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Every month there is a blizzard of information contained in the emails and newsletters that cross my desk on their way to AutomatedBuildings.com. Some of this information is not in the form of any type of content we can publish but I feel I should share with you these snippets, blog bits, and url links that are about to fall off my desktop.

The Challenge: Improved Organizational Productivity through Improved Environments Organizational  productivity is the efficiency with which an organization operates and the balance between input costs and output values. Productivity improves when costs are reduced or when outputs increase in value. Organizations spend approximately 10 times more for the staff who do the work than for the buildings they work in. Making the right choice of environmental  conditions can benefit an organization if it supports the employees, and can provide a double benefit if it also saves energy. Conversely, building conditions (even energy-saving ones) that create discomfort or add barriers to effective work can be costly for both the building operators and tenants.

The hidden health benefits of green buildings  The green building movement can unlock a huge amount of economic and social benefits if it focuses on making buildings healthier for occupants in addition to environmental aspects, said experts at the Green Cities conference in Sydney.

Why care about workplace productivity?  Delivering even a 1% increase in employee productivity dwarfs any cost cutting measure and creates a sustained value for our customers.

LIGHTING-AS-A-SERVICE  Turn bulbs into IoT endpoints with control, communications and sensing services LIGHTING  No industry is being disrupted more than lighting by the Internet of Things. McKinsey projects the worldwide market to grow to approximately $159 billion by 2020.  An estimated 12 billion ‘end-points’ in homes, enterprises, industrial facilities and retail locations, make lighting the most ubiquitous network of connected devices on the planet and the perfect platform for IoT.

Integration is not the future, it's the now.Talk of integration as something new is the mark of someone way behind the times.In fact, integrating at machine to machine level is expected and an everyday part of almost every project we now work on. Yet not all BMS manufacturers see it that way.The old fashioned BMS relies on physical inputs and outputs to connect to the real world. For most, integrated communications are an afterthought, often provided by a third party gateway; almost as if this sort of thing is non-standard.

As the CEO of Red Fish, Justin Clacherty works with clients, deploying building automation solutions. He spoke at AusCERT 2016 about the security and privacy challenges facing commercial and residential building automation. And he painted a very grim picture. “It’s primarily used for reducing energy consumption,” says Clacherty. “It controls things like blinds and air-conditioning”. As the data for multiple buildings is often managed by a single entity, it can travel into cloud systems and other applications that are used by managers. There are many different standards in play for commercial building automation such as ModBus, BACNet, KNX, C-Bus, Lonworls and DALI.  Clacherty’s company mainly works with KNX, which is covered by ISO standard 14543. It’s used extensively in the EU and Middle East with Red Fish working to establish it in Australia.

The Building Automation Optimization Checklist I’m new to building automation and it’s a bit overwhelming. What’s the first thing I should do?  More and more, folks who aren’t building automation professionals are being put in charge of building automation systems. I’ve compiled a list of 13 actions someone with a new or existing building automation system can take to ensure their system is setup to support them. The good news is that with a few actions you can reduce the risk of your building automation system failing.

THE TRUE COST OF LIGHTING CONTROLS WHITE PAPER Control Network Solutions (CNS), creators of smart web-based control solutions, has published its white paper ‘The true cost of building control solutions’ to highlight the key legislation to be aware of and the questions to ask when considering building controls.

KNX AssociationControl Solutions, Inc now offers many webinars to inform you about various KNX-related topics. These are online live presentations about both technical as non-technical matters you can follow from behind your computer and interact if you have questions.

The Things Gateway 150 cities around the world. The support has been really overwhelming and we look forward to supporting everyone part of our mission.We just launched our webshop for pre-ordering the The Things Gateway, The Things Node and The Things UNO. Use coupon code letsbuildthisthingtogether to get your community discount.

Energy Efficiency is the Best and Quickest Climate Change Mitigation Action, Why Not Invest in Our EE Professionals? "If you can’t measure it, then you can’t manage it." This saying sounds so true about the energy sector. Indeed, installing meters and employing robust measurement and verification methods and protocols is indispensable to building and enhancing the credibility of the entire sustainable-energy sector. Currently, another newer saying may also apply to energy efficiency (EE): “If you can’t tweet about it, then you won’t do it.”

How to manage the behavioral and technical aspects of remote access to a BAS  Remote access for your BAS really comes down to solving two issues. The first, and most difficult is solving a behavioral or cultural issue. There is a massive difference between working with the IT group at a major hospital and the one-man band at a 80k square foot commercial real estate building.

The Spring 2016 issue of Foundations is now available on the BACnet International website.  The Foundations publication is an educational resource produced by BACnet International for its members. BACnet International is the cornerstone of its members' success, and Foundations builds on that by providing the technical knowledge needed to succeed in the world of building automation. 

Need to wire I/O from point to point or between many points and want to avoid running long wires, our Wireless I/O systems can help. These secure, reliable systems can be deployed quickly and allow you to avoid trenching, conduit, and permits. The systems can be used for indoor or outdoor applications.

The 5 Building and Energy Websites Everyone Should Know About  Do a quick search on building and energy websites and what comes up within the first page? You have some stuff from the DOE (Department of Energy) and other government entities but chances are you will only find one of the top 5 building and energy websites during your search. This means that decision makers, consultants, and designers are missing out on key information that directly impact the efficiency and effectiveness of their building management and energy programs.




 

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