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.

BOOKS BY BARNEY

Web Based Enterprise Energy and Building Automation Systems by Barney Capehart, Ph.D., C.E.M., editor will be available in March 2007. The use of IT and Web-based energy information and control systems has expanded from single facilities to multiple facilities and organizations with buildings located throughout the world. This book describes how to glean simple and useful information from the wealth of available data in order to improve the efficiency and productivity of commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities. This valuable reference book provides insight into the areas of advanced applications of Web-based EIS and ECS systems; integration of IT/Web-based information and control systems with existing BAS systems; commissioning IT/Web-based systems; measurement and verification of energy saving pro-jects; and monitoring and control of all operations of a facility to integrate the energy-related operations of a facility to the business side of the facility - including financial, purchasing, sales, personnel, quality control, manufacturing, and service delivery.

In addition to helping out with the “Foreword,” “Final Thoughts,” and “Conclusions” sections of this book, I authored a few of the over 40 chapters along with Paul Ehrlich, Anto Budiardjo, and several other mutual contributors to Engineered Systems and Automated-Buildings.com.

This is Capehart’s third book. Last year, he published:

Web Based Energy Information & Control Systems by Barney L. Capehart and Lynne C. Capehart. Advances in new equipment, new processes, and new technology are the driving forces in improvements in energy management, energy efficiency, and energy cost control. The purpose of this book is to document the operational experience with Web-based systems in actual facilities and in varied applications, and to show how new opportunities have developed for energy and facility managers to quickly and effectively control and manage their operations. You’ll find information on what is actually happening at other facilities, and see what is involved for current and future installations of Internet-based technologies. The case studies and applications described should greatly assist energy, facility and maintenance managers, as well as consultants and control systems development engineers.

The year before, he assembled our following entry.

Information Technology For Energy Managers by Barney L. Capehart, Ph.D., C.E.M., editor. This important reference has been put together specifically to prepare energy managers to understand the basic concepts and principles of IT, so that they can successfully apply this knowledge in their facility - and have the understanding necessary to supervise the IT work of a consultant or vendor. You’ll find all of the critical information needed to effectively purchase, install, and operate complex Web-based energy information and control systems. Compre-hensive in scope, this reference addresses all of the most significant energy and facility-relevant IT concepts and principles you’ll typically need to take your operations to the “next level,” with emphasis on networking, use of facility operation databases, sharing data using the Web, and the TCP/IP communications protocol.

Go to http://www.fairmontpress.com/onlinebookstore and type in “Barney” for more information about these books.


SMART BUILDINGS

While in Singapore for BuilConn Asia, I met Jim Sinopoli, a BuilConn presenter and author of Smart Buildings (ISBN: 0-9786144-0-2). Here is a brief synopsis.

Jim Sinopoli has used his 25 years of experience in technology consulting and engineering to create a “how to” book for designing and operating the multitude of systems involved in today’s new buildings. Smart Buildings, just released by Spicewood Publishing, is a practical guide for architects, engineers, developers, contractors, and design consultants. The book covers the basic design foundations, technology, and management systems encompassing a smart building framework.

The basis for smart buildings is a handful of technical standards that are ubiquitous within computer networks. Those standards are in the process of dominating the marketplace, as evidenced by their use in telephones (VoIP) and video surveillance systems. Other technology systems in a building, such as lighting control, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, are also evolving to those standards. These prominent standards are coalescing to become integral components in the smart building deployment.

Smart Buildings can be ordered at www.smart-buildings.com or via e-mail at orders@smart-buildings.com.