December 2009

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    Ken Sinclair

Editorial Comments by Ken Sinclair          Editor/Owner,

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Our AHR Expo Preview

This issue provides a preview of our advertisers/sponsors and the building automation industry's involvement at this year's AHR Expo. This is our 11th consecutive year of providing free education sessions at AHR Expo and our December Preview issue has become a tradition. We will keep the preview going in our January issue with late breaking news right up to show time.

A great line up of articles that talk about smart grid, measurement, energy efficiency and how Automated Buildings will be interfaced to the web.

December Columns  Common Routines in DDC Steven R. Calabrese  BAS System Tune Ups
Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt 
BACnet Marketing 3.0  Andy McMillan  Privacy, the Essential Service for Smart Buildings  Toby Considine  Innovations at the SPS/IPC Drives Show  Manny Mandrusiak

December Interviews 
2010 Niagara Summit  Marc Petock  Achieving “green” building operation  John Bishop  Increasing Acceptance of LEED  Nathan Rothman  The Empire State Building  Randy Storch
658 facilities, 4,000,000+ SF   Kelly R. Campbell 
Connecting BAS with Smart Grid  Anto Budiardjo

December Reviews  OpsManage 2009 user conference  SWOT of Digital Signage

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

November Favourites  What is "Smart City"?  Energy Reporting  The Business Case for Submetering  Integrating BAS’s To Everything All The Time?  OPC UA Explained  Web Based Customer Communications  Small standards for small things

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.

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

Tell our sponsors you saw their ad on the web site and thank them for supporting your free access to evolving Automated Building Industry information. Click on their ads and view their valuable products and services. Please review all Our Sponsors. 

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

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November 2009Measure, Map & Manage

Our theme for November summarizes how our industry is now Measuring and sensing almost everything and then Mapping to graphical representations to developing strategies for Managing from anywhere anytime. To make this happen we need to lower the cost of sensors and their installation and increase their reach, improve our presentation models while looking to the cloud for better low cost management.

Jane and I are California bound to be part of OpsManage'09 to learn how to Empower our Sustainable.  I am part of a  Facilities Management Forum. This forum shows how Invensys helps solve challenges associated with green buildings, sustainability, carbon emissions, regulatory compliance and energy management initiatives that drive demand for new facilities management technologies. I sense more of these industry crossing events in our future and look forward to being part of them.

Two great articles on Measuring with sub-metering:

The Business Case for Submetering  Daryl Cowie, Wescon Technologies
New Energy Initiatives Energize Submeter Deployment   Don Millstein, E-Mon, LLC

Take a look at what is happening in Russia, the hands on demos of connected standards need to be replicated globally. Be sure to watch the youtubes at the end of article.... neat stuff.

What is "Smart City"?  "a new scientific research center for intelligent automation in the construction industry"  Andrey A. Golovin, Executive Director of associations BIG-RU (BACnet Interest Group Russia) and KONNEX Russia, Editor in Chief of the magazine "Building Automation" 

Several other relevant articles;  School Monitors and Improves Building Performance  Sarah Erdman, QA Graphics  Monitoring the Grid  Camille Caron, Matrox Graphics  Yas Island online collaboration of a $40 billion development  Will Turbet, Aconex  A New DC Power Standard  Brian Patterson, EMerge Alliance  Energy Reporting  Gina Elliott, Smart Buildings LLC  Building Transformation  Ken Sinclair

November Interviews  What’s New with BACnet International?  Michael R. Wilson  Lifecycle Management Improves Cash Flow  Paul Oswald  Enterprise Dashboard for Facility Management  Paul Ogle  Web Based Customer Communications   Bob MacKie  Energy Information Standards Alliance (EISA)  David Bunzel

November Columns  Understanding Specifications (3 of 3)   Steven R. Calabrese  Integrating BAS’s To Everything All The Time?  Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt  OPC UA Explained  Manny Mandrusiak  Managed Energy, Collaborative Energy, and Autonomous Load  Toby Considine  A “BACnet System” Procurement Challenge  Andy McMillan

November Reviews  Small standards for small things  ASIS International

Please welcome our newest sponsor:  Wescon Technologies  introducing the new ACU Multi-Circuit Submeter. Website server, automated reporting, 27 circuits, one box. Sub metering has never been this easy and affordable.


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