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Building Automation: Getting Grid-wise At Gridweek

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.
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Building Automation: Thinking Out Loud

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.
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Tomorrow's Engineer: ATC/FPT: From Vision To Reality

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?
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Recalibrate-Recall-Recycle Recommissioning Control Devices

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.
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Tomorrow's Engineer: It's Our Turn To Lead, Mentor, And Share

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.
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Building Automation: Buying Into Buying Back

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.”
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Tomorrow's Engineer: Sometimes Less Really Is More

No schedule sheets and no detail sheets  =  better documents, more profit.
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Building Automation: Getting GridWise at GridWeek

Brain power converges in Washington, April 23-26.
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What Is Acceptable Training & Who Should Provide The Training?

Part of the LEED certification process is to assure that training is provided, but what kind of training is needed, who should provide the training, and who should receive the training?
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Building Automation: BOOKS FOR <i>The Industry</i>

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.
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