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Editorial - November 2000
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Editorial CommentsEditor, Ken Sinclair

"Making Sense of Sensors" is our November issue theme. 

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Lots of articles and interviews talking about the exciting changes in the type of information we sense plus how we sense. In an interview with Tom Hartman  The Effects of New Control Technologies on Sensor Selections Tom replies "We need to consider changing every type of sensor employed in HVAC systems today. Let's start with space temperature sensors. While an HVAC system needs to know what is going on in the space, studies that show that space temperature sensors do a better job of measuring the temperature of the wall on which they are mounted than the temperature of the air. Many are affected by drafts within the walls, and few space temperature sensors are located near enough to people to be effective. We have done studies that show ceiling mounted radiant sensors are far better than conventional space temperature sensors for sensing  space comfort conditions for building occupants."  Make sure you read the interview.

The Editor at WorkIt seems that our automation industry is destined to move within the standard specification structure MasterFormatTM. from 15900 to 17800 Building Automation and Control. Some designers have been using Division 13 - Special Construction to handle the complexity of Building Automation. Look over our review Division 17800 is the Building Automation Industry and the article by Steve Thomas, Johnson Controls, Inc. Our Industry Should Support New Division 17  to catch up with this significant industry shift.

David J. Branson and I are pleased to present on behalf of AHR Expo Five Free Show Sponsored Sessions on Building Automation in Atlantic City, Jan 14-16, 2002. Take a quick look at the preview and feedback your comments. 

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