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The Hartman Company
New Industry Opportunities
The results of recent projects confirm new network enabled control technologies offer enormous opportunities to those in the industry who are willing to change their perspective from the century old concepts that have guided and continue to guide building HVAC system design and operations.
Without raising first costs it is now possible to build and operate commercial building HVAC systems that consume about 50% of the electricity of fully optimized conventional systems and at the same time incorporate simpler system configurations and simpler operations. These benefits are now being demonstrated in the early projects we have completed that have been designed around the new control technology called "demand based control"
Although demand based control offers a sound and straightforward path to improving energy efficiency and comfort in buildings, it is by no means universally accepted by the industry at this time. Many manufacturers, designers, and building operators appear willing to continue employing older technologies in their work. For the first time in a long while, this creates in our industry a true opportunity for differentiation and a potential competitive advantage for those who are willing to incorporate and support more advanced control technologies in our products, designs, and building operations.
To get a better idea of the potential benefits that demand based control offers designers and manufacturers, and how this technology is applied most effectively, we have assembled the following elements from our firm's resource database:
1. An on-line essay
written by Mr. Hartman for automatedbuildings.com outlines the two most critical
problems in our industry and how network enable demand based control can provide
improvements that are orders of magnitude beyond the performance of current
technologies. This essay can be found at:
2. A recent HPAC
Engineering Magazine Article Mr. Hartman wrote on ultra-efficient building
comfort cooling that describes some of the features of demand based control and
outlines a case study of this exciting new technology. This article is available
3. An article Mr. Hartman
wrote a few years ago that discusses the critical issue of comfort control in
commercial buildings. This article shows why maintaining suitable comfort
requires some capacity for individual control which is now becoming more
straightforward to apply. This article can be found at:
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