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…]
If you saw our earlier post on the Honeywell IAQ Point 2 indoor air quality sensor, then you know this is one of the coolest indoor air quality sensors to hit the HVAC market. Not only does it have a gorgeous display and great functionally, it is also very easy to install. Wall-mounting the Honeywell Analytics IAQPoint2™ Indoor Air Quality Monitor takes less than two minutes and is simpler than mounting a standard thermostat.
For more information on the Honeywell IAQ Point 2 contact one of the Control Pros at Stromquist & Company if you are located in Georgia or Florida, The Edward C. Smyers Company if you are located in Pittsburgh, or one of our affiliates at Controls Group North America.
Recently, the ACI Low Pressure Transmitter Series has undergone a few product improvements that are designed to improve not only the overall functionality of the unit, but to also reduce its installation time. These changes were due to many of the newer building requirements specified by the LEED and Green Building codes. Among the improvements are the improved accuracy from +/- 1.1% FSO to +/- 0.85% FSO, field selectable input pressure and analog output ranges, Overpressure Indication, and optional LCD display. The increased accuracy of this sensor will allow for better measurement and control of the static pressure within the ductwork in your buildings but will still be one of the best values in the HVAC marketplace. [Read more…]
Over the years Control Trends has given you a look at various manufactures of controls and their products. I came across this video the other day that is quite unique in it’s own rite. And you know, it’s time to give Siemens some good old Control Trends Love… We know them… we sell them now let’s look into Siemens a little deeper.
In the HVAC world Siemens supplies Thermostats, Sensors, Controllers, Valves, Damper Actuators, VFDs, Switches and Realys, and so much more. In the future I will be bringing to you (being an old boiler guy) a look at the Siemens controls that deal with the boiler side of our industry. But for now enjoy the “primer” and let’s give Siemens the love they deserve.