April 2009


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    April 2009Ken Sinclair

Editorial Comments by Ken Sinclair           

B the U in YoungEnergy.org 

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Our April issue builds on March's theme of nurturing our personal networks by calling the young to our industry with all of us becoming the “you” in the newly formed industry collaboration called www.youngenergy.org 

The daily mindless mass migration of people to places is over. Only connected people and collaborative services and products will survive by connecting to the web of the future.

As our industry reinvents itself, and we become totally connected to the enterprise and smart grid, we need an injection of new ideas from folks with web based thinking to quickly propel us forward. YoungEnergy will create a network of leaders that will influence the design and implementation of our future. 

The complexity of the BA industry can be greatly simplified with web services, SaaS, and browser presentations.  We need to reach out to those that have grown up with the web and cell phones, who see no other way, to help us grow. The complexities of our industry reside with us, but the reinvention and representation of our future resides with the teams we build with YoungEnergy. As our readers and the Building Automation Industry in general will you please support us in becoming the “you” in YoungEnergy? Become a mentor bringing the young into our industry.

Anto Budiardjo has a must read article It’s 1992 all over again! that draws a great parallel to now and the start of the internet era. What we are going through right now is no minor change of focus; even the creation of the Internet will be eclipsed by what is about to happen in the intersection of energy and information technology.

Anto follows up with an Interview - YoungEnergy.org @ BuilConn's ConnectivityWeek  How does the BA industry bring new blood into the workforce. These new challenges are a headache to us old folks, but are simply wonderful opportunities for the next generation, the iPod generation that lives and breaths issues like climate change, technology and the challenge of economic recovery.

We hope that the leaders of tomorrow will evaluate the wisdom of our today's authors in the many related articles, interviews, columns and reviews in this issue plus our over 10 years of online issues and their searchable information.

April Columns  OpenEMS Andy McMillan; Cyber-security, Smart Buildings, and the Smart Grid Toby Considine; Commissioning An Intelligent Building Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt; What’s New! From This Year’s AHR Expo Steven R. Calabrese; The Need for Real-time Data Access Manny Mandrusiak.

April Interviews  YoungEnergy.org @ BuilConn's ConnectivityWeek Anto Budiardjo; Energy Efficiency and Comfort Steve Tom;  Catching the Process Fieldbus James Powell & Manny Mandrusiak;  New Current Sensing Ideas Jerry Woodin;  LonMark Career Center Heather Deal.

April Previews & Reviews  Letter from Jim Lee - Smart Grid Standards; Some Thoughts on GridEcon 2009 - William Cox;   OPC - SCADA - signage - youtube - EPRI.

April Articles  It’s 1992 all over again!  Anto Budiardjo, Clasma Events Inc.; Getting There From Here Thomas Hartman, The Hartman Co.;  Diving Into Building Water Management Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings;  LEED 2009 and Building Automation Systems Bill Swan, Alerton; Read manual dial gauges wirelessly, in minutes Harry Sim, Cypress Envirosystems; Smart building infrastructure helps manage costs Bradley Hemphill, Electrical Engineering Solutions.

The news just keeps flowing thru our web site and RSS feeds daily, and of course the only way to truly find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of information on our site is with our site search engine http://www.automatedbuildings.com/search/sitesearch.htm

As always lots of new products, plus be sure to check our event calendar to see the number of events we have in our future.

Thanks to our News Page Sponsor:  Delta Controls a global leader in BACnet-based, web-accessible products for hvac, lighting and card access controls. Our full range of programmable and application-specific controllers are valued for their flexibility, reliability and ease-of-use.

Welcome our newest advertiser:  Activelogix, LLC a leading provider of Internet-based enterprise automation solutions, including design services, consulting, custom applications and technologies to enable management and optimization of sustainable, energy-efficient, and secure facilities in a multi-vendor, cross platform environment.

We welcome return advertiser - Quality Automation Graphics is a leader in the building control industry; providing energy efficiency education display dashboards, 3D symbol libraries, 3D design, and graphic outsourcing.

                       nurturing our networks

Whether social or physical our evolving networks require our closest attention and need to be carefully nurtured to grow strong while incorporating every sustainable future possibility.  Our March issue speaks well to this subject.

Jack Mc Gowan, CEM, President & CEO, Energy Control Inc. starts our focuses on both social and physical networks with Smart Buildings meeting the Smart Grid to Accelerating Change in Global Energy, a Workshop at the 2009 MIT Energy Conference March 6, 2009.  

Patrick Winkelman, Vice President Sales Americas, Distech Controls, Inc. advises; a sustainable BAS is achievable with proper initial design considerations that include the use of open protocols, standardized Network Management tools and open access to product and training.

Connecting BACnet Devices to an IP Infrastructure  This paper reveals how all BACnet devices can effectively share a common IP network — thereby enhancing the power and convenience of BACnet. by George Thomas Contemporary Controls

Harry Sim, CEO, Cypress Envirosystems tell us how to build a wireless network to the Steam Traps of our past with Energy Savings.   In last month's issue he advised us about new networks to the Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat.

Gary Gigot, Marketing Executive, Optimum Energy LLC tell us about a “shovel ready” energy efficiency solution in his Ultra High Performance HVAC. This product uses physical networks to reach social networks of existing contractors. This theme is repeated in the article HVAC Contractors The Channel of Choice for Scaleable Energy Services by Tim Kensok, Vice President, Market Development, Air Advice.

Also articles about nurturing Video Integration with SCADA System, Integrating Lighting Control plus a  Facility Dashboard “Built for Change.

Robert Beverly, Editor, Engineered Systems has a A Capital Idea!  The info and ideas flying around our Green Intelligent Buildings conference can help your business, but they can help your career, too.

Please network with our contributing editor Jim Sinopoli by filling out his Industry Survey on Education and Training”?

March Columns  Pay-it-forward Andy McMillan, Energy Interoperability Standards Toby Considine, AHR Expo Blows Through the Windy City  Steven R. Calabrese, BAS and Advanced, Integrated Lighting Control  Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt, Mastering middleware for sustainability  Ken Sinclair.

March Interviews  Certification? Jim Sinopoli, Ultra High Performance HVAC Gary Gigot,  The OPC Advantage in a Down Economy Tom Burke & Manny Mandrusiak, Conference on Total Building Commissioning Ray Bert, Plug into Profit 09 Daniel A. Drolet Sr.

March Previews & Reviews  ZigBee Resource Guide ZigBee Smart Energy Forum

Several of our advertiser have provided links to their very informative newsletters and blogs please check them out.

The news just keeps flowing thru our web site and RSS feeds daily, and of course the only way to truly find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of information on our site is with our site search engine http://www.automatedbuildings.com/search/sitesearch.htm

As always lots of new products, plus be sure to check our event calendar to see the number of events we have in our future.

Welcome our newest advertisers:

Alerton - The leader in BACnet-based energy management solutions including new construction, retrofits and integrations. Contact your local Alerton dealer today for solutions that are customized for your building’s unique needs.

Cypress Envirosystems provides products and solutions that save energy and improve productivity for older plants and buildings using state-of-the-art non-invasive and wireless technologies to minimize disruption and cost.

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It is a great time to be in the news business for our industry. 

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We have added a new Blog tab to our navigation menu which links to related industry blogs of interest.  We created an Industry online Forum many years before blogging was conceived and have combined these.

We have been working on improving our web site by reorganizing how we handle the great number of news releases we receive daily.  We now provide a HomeToys RSS News Feed News Feed ( Which Needs a RSS Feed Reader ) and have provided a New Our RSS news feed rendered into HTML



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