March 2009

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Articles - March 2009

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The Smart Grid: Opportunities and Challenges - Workshop  The 2009 MIT Energy Conference - Accelerating Change in Global Energy - March 6, 2009  Jack Mc Gowan, CEM, President & CEO, Energy Control Inc.

Sustainable Design of Building Automation Systems  A a sustainable BAS is achievable with proper initial design considerations that include the use of open protocols, standardized Network Management tools and open access to product and training.  Patrick Winkelman, Vice President Sales Americas, Distech Controls, Inc.

Connecting BACnet Devices to an IP Infrastructure  This paper reveals how all BACnet devices can effectively share a common IP network — thereby enhancing the power and convenience of BACnet. George Thomas, President, Contemporary Controls

Steam Trap Energy Savings  New Wireless Steam Trap Monitor installs in minutes to detect costly leaks, with payback of about one year.  Harry Sim, CEO, Cypress Envirosystems

A Facility Dashboard for the Rest of Us  Users of the facility – residents, office-workers, students, visitors, etc. – are those that have the greatest potential for impacting operational building efficiency, based on their individual behavior. Greg Barnes, VP of Business Development, co-founder & Paul Ogle, VP Marketing, Product Management, Activelogix, LLC

Video Integrates with SCADA System to Improve Security at Madison,Wisconsin Water Utility  Al Larson P.E., Principal Engineer, Madison Water Utility, Madison, WI

Integrated Lighting Control 101  Integrated lighting control allows a building to take advantage of all possible lighting strategies. Gina Elliott, Smart Buildings

HVAC Contractors The Channel of Choice for Scaleable Energy Services Tim Kensok, Vice President, Market Development, Air Advice

Evaluating Airflow Measurement Technologies  Sources of the differences between expected and actual performance of HVAC instruments.  Leonard A. Damiano, EBTRON, Inc.

A Capital Idea!  The info and ideas flying around our Green Intelligent Buildings conference can help your business, but they can help your career, too.  Robert Beverly, Editor, Engineered Systems

Columns - March 2009

Pay-it-forward  Turning Short-term Stimulus into Long-term Value  Andy McMillan, President and CEO, Teletrol Systems Inc.  & President BACnet International

Energy Interoperability Standards: Smart Buildings, Smart Grid Toby Considine, Technology Officer, Facility Services, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

AHR Expo Blows Through the Windy City  A local guy’s experiences at the Big Show  Steven R. Calabrese, Control Engineering Corp.

BAS and Advanced, Integrated Lighting Control  New technologies including the use of wireless communications, networking and open standards are making the deployment of advanced lighting control practical in both new and existing building projects. Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt, Building Intelligence Group

Mastering middleware for sustainability  When you know how much energy you use, it’s much easier to determine where savings can be achieved.  Ken Sinclair, Editor,

Articles - February 2009

Connected Real Estate Cisco grows Connected Real Estate investment with EnergyWISE and Richards-Zeta Acquisition. Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Vertical Industries, Cisco Canada

State of the Industry - 2009  If you really want to help move our industry toward a future that works, I invite you to join with those who want a more sustainable future.  Thomas Hartman, P.E., The Hartman Company

Subtle Winds of Change in Windy City  A perfect storm of change if you understand the big picture that has been a constant theme on for months if not years.  Anto Budiardjo, President & CEO, Clasma Events Inc.

Count Me In: People Counters  A Simple System for Essential Building Data Jim Sinopoli, Managing Principal, Smart Buildings, PE, RCDD

Robots in Every Building? It’s Closer Than You Think Jeanne Dietsch, CEO and co-founder, MobileRobots Inc & Stuart Rich, GIS Practice Manager, PenBay Media, Enterprise Geographic Information Systems

Energy Efficiency Education Display Greets Visitors at Iowa State Capitol: Interactive Screen Highlights Environmental Initiatives at Capitol Complex  Daniel McCarty, President, QA Graphics

The Role of Networked Sensors in Boosting Energy Efficiency  To realize peak avoidance and enjoy significant associated savings, customers must know both when and where power and energy were consumed. Roland Acra, President and CEO Arch Rock Corporation

Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat Ideal for Economic Stimulus Plan Large numbers of older federal buildings with pneumatic controls can now be upgraded to Direct Digital Control (DDC) at 20% of the cost, and less than 20 minutes per zone. Harry Sim, CEO, Cypress Envirosystems

Buildings, Industry, Automation, and Smart Grids  As wholesale energy markets have developed, and mandates for re-purchase by utilities and power grids of alternate energy such as wind and solar, your building may be a net consumer at one time and a net provider at another.  William Cox, Cox Software Architects LLC

CES09 through “Digital Signage” lenses.  To view the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2009 show through the lenses of digital signage is to see a future of media interactivity, interoperability, integration and presentation... and the direction of some key players.  Lyle Bunn, Principal & Strategy Architect, BUNN Co

Building Automation Sustainability  Whether you view the word “Building” as a noun or a verb the real goal is Sustainability Ken Sinclair, Editor,

Columns - February 2009

Control Valves – Sizing & Selection  A refresher on choosing the right valve for the right application  Steven R. Calabrese, Control Engineering Corp.

Energy, Innovation, and E-Tech  Current assumptions of a paternalistic utility providing all control will not be sustained. New models of loose integration and symmetric interactions are required. Toby Considine, Technology Officer, Facility Services, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Building Automation Wishes for a New Year  As with technology in general each advance seems to reveal the need for more advances to achieve that elusive state of perfection. Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt, Building Intelligence Group

Trust: The Primary Currency in an Open Systems World It takes work to earn it, care to nurture it and only one poor decision to lose it. Andy McMillan, President and CEO, Teletrol Systems Inc.  & President BACnet International

The Reinvention of Building Automation (BA) Building Automation is evolving to a web service that is greatly enhanced with online services.  Ken Sinclair, Editor,

[an error occurred while processing this directive] Past Favorites 

Jeanne Dietsch, MobileRobots Inc & Stuart Rich, PenBay Media, Enterprise Geographic Information Systems Robots in Every Building?
Rick Huijbregts, Cisco Canada Connected Real Estate
Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings Nine Predictions for Smart Buildings in 2009
Peter Michalek OpenLynx: Open Source Software for BAS and the Smart Grid
Lyle Bunn, Principal & Strategy Architect BUNN Co 2008 Digital Signage Year in Review
Jack Mc Gowan, CEM, President & CEO, Energy Control Inc. Energy & Controls
Brian Bohlig, Vice President of Marketing, Arch Rock Corporation  Wireless Sensor Networks Move Onto The Internet
Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, Managing Principal, Smart Buildings  An 8-Step Strategy To Making Existing Buildings Smart
Bob Mealey, Lynxspring’s Vice President,  Marketing and Sales Lynxspring’s JENEsys™ snap!
Christina Inge, Marketing Manager, Spinwave Systems, Inc. Water Submetering: Wireless Systems
Ken Sinclair, Editor Owner My 10 Takeaways from ConnectivityWeek
Anno Scholten, Novus Edge Open Source
Ken Sinclair, Editor Owner  The Future of Automated Buildings in North America
Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, Managing Principal, Smart Buildings  The Coming Flood of Energy Reporting, Building Sensors and System Meters 
Robert Eckery, Marcom Manager, EnOcean, Inc. Pushing Green into the Black 



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