December 2008

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Articles - December 2008

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Creatively Address Rising Costs and Environmental Concerns  Building owners can respond to both of these issues by incorporating smart choices into their designs that reduce energy use, lowering costs and lessening the building’s impact on the environment. Sarah Romero, Veris Industries

“31 Tannery Project” – Year 2+ Sustainable Operations maintaining our 2nd Year of Net Zero Electric Operations and Energy Star 100 scores… Moving on… Edward H. Brzezowski, PE, LEED AP Noveda Technologies

Protocol Blenders and Information Creators: Middleware Providers and Implementation Strategy Jim Sinopoli and Neil Gifford, Smart Buildings

Introduction to Modbus Serial and Modbus TCP    Modbus is popular for its simplicity. Because so many users with Modbus knowledge are in the field and because a Modbus-IDA association backs this open standard, it will continue to remain popular. George Thomas, President, Contemporary Controls

Indoor Air Quality Basics  Part 1/2 - IAQ Audits: Are You Missing the Bigger Picture? Christina Inge, Marketing Manager, Spinwave Systems, Inc.

2008 Digital Signage Year in Review  Digital Signage “Turned the Corner,” maturing in 2008  Lyle Bunn, Principal & Strategy Architect BUNN Co

The Front End  The chief reason for multiple systems under one Front End is to remove the perceived shackles of the control provider from the end user.  Darryl Trombley, Building Automation Consultant, Metro Environmental, Inc.

Maximizing Boiler Performance and Efficiency  Would you know what to adjust if you realized money and energy were being wasted on an hourly basis?  Sharam Pavri, Forbes Marshall

XML Integration Transforms Telephone Entry System to Web-programmable Appliance Jerry Graciano, Manager of Development Partnerships, Brivo Systems, LLC

Grid Interoperability  Demand response is an important tool in your energy management toolkit. But the future it anticipates could be of even greater benefit to your bottom line.  Ken Sinclair,

Columns - December 2008

Cabling for DDC Systems  Specify the proper conductor sizes and cable types for your BAS project  Steven R. Calabrese, Control Engineering Corp.

The Lie in Demand—Response  We encourage only the crudest, least effective energy savings, while denying the market the energy signals that would cause better.  Toby Considine, Technology Officer, Facility Services, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

BAS Use of Ethernet/IP Infrastructure Simply put, should a BAS use its own dedicated Ethernet/IP system, or should it use that provided for the building’s business-enterprise communications and managed by the IT department?  Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt, Building Intelligence Group

A Light at the end of the Wireless Tunnel  BACnet-Zigbee for Building Automation has a Bright Future  Andy McMillan, President and CEO, Teletrol Systems Inc.  & President BACnet International

Articles - November 2008

Energy & Controls…making sense of it all at Grid-Interop Jack Mc Gowan, CEM

ECommerce, Buildings, and Energy  How do eCommerce technologies, including contracting, reliable messaging, security, and the application of Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) fit into the energy and buildings world? Carol Geyer, Director of Communications, OASIS

Blue, Buildings, and Energy The shift from green to blue has started. Laurent Liscia, Executive Director, OASIS, Toby Considine, University of North Carolina, William Cox, Cox Software Architects LLC

B2G and the NIST Workshop at Grid Interop '08  David Holmberg, NIST B2G domain expert working group lead, BACnet Utility Integration working group lead

The Smart Grid and Ongoing Building Commissioning  For building owners, preparing for the Smart Grid starts with initiatives that will benefit them today.  Jim Butler, CTO, Cimetrics Inc.

Transacted Energy End Games  It starts today, with demand response, and continues with transacted energy.  Toby Considine, University of North Carolina

Wireless Interoperability Wireless Interoperable Systems: Enabling the Smart Grid  Christina Inge, Marketing Manager, Spinwave Systems, Inc.

OPC, XML, .NET and Real-Time Applications  DCOM is alive and well. DCOM fills a void that XML web services cannot fill.  OPC DA (based on DCOM) will continue to dominate applications. White Paper, MatrikonOPC

The Virtue of VirtuaWattTM  VirtuaWattTM is an online demand response auction application that is designed to help customers more easily navigate the complex energy market. Joe Franz, Director of Product Management, Constellation NewEnergy & Del Hilber, Director of IT Demand Response, Constellation NewEnergy

Feel the need for total security  Video surveillance, is becoming a sought-after technology to provide security  Steve Rubin, President, Longwatch

Setting Sights on a Standard  In order to support the technology shift toward IP video systems, the market leaders need to work toward creating increased flexibility for end users, integrators and consultants. Dr. Bob Banerjee, Product Marketing Manager, Bosch Security Systems, Inc.

Imagine you could speak to your SCADA system…   Send a text message to your SCADA system.  Michael Meirovitz, CEO, Control See Ltd.

Legacy Building Automation Integration  The BACnet-N2 Router is a network appliance hosted on the Advantech Embedded Automation Computer. Steve Jones, Managing Partner, The S4 Group, Inc.

Demand response: turning on to new opportunities  The next frontier for demand response is to move beyond curtailment and leverage the power of building automation systems that exist within or across collections of buildings. Ken Sinclair,

Columns - November 2008

The Three Little (BACnet) Pigs  A Modern Day Fable of Building Systems Integration  Andy McMillan, President and CEO, Teletrol Systems Inc.  & President BACnet International

Sequences of Operation (2 of 2)  An objective look at specified descriptions of control Steven R. Calabrese, Control Engineering Corp.

Buildings, Emergency Response, Energy, and Situation Awareness  The NG911 system, or Next Generation 911 supports better interaction.  Even buildings, and building systems, might act as 911 operators. Toby Considine, Technology Officer, Facility Services, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Data Center Building Automation  In many ways data centers come closest to blurring the line between commercial and industrial controls in our industry. Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt, Building Intelligence Group

Past Favorites 

Jack Mc Gowan, CEM, President & CEO,Energy Control Inc. Energy & Controls
Brian Bohlig, Vice President of Marketing, Arch Rock Corporation  Wireless Sensor Networks Move Onto The Internet
Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, Managing Principal, Smart Buildings  An 8-Step Strategy To Making Existing Buildings Smart
Bob Mealey, Lynxspring’s Vice President,  Marketing and Sales Lynxspring’s JENEsys™ snap!
Christina Inge, Marketing Manager, Spinwave Systems, Inc. Water Submetering: Wireless Systems
Ken Sinclair, Editor Owner My 10 Takeaways from ConnectivityWeek
Anno Scholten, Novus Edge Open Source
Ken Sinclair, Editor Owner  The Future of Automated Buildings in North America
Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, Managing Principal, Smart Buildings  The Coming Flood of Energy Reporting, Building Sensors and System Meters 
Robert Eckery, Marcom Manager, EnOcean, Inc. Pushing Green into the Black 
Anto Budiardjo, President, Clasma Events Inc. The Energy Revolution is Here!
Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, Managing Principal, Smart Buildings  Eight Predictions for Smart Buildings in 2008
Dan McCarty Quality Automation Graphics  Out-of-the-Box Energy Monitoring
Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, Managing Principal, Smart Buildings How Do Smart Buildings Make A Building Green? 
Johnson Controls, Case Study  Integrated Design Associates, Inc.  Net-zero energy 
Edward H. Brzezowski, P.E – LEED AP,  Director of Engineering, Ferreira Group and John Grabowski, Vice President, Live Data Systems Ferreira “31 Tannery Project”  Net Zero Electric



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