March 2007

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Editorial Comments by Ken Sinclair

Ken Sinclair

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March 2007Following the meeting in Dallas a few folks in the industry began weaving an email thread discussing how we might move forward in the "Intelligent Buildings" industry. A common theme seems to be that we need a higher order to successfully achieve connectivity, convergence, sustainability, etc.  In my January editorial I wrote; "I am sure that Tom and Anto's efforts will unlock many other opinions which we would love to share with our readers." This is starting to happen as written by our newest contributing editor Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, in his March article Certification for Designers and Installers: "The Industry’s Path Forward for Credibility" opens the discussion.  Our long time contributing editor Tom Hartman tells us how the big picture is changing and how that will force us to change in his interview The State of Sustainability.

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Our April issue will be focused on sharing industry views on how to get to the next level so we can successfully sell  our industry to great concepts like GridWise and GridWeek.  See our press release Media Sponsor of GridWeek and the thread The Automated Buildings Industry is ready, willing, and able.

This month's interviews provide great insight in to how the industry is reacting to change Vykon Security - Tridium, Energy Manager - Honeywell, Green Buildings - Echelon, Device Networking - Lantronix, New Standard in Wireless Sensors - Spinwave

Of course the news just keeps flowing thru our web site and RSS feeds daily, and of course the only way to truly find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of information on our site is with our site search engine

Be sure to check our event calendar to see the number events we have in our future.

February 2007Another busy month which included preparing for AHR Expo 2007 Dallas while getting the February issue online. Lots of excitement in the air as what we have all been talking about for several years appears to be coming together rapidly.AHR Expo 2007

Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, Managing Principal, Sinopoli and Associates has been a significant contributor to our magazine over the last few months and we look forward to having him contribute on a regular basis.  Be sure to read this month's article Specifying Integrated Technology Systems in a Fragmented World  “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” - Steve Jobs, 2003  and subscribe to his newsletter reviewed in this month's Smart Buildings - WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT POWER OVER ETHERNET.

Richard Munson, Executive Director, Northeast-Midwest Institute provides great GridWeek insight with his Modernizing the Grid.  Today’s average generating plant was built in 1964 using technology from the 1950s. Utilities have not improved their delivered efficiency in some 50 years, be sure you read this prologue to GridWeek.

Terry Hoffmann, Johnson Controls, Inc. provides a response to the November article by Paul Ehrlich, P.E. Building Intelligence Group Help Wanted: Building Systems Architect in this month's Technology Contracting – The Future Is Now. I've received a lot of feedback on Paul's article with most suggesting that the word architect needs to change but all agreeing, including Terry, with the need for this service.

We welcome Lumisys® as our newest advertiser.  Lumisys® has been fulfilling building owner demands for a superior alternative to stand-alone lighting control since 1985 with lighting control that is built for integration. 

Lots of information and links in this issue use the menu on your left to explore.

We have been working on improving our web site by reorganizing how we handle the great number of news release we receive daily.  We now provide a HomeToys RSS News Feed News Feed ( Which Needs a RSS Feed Reader ) and have provided a New Our RSS news feed rendered into HTML

If you are like I was and do not know what RSS is RSS is a Web content syndication format.  The name is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication. Read here for more details

We are slowly figuring it all out so bear with us as we install this new news service. Please share with us any suggestions you have to better use this approach and others to keep moving our web site forward to meet your needs. Our News Briefs are now handled as news feed items and archived for now in a similar format as before.

Tell our sponsors you saw their ad on the web site and thank them for supporting your free access to evolving Automated Building Industry information. Click on their ads and view their valuable products and services. Please review all Our Sponsors. 

Be sure to check our event calendar to see the number events we have in our future.

As I always say, it is a great time to be in the news business for our industry. 

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