– Robert Beverly
Beverly, Editor, Engineered
Beverly has worked at ES since 1998 and served as editor since
1999. The magazine hosted regular columns by AutomatedBuildings.com
founder Ken Sinclair for many years, including more than a few about
some weird concept called "the cloud" and what it was going to mean for
building controls someday.
Improving On A Good Thing
back up for a second, how was last year's conference?
Beverly: Honestly, we would've liked more
people, but we got the best
feedback we have ever gotten for an ES event. Sponsors who exhibited
were telling us they had some great contacts. Attendees who had been
before were saying it was the best batch of sessions yet. With a ton of
help from Jeff Seewald at Building
Intelligence Group (our
co-presenter), we feel like we hit the sweet spot in terms of content.
Sinclair: About content.
What's at the top of the marquee this time around?
Beverly: Craig Walker will deliver a keynote for us. He's the
director of the
Energy Systems Program Office at United Technologies Research Center.
The title is "Advanced Building Systems: Guaranteed High Performance
from Design through Operation" and here's his summary:
more than 40% of the world’s energy consumption occurs in the
built environment, delivering dramatic energy use reduction in a broad
cross section of buildings holds the promise to significantly reduce
our energy footprint. Despite the existence of a few examples
demonstrating lower energy use, the goal of developing solutions that
are viable in a large fraction of the built environment remains
elusive. This talk will identify some of the key technical and economic
barriers to delivering and sustaining energy performance over the
lifecycle of a building and describe several innovative systems
technologies that have recently been developed and demonstrated.
So we're pretty excited to get that
view from the cutting edge, while
still recognizing the real obstacles that exist.
Sinclair: That's sort of the
tough thing to reconcile, isn't it?
Personally, what I like about this event is that a recurring theme for
us has been to help bridge that gap between what is theoretical (or
impractical for practically everyone) and the practical solutions
people are trying to find for their buildings today. It is always
exciting to see what's coming down the pike. It's better when people
can actually connect some dots and bring one or two ideas to discuss
and implement when they get back to the office.
It can be flashier to focus on the former, but we try to keep our
sights on the latter. That, and the discussion and networking, is what
actually make the trip worthwhile and the event useful for people.
Futuristic is great but if it isn't useful at the end of the day,
people won't come, much less come back like some have.
moving this conference from city to city, are you finally
Beverly: Yep, we've been from Baltimore to San Diego, but the
seems like a really good fit. Falls Church is convenient to both Dulles
and Reagan National, and the location makes it attractive for a lot of
people along the I-95 corridor to get in easily by car or even train.
Sinclair: Any early discounts people should know
Beverly: There's a hefty earlybird discount running for at least
most of this
month. Here's how I've been describing it to people: the content is
going to be just as good either way. The ideas and potential savings
you take away from the event are going to be just as valuable. All that
varies is whether you want to pay $200 more for it later on than you
could now. Might as well register, get it out of the way, and save most
of your hotel expense right off the bat. Click to
Sinclair: What about session tracks?
Two tracks again, plus a little bonus content, and we can give folks
some of the scoop on that lineup next month.
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