ControlTalk NOW for Week Ending July 5, 2015

ControlTalk NOW for week ending July 5, 2015 (sans video) wraps up a short holiday week with HVAC and Building Automation highlights including product posts from Belimo and Sierra Monitor Corporation; interview with John Petze, DOE’s Program Funding, and a preview look at Ken Sinclair’s “Finding Reality in a Virtual World.”

ENERGY.GOV12_Energy Department Invests $600,000 in University-Industry Partnerships to Enhance Building Efficiency. The Energy Department today announced $600,000 in funding to help American universities to establish stronger partnerships with industry and business in the area of building efficiency, supporting the Obama Administration’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030 and developing the nation’s clean energy workforce.

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 10.58.34 AMBelimo ZoneTight™ Zone Valve Launch Video. ControlTrends picked this Belimo video on a Twitter feed from Lars van der Haegen, new CEO of the Belimo Group, commenting on Take Your Daughter to Work Day – Learn about all the great product features and benefits as Dad shows off his newest invention, the Belimo ZoneTight zone valve. As Lars says, “Watch this outstanding example of a Launch Video for a new Zone valve.

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 12.40.18 PMKen Sinclair’s Automated Buildings July Release — Finding Reality in a Virtual World. Ken Sinclair’s editorial in the July, 2015, publication of Automated Buildings, “Finding Reality in a Virtual World,” addresses the effort there is finding the gems and the relevance — the actual reality while sorting through the virtual digital fire hoses aimed at our attention. Trusted people and trusted sources bring clarity. Editorial excerpt: “When we started 17 years ago we created an online vehicle design to connect the reality of the large building automation industry to a virtual world the internet / web.

John PBuilding Analytics Trends: Update with John Petze. I had a chance to catch up with (“Mr. Big Data”) John Petze at the 2015 Realcomm|IBcon conference. Who better than John, partner at Sky Foundry, and long time expert on building automation controls and smart buildings, to share his thoughts on the trends in building analytics.

Screen Shot 2015-07-04 at 10.48.06 AMControlTrends Wishes a Happy 4th of July to All! Anyone for Some History, Facts, and Trivia? 4th Of July Trivia Facts 2015: 15 Fun Things To Know About Independence Day from International Business Times! On a more serious note read The Story of the Fourth of July and How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday? — from For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date.

Screen Shot 2015-07-05 at 6.07.20 PMSierra Monitor Corporation’s Featured Application: Boiler Room Safety. Sierra Monitor Corporation provides industry expertise and insight to one of the most ubiquitous applications we face in the HVAC business: The boiler room. Convenient links to many of the major codes and regulations governing boiler rooms are provided at the end of the post.

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