ControlTalk NOW — Smart Buildings VideoCast|PodCast for week ending Oct 23, 2016 starts with the release of the 2016 ControlTrends Awards Nomination Ballot! This is your opportunity to ensure your organization’s champions and the great people, products, and solutions in our industry are recognized. Two new categories have been added to the awards: ControlTrends Women of the Year and ControlTrends Most Impactful Video of the Year. Also this week: Video from the Geek Group; AHR EXPO Innovation Award Announcement; CANDI announces its PowerTools software has been integrated with the Intel® Building Management Platform (Intel® BMP); $6.5 Million DOE Funding Opportunity; Next Generation Innovation Episode 001 released; Contemporary Controls at Plugfest 2016; EasyIO’s Mike Marston Demos FW-14; and CBERD: U.S. and India PACE Update.
Electronics How-To: Relays the Basics a Contractor Needs to Know. Cool video from the Geek Group on relays! Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Geek Group provides access to science, technology, engineering and math by developing programming and facilities for individuals and institutions to learn, explore, innovate and play at an independent pace according to their needs. The Geek Group has many thousands of members scattered across the globe, in every state in the US and one hundred and forty-two countries. Come help us build Awesome! Thanks Chris, well done.
AHR Expo Innovation Awards Donates $22,500 to Opportunity Village. WESTPORT, Conn., October 18, 2016 – Each year as part of its submission process, the AHR Expo Innovation Awards Competition collects entry fees that are then donated in full to a charitable organization within regional proximity to the corresponding year’s show. For 2017, the AHR Expo announces Opportunity Village as the recipient of $22,500 in AHR Expo Innovation Awards proceeds, to be directly applied toward HVACR upgrades and new equipment purchases at three existing and one new campus location.
CANDI Integrates with Intel Building Management Platform to Provide Edge-to-Cloud IoT Data Access. October 20, 2016 – CANDI today announced that its PowerTools software has been integrated with the Intel® Building Management Platform (Intel® BMP), which is now available. Intel® BMP is a manageable IoT platform with built-in security that enables cloud-based smart building applications and services with easy access to the data and things in small to mid- sized buildings. CANDI-enabled gateways simplify smart building deployments by making it quick and easy—and often automatic—to integrate smart products such as meters, switches, thermostats, lights, sensors, cameras, and building controls.
Make Your 2016 ControlTrends Awards Nominations Today!ControlTrends is excited to announce that the 2016 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. Two new categories have been added to the awards: ControlTrends Women of the Year and ControlTrends Most Impactful Video of the Year. Click here for the Nomination Ballot!
ENERGY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES $6.5 MILLION TO SCALE UP THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF US COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: DE-FOA-0001518: The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has announced the availability of $6.5 million for DE-FOA-0001518, “Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages.” BTO seeks proposals driving innovation in real building technology demonstrations while also fostering the collaboration of dynamic demonstration teams. The General Services Administration (GSA) Green Proving Ground program is a key collaborator, will participate in the review committee, and offer demonstration host sites.
Next Generation Innovation Episode 001. Next Generation Innovation is all about Smart Buildings and Smart People from The Young Guns Perspective. Rob Allen from Stromquist and Company along with his rotating co-hosts Josh Felperin, Jason Houck and Brad White invite guests to discuss HVAC, Lighting, Security and Smart Building Controls and their perspective of how it all fits and works together. Whether you’re a manufacturer, contractor, distributor or end user there will definitely be something you’ll enjoy on the Next Generation Innovation podcast.
Contemporary Controls Plugging in from New Hampshire, at the 2016 BACnet International Plugfest. October 2016 – The BACnet International Plugfest 2016 at the InterOperability Lab at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire gave attendees the opportunity to live test new products and features. The conference, for manufacturers of BACnet products, allows attendees to test their BACnet products with BACnet devices from other attendees in a neutral and friendly environment. “One of the benefits of attending PlugFest is the chance to test new products,” said Mingshu Wang, an engineer at Contemporary Controls. “We attend PlugFest every year because it gives us a unique chance to see how our products interact with those from another company.”
EasyIO’s Mike Marston Demos the FW-14 Live at Pittsburgh’s Carpenter’s KML Apprentice Training Facility. ControlTrends had the opportunity to join Mike Marston, VP Worldwide Sales at EasyIO Holdings, when visited with Pat Butler, Facility Manager at KML Carpenters, and Dave Simmers, a Systems Integrator with Renick Brothers Mechanical Contractors. Mike demos the awesome new FW-14 wireless controller technology that uses BACnet over IP and Mesh to Mesh integration between controllers using live wire sheets (no uploading/down loading). Great demo video!
CBERD: The Eagle and the Tiger: U.S.-India Partnership Advancing Building Energy Efficiency Innovations. The United States and India have a long and successful strategic partnership in the energy sector. In November 2009, the United States and India launched the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE), which is working to accelerate inclusive, low carbon growth by supporting research and deployment of clean energy technologies. Under PACE-R (research), the U.S. and India support research in solar energy, building energy efficiency, advanced biofuels, smart grid, and energy storage.