Building Automation

Building Automation

Controls Optimization: No Longer Optional

Updated codes continue the push for better controls work as high performance edges further into the mainstream.
March 1, 2014
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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Case In Point

Energy meters shine light on power consumption

February 1, 2014
When MEP engineering firm Glumac set up a new office space on the ground floor of an existing high-rise in Irvine, CA, the company had an ambitious goal even before the move-in — to certify the new 8,762-sq-ft space Platinum under LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI).
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Editor's Note

Sensors & Suspicions

A couple of residential-oriented events give us pause for thought in the nonresidential sectors.
February 1, 2014
Jeff Seewald touched on the progress of home thermostats — and in particular, the Nest products that have done so well the last couple of years — when he sent me his latest installment on using tablets and new tech in engineering (look for it in March).
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Building Automation

Chiller Plant Control

While chilled water plants can range in complexity, the fundamentals are the same.
February 1, 2014
Chilled water plants tend to be one of the most energy intensive areas of a commercial building.
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Building Automation

Controls Retrofits – Preserving Smoke Control

Follow these three steps when it comes time to upgrade critical life safety manage-ment.
January 2, 2014
Following a tragic fire in a Las Vegas hotel in the 1980’s, the industry recognized the dangers to occupants from smoke inhalation during a fire emergency.
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VFD Serial Communications: Which Points Should I Use And Why?

The available LEED credits and most obvious energy-saving possibilities are one thing. The potential for a ripple effect of system-wide savings by deploying VFDs as part of better overall monitoring are another.
January 2, 2014
Variable frequency drives (VFDs) have become omnipresent in the building automation world.
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Case In Point

Louisville hotel plans ahead with energy management system

January 2, 2014
Guests of the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY, may not be aware that one of the most impressive amenities is working behind the scenes.
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Commissioning

Controls Programming Versus Design

Don’t let a “copy and paste” control submittal lead to errors.
December 1, 2013
This column is a continuation of last month’s topic addressing the coordination that needs to be focused solely on HVAC controls during the construction phase of a project.
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Case In Point

Former warehouse uses BAS, fabric duct to stockpile energy savings

December 1, 2013
The Mi-T-M Corp., an industrial power equipment manufacturer, is savings tens of thousands of dollars annually thanks to one contractor’s industrial ventilation design.
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Building Automation

DDC Or Pneumatic?

Energy savings isn’t the only factor when considering a controls retrofit.
December 1, 2013
Much of our work involves energy studies and retrofits to commercial buildings.
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3/25/14 2:00 pm EST

Improving Cooling and PUE in Existing Data Centers

On-Demand This webinar will provide cost-effective practical tips and feasible retrofit solutions that can be implemented in operational data centers to address some cooling issues and improve energy efficiency.

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Check out the July 2014 issue of Engineered Systems, with features on chiller retrofits in health care facilities, building automation, and much more!

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