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Monitoring-based Commissioning for Proactive Energy Management  MBCx can provide new opportunities for commissioning providers. Peter Sharer, Founder, Agilewaves, Inc

A Window into Shading and Electrically Switchable Glass  There are three systems that need to act in tandem: lighting control systems, the HVAC system and the shading system. Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, LEED AP Managing Principal, Smart Buildings LLC

Integrating the BMS on Campuses 150 miles apart Johnson Controls installed a multi-vendor head-end workstation to integrate a number of legacy building automation systems which controlled 28,000 physical points on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses.  Becky Wacker, Systems Sales Engineer, Johnson Controls

Improving the Construction Process with BIM  The models and intelligent information that BIM can provide offer better visualization of a project as a whole, and allow more information to be included early on in the design stages, ultimately improving the communication among everyone involved in the construction process.  Sarah Erdman, Marketing Director, QA Graphics 

Common Problems of our Industry  As an industry we must address this issue with greater care than what we have done over the last decade. There needs to standards developed to govern a far greater synergy between original specification and commissioned results. Nirosha Munasinghe MBusIT BSc BE (Hons) (Melb), Product Development Manager, Open General

Occupying Yourself with Energy and Occupancy  The most popular technology for counting people at the doorway appears to be thermal sensors or imaging, infrared and video analytics.  Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, LEED AP Managing Principal, Smart Buildings LLC

Smart Grid Consolidates to Meet the Challenge 
As major electrical giants begin to emerge from the recession, the number of acquisitions in the smart grid space is on the up, according to an executive brief from business intelligence provider Memoori.  Jim McHale, Memoori 

OPC Xi Overview  White Paper This article briefly compares OPC Xi with Classic OPC and OPC UA, and provides an overview of OPC XiRandy Kondor - OPC Training Institute; Lee Neitzel - Emerson Process Management; Thomas J. Burke - OPC Foundation

Columns - August 2010

VFD Retrofit Opportunities  Variable frequency drive opportunities abound!  Steven R. Calabrese, Control Engineering Corp.

When Does Building Automation Become Industrial Automation?  However tempting or logical it might seem to use industrial automation in complex building projects, it usually leads to problems (generally due to the technical and business practices “gaps”) that are greater than the benefits. Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt, Building Intelligence Group

Smart Buildings & Smart Energy: the Integration Challenge  Toby Considine, T9

Energy – How much do we have, how much do we need, and where do we find it?  How will PROFIenergy be used to balance the energy equation?  Manny Mandrusiak, Vice President of OPC Marketing, OPC Foundation

Looking In On BACnet  Paths Through the BACnet Maze  Andy McMillan, President and GM, Philips Teletrol

Integrated connected (IC) virtualization Through integrated connected virtualization, the world of large buildings will soon view everything connected differently.  Ken Sinclair, AutomatedBuildings.com

Articles - July 2010

Wireless Communicating Controls: The “Shower-Head Retrofit Solution!”  Michael Colicchio, Canadian Regional Development, Viconics Electronics Inc.

Re-Commissioning Facility Management Organizations  FM organizations need to re-examine their mission to determine goals and eventually objectives.  Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, LEED AP Managing Principal, Smart Buildings LLC

Energy Dashboards and Energy EDUCATION Dashboards  What’s the Difference?  Sarah Erdman, Marketing Director, QA Graphics 

The Benefit of a Virtual Environment to BAS  The bottom line is that studies have proven that using a virtualized server saves 7000 kWh of electricity and four tons of carbon dioxide per year.  Nirosha Munasinghe MBusIT BSc BE (Hons) (Melb), Product Development Manager, Open General

Wireless Pneumatic Direct Digital Control for the Energy Smart Building  Mark O’Hearne, Vice President Business Development and Marketing Millennial Net

More Than One Third of America’s Commercial HVAC Systems Are Broken. Right Now.  …but some HVAC issues can be addressed remotely, and failed units can be temporarily taken offline to save wear and tear. You just have to find the right ones to focus on . . .  Bob Bartmess, VP of Engineering, Site Controls

University Implements EMS in Older Buildings  Western Michigan finds a way to integrate pneumatic thermostats into its BAS  Harry Sim, CEO, Cypress Envirosystems

Energy Benchmarking and Monitoring  for Economic and Environmental Performance  Priscilla Koeckeritz, President and COO, EnergyPrint

Using Real-time Data to Foster Behavior Change  Understanding what you are consuming compared to what your neighbors, peers or classmates are using is important normative information that inspires behavior change.  Andrew deCoriolis, Public Programs Manager, Lucid Design Group

basMaker makes Tridium graphics a snap!  3D animation software has always been priced for graphic artists and movie makers and not cost effective for the construction industry.  Alper Uzmezler, BAS Services & Graphics

Columns - July 2010

Obtaining LEED Credits With Controls  What can we do to make our facility greener?  Steven R. Calabrese, Control Engineering Corp.

BAS as a Tool for Existing Buildings Operations  Operations teams are tasked with running buildings that have minimal documentation and may never have been properly commissioned. New tools, processes, and training can help overcome these issues. Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt, Building Intelligence Group

Will Building Automation lead the next energy revolution?  It will be the vertical that will continue to create the products and devices that can make these new sources of energy easy and inexpensive to implement into existing building and factory infrastructures.  Manny Mandrusiak, Vice President of OPC Marketing, OPC Foundation

EMS and Traffic Jam Avoidance  A Systems-level Perspective on Energy Management  Andy McMillan, President and GM, Philips Teletrol

Smart Energy and the End of Privacy  There is now no reason ever to throw out information. Operational data will be the new battleground for privacy.  Toby Considine, T9

Building Grid Connectivity  Building Connectivity is our future. Ken Sinclair, AutomatedBuildings.com

Reliable Controls Past Favorites 
July:
Sarah Erdman, Marketing Director, QA Graphics  Energy Dashboards and Energy EDUCATION Dashboard
Michael Colicchio, Canadian Regional Development, Viconics Electronics Inc. Wireless Communicating Controls
June:
Harry Sim, CEO, Cypress Envirosystems Kaiser Permanente Qualifies Old Building for Energy Incentives 
Ken Sinclair AutomatedBuildings.com 
Takeaways from ConnectivityWeek 2010
Nirosha Munasinghe, Open General The Future of Cloud Connectivity for BAS
May:
Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner, www.AutomatedBuildings.com  Preview of May 24-27 ConnectivityWeek 2010 Santa Clara
Michael R. Lavelle P.E., Lavelle Energy LLC & Kimon Onuma, FAIA, ONUMA, Inc. Virtual Building Energy Management
Nirosha Munasinghe, Open General What is a Web Enabled Building  Management System? & Data Integration Levels
April:
Dave Krinkel, Founder EnergyAI  What Secrets Lurk In the 98% of Energy Data that’s Never Looked At? 
March:
Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner, www.AutomatedBuildings.com  The Next Big Things
February:
Andy Stadheim CEO, Barix Technology U.S.  Building Automation Considerations
Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner, www.AutomatedBuildings.com  Twenty Ten to be a BAD-ASS Year
January:
Jim Sinopoli, PE, LEED AP, RCDD Managing Principal, Smart Buildings LLC Predictions for Smart Buildings in 2010
Rawlson O’Neil King,  Communications Director, CABA  Research Viewpoints
Robert Eckery, Marcom Manager, EnOcean, Inc. Energy Harvesting, Wireless and Next Generation Building Energy Management 
December:
Jim Sinopoli, PE, LEED AP, RCDD Managing Principal, Smart Buildings LLC How Buildings Will Communicate With The Smart Grid
Harry Sim, CEO, Cypress Envirosystems  Retrofitting Existing Commercial Buildings for the Smart Grid
November:
Andrey A. Golovin, Executive Director of associations BIG-RU (BACnet Interest Group Russia) and KONNEX Russia, Editor in Chief of the magazine "Building Automation" What is "Smart City"? 
Gina Elliott, MBA Project Director, Smart Buildings LLC  Energy Reporting
Daryl Cowie, Business Development Manager, Wescon Technologies  The Business Case for Submetering - Part 1-3
October:
Kevin Braley, Communications Specialist, Orion Energy Systems Ebb and Flow of Lighting Needs Require Flexible Controls
David Wolins, CEO Scientific Conservation The Emergence of Proactive Building Management Automation
Rick Huijbregts, Cisco Canada  The Real Value of Building Information, Integration and Transformation
Marc Petock, Vice President, Global Marketing & Communications, Tridium, Inc. The Niagara Framework® and Energy
September:
Sarah Erdman, Marketing Director, Quality Automation Graphics  Energy Dashboards Inform and Educate
August:
David Wolins, CEO, Scientific Conservation, Inc. (SCI) Automated Continuous Commissioning
Jim Sinopoli, PE, LEED AP, RCDD Managing Principal, Smart Buildings LLC  Drilling for Dollars


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