EPA Launches the 2014 National Building Competition — See the List of Competing Teams!

EnergyStarIt’s finally here! Last week U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the 2014 National Building Competition. In addition to individual building competitors, this year’s battle features a new special theme: “Team Challenge!” At the end of the competition period, FEMP will recognize the highest-performing federal government building that participates in EPA’s 2014 competition.

EPA provides a suite of free technical and communication resources on the competition website that you can leverage for your own energy management efforts. Use these free tools, read stories from past competition winners, and follow #ESNBC for inspiration throughout the year. If you have any questions about the competition or using Portfolio Manager to measure, track, and report your building’s monthly energy consumption, please contact the Energy Star HelpDesk.

Let the games begin!

List of Competing Teams

The Worlds of Big Data, Cloud Services, and Infographics According to Bitpool: A Cloud Data Collection Platform for All

ControlTrends serves as a valuable pivot site for our industry’s trends, whether they’re leading products, solutions, software and products updates and releases, web-meetings, seminars, as well as industry insights — many of them global in origin. This industry insight is from Rav Panchalingam, a self-declared software geek from Australia. Rav uses an interesting hamburger analogy to comment on some of the biggest trends unfolding in 2014: The worlds of big data, cloud services, and infographics, as viewed from the land down under. Rav and Bitpool seem to know where the beef is and how to get it… (and the disruption continues).

For the complete article by Bitpool’s Rav Panchalingam, Director of Research & Development, please use this link to the January 2014 automatedbuildings.com

Excerpted: Connecting commercial buildings into the cloud is still something which must be championed by ambitious and technically savvy people who are acting in the interest of the building owner – mainly consultants or switched-on real estate managers, who have a good grasp of what they want to use the software tools for. There are definitely some very good software packages in the market right now, but they are selling themselves as exactly that, a one-size-fits-all package. Once you buy in, you’re seemingly locked in, which is ironic since the software world is supposed to be all about freedom of choice.

So we have some companies with great cloud-based energy management packages (burgers), but you’re pushed to buy all the sides and extras that come along with it, whether they are useful to you or not. Some people just like very plain and simply want to get their data into the cloud. They have their own analysis tools, gizmos and contraptions to get what they want from the data after that.

Bitpool (bitpool.com) is a cloud data collection platform. As a platform, it’s key feature is simply to provide the infrastructure for people to start pushing HVAC and any other building data into the cloud. The API developed around it allows people to build connectors for uploading from equipment or systems and retrieving data for use in applications.

Published on Oct 13, 2012 Bitpool is a cloud-based data collection service specifically designed for use in the Building Controls industry. It can be used with a variety of protocols, including BACnet and Modbus as well as with multiple BMS vendors, such as Schneider Electric and Johnson Controls.

ControlTalk Now For The Week Ending August 25, 2013

dglux_building_automation_iconControlTalk NOW thanks this week’s sponsor: DG Logik. DGLux The Visualization Platform: DGLux is a “drag & drop” visualization platform that enables you to design real-time, data-driven applications and dashboards without ever writing a single line of code. DGBox is a low-cost end to end solution for creating and utilizing appliance applications. The solution consists of DGLux embedded into a commodity hardware box.

RedLinkHoneywell e-Learning LIVE: Join Honeywell’s WiFi Thermostat Training! Millions of homes today are equipped with Wi-Fi enabled devices, and while a consumer might not understand the technology, they certainly understand what it allows them to do on a daily basis. Learn about the features and benefits of Honeywell’s Wi-Fi thermostats. [Read more...]

CAN2GO Demo Suitcase — The Most Powerful Sales Tool in the Industry!

Can2GoRS Can2Go has packaged a full Building Energy Management System (BEMS) to demonstrate the power of CAN2GO’s technology and its interaction with a varied ecosystem of wireless devices. Contact your Schneider Electric or Viconics representative to order your CAN2GO Demo Suitcase today!

CAN2GO™ is perfect for new installations and retrofits, in all building types – whether as a stand-alone solution or integrated to an existing BACnet IP system.

For more information visit Can2Go Media Center [Read more...]

ControlTalk Now For The Week Ending July 21, 2013

Easy-IO ControlTalk NOW thanks EasyIO — this week’s Platinum sponsor! The EasyIO range of Controllers are rugged, network centric, high performance and very flexible to use. They represent a paradigm shift in the BAS and Energy related industries, whereby, an Area Controller is not mandatory anymore.

ControlTalk NOW referenced these links: McKenney’s, Tridium, EasyIO, Stromquist, DGLogik, GSA, Johnsons Controls, Honeywell,
McKenney’s Training on Cylance IT Security Information [Read more...]

ControlTalk Now For Week Ending July 14, 2013

Johnson-ControlsControlTalk NOW thanks Johnson Controls — this week’s Platinum sponsor!

Johnson Controls delivers products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency and lower operating costs in buildings for more than one million customers.

ControlTalk NOW referenced links: CGNA, CABA, DOE, LinkedIn ControlTrends Awards Group

ControlTrends Hangout: Episode Two – Using Social Media in The HVAC Industry: Ken Smyers and I continued our “hangout” discussion on how to use social media to [Read more...]

DOE Challenge Home Program Webinar: Better Business for Builders


Orientation Webinar: Better Business for Builders

Mark your calendars! Whether you are new to the DOE Challenge Home program or ready for your annual refresher, join us for this orientation webinar. The DOE Challenge Home— an ambitious successor to the Builders Challenge program — represents a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability. This webinar will provide an overview of the Challenge Home program including the business case and some new tips on how to be recognized as an industry leader.

Date: Wednesday, July 17
Time: 12:00-1:30pm EST

To join the webinar: Follow the link below, select “Enter as a Guest”, and enter your first and last name. Dial into the conference call line to hear the audio.

Webinar Link

Rob Murchison on Intelligent Buildings and IBCON 2013

Thanks to Rob Murchison from Intelligent Buildings for stopping by and talking to us at IBCON 2013. Savvy real estate professionals know that Rob is the “go to guy” when they need to adopt and implement a comprehensive energy management and building controls strategy.

IntelligentBuildings®, LLC is a Smart Real Estate professional services company. They provide [Read more...]

CRB Innovative Laboratory Design at the Kansas Bioscience Park Venture Accelerator Building

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!

ControlTalk Now for Week Ending June 9, 2013

Honeywell 180x120The ControlTrends Awards Steering Committee gives big thanks to Honeywell and Amy Anderson for Honeywell’s second Platinum Sponsorship. “At Honeywell, we believe it is important to listen to our customers to understand their product and business needs. We call this process Voice of the Customer (VOC).” Honeywell will be at the 2013 ControlTrends Awards — BB King Blues Bar & Grille in NYC Times Square!

Entouch Controls is More Than a Thermostat: Thanks to James Walton, from Entouch controls, for showing the crowd at Stromquist & Company’s contractor day, what a great solution Entouch has for light commercial buildings. Do you want a low cost controls solution that also [Read more...]