DOE Publishes Priority Enabling HVAC Technology R&D Initiatives

ENERGY.GOV12_Energy Department Releases Roadmaps on HVAC Technologies, Appliances, and Low-GWP (Global Warming Potential) Refrigerants.

Table ES-2: Priority Enabling HVAC Technology R&D Initiatives Topic Area Initiative/Activity

Collect data and conduct analysis on the pervasiveness and energy impacts of incorrect system commissioning, poor installation, incorrect operation, and improper maintenance of HVAC in all buildings.

Develop and demonstrate an open-source, open-architecture platform that enables smart grid connectivity for demand response, and communication of energy, operational, and financial transactions between HVAC and other building
systems.

Develop a low-cost sensor network and control scheme where every surface, critical object, and occupant has a sensor.

Develop standardized methods of built-in data acquisition and data storage for sizing and equipment selection purposes at end of life.

HVAC Technologies R&D Roadmap

For HVAC, BTO targets 12% and 24% primary energy savings by 2020 and 2030, respectively. The recommended initiatives in the report each target one or more R&D needs for residential and commercial HVAC technologies and related systems, such as controls, distribution systems, and design, installation, operation, and maintenance practices.

Appliances R&D Roadmap

For appliances, BTO targets 14% and 29% primary energy savings by 2020 and 2030, respectively. The recommended initiatives in the report target high-priority R&D, demonstration, and commercialization activities that, if pursued by DOE and its partners, could significantly reduce residential appliance energy consumption.

Low-GWP Refrigerants Roadmap

The current generation of refrigerants, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), have significant global warming potential (GWP) when released to the atmosphere. This research and development (R&D) roadmap for next-generation low-GWP refrigerants provides recommendations to the Building Technologies Office (BTO) on R&D activities that will help accelerate the transition to low-GWP refrigerants across the entire HVAC&R industry.

View the Building Technologies Office’s full library of technology R&D roadmaps.

How a VFD Pays for Itself

ga powerThis week Stromquist hosted a Drive to Savings Day with Siemens and GA Power to educate our customers on the benefits of Variable Frequency Drives and GA Power’s current rebate programs for VFDs and other HVAC equipment. Most people already know that installing a VFD can save money by cutting back on the energy it takes to run equipment, but not everyone is aware that there are additional savings to reap by taking advantage of GA Power’s rebate opportunity. For any NEW drive installed on existing equipment, GA Power will issue a $50 per HP rebate. So a 20 HP drive will bring a $1000 rebate. Add that to the money saved in energy costs, and the new drive will pay for itself very quickly!

If you are in Georgia and would like to install some new VFDs, call Stromquist at 404-794-3440. We sell great, competitive drives from Honeywell, Johnson Controls and Siemens. We’d be happy to help you put some money back into your budget. Then maybe you can roll those savings into a new chiller that will also qualify for a GA Power rebate. To get more information on GA Power’s Rebate Programs, click here.

U.S. Department of Energy Webinar on Smart Grid Data Privacy: A Voluntary Code of Conduct

smartgrid.govControlTrends Community, here it is. Participation is requested (and important)! DOE information release, November 17, 2014: On Wednesday, December 11, 2014 the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force will conduct a webinar to conclude the development phase of a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) related to privacy of customer energy usage data for utilities and third parties.

Background: Throughout the U.S., intelligence is being added to the grid through the deployment of advanced technologies and grid modernization efforts. This increased intelligence has led to concerns regarding consumer data access and the privacy of consumer energy consumption data. Historically, utilities have taken very seriously the job of protecting customers’ privacy, and privacy and security protections will remain fundamental objectives. However, with the new technologies being deployed today, these fundamental protections warrant new attention. Consumers must feel secure that their data will be protected and treated responsibly. Therefore, it is important that stakeholders on all sides of the privacy debate work together to address concerns and coordinate activities.

The webinar will summarize changes made to the VCC concepts and principles as a result of comments received through the public comment period. In addition, a proposed implementation plan and adoption process will be presented as well as preliminary results from focus groups conducted to gauge consumer sentiment.

Your participation is important! SmartGrid.gov. Please forward this email to your colleagues that may be interested in this initiative or future notices email alerts from SmartGrid.gov.

Register for the Webinar here.

More information on the Voluntary Code of Conduct can be found on SmartGrid.gov. Please forward this email to your colleagues that may be interested in this initiative or future notices email alerts from SmartGrid.gov.

November 2014 Issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Update Newsletter

building_americaDear Building America colleague: The November 2014 issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Update newsletter is now available! Read this issue to learn about:

A new DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement for Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation; The 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition registration deadline and a free webinar about proven strategies for designing zero energy ready homes; The November 18 webinar, High Performance Space Conditioning Systems, Part II; DOE’s newest Solution Center for energy efficiency programs; BEopt Version 2.3 with enhanced new features; Residential success stories highlighting technologies for winter preparation; Zerhttp://controltrends.org/wp-admin/admin.php?page=wpcf7o Energy Ready Home technical training in December; The latest publications from Building America: measure guidelines, case studies for new and existing homes and technologies, and more!

DOE_FUNDINGThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting applications for the Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation Funding. This photo shows two brick homes that have been upgraded into high performance homes. Building America research teams design, test, and demonstrate efficient technologies and practices that result in cost-effective, marketable home performance. Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001117, which will award up to $4 million for research and development (R&D) projects that advance high-impact residential building efficiency technologies and practices. Concept papers are due December 12, 2014; the deadline for full applications is February 4, 2015.

This FOA funds applied R&D in real-world houses to demonstrate strategies that will spur the residential building market to adopt energy-saving measures that will enable 50% savings in new homes by 2025 (based on the 2009 IECC) and 40% energy savings in existing homes by 2030. Project teams will focus on developing and implementing high performance solutions to three core technical challenges: building envelope assemblies and systems; optimal comfort systems for heating, cooling, air distribution, and humidity control; and ventilation systems and indoor air quality strategies.

Read the full November issue for the latest news and information from Building America.

Learn more about the Building America program, which is about Bringing Building Innovations to Market. And, please forward this notice to interested colleagues.

Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement

DOE1The Building Technologies Office (BTO)’s Emerging Technologies Program has announced the availability of nearly $8 million under the Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovations Technologies (BENEFIT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001166. This FOA combines an early-stage research and development topic (Innovations) with a later-stage research and development topic (Frontiers) that complements the core funding provided to the national labs. The FOA allows all interested parties, including corporations, universities, and non-profits as well as the national labs, to contribute to advancement in two of these core technological areas: non-vapor compression HVAC technologies and advanced vapor compression HVAC technologies. It is anticipated that six awards will be made and range from $500,000 to $1.5 million

Applications for this funding opportunity are open under the following topics:

INNOVATIONS: Non-vapor Compression HVAC Technologies – This topic includes developing approaches and technologies for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) that replace vapor compression technologies, which are currently the dominant HVAC technologies due to their scalability, relatively compact size, high reliability, and other attributes. However, vapor compression technologies make use of conventional refrigerants. This research topic seeks to explore long-term non-vapor compression solutions that result in HVAC equipment that does not use refrigerants. Solutions for both natural gas and for electric HVAC equipment are of interest.

FRONTIERS: Advanced Vapor Compression HVAC Technologies – Regional HVAC solutions offer significant energy saving potential for new construction and the existing building stock. Today’s vapor compression equipment has limited cooling control. This topic seeks to develop equipment optimized for specific environments and that can provide dramatic improvements in energy efficiency with modest increases to equipment costs. Because the building stock increases by only a few percent annually, concepts which are applicable only to new construction will have limited energy savings potential. Therefore, concepts that are applicable to both new construction and retrofits of existing buildings are particularly encouraged.

HOW TO APPLY: This funding opportunity is open to individuals, corporations, universities, non-profits, as well as national labs. The final funding amount is subject to congressional appropriations.

Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy: Building America Program

building_america Dear Building America colleague: The October 2014 issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Update newsletter is now available!

* The 2014 Housing Innovation Awards, which honored 28 industry leaders who are helping to significantly reduce the energy costs of U.S. homes.
* Registration for the 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition and a free webinar to kick off the application process.
* Notice of Intent for upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement for Building America industry partnerships.
* The October 23 webinar, High Performance Space Conditioning Systems.
* Part I: A new Building America Code Compliance Brief for floor insulation.
* Residential success stories highlighting 2014 Housing Innovation Award winners.
* DOE Zero Energy Ready Home technical trainings.
* The latest publications from Building America: measure guidelines, case studies for new and existing homes and technologies, and more!

Read the full October issue for the latest news and information from Building America.

Learn more about the Building America program. And, please forward this notice to interested colleagues.

Alpert Üzmezler: What is New at BASSG Graphics

ControlTrends had a chance to catch up with Alpert Üzmezler, the Managing Partner at BAS Services and Graphics. The very talented Alpert gave us a demo of his new look and feel visualization software and showed us some very cool looking thermostats.

Founded in 2004, BASSG has been an innovator in Building Automation Technology and BAS Analytics delivery that reduce implementation and facility management energy costs.

Through in-house developed easy-to-deploy, multi-system software tools, BASSG branded OEM products and multiple distributorships, BASSG can be a one-stop provider for everything BAS at unbeatable value, significantly lowering implementation and maintenance costs.

If you like what you see, be sure to nominate Alpert and BASSG by clicking here to nominate your favorite People, Products and Companies for the 2014 ControlTrends Awards.

Automated Diagnostics & Analytics for Buildings by Barney L. Capehart and Michael R. Brambley

AD&A Authors Barney L. Capehart, PhD, CEM Professor Emeritus University of Florida and Michael R. Brambley, Staff Scientist in Energy Technology Development at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have produced an HVAC Opus Magnus that will serve the entire spectrum of building and automation experts well — now, and for many years to come. Whether you’re a systems integrator, BAS or BMS Consultant, manufacturer or vendor, engineer, Director of Facilities or maintenance manager, this smart building tome (textbook) provides not only vital insight, methodologies, and options, but the compelling documentation that warrants immediate action.

Foreword: By Ken Sinclair Publisher/Owner, AutomatedBuildings. This book will help you explore the new world of Automated Diagnostics and Analytics for Buildings and provide insight and connection into the industry thought leaders that are taking big data into a new reality. “Dynamic Data Fuels Deep Analytics” speaks to the importance of the next level of deep analytics of almost everything will have and how we as an industry will provide a new level of deeper analytics connecting inquiring minds to almost everything with low cost real time data.

Introduction: The purpose of this book is to promote and document energy savings from the relatively new technology of Advanced Energy Information Systems called Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics (AFDD) and Analytics for buildings and facilities. A number of studies have shown that commercial buildings in the United States (U.S.) waste as much as 15% to 30% of the energy they use (Katipamula and Brambley 2005). Analysis of HVAC and other building energy use data, along with whole-building utility data, sub-metered end-use data, and data from the building automation system (BAS) through the use of AFDD and building analytics can help identify opportunities to improve building operations and efficiency, and ultimately reduce energy and operating costs.

We will discuss the latest technologies available for fault detection, diagnostics, and building analytics, and operational experience with stand alone and web based systems for fault detection, diagnostics and analytics in currently operating buildings and facilities, and in varied applications, and to show how new opportunities have developed for energy and facility managers to quickly and effectively control and manage their operations more efficiently, with less energy use and cost, and experience improved energy system performance. You’ll find information on what is actually available using this technology, what products and services are available at this time, and how they are being used at other buildings and facilities, and see what is involved for current and future installations of internet-based technologies. The material in this book on automated fault detection, diagnostics and analytics should greatly assist energy, facility and maintenance managers, as well as consultants and control systems development engineers. Chapters on methodology and future technological features should also assist those involved in research and development of these new technologies in AFDD and analytics for buildings.

Table of Contents

The Case for Automated Tools for Facility Management and Operation

Introduction

Energy-Smart Buildings Demonstrating How Information Technology Can Cut Energy Use and Costs of Real Estate Portfolios

Perspective on Building Analytics Adoption

Delivering Successful Results from Automated Diagnostics Solutions

Intelligent Efficiency: Opportunities, Barriers, and Solutions

Current Technology, Tools, Products, Services, and Applications

Automated Diagnostics

Enabling Efficient Building Energy Management through Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics

A Practical, Proven Approach to Energy Intelligence, Measurement, and Management

Di-BOSS: Research, Development & Deployment of the World’s First Digital Building Operating System

Analytics, Alarms, Analysis, Fault Detection and Diagnostics

Using Custom Programs to Enhance Building Diagnostics and Energy Savings

88 Acres-How Microsoft Quietly Built the City of the Future

Improving Airport Energy Efficiency through Continuous Commissioning® Process Implementation at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

ECAM+ A Tool for Analyzing Building Data to Improve and Track Performance

Outside The Box: Integrating People & Controls To Create a Unique Energy Management Program-A Caltech Case Study
Value Proposition of FDD Solutions

FDD: How High Are the Market Barriers to Entry?

Diagnostics for Monitoring-based Commissioning

Methodology and Future Technology

Model-based Real-time Whole Building Energy Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics

Advanced Methods for Whole Building Energy Analysis

Identification of Energy Efficiency Opportunities Through Building Data Analysis and Achieving Energy Savings through Improved Controls

High-resolution Data Collection for Automated Fault Diagnostics Motivation

Localized Uncertainty Quantification for Baseline Building Energy Modeling.

Pushing the Envelope Building Analytics beyond HVAC

Data to Information for Intelligent Buildings

The 12 Things You Need to Know about Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx)

Application of Automated Price and Demand Response for Large Customers in New York

Understanding Microgrids as the Essential Architecture of Smart Energy

Power Monitoring Solutions through Contextual Data

Current Technology, Tools, Products, Services, and Applications

Battling Entropy In Commercial Rooftop HVAC Systems with Advanced Fault Detection and Diagnostics

C1ockworks™ Automated HVAC Diagnostics and the Evolution of AFDD Tools

Automated Diagnostics—To Pick the Low Hanging Fruits In Energy Efficiency In Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Systems

Implementing Advanced Diagnostics In Fleets of Commercial HVAC Equipment

Energy Savings Benefits of FDD Systems for Light Commercial Unitary HVAC Equipment

AFDD for HVAC Systems and Equipment—Methodology and Future Technology

Fault Detection and Diagnostics for HVAC&R Equipment

Automatically Detecting Faulty Regulation in HVAC Controls

AHU AFDD

Methodology for Evaluating FDD Protocols Applied to Unitary Systems

Self-correcting HVAC Controls: They May be in Your Future Sooner than You Think

A Framework to Apply a Structural Pattern Recognition Technique in Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics of
HVAC System and Component Faults

Fault Detection and Diagnostics for Rooftop Units: Standards are Key to Making it in the Market

Building Automation System Embedded HVAC System Energy Performance Degradation Detector

Predictive Maintenance

What’s Going on in the Trenches with Smart Buildings, Monitoring Based Commissioning, Automated Fault Detection and
Diagnostics and Energy Regulatory Policy? What Does the Future Hold, When Does it Arrive?

Automated Diagnostics and Analytics for Wastewater Treatment Plants and Water Distribution Facilities

Conclusion and Author Bios

From the web sites that you can order the book from:

http://www.fairmontpress.com/store/cbrandindex.cfm?ID=1

http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781498706117

Plug-IT — Real Savings & Control from Energy Systems Technologies! NS 2014 New Product Award Winner

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.

PLUGIT1Plug-IT is a wireless smart plug load device that provides control and power measurement of your facilities equipment “on” when needed and “off” when not needed via a programmed schedule or on command from your Energy Management System. Great for Utility Curtailments Programs.

Maximize the value of Plug-IT by integrating your selected plug load control into your BAS/EMS network using the Tridium Plug-IT communication driver. Rapid Paybacks; vending machines (6-months), water fountains (9-months), coffee makers (15-months). Eligible for many utility company rebates.

Plug-IT works with the Niagara Framework software to allow connection of an unlimited number of smaller electrical devices, such as coffee makers, vending machines, photocopiers, computer displays, televisions, and computers. Previously, it may not have made sense for a company to connect many small loads to an energy management system due to expense. With Plug-IT, however, companies can now automatically control these small loads cost-effectively. The system also provides robust analytics based on a building’s plug load energy usage, which can help building engineers and end-users understand their energy consumption.

“We at EST are proud and excited to be the recipient of such a distinguished award,” said Paul Czerwin, president of Energy Systems Technologies. “Over the past fifteen years we have witnessed tremendous growth in the Niagara products and services, and feel honored to contribute back into the community. It was our intent to open up new opportunities for those utilizing the Niagara platform.”

By using Plug-IT, companies may become eligible for utility rebates and easily meet the latest ASHRAE 90.1 standards for controlling 50% of wall receptacle plug loads.

EST received the inaugural “Top New Product” award at the closing reception for the 2014 Niagara Summit, held April 27–29 in Las Vegas, the biannual conference hosted by Tridium, Inc. The award recognizes excellence in developing a new product that interfaces with or is built on the Niagara Framework. An advisory panel of Niagara community members and industry experts selected the finalists and chose the winning entry via a text-message-based voting system.

WHO WE ARE: Energy Systems Technologies (EST) is a smart-building-system distributor specializing in energy efficiency controls and systems. We provide solutions for lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) and metering systems for commercial buildings.

Our partners in mechanical, electrical, and energy-design share our goals of reducing energy consumption and maximizing a facility’s energy management. With our knowledge and reach in the industry, we can offer a complete suite of state-of-the-art products and services that helps businesses reduce energy consumption and maximize energy management in their buildings.

Honeywell’s Automated Demand Response Platform Lowers Peak Demands and Saves Money

Honeywell 180x120September 22, 2014: Honeywell’s Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) project demonstrates utility-scale performance of a hardware/software platform for automated demand response (ADR). This project stands apart from the other SGIG projects in that it focused both on the development of an ADR hardware/software platform to facilitate demand response and on recruiting and educating ADR customers to participate in energy saving programs sponsored by utilities. Honeywell partnered with three California utilities (PG&E, SDG&E, and SCE) to help target customers and make the project a success. The ADR system enables participating customers to automatically respond to utility notifications of demand response events, curtail demand of pre-selected equipment, and save money from lower off-peak rates and utility incentive payments.

DOE1Download the report. Please forward this email to your colleagues that may be interested in this initiative or future notices email alerts from SmartGrid.gov. The ADR system enables participating customers to automatically respond to utility notifications of demand response events, curtail demand of pre-selected equipment, and save money from lower off-peak rates and utility incentive payments.