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Getting Honest About Comfort  Comfort and environmental quality complaints top nearly every survey made of building occupants' concerns about their workspaces. Thomas Hartman, P E, The Hartman Company

Productivity and Health vs. Energy Penalties - the Outdoor Air Riddle  Len Damiano EBTRON, Inc. 

Cost Comparison Model - Open vs Proprietary Introductory Article - 9 part series Paul D.J. Mason, C.E.O. BWP plc

Successful Contracting: It all starts with an Estimate  Al De Wachter, President Independent Control Specialists Inc

Object Oriented Programming in Control System Software Engineering Sean Leonard, OPC R&D Manager, Matrikon

4-way mixing valve? or a pump with variable speed?  When to choose and when to combine?  Christer Johansson, M.Sc, Development Engineer, ESBE AB. Submitted by Leif Paxton, Paxton Corporation

Entering the Enterprise Through the Office  As we re-examine and better understand the interactive power and mesh-ability of the office backbone of most company enterprises we see evolving standards with simplified presentation.  Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner

Articles - March 2004

Perfect We Ain't  But Becoming Better is Surprisingly Easy  Thomas Hartman, P.E. The Hartman Company

Selling real-time energy metering up the management chain  Jefferson may have one of the few systems in the country that is able to actually develop reports separating metered energy use for a classroom and a research lab in the same building. Case Study  Jack Mc Gowan, CEM, Energy Control Inc. 

"Do-it-yourself" energy information systems in a Web-based world  Manufacturers of metering products have introduced new metering and data collection products that allow any electrical contractor or building owner to provide Web-based energy information to customers and tenants cost-effectively.  Jim Lewis, CEO, Obvius LLC

Mission Critical Building Monitoring & Control - The Missing Piece of the Puzzle  Advances in BMCS capabilities are now enabling these separate systems to integrate critical system information into one common protocol displayed at one operator workstation.  Travis Short, Lead Controls System Engineer, SYS-TEK Companies USA, Inc. 

Autonomic Wireless Building Networks   The key to reliable ad hoc wireless networking for building automation applications and protocols is an Autonomic mesh network: an Autonomic network is one that self-configures, self-heals, self-regulates, and understands when to apply these parameters. Weilin Wang, Michael Nova, and John Edler Kiyon, Inc.

Filtration Monitoring  Lags Behind Advances in HVAC Technology for Automated Buildings Ken Bloom, President Precision Air Technology, Inc.

Water Purification System Connects to Building Automation System using OPC - Case Study  The integration allows plant maintenance personnel to monitor the water purification system from any BAS workstation in the plant.  Brian Neufeld MatrikonOPC Marketing Manager, Matrikon Inc.

Embarrassed to be European? It would be good to be wrong as the EC aims are to be commended. But their process is doomed to fail.  An opinion piece by Madeleine Bath, securityXML Ltd

Building the Connected Home  Key Trends in the Industry - and a preview of the Connected Home event. Ian Johnson, Director, Junction Ltd

Building Automation:  Reaching for the Sky  The multi-billion dollar building automation industry is moving on and up as control systems integrate with the latest IT and internet technologies to create powerful networked intelligence. Ken Sinclair writes for Industrial Automation Asia  

A feeling of cooperation and objectivity in the industry  All of us are very excited about where BuilConn 2004 April 13-16 in Dallas may lead us and what new vibrations and feelings will be transferred to the industry.  Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner

Past Favorites 

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Weilin Wang, Michael Nova, and John Edler, Kiyon, Inc. 
Autonomic Wireless Building Networks
Deepak Wanner, Founder, Precidia Technologies  Reaping the Benefits of IP
January 2004
Jason Sprayberry, Digi International  Ethernet: The Common Thread to Total Building Systems Integration
Randy Kondor, Matrikon Inc. Integrating OPC into Building Automation - The Latest Trend 
Engineered Systems November Supplement Marketing Convergence
Thomas Hartman, P.E. The Hartman Company  Ending the Blackout Blues 
Peter Manolescue, securityXML Ltd.  Protocol war yields to productive peace
John J. "Jack" Mc Gowan, Energy Control Inc. Internet-based Energy and Security
Ken Sinclair, XML Spells Connection to the Future
Gary Bark, Plexus Technology Limited Key Criteria for Selecting Building Controls Web Servers 
Thomas Hartman, P.E. The Hartman Company "IT" Could be the Start of Something Big
Leonard A. Damiano, V.P. Sales & Marketing, Ebtron, Inc  Ventilation Codes 
Ken Sinclair,
Tom Hartman, The Hartman Company  Controlling Convergence
Ken Sinclair,  It is Time to Upgrade your DDC System

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