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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 CEO, Teletrol Systems Inc.

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

Articles - June 2010

Takeaways from ConnectivityWeek 2010  ConnectivityWeek was a great event - with the largest ever registration of over 1300. Many new grid partners created an increased impact with new energy solutions while showing us improved overall organization and connectivity of our industry.  Ken Sinclair AutomatedBuildings.com

Where The Rubber Meets The Road  Measurement and Verification  Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, LEED AP Managing Principal, Smart Buildings LLC

The Future of Cloud Connectivity for BAS  It is clear that cloud computing has the potential for the BAS to seamlessly integrate with other business services to provide a user friendly, cost effective and in depth solution to the client, transparent of the underlining technology.  Nirosha Munasinghe MBusIT BSc BE (Hons) (Melb), Product Development Manager, Open General

Saving Time with Image Modules  Improve Your Graphic Development Process  Sarah Erdman, Marketing Director, QA Graphics 

Wireless Energy Management Systems Building Bottom Lines  An entire segment of commercial buildings that was previously unable to afford a sophisticated EMS now has some very compelling options. Davis Watkins, Vice President Commercial Sales, Advanced Telemetry

Technology Park Leverages Technology to Move Beyond LEED Gold  University of Victoria’s Vancouver Island Technology Park turns to Cisco to transform decades-old hospital into modern innovation centre  Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Vertical Industries, Cisco Canada

Kaiser Permanente Qualifies Old Building for Energy Incentives  Advanced pneumatic thermostats connect to EMS  Harry Sim, CEO, Cypress Envirosystems

Columns - June 2010

The Saga of Westlake Condominiums  Never underestimate the importance of clear, honest, open, and continuous communication  Steven R. Calabrese, Control Engineering Corp.

Doing things at the right time We created WS-Calendar to create, share, invoke, adjust, and track coordinated response between domains and organizations. Toby Considine, T9

OPC UA sets a solid foundation for systems to reach for the clouds  How does OPC UA illuminate the path to scalability?  Manny Mandrusiak, Vice President of OPC Marketing, OPC Foundation

Intelligent Buildings in the Age of Pneumatic Control?  How intelligent can a building be if most of the temperature control is provided by antiquated controls?  Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt, Building Intelligence Group

Past Favorites 
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
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
Dave Krinkel, Founder EnergyAI  What Secrets Lurk In the 98% of Energy Data that’s Never Looked At? 
Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner, www.AutomatedBuildings.com  The Next Big Things
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
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 
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
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
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
Sarah Erdman, Marketing Director, Quality Automation Graphics  Energy Dashboards Inform and Educate
David Wolins, CEO, Scientific Conservation, Inc. (SCI) Automated Continuous Commissioning
Jim Sinopoli, PE, LEED AP, RCDD Managing Principal, Smart Buildings LLC  Drilling for Dollars
Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner www.AutomatedBuildings.com  My Takeaways from ConnectivityWeek
Michael Bordenaro, BIM Education Co-op Cisco's Mediator



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