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Editorial Comments by Ken Sinclair
Continuing the Countdown to Chicago
I feel that the ASHRAE winter meeting and AHR Expo event January 26-28 in Chicago will mark the start of the real reinvention of our Building Automation industry. Reinvention is necessary not because we want to, but because we have to. The present financial times are rapidly redefining what is sustainable and what is not and Building Automation in its present form is not achieving anywhere close to its potential. Typical heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are 50% efficient compared to fully integrated systems. Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Cisco Systems, The Hartman Co.
Add to this the functional creep of what is now included the new Building Automation definition and we have a real need for reinvention.
In Tom Hartman's article Obama’s Energy Challenge he states...... On January 20th, the US starts a new chapter in managing energy. and goes on to say....................the building sector is by far the most wasteful of all of the major energy use sectors in the US today. But while this unbridled energy waste offers an enormous opportunity to reduce energy use, it also represents a daunting challenge because despite the many claims, virtually all energy reduction initiatives associated with the building industry have so severely underperformed that there is an absence of any reliable existing policy or program structure upon which to build the sound and scalable initiatives needed for a more energy efficient future for buildings.
Anto concurs in his article...he states;.......... Big things need to happen to force a revolution, what we are witnessing right now with the economic woes, climate change and the change that the new Obama administration will bring
Jim's Nine Predictions for Smart Buildings in 2009 provides insight to some of the elements of this reinvention plus his article New Year Resolutions for the Industry tell us ....what we need is a second step called LEEP, which is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Performance.
Peter Kelly-Detwiler of Constellation NewEnergy advises; Sign Up for Demand Response Many of the power grids in North America offer significant incentives to participate in demand response programs in his article A New Year’s Resolution for PJM
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December issue is our “Countdown Chicago” issue with a preview of new products, services, education sessions plus even more of what you will see at http://www.ahrexpo.com/ January 26-28 in Chicago. Be sure to take a look at our preview of our large building automation industries’ involvement at the World’s largest HVAC&R Marketplace. We will be adding more information as the countdown continues with press releases and new products. A request for all of our industry participants, I know you are very busy preparing for Chicago but please take a few moments to share with our readers the fruit of your labors and show them why they cannot miss seeing your booth at this event.
If you have never been to an AHRExpo in Chicago, I strongly recommend that you attend. The size and scope of this event is truly amazing and Chicago has always been a record breaker in attendance and sheer number of displays. Dave Branson and I are doing our 10th consecutive year of free education sessions for International Exposition’s AHR Expo. As our Greener Sustainability Buildings become an interactive part of the Electrical Grid we have a lot to talk about so please join us. Our contributing Editor Jim Sinopoli and columnist Toby Considine will be joining us in our free education sessions increasing the scope of the sessions. Jack McGowan’s GridWise sessions are dove tailed between our four sessions to provide two complete days of sustainability discussion. Please join us and provide your input during and after the presentations.
2008 has been a year of change and there is no sign that 2009 will be any less traumatic, the new global economy coupled with the need to implement the radical change of how buildings interact with our existing electrical grid will be the centre of all our sustainability discussions.
Lots of insight on this radical change from our authors
EMerge Alliance Launched Brian Patterson
Advanced Integrated Lighting Controls Jeff Seewald
2008 in Review Peter Kelly-Detwiler
OPC in the UAE Mostafa Shahto
A Light at the End of the Wireless Tunnel Andy McMillan
Cabling for DDC Systems Steven R. Calabrese
The Lie in Demand—Response Toby Considine
BAS Use of Ethernet/IP Infrastructure Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt
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