WattStopper’s Pete Horton delivered this exciting announcement on the November 24th ControlTalk NOW. The combination of AIC Wireless and Bryan Pike’s expertise of the Tridium Niagara architecture with WattStopper’s extensive application understanding of the lighting and electrical infrastructures offers the high performance building industry new and exciting opportunities. Using mesh network technology, or Lon, BACnet, or Ethernet trunking, WattStopper can deliver incomparable lighting synergy and sets a new standard of simple, flexible, scalable, and secure lighting system deployment within the high performance building industry.
Thanks to Lisa Shoulders from System Sensor for this excellent training course on duct smoke detectors. Lisa breakdown code requirements, installing, testing and troubleshooting duct smoke detectors. This is a must for the HVAC Controls pro.
Throughout Summer 2013, J2 Innovations is running a special program designed to help System Integrators and Distributors quickly become experts in FIN by providing personalized one-on-one support. This unique opportunity is a natural extension of the many successful collaboration efforts our support team has had with our FIN Distributors and their SIs doing their first projects.
The way it works is simple; you pick a project you want to get done in FIN and visit our sunny California training facility, we provide you with direct access to our team of FIN experts. [Read more...]
1. Intelligent Buildings and the Cloud by Casey Talon, IDC Energy Insights (Excerpted from CABA White Paper titled “The Impact of Cloud Computing on the Development of Intelligent Buildings” by Casey Talon, Senior Analyst at IDC Energy Insights.)
As cloud computing becomes integrated into every area of business, new and better ways to utilize this technology abound. There are estimates that cloud computing reduces IT labor costs by as much as 50%, and reduces small business energy costs by as much as 90%. The majority of current users agree that being on the cloud has given them better access and control of their data. In addition, it is estimated the global cloud computing market will grow from $40.7 billion in 2011 to more than $241 billion in 2020. [Read more...]
CRB: Design Innovation at its Finest. This is a great video presentation of how extensive collaboration and teamwork can take multiple system integration from conceptual stage to operational reality for maximum efficiency. The building systems include: solar water pre-heating, energy recovery inside the air handlers, efficient air quality design, daylight harvesting, and a heat pump system that uses the neighboring lake to heat and cool the entire building. The results at the Kansas Bioscience Park Venture Accelerator Building are just plain impressive: ROI in 3.2 years, Yearly Energy Savings of 45%, and Genuine Customer Satisfaction. Take a look!
CTA Awards Steering Committee is the sponsor for this week’s ControlTalk NOW. The extraordinary BB King Blues Club will be the site of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards. Located in NYC’s Time Square, this famous venue promises to enhance the excitement and entertainment of the CTA’s.
The ControlTrends Community will soon be voting for the 2013 Thermostat of the Year. The Honeywell Prestige IAQ, Viconics, EnTouch, as well as the three other thermostats mentioned in the following article, Nest, Ecobee, and EcoFactor are all well recognized thermostats with an abundance of features and benefits.
I found this article written by Mary Catherine O’Connor posted in the Smart Planet Daily, which is a great source for Smart News and Ideas. Ms. O’Connor delivers a fresh, insightful, and big picture perspective, quite different from the traditional HVAC view, to the discussion of thermostats and the integral role the household thermostat will play in America’s, possibly, the world’s energy future.
By Mary Catherine O’Connor, April 11, 2013, 3:00 AM PDT
Americans are using less energy but are still failing to conserve energy.
That sounds like a contradiction, but it’s not. Because new homes are better insulated and heating and cooling system are more efficient, Americans burned around 10 percent fewer British thermal units to heat and cool their homes in 2009 than they did in 1993, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. But during that same period, the amount of energy consumed for appliances, electronics and lighting grew by around 10 percent. [Read more...]
The new Honeywell Prestige IAQ is a thermostat with Brains and Beauty, and with a host of wireless accessories, the Prestige offers one sleek solution to solve comfort problems and drive revenue! Will Nest, can Nest, answer the competitive bell and rise to the challenge? The Prestige is a tour de force featuring elegant engineering and Nouveau Décor. Without a response from Nest, it appears Honeywell will take command of one of the largest and most lucrative markets in the HVAC industry.
Even the high-end DIY’s will reconsider once they give the Prestige IAQ a good once over. With fan control and the [Read more...]
This episode of ControlTalk NOW is brought to you by Honeywell Momentum 2013.
Hats off to Honeywell! Great location, three great speakers, and emphasis on the trade tools and networking, makes for an awesome meeting!
People in the News:
John Petze of SkyFoundry interview to be posted this week. SkyFoundry is on a roll: SkySpark deployments pass 4000 sites and is selected for GSA Smart Building Contract.
Women in the HVACR World: Networking, Education. Mentoring: Empowering Women to Succeed Within Our Industry. [Read more...]
Join Ben H. Dorsey, KMC’s VP of Marketing, as he reviews KMC and their phenomenal product quality. KMC is the gentle giant in the HVAC control and building automation industries and has been designing and manufacturing world class products in the USA since 1974. Using its Product and Cycle-Time Excellence (PACE) process to ensure successful design and product readiness, KMC illustrates an American work force churning [Read more...]