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Building Automation Column

BAS vs. PLC for HVAC Control

October 2, 2012
Let’s take the comparison shopping beyond data centers.
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ESCO 2.0 And Your Next Project

June 27, 2012
From a collaborative effort to rebuild after World War II to “microgrids” and buildings selling back un-used electricity, the basic concept has gone under several names and come a long way. Here, the authors discuss how facilities pursuing high performance can make sense of the many energy-related services and programs to help finance capital improvement projects and infrastructure upgrades.
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VAV Box Flow Settings

February 27, 2012
The idea behind those minimums and maximums.
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Future of Lighting Control and LED Lighting

Ready for a solid-state bulb with an IP address?
February 1, 2012
There have been dramatic changes to the building controls market over the last 20 to 30 years. The “energy crisis” of the 1970s (along with the development of the microprocessor) sent the “Big 5” dominated pneumatics market into an energy management system (EMS) orbit that was joined by several dozen other manufacturers by the mid-1980s.
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Public Art Gallery AHU Trend Analysis

January 13, 2012
The $4,000/yr problem was not on display for, or even noticeable by, visitors and staff.
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In-House BAS Expertise

January 12, 2012
Should your facility step up its staff? Consider these tiers.
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Where Is The BAS Industry Going?

November 1, 2011
There have been dramatic changes to the building controls market over the last 20 to 30 years. The “energy crisis” of the 1970s (along with the development of the microprocessor) sent the “Big 5” dominated pneumatics market into an energy management system (EMS) orbit that was joined by several dozen other manufacturers by the mid-1980s.
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Building Automation - Part 2: VFDS AND BAS

Application, integration, and what your drive can tell you.
September 6, 2011
Last month, we started this series on the use of VFDs as part of a control system. We talked about the many benefits and some recommended cautions in applying the use of this technology.
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BIM and Educational Projects

August 1, 2011
In this overview of building information modeling, the authors review how BIM helped in three different projects, often with particular usage- and efficiency-based HVAC demands. While BIM’s space management skills can reduce costly changeorders and building design “clashes” ahead of time, in at least one instance, using BIM actually influenced the HVAC strategy for the better, too. See how HGA Architects and Engineers has used this to become a “model” firm.
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