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Checklists & Pre-Show Planning

Use the Expo’s free sessions to enlighten (and pace) yourself in January.
Almost every month, something worthwhile comes in right as I’m writing this page.
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Pressure-Independent Control Valves

PICV technology has its benefits, but is it worth it?
On several recent projects, we have had control contractors who have promoted the use of pressure-independent control valves (PICV).
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Control Of Critical Environments

In these applications, reliability and accuracy are of primary importance.
On all projects, the need to provide reliability, accuracy, and safety need to be carefully considered as part of the overall design, but when we start looking at critical environments, these requirements become paramount in the design process.
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Upgrading VAV Boxes

DDC benefits are beyond question, although “repair vs. replace” is a judgment call.
VAV terminal units have been widely used for space comfort conditioning over the last 30 plus years.
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Controls For VRF Systems

Incorporating these systems with BAS can prove to be a wise choice.
One of the most interesting new HVAC trends is the use of VRF systems
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Impact Of ASHRAE 90.1 On Controls And BAS Design

As states adopt more stringent energy codes, here is what you need to know.
In an effort to improve energy efficiency for commercial buildings, ASHRAE, IES, ANSI, and the DOE have been working diligently to increase the stringency of state energy codes.
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Controls & Occupancy

Existing sensor strategies and newer lighting tech continue the battle against wasteful energy use.
Much of the energy usage in a commercial building can be attributed to systems that are operating under the assumption that the building is “occupied.”
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Building Automation

Data Analytics

Buildings offer a multitude of valuable information, but it’s no good if you can’t find it.
Buildings contain a treasure trove of data. Information is available from a broad variety of systems from HVAC and electrical to utility usage.
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Spring Tune-Up For Your BAS?

Chances are good your control system is not working to its potential. Here are some ways to fix that.
Each month in this column, we talk about the benefits of control systems and BAS.
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Building Automation

Making BAS Accessible — But Protected From Cyberattack

The Target hacking debacle is still under investigation, but there are lessons to be learned on protecting personal information.
Chances are you have heard about the data breach at Target that occurred late last year, in which customers’ information including credit card numbers were obtained through a cyberattack.
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