The first-ever GridWeek was
a great success. And, although I thought I had been keeping on top of the
GridWise movement by reading all the articles and interviews on my website
(AutomatedBuildings.com), GridWeek provided many opportunities to learn more.
In the April 2007 issue of AutomatedBuildings.com, our entire staff of contributing editors provided their thoughts on the radical changes needed in the building automation industry. They did what AutomatedBuildings.com does best: think out loud. It is this process, while using the power of the Internet, that enables us to inform, educate, change minds, and connect industry leaders to take this industry to the next level.
For several years now, I have had this vision for the building industry to combine the ATC sequence of operation with the FPT narrative because it just made good sense. After all, why should a client pay for the design engineer to write a sequence of operation and then pay a second time for a commissioning engineer to write it over again but in far more detail? At the same time, the commissioning business has grown with more and more people saying, “Yes, I can do that too” when it comes to writing these FPT’s. The problem with ATC and FPT’s is that there are no industry standards when it comes to writing either of these narratives, so how can we combine them into one format?
There are three recommissioning methods; Recalibrate-Recall-Recycle, and if you
have the opportunity to participate in a LEED project, and more specifically the
compiling of the Systems Manual, you'll become quite familiar with them. Read on
for more information.
In 2006, a few very special people left us, and I think it
was that last person, a sales engineer in his eighties, whose obituary got me
thinking of all the people who have helped me over these past 42 years in the
building industry. Within that group of mentors, there were a select few that
really, really made a big difference and he was one that did so from a sales
engineer’s point of view.
The Automated Buildings
Industry is ready, willing, and able to bring real GridWise solutions to
GridWeek in Washington DC. “Many of the solutions to the shortfall in
electricity will come down to reducing demand especially at peak load times,
and much of this will happen in buildings through building automation.”
I am often asked if current industry textbooks cover convergence, connectivity, and the new business paradigm this is creating. Although there are not a lot of books on these topics, I am pleased to point out that the folks writing for Engineered Systems and AutomatedBuildings.com are a large part of the ones that are available. Here are four good reads for your reference library.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.