ControlTrends had the opportunity to interview James M. Burtch, a young, up-and-coming Energy Sustainability Consultant. Actually, it’s James M. Burtch, C.R.M., C.D.S.M., C.B.C.P., C.L.E.P., C.E.M., and Honeywell EEO Certified. As evidenced by the host of certification designations following his name, Jim has dedicated much of his professional career pursuing and obtaining the professional expertise that enables him to write enlightened building automation systems specifications that ensure owners gets what they want and that the contractors meet the specification. Jim believes that data analytics will continue to grow in significance and value as it becomes easier to access and filter for effect. As principal and owner of Interactive Energy, LLC, Jim specializes in new and retrofit building automation system projects with emphasis on energy sustainability. Located in Marion, Ohio, Interactive Energy, LLC services several national accounts.
The man, the myth, the legend, Ken Smyers and I are constantly talking about the need for a new breed of consulting engineer for the Smart Buildings Controls industry. Cut and paste specifications are no longer acceptable. This new breed of engineer can be found at smart building conferences like the Niagara Summit and Realcomm/IBcon. They know that open is not just something you do to a can of beer on a hot summer’s day. The enlightened engineer understands the different levels of openness and seeks to provide complete and seamless solutions to their clients that take advantage of the latest IoT technologies. The enlightened engineer creates new dimensions of value by giving their clients more and better choices. The enlightened engineer belongs to no vendor, product, or idea. If better is possible, good is not enough. The smart buildings they design are more energy and operationally efficient.
Their numbers are growing and they are making a difference. Ken and I recognize them as the Enlightened Engineers that will help lead us through the Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance. Engineers like Donny Walker from Newcomb and Boyd in Atlanta get it. As their numbers grow, and we meet and learn of these enlightened engineers, ControlTrends will acknowledge and present them to the ControlTrends Community.
In our first installment of Enlightened Engineers, meet Tim Howell from Page Southerland out of Austin, Texas. We met Tim at the 2016 Niagara Summit and we were very impressed with what he had to say about smart building controls. Tim, keep up the great work and welcome to the Smart Buildings Controls Renaissance and the alliance of Enlightened Engineers