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.

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.

Tim Chamblee’s Introduction to VFD’s Part 2

VFD Training Part 2: Tim Chamblee continues his Variable Frequency Drive training with an in-depth explanation of the application benefits, the potential energy savings, and the importance of proper grounding and wiring methods — and then demonstrates how to use a Honeywell Variable Frequency Drive to control a cooling tower fan with a Honeywell T775 controller.

2014 Energy Savings Solution Product of the Year Nominee — Belimo Energy Valve

BelimoBelimo’s Energy Valve is a strong favorite to win the 2014 Energy Savings Solution Product of the Year because of its incomparable engineering sophistication and bonafide performance that takes HVAC energy savings to the highest levels. Belimo is delivering the future of energy savings — today!

Overview:The Energy Valve is a pressure independent valve that measures and manages coil energy by using an embedded electromagnetic or ultrasonic flow meter, along with supply and return water temperature sensors. The Energy Valve also has the patented Power Control and Belimo Delta T Manager™ logics built-in that monitors coil performance and optimizes the available energy of the coil by maintaining the Delta T. In addition to the standard analog signal and feedback wiring, it communicates its data to the Building Management System (BMS) via BACnet MS/TP or BACnet IP. The built-in web server collects up to 13 months of data that can be downloaded to external tools for further optimization.

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.

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.

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.

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