More Great Energy Savings Products from WattStopper — New Optional Neutral Wall Switch Sensors

WattStopper_logoMarketing message from WattStopper’s Director of Product Marketing, Carlos Villalobos:

I am pleased to announce a new family of Optional Neutral Wall Switch Occupancy Sensors, featuring WattStopper’s patent pending Neutral Sense Technology. This latest innovation from the brand you can trust for rock-solid reliability allows contractors to use any of these devices for two-wire OR three-wire applications, without any special configuration. Optional neutral sensors are available in affordable PIR and fully featured PIR and dual technology models. They simplify ordering, installation and reduce returns.

Catalog # Description
WS-301 Passive Infrared Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor
PW-301 Passive Infrared Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor
PW-302 Passive Infrared Dual Relay Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor
DSW-301 Dual Technology Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor
DSW-302 Dual Technology Dual Relay Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor

Product features include:
• Compliant with 2011 NEC requirements, or compatible with existing wiring
• Single and dual relay sensors in 6 colors
• Fully featured to complement previously released WattStopper sensors

Dual voltage 120/277V optional neutral sensors in white and ivory will be available on April 1, 2014. The complete product line will be available May 7, 2014.

Best regards and good selling,

Carlos Villalobos
Director Product Marketing

Controlco Partners with Control Network Solutions to Bring Innovation to Lighting Controls

dali_cloudIndustry leaders add Big Data capabilities to NiagaraAX® platform. OAKLAND, March, 2014 – Lighting controls demand increasingly more attention from building managers across the globe. In California alone at the end of 2013, the state’s Department of Energy updated its Building Energy Efficiency Program with a lighting requirement that demands multi-level lighting controls (at least three to four levels), putting strain on existing systems that aren’t able to integrate at this volume.

To address the difficulties that building managers face in the wake of changes to the lighting industry, Controlco, an Oakland-based distribution and systems integrator, has partnered with the UK’s Control Network Solutions to offer their revolutionary elitedali™ software to customers in the United States and beyond.

Elitedali™, a driver for NiagaraAX® that has been disrupting the market since it arrived four years ago, integrates light fixture data directly into the Niagara framework for Big-Data-style analysis. Since each lighting fixture in a building may have within it at least 40 data and command points, there are many opportunities for data mining that have traditionally been outside the reach of Niagara. The elitedali™ driver enables NiagaraAX® to control, maintain, manage and visualize massive numbers of DALI® (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface, a global IEC standard for intelligent light fixture communication) light fixtures and reduce the time required to replace light systems and monitor energy usage.

global_dali“DALI is the only global standard enabling the control of lighting according to occupancy and daylight while managing maintenance requirements,” Mike Welch, managing director for Control Network Solutions, says. “The contrast with the combination of elitedali™ and the NiagaraAX® framework is that it provides the most vendor-independent solution available today. It also simplifies the infrastructure for accessing lighting data and control.”

“Integrating elitedali™ into our customer offerings was a natural step for us,” Brian Turner, president of Controlco, says. “We’ve long been known for developing problem-solving drivers on the NiagaraAX® platform. As we’ve been watching the lighting industry become more complicated, it made sense to combine our engineering and implementation expertise with CNS’s innovative and truly market-disrupting driver.”

By harnessing the power of data visualization, the ubiquity of cloud computing and opening up what was once limited and proprietary, elitedali™ gives building managers access to detailed information on their lighting usage. With the combination of hands-on expertise from Controlco engineers, integration into existing systems is seamless.

About Controlco: Controlco delivers leading-edge automation and control solutions, products and services that improve business performance and peace-of-mind for commercial and industrial building operators. With state-of-the-art software and industry leading products as well as a full suite of value-added services, Controlco offers total solutions all energy management needs.

About Control Network Solutions: Based just 45 minutes from London, UK, CNS is a Niagara AX® Developer, Tridium and Honeywell Partner. It has a successful track record of creating both client specific and off the shelf web based solutions to the SMART buildings control environment world. They are based upon open standards network communication protocols and compatible with the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and demands for “big data” cloud based analytics. Control Network Solutions has developed a suite of products for the Framework including elitedali™ for lighting, and cns-enocean™ for wireless/battery-less switches, sensors and actuators. Announces $10 Million for Innovative Commercial Building Technologies and Unveils New Commercial Buildings 101 Video

March 5, 2014: The Energy Department today announced a $10 million funding opportunity to help demonstrate and deploy energy efficiency technologies for commercial buildings, including projects that will bring next generation building systems and components to a broader market faster – helping to save building owners and businesses money by saving energy.

The Department also released a new video in its Energy 101 series highlighting how commercial buildings can incorporate whole-building design and innovative technologies to improve energy performance. These proven strategies, including daylighting, shading, and plug and process loads, support the Administration’s Better Buildings Initiative, which is aimed at making commercial buildings 20% more efficient by 2020.

Currently, commercial buildings consume more than 18 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) of primary energy use annually, or about 18% of all the energy used in the nation in 2012. If building owners adopt these cost-effective technologies, the annual energy consumption of commercial and industrial buildings could be reduced by 6 quads.

This funding opportunity supports the demonstration and deployment of technologies to reduce energy use and carbon emissions in commercial buildings: sub-metering; plug load strategies; open refrigerated display case retrofits; daylighting; shading; advanced compressor rack and refrigerant systems; and retro-commissioning strategies and technologies. The funding will support the testing and validation of technology performance in real buildings, as well as the creation of materials to help building owners, designers, service providers, and energy efficiency program managers to gain a broader understanding of these energy-saving solutions.

The Energy Department seeks proposals from industry, regional organizations, non-profits, utilities, and similar organizations. Applicant teams will develop a plan to demonstrate and deploy selected technologies at regional or national scale. Learn more about this funding opportunity announcement or register for the upcoming webinar.

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.

The Importance of Being Energy Efficient

Mark Jewell is an expert and renowned instructor on energy efficiency, and I have had the privilege of attending one of jewell classhis “Boot Camp” classes this week.  Believe me, Boot Camp is an appropriate term for this 6 day, 48 hour class that is jam-packed with incredible information.

There are a variety of ways to make a building more energy efficient.  You can upgrade light bulbs, add lighting controls, implement a building automation system, add CO2 sensors, add variable frequency drives, install water reducing fixtures and so on.  The bottom line is there are many ways you can become more energy efficient and thus control and reduce costs in your building. [Read more...]

Does Entouch Make The Best Communicating Thermostat ?

With the 2013 ControlTrends Awards Nomination Process in full swing, Entouch Controls offers a lot of power in a small package. Entouch’s James Walton, who is on the ballot for 2013 Best Technical support person, breaks down Entouch’s approach to creating “perfect” thermostat experience. With the ability to monitor electrical inputs, compare loads with equipment and see all this data on a cloud based dashboard, Entouch is much more than a thermostat. Please note that Entouch has rolled out new additions to their product line since the filming of this video. Click here to get a nomination ballot.

Free Cooling Map for North America (Compliments of the DOE & The Green Grid)

Energy Star: Air-Side Economizers bring outside air into a building and distributes it to the servers. Instead of being re-circulated and cooled, the exhaust air from the servers is simply directed outside. If the outside air is particularly cold, the economizer may mix it with the exhaust air so its temperature and humidity fall within the desired range for the equipment. [Read more...]

How Does a VFD Save Energy and Money?

Provided by our friends at The GreenBuildTV Story VFDs (Variable Frequency Drives) are basically a green energy savings product that matches the amount of work or load on a motor to the amount of energy it needs to power that amount of work. This reduces excess energy from being wasted. Watch video, or continue reading after the break.

We use a lot of energy in this country and most of that energy is used to move air and water around a building. [Read more...]

Open Energy Information (OpenEI): List of 525 Programmable Thermostats Incentives

OpenEI Open Energy Information (OpenEI) is a knowledge sharing online community dedicated to connecting people with the latest energy information and data. By providing access to energy-related information via geographic discovery, visualizations and apps, and topic-oriented gateways, OpenEI can help you find the answers you need to make better, more informed decisions.

OpenEI is Your Gateway to the World’s Energy Information and Data. Let’s start with a great of incentives: List of Programmable Thermostats Incentives

The Grass Always Seems GREENER in Someone Else’s State = The Land of the Prius

CA.GOVIt took a visit to Southern California to experience firsthand the various and practical economic incentives — and day-to-day rewards that are made available to those who take their energy consumption serious. And driving a Prius around California will get a lone driver access to the HOV lanes while waving good-bye to a lot of stalled traffic:

California law allows single-occupant use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOVs) lanes by certain qualifying clean alternative fuel vehicles. A list of qualifying vehicles and frequently asked questions are provided below. Use of these lanes with a single occupant requires a Clean Air Vehicle Sticker issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Currently, there are two types of stickers that are being distributed by the DMV.”

It makes good sense to know the energy-savings opportunities available to you in your State. Curiosity, and some of Googling, led me to the DOE site that provides an incredible amount of economic incentives and important information available that could make the business difference to a wholesaler, contractor, or end-user for the remainder of 2013. [Read more...]