SES Consulting Inc., ControlTrends Awards Young Gun Emeritus, had the unique opportunity to provide expert witness testimony to the House of Commons, Canada’s Standing Committee on Natural Resources. Click here to view full session. One particularly interesting quote from Brad’s witness testimony: “While much of the focus of government support is on directly supporting energy efficiency projects, [Read more…]
Johnson Controls is pleased to announce the release of their VP140 Series of Pressure Independent Control Valves. Johnson Controls will deliver stable flow and energy efficiency by combining their actuators with the new, cost competitive VP140 Series of Pressure Independent Control Valves (PICV) in both axial and ball valve configurations. [Read more…]
Honeywell is Building Automation Systems: With both Honeywell WEBs-N4 and WEBs-AX, Honeywell has the Niagara Framework-based building management solution (BMS) that takes all aspects of your building and occupant needs into consideration to maximize energy efficiency and make management of your facility simpler and more user-friendly. Add the power of Spyder® or Stryker controllers, and you’ll have the versatility to choose from a collection of best-in-class control products ready to evolve and meet all of your HVAC, lighting and security needs. Honeywell’s scalable solutions are designed to meet current and future demand.
As part of the Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today announced $14 million to dramatically increase the efficiency of our nation’s homes and buildings.
Through the Commercial Buildings Integration program, the Energy Department will make six awards for up to $8.4 million to nationally scale-up replicable, energy-efficient solutions for small and medium office buildings, apartments, stores, restaurants, and businesses. Under its Building America program, the Energy Department will make eight awards for up to $5.5 million for industry partners to create healthier, more comfortable homes that will save homeowners money on their utility bills.
The Commercial Buildings Integration program engages market leaders to accelerate adoption of energy saving technologies and practices by the commercial buildings market and support development of new, integrated program models for building retrofit. CBI relies on these partners to test and refine resources, conduct real-world demonstrations, and facilitate the deployment of solutions to the market through peer sharing and exchange. DOE also recognizes business leaders nationally for their progress and success. Our six central partnership activities are the Better Buildings Challenge, Better Buildings Alliance, Better Buildings Accelerators, the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network, the Penn State Consortium for Building Energy Innovation, and competitively-selected Cooperative Agreements projects.
Utilities around the world are under increasing pressure to maximize energy efficiency, control load, and integrate distributed energy resources. These factors plus a changing regulatory environment are driving new requirements for network resiliency, flexibility, and power quality — all of which impact the traditional utility business case. For utilities to thrive in this changing market, they must embrace greater network agility and work with customers to maximize value for all stakeholders in the value chain.
The 2nd Annual Demand Response World Forum 2015, October 6-8 in Costa Mesa, CA, brings together professionals from around the world to explore the latest demand response and network control strategies for meeting the changing energy landscape of the 21st Century. Technology innovators and business leaders will discuss how to enable an integrated and flexible network that is responsive to a wide range of distributed energy resources, marketplace entities, and customer energy demand and generation.
You’re invited to America’s #1 facilities show – the National Facilities Management and Technology Show (NFMT) for Free. NFMT will be held March 10-12, 2015, in Baltimore, MD.
The NFMT Conference program features more than 120 educational sessions that are entirely free to facilities management professionals. Choose from every topic imaginable: From best practices for reducing energy, to maintenance planning and scheduling, to Finance 101 for FMs, to a review of ADA regulations, to developing a leadership style that leads to success, NFMT’s educational sessions cover all the topics vital to the facilities management success. Start planning your educational session schedule! Customize your learning today with NFMT’s session tracks. From there you can build a professional educational experience that will benefit you all year long.
NFMT presenters are among the best and the brightest anywhere. We’ve lined-up the sharpest most engaging practitioners in facilities management. So you can spend three days soaking up their knowledge, ideas and expertise for free. It’s like having your team of FM consultants without the high price tag.
A new DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement for Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation; The 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition registration deadline and a free webinar about proven strategies for designing zero energy ready homes; The November 18 webinar, High Performance Space Conditioning Systems, Part II; DOE’s newest Solution Center for energy efficiency programs; BEopt Version 2.3 with enhanced new features; Residential success stories highlighting technologies for winter preparation; Zerhttp://controltrends.org/wp-admin/admin.php?page=wpcf7o Energy Ready Home technical training in December; The latest publications from Building America: measure guidelines, case studies for new and existing homes and technologies, and more!
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting applications for the Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation Funding. This photo shows two brick homes that have been upgraded into high performance homes. Building America research teams design, test, and demonstrate efficient technologies and practices that result in cost-effective, marketable home performance. Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001117, which will award up to $4 million for research and development (R&D) projects that advance high-impact residential building efficiency technologies and practices. Concept papers are due December 12, 2014; the deadline for full applications is February 4, 2015.
This FOA funds applied R&D in real-world houses to demonstrate strategies that will spur the residential building market to adopt energy-saving measures that will enable 50% savings in new homes by 2025 (based on the 2009 IECC) and 40% energy savings in existing homes by 2030. Project teams will focus on developing and implementing high performance solutions to three core technical challenges: building envelope assemblies and systems; optimal comfort systems for heating, cooling, air distribution, and humidity control; and ventilation systems and indoor air quality strategies.
Read the full November issue for the latest news and information from Building America.
Learn more about the Building America program, which is about Bringing Building Innovations to Market. And, please forward this notice to interested colleagues.
ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast October 5, 2014 is sponsored by Siemens, nominated for over 10 ControlTrends Awards. Siemens offers a complete technical infrastructure portfolio for building automation, energy efficiency, fire safety, security, total building solutions and market-specific solutions in buildings and public places.
ControlTrends Around the World: Norway. We caught up with Hoist Energy’s Tommy Hagenes and Runar Solli at the 2014 EASY IO World Conference in Madrid, Spain. Hoist Energy is one of Norway’s most prolific building automation controls systems integrators. Thanks to Tommy and Runar for sharing their insights on smart buildings and controls integration in Norway, including the vital role EASY IO is playing in Norway.
DGLux5 Training at Their New — Oakland, CA Headquarters! October 22nd-24th 2014. DGLogik, Inc. invites you to an enhanced DGLux5 Training at the new headquarters in Oakland, CA. This 3-day training course takes place from October 22-24, 2014. Our DGLux5 training provides new lectures, new exercises, and new hands-on labs designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles, concepts and knowledge necessary to develop and support applications using DGLux5. In addition, this new training will allow all users to walk-away with a functional application template for their future use. Register now!
ControlTrends Around The World: Australia. The EASY IO world conference in Madrid, Spain, allowed us to connect with the very best smart building controls professionals from around the globe. In this video we catch up with Chris Schneider. Chris, along with his team at Open BMCS, created a programming software tool that allows savvy building automation controls integrators a powerful alternative to more expensive options. The Open BMCS software is a great way to program and configure your EASY IO controllers. How easy is it to use the Open BMCS software? Click here to see Open BMCS training videos. Be sure to check Chris out at the 2014 ControlTrends Awards and the 2014 AHR Show in Chicago.
Honeywell WEBs-AX Security Sales Training – LIVE STREAM.
Honeywell Niagara-AX Framework Shellshock Update — US-CERT Alert, TA14-268A: On Thursday, September 25, 2014 US-CERT published an alert, TA14-268A, regarding a critical vulnerability in the GNU Bourne-Again Shell (Bash), the common command-line shell used in many Linux/UNIX operating systems and Apple’s Mac OS X. After a thorough review of Honeywell products, we want to reassure our customers that no versions of NiagaraAX Framework software or any other Honeywell products are affected by the Shellshock bug.
Automated Buildings’ October Release: Auomated Diagnostics & Analytics: We were looking for a theme for our October issue and we polled the industry about articles featuring occupant productivity and how our industry has an amazing interaction with productivity within a building. Although all agreed that this was very true and a very powerful relationship, the general feeling was we need to keep working on how to shape occupant productivity into a real measured variable for our industry before we can include it in our ROI payback calculation.
ControlTrends People: Laura Kevitt: Meet Laura Kevitt! Laura, heads up national accounts for Honeywell’s ECC Building Automation Group. But as those of us who are luckily enough to have worked with Laura know, she is a technical virtuoso on Honeywell Access and Building Automation Controls. Laura is the control pros pro and I was lucky enough to catch up with her in Atlanta.
The Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.
The Energy Department today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.
The projects announced today will generate data, case studies, and information intended to help commercial building owners adopt new energy efficient technologies, including advanced ventilation, building energy use optimization software, more efficient commercial refrigeration fan motors, and advanced lighting controls. The selected projects include:
enVerid Systems (Houston, Texas) – enVerid will retrofit building ventilation systems with modules that remove indoor air pollutants such as carbon dioxide. This enables the indoor air to be recycled while greatly reducing the amount of outside air ventilated into the building and reducing the loads on the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Facilities could experience significant energy savings with this retrofit technology. Ten separate commercial building demonstrations will be conducted over 3 years.
BuildingIQ, Inc. (Foster City, California) – BuildingIQ will optimize HVAC energy use across commercial buildings using Predictive Energy Optimization (PEO), a cloud-based software application that runs on top of existing building automation systems. PEO uses data from weather forecasts, utility tariffs, demand response event signals, and occupant schedules to automatically adjust energy-consuming building systems. These adjustments are based on building-specific modeling that PEO uses over time employing building use data, as well as predictive algorithms and advanced control strategies. Sixteen separate building demonstrations will be conducted.
QM Power, Inc. (Lee’s Summit, Missouri) – QM Power has developed high efficiency 7-16 watt fan motors that are often used in commercial refrigeration systems. QM Power intends to install and demonstrate approximately 12,000 high efficiency fans in more than 50 grocery stores throughout the U.S., focusing on open display case retrofits that could result in significant efficiency improvements. If fully adopted, the motor application has the potential to achieve more than 0.6 quads in energy savings and reduce energy costs by $1 billion.
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (Lexington, Massachusetts) – The project is designed to further the implementation of advanced lighting controls (ALCs), which turn off or dim lights when they are not in use. The project will demonstrate and evaluate two or more ALC technologies in 10 buildings, which should experience significant energy savings compared to a traditional lighting retrofit without controls. Designers and installers will be trained to use the technologies. The demonstration results will be used to support development of utility incentive programs to help further drive adoption of ACLs.
The Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. For more information on building technologies, visit the Building Technologies Office website.
John Naisbitt, inventor of “Megatrends” (watch below) would have to be proud of COMFY’s High Touch solution to a challenging High Tech problem. As building management systems (BMS) continue to increase energy efficiency, the satisfaction of the building occupants could well be decreasing — because the occupants are not comfortable and they assume the technologies around them — are being used against them, and please, the use of dummy (placebo) thermostats has run its course.
The COMFY solution, people-centered intelligence for buildings, is delivered without a lot kicking and scratching — an ethernet connection to any BACnet BMS system and COMFY puts people back into the equation — very accurately, as the most important and vital sensor input variable. Comfy delivers instant high-touch by providing instant streams of warm or cool air to people while also using high-tech machine learning in the background to reduce energy use. The high touch words “Warm my Space” or “Cool my Space” or better yet, “I’m Comfy,” replace the set points and the numeric temperature displays. COMFY’s contextualized technology allows users to pinpoint their locations yielding optimized zoning. The energy savings generated by COMFY occupants (over 20%) are impressive.
This form of digital hugging and providing occupants with a relevant experience in the context and time that’s most relevant to them is becoming critical as more and more high tech is delivered.
“In our craving for emotional authenticity, Naisbitt locates the great challenge of our frenetic era.”