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Building Automation

Building Automation Evolution

In our data-rich world, the next big leap is just getting off the ground.
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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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.
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.

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.
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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Energy Efficiency Challenges

Sooner or later, the low-hanging fruit is picked. Then what?


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How Home Automation May Transform Building Automation

Will a design cousin of the iPod take flight?


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Tipping Point For Fault Detection And Diagnostics?

California may be sowing the seeds of improved troubleshooting.
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Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats Deliver Smoother Upgrade

Follow the engineer at a large hospital complex in Phoenix as he pursues less disruptive and less expensive ways to boost BAS performance and budget wellness, all in the name of patient comfort.
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Controls Specification Development

The right amount of detail is a moving target.
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BAS vs. PLC for HVAC Control

Let’s take the comparison shopping beyond data centers.
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