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AHR Expo 2011 Education Session
Continuously Connected Open Information for BAS

Ken Sinclair

Here is a sneak preview of our education sessions for AHR Expo 2011

Join us for our 12th consecutive year of providing free education sessions at AHR Expo



This is the first-time the World’s Largest HVAC/R Exposition will be in Las Vegas!

As the largest and most comprehensive HVAC/R exclusive event, the AHR Expo attracts tens of thousands of attendees from all facets of the industry, including contractors, engineers, dealers, distributors, wholesalers, OEMs, architects, builders, industrial plant operators, facility owners and managers, agents and reps.

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Our sessions; Continuously Connected Open Information for BAS - 5 AHR Expo Education sessions Las Vegas

 1.  Connecting Building Automation to Everything - 9:00 am Monday, January 31st - Jim Sinopoli & Ken Sinclair 

Session will discuss managing building systems all the time from anywhere with a continuously connected open web environment to allow the user to complete all tasks including engineering, commissioning and facility maintenance. The role of evolving technologies such as smart phones and tablets for users and facility managers interface will be discussed plus how to sorting through and present data.  Information Technology “IT” is changing everything while connecting everything and it’s this combination of changes that is dramatically changing the BAS industry.  The driver is not “IT”, but the way forward is enabled by IT. How we prepare our Building Automation information for continuous connection will be the focus of session.  This session will also cover a few Predictions for 2011 plus the new products, innovation and development since AHRExpo Orlando.

2.  Continuous Commissioning and Today’s Aggressive Energy Standards - 1:30 pm Monday, January 31st - Dave Branson and Ken Sinclair 

Session will discuss the need for a systematic approach to tracking energy utilization that detects problems early long before they lead to tenant comfort complaints, high energy costs, or unexpected equipment failure.  Today’s Aggressive Energy Standards are great increasing the need to insure all technologies in place work. Once successful operation has been achieved continuous commissioning is the only way to maintain and improve aggressive energy standards.

contemporary 3.  Key Technologies for our Connected Future - 9:30 am Tuesday, February 1st - Jim Sinopoli & Ken Sinclair 

This session will carry on from the “Connecting Building Automation to Everything” session discussing and providing the details of the key technologies used to connect all type of data and services to the information cloud. New sensors, video analytics, wireless, SaaS, artificial intelligence, ownership of metering are all changing how we connect to the future. In addition we will discuss building system analytic software, operations centers, micro video cameras, facial recognition security, plug load control and more. Our new found graphically technologies allow us to demonstrate and tell the world about our ability as an industry to reduce environmental impact and energy.

4. A Panel discussion - Incentives to Motivate and Connect our Industry 1:30 pm Tuesday, February 1st

Moderator Ken Sinclair, Panelist; Dave Branson, Jim Sinopoli, Toby Considine

A panel discussion of what is currently motivating the Industry to significantly improve building systems, i.e. the green building movement, deep design analysis, continuous commissioning, sustainability, LEED, etc.   Panel will explore issue like; Do utility energy efficiency incentives and rebates work? What is the best vehicle to motivate our Building Automation Industry?  Panel will also explore a variety of tools in the marketplace used for benchmarking and monitoring. Will energy performance BEPIs become part of the due diligence? Become part of this discussion of our how to incent our future. Join us and provide your input and ask questions of the panel.

5. A Panel discussion Creating Budget for Implementing Information Management 3:00 pm Tuesday,  February 1st

Moderator Ken Sinclair, Panelist; Dave Branson, Jim Sinopoli, Toby Considine

"How much should a facility management organization set aside from their annual budget for information management?"  A fascinating question not generally discussed.  The “convergence” of IT and BMS solutions, the evolution of BIM and related technologies, and the emergence of a new facility function “Facility Information Officer” suggests that the time is ripe to get some discussion on this question by our panel. Discussions will include new facilities with a BIM as well as older ones with a lot of data needing connection and convergence. “Connectivity has reached much further than we originally imagined and this session will explore and provide an update on evolving standards and trends in industry and there effect on this budget. Budgeting for the cost of information beyond the building connecting to the collaborative Connected Communities for Building Systems will also be discussed. Join us and provide your input and ask questions of the panel.  

Gridwise Education Sessions at AHR Expo

contemporary Smart Grid remains an extremely hot topic and remains so with the implementation of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) Smart Grid projects. These ARRA Smart Grid are making it even more clear what success looks like when the Smart Building Meets the Smart Grid. These will be two educational sessions with national leaders in the smart grid industry.

Green Buildings meet the Green Grid 10:30-11:30am on Monday, Jan.31 will provide a high level status report on the evolving smart grid standard activity and an update on critical developments that will affect the HVACR industry. Moderator: Jack Mc Gowan, Energy Control Inc.; Panelists: Tracy Markie, Engenuity and GridWise Architecture Council; Jim Lee, Cimetrics; David Holmberg, NIST; Peter Kelley-Detwiler, Constellation NewEnergy; Dale Gustavson, Better Buildings, Anto Budiarjo, Clasma

Building Automation, Demand Response and Next Frontier for Energy 
11:00 - 12 on Tuesday, Feb.1 focuses on Smart Grid Success Stories that leverage a wide range of efficiency, renewable energy and smart grid technology to demonstrate the future for energy and buildings. These presentations are not limited to ARRA funded projects because the true thought leaders in the industry are using a variety of funding sources to develop and implement these projects. Moderator: Jack Mc Gowan, Energy Control Inc. Panelists: Len Pettis, California State University; Keith Gipson, Phoenix; Brian Dutt, Delta Controls; Scott Muench, Tridium; Leighton Wolffe, Wolfe Consulting


The B2G Summit at AHR Expo

The B2G Summit is Tuesday, Feb.1 from 8am - 5pm
For the third year, the B2G Summit will be a great opportunity for Smart Grid related stakeholders to continue the dialog with building automation and controls industry on the opportunities around Smart Grid deployment.

With buildings accounting for up to 70% of electricity consumption, the reality of directly connecting building automation with the Smart Grid has tremendous value for building owners, energy suppliers and society at large. A key objective of the B2G Summit is to outline the value proposition of this opportunity to building automation and controls industry.

If you are a player in building automation and control systems, from manufacturers, integrators, contractors and consulting engineers, it is critical that you attend this Summit and hear firsthand from key Smart Grid experts on business, technology and policy perspectives.



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