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Building Automation

EVERYTHING GETS OLD: Dealing With Obsolescence

Updated or outmoded? It’s easy to slip from one to the other.
Many of the systems that go into a commercial building are anticipated to have a long lifetime. We expect building materials such as structural steel or concrete to last for the life of the building.
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New CEO for EnOcean

The wireless company taps Laurent Giai-Miniet for the top slot.
The wireless module company appoints Laurent Giai-Miniet to the top spot.
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LonMark accepting nominations for Best Of The Year awards

The awards recognize projects, devices, visionary thinking, and more.
LonMark® International is now accepting nominations for the "Best of Year" awards program. LonMark International Awards recognize projects, products, individuals, and programs that are leading the industry in innovation and accomplishment.
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Commissioning: TREND Logs- Worth the effort?

Using data trend logs to supplement in-field functional performance testing (FPT) has always been an option in the commissioning process, particularly for HVAC systems controlled by DDC systems. As DDC system trending capabilities and computer hardware storage capacities have improved substantially over the past few years, I propose that trend logs be given a more prominent place in the commissioning toolbox.
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Tomorrow's Environment: We Get Startup Sheets For Terminal Equipment Why Not Commissioning Sheets?

Here’s a manufacturer’s competitive advantage waiting to happen.
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Commissioning: Equipment Startup And Commissioning

The once fairly calm phase could now be a key to nipping integration issues in the bud.
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Building Automation: Part 1: Proper Selection Of VFDS And BAS

Let drives steer you toward better performance, with these caveats.
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Building Oversight Management: Revisited

A lot has happened since the author’s 2008 article. It’s prime time to revisit expectations for BAS and chiller optimization controls, and then have a look at several of today’s options for anyone managing chilled water flow to wring the last drop of efficiency out of a system.
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Better Project Delivery: Health Care Infrastructure Projects

Here, our long-time forward-thinking columnist uses a common hospital scenario to walk you through the shift from Design-Bid-Build to an Integrated Project Delivery approach. See how the job can get done with similar personnel on a considerably shorter schedule, resulting in a greater team investment in the project’s success and yet more time to get on to other work.
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Commissioning: Equipment And Controls Integration

We still face plenty of ways for start-up to be a let down.
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