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Episode 256: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings Videocast and PodCast for week ending Feb 25, 2018 features our interview with Tridium’s Ed Merwin, Director Vykon Automation, Energy and Security. Ed believes this upcoming Niagara Summit in New Orleans is the most important and featured-packed summit yet. [Read more…]
Episode 240: ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings PodCast for week ending September 24, 2017 features an interview with Tridium’s Ed Merwin, Director, Vykon Automation Energy Security. The 2017 ControlTrends Award Nomination period has begun and Your Ballot is ready for your completion. Tridium released their JACE 8000 IO R, and is now offering a limited time JACE Trade-in, Trade-up program, and be sure to read Kevin Smith’s white paper entitled “Cyber Security and the IoT.” Lynxspring announces their JENEsys® PC 8000 and JACE® 8000 Trade Up Program; and Wayne Tighe joins Optigo Networks as VP of Global Sales; and don’t miss “Using Request and Promise” by Eric Stromquist.
ControlTalk NOW interview with Ed Merwin, Director, Vykon Automation Energy Security. Ed brings the ControlTrends Community up-to-date with several Tridium products and programs including the release of the JACE 8000 IO R, The JACE Trad-in, Trade-up Program, Kevin Smith’s new white paper and webinar on Cyber Security and the IoT–Threats, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned, which is now available for view on TridiumTalks.
Tridium’s Defending Your Business Against Cyber Threats Webinar. Tridium chief architect Kevin T. Smith led the TridiumTalk, joined by recognized industry expert James Johnson as moderator. Kevin overviewed how to develop a strategy to defend against cyber threats, and he detailed the organizational best practices to mitigate risk. Kevin and James took questions, and among the materials available for download are the Q&As.
Critical Facilities Summit — Join Us Oct 23-25 Minneapolis, MN. Join Us Oct 23-25 Minneapolis, MN. Critical Facilities Summit is designed for senior-level professionals responsible for the design, construction, management and operations of Data Centers, Labs, Hospitals, Financials, Telecoms or other mission critical facilities. 35+ sessions, organized into tracks which offer you an unbeatable way to create an agenda that’s tailored to your needs and interests. Tracks include: Cloud and Co-location Trends, Higher Ed, Medical, Labs, and Life-Safety, Optimizing Uptime, Project Spotlight, and The FM-IT Link.
Tridium Announcement: Introducing a Leap Forward for the JACE 8000. New IO solution adds power and offers straightforward migration path. JACE® 8000 IO R is now available. Supported by Niagara 4.3, the new IO R enhances the JACE 8000 by providing a direct connection to simple sensor and device inputs and outputs remotely located up to 4,000 feet (1,200 metres) away. This new capability will allow you to monitor, control, schedule and analyze your building assets like never before.
2017 ControlTrends Awards Nominations have Begun! ControlTrends is excited to announce that the 2017 ControlTrends Awards nomination period has begun. This is your opportunity to ensure your organization’s champions and the great people, products, and solutions in our industry are recognized. Several categories have changed and three new categories have been added to the awards: Progressive Consulting Engineer of the Year (Demonstrated Industry Leadership in Advancing the Smart Building), ControlTrends Most Impactful Marketing Collateral (Video, Product Rollout, etc…) of the Year, and HVAC, Building Automation, or IoT Solutions Trainer of the Year. Click here to begin the nomination process!
2JENE_PC_8000_Trade_Up_PPTLynxspring’s Announces JENEsys® PC 8000 and JACE® 8000 Trade Up Program. Make the move from your legacy JENEsys and JACE Controllers and save $$$ Now! Recently, Tridium announced a special, limited time program that enables you to move from legacy JACE controllers to the JACE 8000 series. And Lynxspring is pleased to support this program. Introducing the JENEsys PC 8000 and JACE 8000 Trade Up Program, a program featuring discounts now through December 22, 2017. The JENEsys PC 8000 and JACE 8000 Trade Up Program enables you to leverage the features and functions of Niagara 4 with the speed of the JENEsys PC 8000 and any JACE 8000 by allowing you to trade up your legacy controllers at discounts on JENEsys PC 8000’s.
Wayne Tighe joins Optigo Networks as VP of Global Sales. Vancouver, BC, September 21, 2017 – Optigo Networks is proud to welcome Wayne Tighe, formerly Vice President of Software Sales at Tridium Inc. of the Software Solutions Group in Honeywell, as our new Vice President of Global Sales. Tighe’s guidance and insight will be key to driving Optigo Networks’ explosive growth in the smart building industry. “After more than two decades working for Fortune 100 corporations, I’m excited to join Optigo Networks at this pivotal moment in the company’s history,” said Tighe. “Optigo’s entering its next phase of evolution. The team is agile and innovative, and the technology has tremendous upset potential.”
Sales and Communication Strategies that Work! With all the great products, support and prices, sales has become more important than ever. In fact, I believe it might be one of the only differentiators left. Sales is harder today than it has ever been. Your clients have more choices and less time to consider these choices than ever. This means low price usually wins and due to lack of access you cannot help them see past the price only mentality. Getting access to a client is very difficult. They simply do not have the time to see most vendors. We all have existing customers that we can get to, and when business is good we tend to be reactive and take care of our customers, which must be done. But what about finding new business? How do you get in front of new customers and how can you be effective when you have these opportunities?
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.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building America Program has been a source of innovations in residential building energy performance, durability, quality, affordability, and comfort for 20 years. This world-class research program partners with industry (including many of the top U.S. home builders) to bring cutting-edge innovations and resources to market.
Learn about how this world-class research program can help the U.S. building industry promote and construct homes that are better for business, homeowners, and the nation. Continued below.
For example, the Solution Center provides expert building science information for building professionals looking to gain a competitive advantage by delivering high performance homes. At Building America meetings, researchers and industry partners can gather to generate new ideas for improving energy efficiency of homes. And, Building America research teams and DOE national laboratories offer the building industry specialized expertise and new insights from the latest research projects.
The Building America Program conducts applied research, development, and deployment in residential buildings. Building America projects are led by U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories and expert building science teams in partnership with leading industry players (e.g., builders, contractors, and manufacturers).
We’re the Experts! For nearly 50 years, KMC has provided state-of-the-art building automation and control solutions to a global network of system integrators and distributors. Our products are controlling buildings of all sizes and types all around the world, including the most sustainable office building in North America. Increasing control, monitoring, and efficiency demands drive the need for flexible building automation systems. Intelligent building control systems reduce energy consumption, lower operating costs, and improve occupant health, comfort, and productivity.
Monitor performance from anywhere. With buildings consuming 47 percent of global energy and about half of that coming from chillers, keeping on top of chiller performance is critical, not just for efficiency, but for occupant comfort and productivity. New technologies that form the Internet of Things (IoT) are making it easier than ever to stay on top of chiller maintenance – with data available anywhere, remote monitoring and diagnostics allow service technicians to proactively tackle potential issues, making preventative care and maintenance scheduling easier than ever.
Dear SunShot Supporter: Have you heard about the Solar in Your Community Challenge yet? It’s a $5 million prize competition funded by the SunShot Initiative that aims to expand solar electricity access. Specifically, it focuses on low-and moderate-income (LMI) households and nonprofits that haven’t been able to take advantage of the booming solar market. Challenge participants are eligible to win cash prizes and technical assistance over the course of 18 months.
So how can you participate? Lead a team. Teams can include a wide array of organizations like local governments, businesses, nonprofits, community serving organizations, utilities, banks, and citizen associations. Teams work together to either create either a portfolio of solar projects or a new solar program.
Be part of a team. Do you want to be part of a team, but don’t know where to start? Signing up as a supporter is your best bet. Supporters can be recruited to join a larger team, or can band together to start a brand new team.
Lend your expertise. Experts provide technical assistance to teams throughout the challenge. These experts can either be a consultant or a coach—consultants provide hands-on assistance, whereas coaches help guide teams through the process. Both coaches and consultants will be compensated for their efforts. The early application deadline is January 6, 2017, so visit the Solar in Your Community Challenge webpage today to learn more about the structure of the Challenge, the prizes participants can win, and read the official rules.
The SunShot Team
Offshore wind energy holds the promise of significant environmental and economic benefits for the United States. It is an abundant, low-carbon, domestic energy resource. It is located close to major coastal load centers, providing an alternative to long-distance transmission or development of electricity generation in these land-constrained regions. Once built, offshore wind farms could produce energy at low, long-term fixed costs, which can reduce electricity prices and improve energy security by providing a hedge against fossil fuel price volatility.
Realizing these benefits will require overcoming critical challenges in three strategic themes: 1) reducing the costs and technical risks associated with domestic offshore wind development, 2) supporting stewardship of U.S. waters by providing regulatory certainty and understanding and mitigating environmental risks of offshore wind development, and 3) increasing understanding of the benefits and costs of offshore wind energy.
The U.S. Department of Energy, through its Wind Energy Technologies Office, and U.S. Department of the Interior, through its Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, have jointly produced this updated national strategy to facilitate the responsible development of offshore wind energy in the United States.
This post was taken from the Building Technologies Digest, which provides a weekly roundup of the latest news, funding opportunities, reports, events, and webinars from DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO). The 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.
140 Million Places to Save Energy, By David Nemtzow, Acting Director
I recently spoke with two distinct audiences about the importance of buildings in the U.S. energy space. Both the FEMP Energy Exchange conference and a group hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy had roomfuls of energy savvy professionals, many – but I suspect not all – of whom recognize the scope of opportunities the U.S. buildings sector offers for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
So let’s start at the beginning: Improving energy use by buildings is at the center of the U.S.’s (and world’s) energy and climate challenges. Period.
There are currently some 130 million residential units in the United States – which most of you think as homes. We at the Building Technologies Office (BTO) are prone to think of them as energy consumption structures. The 5+ million commercial buildings that make up our offices, schools, hospitals, and grocery stores? They also represent a huge opportunity for energy savings. Together, all of these buildings represent 40% of the energy consumed within the U.S., 76% of all electricity, and are responsible for 34% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. That makes for a lot of space for improvement.
That’s what guides the work of BTO, helping improve energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings from research to locking in the savings.