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Building Automation

Building Automation

The Lighting/BAS Convergence, Cont’d.

For most buildings, it will be a question not of if, but when.
June 1, 2013
Both new and existing building projects should have lighting control provided, either as part of a standalone system or, ideally, integrated as part of the BAS. But we often find that there are many reasons automated lighting control is not provided, ranging from simple economics to frustration with the programming and support of these systems.
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Building Automation Evolution

In our data-rich world, the next big leap is just getting off the ground.
April 26, 2013
There are many elements to a BAS. Of course, the ability to control systems through direct digital control (DDC) is always a require-ment, but ideally, we expect these systems to be much more.
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The Challenges Of Federal Government Procurement

With a collaborative design approach and the choice to forego networking protocols, this nuclear facility’s controls upgrade points toward an atypical alternate for success.
March 29, 2013
The procurement process used by the U.S. government (or its contractor) can follow one of several different paths. Usually, an equipment specification is written that contains performance criteria and other requirements. A solicitation is then released and potential sellers competitively bid for the work.
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Building Automation

Data Centers and VAV Design Opportunities

Read about various examples — from a 40,000-sq-ft raised-floor environment to a 5,000-sq-ft facility within a facility — to get a good view of the battlefield and make your next campaign against heat and inefficiency a little smarter.
March 29, 2013
The range of HVAC design options associated with the various types of data centers has expanded and evolved over the past 30 years in order to keep pace with the wide array of server transformations and deployment strategies.
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BAS and Cybersecurity

Don’t stop working to stay ahead while the industry catches up.
March 29, 2013

During the President’s recent State of the Union address, one of the key initiatives identified dealt with the issue of cybersecurity. This was supported by a new White House initiative focused on protecting critical infrastructure from attacks. 


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The Importance Of Measurement And Feedback

We won’t open greater system potential until the feedback loop is closed.
February 26, 2013
Bill Gates, the founder and former CEO of Microsoft, has dedicated his time and efforts toward running the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Controls Goals: Collecting Connection Communities

January 3, 2013

Technology-based communities are evolving swiftly in terms of both nature and influence. Here, the owner of his own popular BAS connection community chats with other industry leaders in advance of his free AHR sessions in Dallas.


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HVAC on the Aisles

January 2, 2013

Once again, we bring you an advance peek of what will be on the floor when AHR Expo attendees arrive in Dallas late this month. Attendees and non-attendees alike can also browse a treasure trove of info at www.ahrexpo.com. But for now, enjoy a snapshot drawn straight from the exhibitors themselves.


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Building Performance Monitoring And Metrics: Putting Building Data To Work

January 2, 2013

Valuable insights for dealing with cooling plants, air handling, and hydronics lead up to some
startling commissioning experience with reported kW values.


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Documenting Integrated HVAC Controls

November 9, 2012
When it comes to manual labor, the buck needs to stop somewhere.
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How to Calculate Backup Power Supply Requirements for Your Facility

On-Demand This webinar reviews how to determine power requirements of facility loads; electrical characteristics and impact of different types of loads such as large motors and UPS systems on power supply sizing; acceptable power sources and other constraints applied by building codes; and how software tools can be used to simplify the process of calculating backup power requirements.  

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