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Every month there is a blizzard of information contained in the emails and newsletters that cross my desk on their way to AutomatedBuildings.com. Some of this information is not in the form of any type of content we can publish but I feel I should share with you these snippets, blog bits, and url links that are about to fall off my desktop.

Smart Grid Technology Why big buildings may be the salvation of energy storage - Urban Electric Power (UEP) is a Harlem NY-based clean energy spin-out company of the CUNY Energy Institute. We are commercializing the advanced zinc anode rechargeable battery technology

‘Re-inventing the grid with your iPhone’ - The paper pictures, in broad lines, how the Alternating Current (AC) low voltage grid is a heritage from another era, and how the concept of Direct Current (DC) microgrids can contribute to the necessary transformation of the system.

Control Trends’ interview with Darrell Smith, Director of Facilities & Energy at Microsoft was one of the highlights of IBCON 2013. Darrell’s compelling presentation featured mega-sized results in a mega-sized application that now collects 500,000,000 data transactions every 24 hours from 125 buildings that occupy 15 million square feet and house 57,000 people. All the data is in the cloud and secure.

Aconex Smart Manuals Dynamic - "Keep O&M manuals secure in the cloud."

"Phil Davis does a nice job in this article characterizing the importance of DR and where it is heading. OpenADR 2.0 is identified as key smart grid interface for buildings."

Bill Lydon, Editor I attended the inaugural Haystack Connect 2013 event held April 29th - May 2nd, 2013 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The event was modeled after concepts of open source software where people come together to solve problems and implement new ideas in a public, collaborative manner. Nearly 200 technology suppliers, systems integrators and end users gathered to exchange knowledge, share experiences, and discuss new ideas about smart building technologies, energy management, operational efficiency, sustainable buildings and advanced smart-device applications.

Study Finds Commissioning of Daylight Harvesting Control Systems - Critical to Success  By Craig DiLouie, on June 10, 2013

Review Of Top 10 Energy Management Software (EMS) - Comparison
By Alex Loijos Jun 3, 2013

The Art of Bouncing Back by Kerri Lee Sinclair on June 6, 2013  - Since my first biology lesson in primary school, I’ve been fascinated with the question of why some species evolve and survive and others die out.

Are some of your buildings bears?  - Check this use of building automation  Outdoor Report: To Build a Better Bear Trap Produced by: Mike Gurnett

Risks of Default Passwords on the Internet Alert (TA13-175A)  Change default passwords as soon as possible and absolutely before deploying the system on an untrusted network such as the internet. Use a sufficiently strong and unique password. See US-CERT Security Tip ST04-002 and Password Security,

The value of analytics is to inform operators of issues that are wasting money. The goal is to move to “data-driven facility management” where better data helps people make better decisions. When it comes down to the core challenge it’s really about behavioral change – helping people see the need, and benefit, of making changes to how things are currently done to drive improved performance – for both energy and operational savings

Transactive energy is a software-defined, low-voltage distribution grid that enables market participation by distributed energy resources (DER) bidding generation of negawatts or kilowatts

Workplace safety audits, pre-start checks and inspections are faster and easier with the iAuditor app from SafetyCulture.

New free Video training Course "DDC Controls The Basics" now available at http://controltrends.org."This course is perfect for someone that is new to building automation controls or is looking for a review."

John Petze on How The Right Graphics Package Saves Big Money in Your... controltrends.org  It is not just energy savings that save money and energy in buildings, it is using the data from a BAS system to detect faults hat are hugh energy wasters....

If you are interested in the energy performance of buildings, you now have an easy place to turn to: the Buildings Performance Database.  Launched this week by the U.S. Department of Energy, it makes information on 60,000 residential and commercial buildings free to the public.




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