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Building Automation

BUILDING AUTOMATION

Controls & Occupancy

Existing sensor strategies and newer lighting tech continue the battle against wasteful energy use.
Much of the energy usage in a commercial building can be attributed to systems that are operating under the assumption that the building is “occupied.”
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VSD Retrofit For Lab Fume Hood Exhaust System

When you’re a student working with toxic chemicals, jarring alarms are not exactly a desired part of your process.
Control recommissioning in existing buildings presents an excellent opportunity to not only save energy, but to fix operational deficiencies and work with the building’s occupants to reduce complaints.
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Building Automation

Data Analytics

Buildings offer a multitude of valuable information, but it’s no good if you can’t find it.
Buildings contain a treasure trove of data. Information is available from a broad variety of systems from HVAC and electrical to utility usage.
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ControlTrends Awards: Red Carpets, Winners, and Rockettes

It wasn't all snow and vendor booths on the first day of the 2014 AHR Expo in New York.
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Spring Tune-Up For Your BAS?

Chances are good your control system is not working to its potential. Here are some ways to fix that.
Each month in this column, we talk about the benefits of control systems and BAS.
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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

More On Doing The Right Thing

Advice for the jobsite, including don’t play “the blame game.”
To follow up last month’s discussion on doing the right thing when it comes to addressing another person/company’s problem(s), let’s look at a few scenarios, problems, pitfalls, and approaches to correcting an error.
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Case In Point

Data center succeeds in search for ideal temps

Robert Hunt, manager of enterprise systems management at American Greetings, had one goal in mind — drive out costs related to energy use
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Building Automation

Making BAS Accessible — But Protected From Cyberattack

The Target hacking debacle is still under investigation, but there are lessons to be learned on protecting personal information.
Chances are you have heard about the data breach at Target that occurred late last year, in which customers’ information including credit card numbers were obtained through a cyberattack.
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Guest Column

Focus On NFPA 92

Las Vegas is an appropriate venue for reviewing tragedies, successes, and Standards past and present.
Las Vegas is a popular spot for tourists, gamblers, and even fire protection enthusiasts.
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Building Automation

Controls Optimization: No Longer Optional

Updated codes continue the push for better controls work as high performance edges further into the mainstream.
At one time, it might have been acceptable to view controls as a “necessary evil” with little attention given to the details of design including sequences and commissioning
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