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Ken Sinclair, Editor

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Five Education Sessions focused on Building Automation and the Cloud 

Five fast moving free education sessions that discuss redefining our future, all speaking to our industries’ reinvention and the power of online web services residing in the Internet Cloud. 

9:00 am Monday January 25 - Jim Sinopoli & Ken Sinclair 

1.  The Reinvention of Building Automation 

As our industry reinvents itself and we become totally connected to the enterprise and smart grid we need an injection of new ideas from web based thinking to quickly propel us forward. The complexity of our BA industry can appear greatly simplified with web services, SaaS, and browser presentations. The complexities of our industry reside with us, but the reinvention and representation of our future resides with the new teams we build. This session will also cover a few Predictions for 2010 plus the new products, innovation and development since AHRExpo Chicago show

1:30 pm Monday afternoon January 25 - Dave Branson and Ken Sinclair 

2.  Applications for BIM in Existing Buildings and Cloud Document Management

Building Information Model (BIM) software and processes leverage the power of visual relational databases to improve decision making and coordination throughout the building design effort. New visualization and simulation tools reveal the effects of decisions made prior to the commitment of funds to the construction phase, thereby reducing the effects of poor decisions on the designers, builders, owners, operators and insurers. In similar fashion, Cloud Computing provides a collaborative process that leverages web-based BIM capabilities and traditional Document Management to improve coordination of various disciplines during the design process.  

9:30 am Tuesday January 26 Jim Sinopoli & Ken Sinclair 

3.  Introduction to Cloud Services for Buildings  

The Cloud for the real estate industry has become real. As we see applications and services move 'off-site' and offered and provided by hosted service providers (SaaS or Software as a Service), you can start to imagine the opportunities for managing real estate, reducing energy and providing value-added applications to the users of buildings. Examples such as intelligent automated continuous commissioning a Path to Optimized Operations & Energy Efficiency. Our new mission is to expose how the dot com & org are using the cloud to provide their products and services. The identification and use of these valuable industry cloud connectors is essential to propel our industry forward at warp speed so it can radically change to survive. 

1:30 pm Tuesday January 26 Dave Branson and Ken Sinclair 

4.  Building Automation gets Griddy while colliding with the corporate Enterprise 

Designing and leveraging building systems technology to achieve both comfort and efficiency provides challenges under normal conditions, but add Electrical Grid interactions with real time pricing and it is a whole new game.  Energy Business Intelligence and middleware technology is now being introduced to the building and HVAC space by Information Technology (IT) companies. Come join us as we discuss what this all means to our industry. 

3:00 pm Tuesday January 26 Toby Considine and Ken Sinclair 

Reliable Controls 5. Collaborative Energy: Informed Communities of Building Systems 

New smart grid standards exchange information rather than control signals with buildings-based systems. Three information exchanges, (1) energy scarcity, quality, and value, (2) grid and market events and (3) live energy usage information are the basis of collaborative energy. Building systems from BAS to home appliance to consumer electronics will be expected to share such information as well. A common information component to share schedules and calendars between building systems, enterprise activities, smart grid, and financial markets is just now coming out of the IETF.  

Systems will cooperate as autonomous agents using advanced energy profiles to move beyond limiting energy use to aggregate load shaping within the building. Load shape and load control will maximize the value of distributed energy resources (DER) and Near Grid Buildings. Loose integration will create a premium on autonomous performance and inter-system collaboration. Energy and schedule aware systems will compete on richness of user interface. Learn how these new expectations will change consumer and owner purchasing decisions.

These GWAC sessions will be injected in at 11:00 am between our sessions each day

Electricity, Buildings and HVAC – The Next Frontier for System Integration – Building technology integration with the Electric Grid will drive energy savings and environmental benefit
As global economies recover, there will be many opportunities for business and technology renewal, none will be bigger than the next wave of systems integrations.  Relentless increase in electric demand has had a brief hiatus in 2009, but the next wave of growth will re-start the significant challenges facing electricity business.  Designing and leveraging building systems technology to achieve both comfort and efficiency will be discussed in this session, along with approaches to use this same technology to participate in electricity programs for Demand Response (DR), Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) and Smart Grid that will pay customers to participate.  Understanding the business and technical aspects of this business is critical for building and HVAC professionals. This is the next frontier for building automation and HVAC control and this session will discuss how Smart Grid envisions that the power of IT and the Internet will be used to drive interoperability between equipment and systems on both sides of the electric meter.

Automation and HVAC in a Post-Stimulus World
Many changes are occurring in our industry.  Green and Net Zero Buildings all involve the ability of automation systems to monitor, control and report on non-renewable and renewable resources, place buildings on and off the energy grid, and provide consistent and complex responses to building needs.  Several states are passing laws requiring that buildings use this technology and that they provide energy history and performance reports to prospective buyers when a building is being sold.  This session will discuss some of the bellwether projects implemented under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and how these projects will impact our industry and establish trends for decades to come.  Key technologies will include automation, microgrids, utility programs, Energy Business Intelligence and middleware technology being introduced to the building and HVAC space by Information Technology (IT) companies like IBM,. Cisco and Microsoft.

B2G Summit - Room S330G 12pm - 5pm, Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The B2G Summit is open to all, there will be a registration fee of $195, available online in December at www.B2G-Summit.com

The B2G Summit is an event aimed to bring together key BAS/HVAC players with key thought leaders from the Smart Grid space, held at the ASHRAE Winter Meeting and AHR Expo.

B2G Outreach: The goal of B2G Summit is to engage more of the BAS/HVAC community into the advancing Smart Grid via education about what work is going on, why it is relevant, and by invitation to participate in the NIST Standards Interoperability activity.

Speakers at the B2G Summit will include leading experts in Smart Grid from NIST, GridWise Architecture Council, Demand Response organization, Utilities in addition to technology and business leaders from the Building Automation industry.


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