Episode 253: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Feb 4, 2018 features our 2-minute teaser video of the 2017 ControlTrends Awards — and we have video coverage of KMC’s 2018 Genius Summit; Ken Sinclair’s February, Automated Buildings; Altura Associates wins the 2017 Project Haystack Award; Optergy’s Proton wins the 2017 Innovative Product of the Year; and Schneider Electric [Read more…]
Episode 250: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Jan 7, 2018 features our interview with Dan Flaherty, Vice President of Sales, Acuity Brands|Distech Controls and Lance Patterson, Sales Support and Engineering, Distech Controls. Marketing Collateral of the Year Videos from EasyIO and Optergy; Ken Sinclair’s January edition of Automated Buildings; [Read more…]
Optergy’s Proton is an innovative building controller that combines energy and building management features, uses an intuitive web interface, and can connect to a companion IOS or Android application. This economical product manages up to 100 BACnet or Modbus devices, and has built-in programming & tools. And here’s whats NEW: Installer friendly design; [Read more…]
Check out this very informative post about Smart Building Controls Dashboards from our friend Steve Guzelimian, the president of Optergy. You can meet Steve at the 2017 ControlTrends Awards and stop by his booth at the AHR Show.
Most building owners and operators struggle to incentivize occupants to change their behavior when it comes to sustainability. How many times have you asked your son or daughter to turn the lights off at home when not in a room or take less time in the shower to save energy and water? Despite best efforts to install solar hot water, solar PV or water saving taps the kids just keep consuming and driving utility bills skyward. We all know it’s hard to drive change when the effects of an individual’s actions are not directly seen or felt by that individual.
In recent blog posts we discussed visualization of utilities data. Taking what was once invisible and representing in a way that is easy for individuals to understand and draw insight. [Read more…]
Episode 244: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and PodCast for week ending November 5, 2017 features interviews with industry experts, Steven Guzelimian, President, Optergy, and Belimo’s Manager of Sensor Solutions, David Alliband. The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act now allows for the hacked — to hack back. Lynxspring is on the move [Read more…]
Thanks to Steve Guzelimian,from Optergy, for providing us with this informative post:
Demand charges can be confusing. It is an invisible variable that can be costing big bucks when it comes to electricity bills. Even though invisible, it is not out of your control.
Most of us understand charges when it comes to Kilowatt Hours (kWh). For example, a motor has a 300kw rating, and therefore every hour it runs at full capacity, it uses 300kWh.
An electricity bill then breaks down what parts of the day that energy has been used, and the charges incurred for usage at those times. This part is simple.
Demand charges are different. Demand is measurement that defines what the maximum flow of electricity has been over a given time and is measured in kilovolt amperes (kVA).
There are two common charge models that energy companies use to charge for demand;
- measure the kVA maximum achieved in a month
- measure the kVA maximum achieved in a year
Both of these models punish the user as they charge for that single maximum achieved for the entire charge period. Utility companies typically charge the entire period for this maximum because they needed to have that capacity available in the electricity grid ready if a user needs it again.
Figure 1; Showing a 1-year graph of demand. Notice 879kVA being achieved once throughout the whole 1-year period.
Say you have one day of extreme heat, where all of your buildings plant runs at 100% capacity for a sustained 30-minute period and achieves your highest peak demand. Now because of this you can be charged at that peak rate for the entire month or year. Therefore, making the consequences for this one 30-minute period cost your business for a lot longer. Take a look at your bill, and usually towards the bottom it will have your peak demand charge, have you ever noticed? How much is your peak demand costing you? You need to be able to identify these situations so that you can reduce the impact they have on you.
Figure 2; Showing an example bill for a single month from the 1-year demand graph shown earlier. This customer is being charged using method number 2, the kVA maximum achieved in a year. The maximum demand being charged is 879kVA with the actual measured demand for that month being 796kVA.
The monetary impact for this once off occurrence is high, however it is easy to reduce this impact if you take control of your peak demand. This can be done with a system that has combined its energy management and building management systems. The ability to control your peak demand requires these two systems working simultaneously. Your energy management system will be monitoring you main incoming meter, which will advise your instantaneous demand. While your building management system will be running your building plant to whatever the current conditions require. Without these 2 systems talking to one another there is no way to control your peak demand. Having the capability for both these systems to communicate is extremely powerful, and allows you to control your peak demand. Once a system starts to see you reach a percentage of your desired peak, it can start adapting the operations of your building to immediately reduce your demand. This need only last for a short time, and once the demand reduces it can then return your building to normal operation.
If your building has demand limiting, instead of one moment in a month or year affecting your bills, you can control this moment and greatly reduce the effect it will have on your operating expenses. Demand limiting has the ability to reduce loads via your building management system, whether it be a binary point (on/off) such as a fan, motor or lighting or an analogue point (modulating point) such as VFD fan speed or compressor loading. Because peak demand can occur over a short time, whatever is turned off or ramped down, is only in this reduce state for a short period of time. For example, you may have multiple AC units turning on one floor, which is increasing your demand, so you can turn off your toilet exhaust fans for a few minutes while these units start up. Once they have started up, and your demand has returned to a normal state, your exhaust fans turn back on automatically. This will have zero impact on your tenants, but will have a large impact on your monthly bills. Another example would be to reset your chilled water supply temperature up half or full degree which in turn unloads the chillers compressor for a short period, then return to automatic modulation once the building load has steadied. Again this will have minimal impact on your occupants but a significant impact on your monthly bills.
Optergy is a system that can be used as a combined building automation and energy management system. It can be used from project inception, or added to a legacy building automation or energy management system. With built in applications Optergy can be used to manage the demand of your building automatically without your tenants noticing any change in building conditions. The only change you will notice is the reduction in electricity costs.
Figure 3; Showing the same customers demand profile 2 years later with demand management implemented. The maximum demand has been managed and reduced to 647kVA, a reduction in demand and cost by 26% with no additional tenant complaints.
Check out this cool way to generate smart building alarms from our friend Steve Guzelimion and Optergy.
When limited information can be used to generate alarms, there is limited ability to add context so that a user can interpret what the alarm means. The higher the alarm count, the higher the frustration levels and the more alarms become ignored. This is a common problem which can be solved with Smart Contextual Alarming. Discover how this can be achieved on your building now firstname.lastname@example.org https://lnkd.in/g-uVec3
Episode 242: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast and PodCast for week ending October 15, 2017, features our interview with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor, Automated Buildings. Ken is a true catalyst and harbinger of change, which he believes will involve our full embrace of IoT. EasyIO releases their FW wireless series challenge; Tridium introduces Niagara Cloud Backup Service and Asset Manager and publishes a White Paper on Niagara in the Industrial IoT; Lynxspring Exchange 2017 Initiatives updates; Siemens’ Ingenuity for Life video; KMC Genius Summit 2018 Hosted at The Langham Luxury Hotel in Chicago, IL, January 18-20, 2018; Acuity Brands Atrius Navigator SDK video; Kele acquires distributor Control Consultants Inc.; Schneider Electric Helping JA World Student Leaders; Optergy’s leadership role in BMS for small buildings; Blue Ridge Technologies’ Completing the BAS – Unify HVAC and Lighting Controls webinar; Honeywell’s President and CEO, Darius Adamczyk, announces portfolio changes ahead; and Stromquist’s Tim Chamblee explains chiller surge.
Introducing Niagara Cloud Backup as a Service and Asset Manager now available. Tridium’s latest advancement means you can protect the enterprise from losing valuable Niagara station and configuration data, and manage your Niagara licenses from one online location. Introducing Niagara Cloud, a growing suite of services that can help you leverage the Internet of Things in new and powerful ways.
New Lynxspring Edge-to-Enterprise Business Initiatives Announced at the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange and Technology Showcase. Lynxspring, Inc., a premier developer and provider of open, IP solutions for building automation, energy management, IoT, equipment control and device-to-enterprise integration, made several new announcements today at the 2017 Lynxspring Exchange and Technology Showcase Conference being held October 1st – 3rd at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Siemens — Ingenuity for Life Creates Perfect Places. Something drives us every day to make buildings better With people spending about 90 percent of their lives indoors, there is no place where we spend more time in our life. So buildings are far more than just four walls. They are the places where we learn the most important lessons in life, where we encounter the personalities that inspire us, where the best of our ideas are born. Buildings are the places where we spend time with the people we love. And at the end of it all: They are our homes – and there is no place in the world that feels so special to us.
KMC Genius Summit 2018 Hosted at The Langham Luxury Hotel in Chicago, IL, January 18-20, 2018. KMC is proud to present the 2018 KMC Genius Summit, hosted at The Langham Luxury Hotel in Chicago, IL. We’re bringing together our best partners for two days of world-class training sessions and in-depth technical product training. Not to mention evenings of fun and new networking opportunities! Attending the KMC Genius Summit will open your eyes to new possibilities and potentially revolutionize the way you do business.
Acuity Brands Atrius Navigator Indoor Positioning and Location-based Platform Service Software Development Kit (SDK). Atrius Navigator platform service Software Development Kit (SDK) unlocks location-based (LBS) and indoor positioning services (IPS) within mobile applications. Acquiring data from your Atrius Sensory Network, Atrius Navigator delivers precise, cost-effective indoor positioning solutions, enabling applications that redefine customer journeys and enhance business operations.
Kele, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Control Consultants, Inc. MEMPHIS, Tenn. and BOSTON – Kele, Inc. (Kele) announced today the acquisition of Control Consultants, Inc. (CCI). This strategic combination highlights each company’s long-term commitment to providing industry leading products and solutions to its customers. The combined entity will operate as separate brands, but will leverage the strengths each bring.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Ken Sinclair, owner and editor of Automated Buildings. Ken is a catalyst and harbinger, whose goal is to inform his readers of the future of building automation. Ken reviews the highlights of his October, 2017 Theme: “People-Powered Transformation, which is another stellar assemblage of industry expertise, insight, and a host of significant interviews and articles. Ken’s editorial message is emphatic and crystal clear: Embrace the change that is coming! Make your plans now! to attend Ken Sinclair’s education sessions at 2018 AHR in Chicago.
Schneider-Electric Helping Junior Achievement Prepare Today’s Students to Lead Tomorrow’s World. As a non-profit organization, Junior Achievement depends on help and donations from corporations. To assist the organization, Schneider Electric® and C-Tech Controls donated an intelligent building management system, with installation, for the three Junior Achievement Biztown locations in Tennessee: Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville.
Product Updates, Vital Links, and Latest News from EasyIO’s SK Foo. Hi all! It has been busy for us since the launching of our new products, our wireless range of controller FW series, our server spec FS32 and also our small little green module which converts one Analogue output to two Digital Output the FR-02. Since launching we received overwhelming response from customers and also our partners. We keep improving adding more features to these range of products.
Saving Time is Saving Money with Optergy BMS! Installing building management systems in small buildings can be very cost effective. For end-users it’s easy to imagine a building you know that often leaves lights or HVAC on when the system really should not be running, it’s not hard to see that small buildings can pile up huge bills. In fact much of the buildings load (~70%) can be controlled simply and economically. Visit Optergy today!
Project Haystack Organization Publishes Fall 2017 Issue of Connections Magazine. RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, October 09, 2017 — The Project Haystack Organization (www.project-haystack.org), a collaborative community addressing the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling and tagging to streamline the interchange of data among different systems, devices, equipment and software applications, today announced they have published the third issue of their Connections Magazine.
Looking for New Business Opportunities with Tridium — Check this out! You are a skilled systems integrator, and if you are like most, it seems like things are starting to slow down a bit or have just gotten more competitive, either way, there is a space that you can take you skills to that is less crowded. This IIot update, just in from the team at Niagara is worth checking out.
How California Title 24 and the other State Energy Codes Effect You and System Design. As a teacher of mine use to say, “nothing is obvious to the uninformed”. And when getting informed is free and the best of the best is teaching you, it is a time to take action and register now for something that is or will be effecting the smart buildings control pro, which is how lighting control is being changed by California Title 24. Visit Blue Ridge Technologies Unified Lighting..
Honeywell Announces Planned Portfolio Changes. A message from Darius Adamczyk, Honeywell President and CEO. Dear Colleague: Today, we announced several important planned changes to our portfolio that will position the Company for sustainable organic sales growth and margin expansion within a more focused set of end markets. You can read the details about these changes – including our intention to spin off our Homes product portfolio and ADI global distribution business as well as our Transportation Systems business into two stand-alone, publicly-traded companies – in this morning’s press release and in our presentation to investors.
Pro Tech Tip: Understanding Chiller Surge. Join, Stromquist & Company’s, master trainer and control pro, Tim Chamblee,as he walks us through chiller surge. Tim teaches you what you need to know about chiller surge, and how to protect your chillers. Tim, with over 40 years in the HVAC service and controls business offers practical tech tips and training, reach out to him directly at email@example.com, or call him at 1-800-241-9471 to find out about his training classes, or to buy York Chiller parts. Stromquist & Company is a stocking distributor of York chiller parts and would love to help provide these parts when you have a need.
Installing building management systems in small buildings can be very cost effective. For end-users it’s easy to imagine a building you know that often leaves lights or HVAC on when the system really should not be running, it’s not hard to see that small buildings can pile up huge bills. In fact much of the buildings load (~70%) can be controlled simply and economically.
For contractors, simple and economical means they have access to products like Proton that can help provide high performing small buildings with building and energy management. All this in under a hour? Yes! watch our friend Marc put together a small EMS and BMS project in under an hour.
* Configure devices and meters
* Graphics and floorplans
* Alarms schedule and trendlogs
* Mobile App
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When all you have is a utility bill with a single number representing this month’s or quarter’s consumption, it can be extremely hard to understand what story a building is telling about its performance. As a consequence, most people end up dreading their utility bills because they have no insight until the bill arrives and it’s too late.
Sadly, many buildings have smart metering systems installed. However most of the time, the data is not being collected or is communicated to the user in a meaningless way. Take the example of a monitoring system reporting a current usage of 0.2 kW and an active energy of 166.4 kWh. When these valuable pieces of information are presented as only numbers on a screen it becomes difficult for the user to gain any real insight or find patterns. Numbers on a screen can show what’s happening live, but nobody has time to watch a screen 24 hours a day. As a result, the numbers become meaningless and an endless source of frustration as building owners revert back to waiting for their utility bills to arrive.
There is a need for a smart metering system to tell the user a story. It should report the story in real time and break it down into manageable chunks of 15min intervals (or less). It should tell the story with hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly data. It should allow the user to run graphical reports comparing period on period, or usage versus ambient conditions. It should allow the user to view the building as a whole, then drill down through major load groups to end loads with a few simple clicks. It needs to allow the user to receive the story in a way that makes sense to them.