud analytics — via Intel’s Intelligent Gateway — that really seems to do it all, and securely. But! The data (and integration business) doesn’t go through the building BMS network. Hmm, comments, please.

Additional Info: The Intelligent Equipment solution provides building owners the ability to have 24/7 real-time access to the building information and manage operations in a way that was previously unattainable. Daikin Applied products can automatically inform a support organization before they break down so customer service can move from a reactive to a preventative service model.

The Intelligent Equipment solution allows building owners, managers and technicians to have access to the same building information, on the same platform. This capability provides the opportunity for the key members in building management to coordinate their efforts at a higher level.

Ken Sinclair’s January 2015 Edition of Automated Buildings: Auto’s Autodidacticism

automatedbuildings Another great edition of Automated Buildings is now available! The January, 2015 edition introduces AB’s editor Ken Sinclair’s critical evaluation on how self-learning is rapidly becoming such a necessary and essential tool for the HVAC. In 2011, Seth Godin declared that the internet freed us all from the tyranny of being selected. That it was time to select yourself. We are seeing this self-selection tenet in full motion and experiencing the impact that self-selection has already had on many industries — that have lost their once inalienable gate-keeper rights, with the music industry’s barriers falling the hardest and the fastest. Ken Sinclair proposes, on a very serious upbeat, that IoT will benefically accelerate the “Autodidacticism” or self-education within our HVAC industry and how future IoT tools may be the solutions needed to capture and preserve HVAC knowledge and experience for those willing, and driven by necessity, to teach themselves.

Ken says he likes the word “autodidacticism” because, “I love that this word contains these three words Auto…… Did…… and Act. This provides us an easy way to remember this unusual word that is becoming our future.” Anyone who know Ken well enough, knows that Auto is his nickname. Now, that’s some interesting coincidence.

The January, 2015, edition of automatedbuildings.com is a great read, full of industry insight from the likes of Jim Sinopoli, John Petze, Therese Sullivan, and many others — as well as the earnest encouragement to attend the free education sessions planned at AHR Expo 2015 in Chicago. It is a great way to keep up with, and on top of, the growing theme of self-education. Please drop in and join us.