Over the last several years, Ken and I have noticed and reported, the influx of new smart building control players from Silicon Valley. This year, at RealComm|IBcon, we were amazed at how many smart building providers from around the world showed up with noteworthy smart building solutions.
With over 200 education sessions and workshops, a trade show, and access to experts from all over the industry, the 2018 Summit is more packed than ever with advanced looks at the energy efficiency processes, technologies, and strategies that are changing the marketplace. Check out the full agenda here and we will see you in Cleveland!
BETTER BUILDINGS KEYNOTE SPEAKERS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22: 12:30 PM
Please join us Wednesday at lunch to hear from a great slate of speakers, including representatives from Cleveland-area Better Buildings partners and the Mayor of Cleveland himself!
* Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, DOE
* Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland
* Jason Hartke, President, Alliance to Save Energy
* Bill Peacock, Chief Operating Officer, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
* John Selldorf, Chief Executive Officer and President, Legrand
* Asim Haque, Chairman, Ohio Public Utilities Commission
BETTER BUILDINGS PARTNER RECOGNITION
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23: 12:30 PM
On Thursday we will recognize this year’s Better Buildings Challenge Goal Achievers who have reached their energy, water, and/or financing commitments. Don’t miss it!
WHAT’S PLANNED FOR YOUR SECTOR
Check out the content that’s been tailored for your specific sector, from sessions and workshops to partner meet-ups.
See the sector list here.
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLES
Look Who’s Talking: Buildings and the Grid
Wednesday, August 22, 10:30 AM
Join a Roundtable discussion with leading retail, real estate, utility, and state executives exploring how buildings with advanced energy efficiency and load shaping capabilities will provide new benefits for building owners and tenants, help meet resilience needs, and better integrate renewables.
Wednesday, August 22, 2:00 PM
The Resilience Roundtable will focus on the federal, state, and city-level approaches to implementing resilience.
GET AN EXPERT’S OPINION AT THE ASK-AN-EXPERT LOUNGE
During breaks at this year’s event, attendees can meet with experts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, FEMP, and more to get answers and discuss energy performance trends in technology, process, data, and tools.
See the full schedule.
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ABOUT BETTER BUILDINGS SUMMIT AND ENERGY EXCHANGE
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is bringing together the Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland, Ohio, August 21-23, creating the largest DOE training, trade show, and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing event of the year. Thought leaders from the federal, private, education, and state and local government sectors will convene to discuss best practices in the adoption of energy/water efficiency, integrated resilience, emerging and secure technologies, and replicable renewable energy solutions.
ControlTrends had the opportunity to interview Rajavel Subramanian of Facilio at the Realcomm20/IBcon Conference Live Product Launchpad. Facilio is new to the North American market and is seeking to develop a channel with Niagara partners. Facilio offers a great facility management product for buildings in the 50,000 to 100,000 square foot range, and creates optimal efficiencies for the C-Suite by visualizing data in real-time for a multitude of applications including fault diagnostics, fault detection, and generating work orders into a mobile app. For more information, visit Facilio.
Ken and I have seen companies like Intel, Dell, Google and others showing up more and more at meetings like RealComm Ibcon and have wondered how they will affect the smart buildings controls world as we know it. We have gone back and forth wondering if the players from Silicon Valley had nefarious motives that would leave the players in the ControlTrends community as road kill, or if they were coming to play nice and work with the existing smart building controls players.
On this video, Ken does a little detective work at the 2018 RealComm Ibcon conference and investigates how Microsoft is stepping into our world. Nice job Ken!
I had a chance to meet Derek McGarry, the Head Building Performance Engineer at Abundant Power. Abundant Power out of Charlotte, North Carolina, provides solution focused services, great customer service, and profit driven outcomes so that their customers get the most value out of Analytics, and as we all know making data actionable and useful is easier said than done. After hearing what Derek has to say, I believe that Abundant Power knows how to use data to make buldings smarter. And with great smart building controls integrators like McKenney’s, Atlanta, using their product, they are keeping very good company.
No matter how good your smart building controls are, if the power coming to them is off, the controls won’t work the way they should. Get the power right and you are on your way to creating a great smart building controls system.
We had the chance to catch up with Dan Niewirowicz,CEO at Next Device, LLC, about CyberPower. CyberPower designs and manufactures uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, power distribution units (PDUs), rack enclosures, surge protectors, remote management hardware, power management software, mobile chargers, and connectivity products. Dan shows us one really cool product that every smart building controls pro should know about. So check it out!
Bert Van Hoof tells us about Microsoft’s ability to help influence what “SMART” means in the smart building context and how their new Azure platform capabilities, which Microsoft refers to as Spacial Intelligence, are helping their partners realize their innovation goals in new global markets. Willow’s CEO and Co-Founder, Josh Ridley, explains that without a Digital Twin, you don’t really have a user experience. Willow is about the digital environment for a physical world. Great Willow demonstration follows.
Following the dazzling electronic imagery of the Niagara blue spread of connected data through a city landscape on three-screen wide presentation, Tridium’s Jim Bland, President and General Manager, takes the wand from the cyber maestro of the screen and hands it, figuratively, to the expectant audience of over 1000 global Niagara Community members — challenging them that NOW — is the time to really think outside the box, Disney example provided. The possibility of failure should no longer restrain the efforts to achieve the spectacular possibilities and payoffs of innovation.
Tridium’s leader of the Global Engineering Team and CTO, Kevin Smith follows with Tridium’s amazing “Look Ahead,” and the key drivers shaping tomorrow: Innovation, People Focus, and Seamless Productivity. The Niagara Framework and team are strong, getting stronger, and committed under great leadership. The Niagara Community and ecosystem are growing world-wide and leading the way with innovation.
ControlTrends joined Distech’s Ryan Sen, Director, Customer Experience, and Charles Pelletier, Global Product Manager, at the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon vendors exhibit to get a firsthand demonstration of Distech’s new UniTouch APP, which truly gives the occupant total control of their space — using their Bluetooth connected mobile device to control their temperature setting, lighting/dimming preference, fan speed, CO2 reading, blind positioning, and scene selection — all from the palm of their hand!
Episode 270: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending June 10, 2018, features an amazing capture of the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon Conference from Las Vegas with recaps of Day 1 and Day 2 and interviews from a host of industry experts: Stephen Johnson, McKenney’s Inc., Leroy Walden, Highrose Consultants; Ron Zimmer, CABA; Richard Campbell, Kele; Michael Garceau and David Witherspoon, Honeywell; Tom Shircliff, Intelligent Buildings; Leon Wurfel, BUENO; Courtenay Dill Glander, Lucid Design Group; Steven Guzelimian, Optergy; Josh Bradshaw, Built Alpha; Alper Üzmezler, BASSG and Anka Labs; Scott Meunch and Ryan Schlotfeldt, J2 Innovations; and Therese Sullivan, Building Context.
Steven Guzelimian Tells us about Optergy’s New VRF Application Document. Hi Guys, we just came out with a great new application data sheet for VRF and making those buildings smarter. Check it out, we elevate the VRF buildings and help consultants and contractors get more scope of work. Variable Refrigeration Flow (VRF) has become very prevalent in recent years as an efficient and effective HVAC technology. This technology dramatically changes the market for those accustomed to installing controllers on equipment like AHU, FCU, VAV, chiller and boiler plant and other traditional equipment requiring control.
Project Haystack Organization Publishes Spring 2018 Issue of Connections Magazine. RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – June 5, 2018 – The Project Haystack Organization (www.project-haystack.org), a collaborative community addressing the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling and tagging to streamline the interchange of data among different systems, devices, equipment and software applications, today announced they have published the fourth issue of their Connections Magazine.
Realcomm|IBcon Day 1 Begins with Realcomm Lifetime Achievement Awards — Bob Sulentic, President and CEO of CBRE Shares Views on Digital Transformation. Realcomm|IBcon set new records in both attendance and exhibitor participation as it celebrated its 20th Year Anniversary. As Jim Young, CEO and Co-founder remarked, its not a conference anymore, it’s a community event that is transforming the industry. Realcomm|IBcon began with a powerful message from keynote speaker Bob Sulentic, President and CEO of CBRE. Hype is not sustainable; technology must be embedded, commercial, and make important client impact. Realcomm Lifetime Achievement Awards followed recognizing the visionaries that have helped transform the Commercial, Corporate, and Institutional Real Estate industries. The daylong business tracks were followed by the Digie Awards.
Realcomm|IBcon Celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan! Pre-Con Event Opens to over 2000 Attendees! Realcomm’s founder and CEO, Jim Young, opened 2018 Realcomm|IBcon’s PRE-CON Event to a crowd of over 2000 of the most creative, forward-thinking, and insightful commercial and corporate real estate professionals from around the world. The PRE-CON Events included the Commercial and Corporate Real Estate CyberSecurity Forum, the 15th Annual CIO Rountable, the COO|CFO|CAO Innovation Summit, the Intelligent Buildings Boot Camp, and the Smart Buildings Integrator Summit, the Higher Education Smart Campus Summit, and the Smart Building Leadership Forum.
Realcomm|IBcon Day 2 “The Age of Acceleration” Theme Continues — This Community is Changing the World! Forget the fire hose. Day 2 at the 2018 Realcomm|IBcon Conference was hourly eruptions (like the Mirage Casino 1/2 mile away) of technology and innovation tracks that included the latest smart business practices — to the most up-to-date information on cybersecurity. ControlTrends got to experience the entrepreneurial spirit of Conference Live firsthand as we hosted a portion of the “Launch Pad” that introduced and promoted products, applications, and solutions from all over the world.