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Johnson Controls Introduces Knowledge-based Integration

Integrated approach paves the way for superior building environments and performance

MILWAUKEE - Johnson Controls, Inc., is offering a unique approach to improve building performance while delivering efficiencies throughout the construction process. This new approach, called knowledge-based integration, is designed to maximize building performance, lower total enterprise costs and enhance occupant environments for improved comfort and productivity. 

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With the knowledge-based integration approach, Johnson Controls takes a "begin with the end in mind" approach, and accepts a single point of responsibility for coordinating with the design team, providing delivery, commissioning, start-up, and ongoing service of the technology systems in a facility. Working with the building owner, architect, design and construction teams, Johnson Controls can formulate technology strategies that maximize value and key performance attributes while reducing energy and operational costs by considering the building performance as a whole rather than focusing only on individual subsystems. 

Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill used Johnson Control's knowledge-based integration approach to provide a cost-effective construction project and position them for long-term building efficiency. 

As a single source project manager, Johnson Controls found ways to enable Northwestern Memorial to reduce operating costs significantly while integrating a single-seat user interface to control all of the hospital's systems -- including boilers, chillers, fire alarms, fume hoods, surgery display terminals, lighting, and emergency generators. 

The approach combines Johnson Controls core competencies around building technologies, comprehensive lifecycle services and predictable business processes, and applies them in a coordinated manner to the total facility. This strategy augments the construction process by adding a technology contractor with authority to decide how comfort, communications, life-safety, security and other control systems are selected, installed and operated in conjunction with other systems. 

By applying its expertise in technology, Johnson Controls develops facility-specific solutions that leverage such systems as building automation, energy management, access control and security, life safety, HVAC, lighting control, and voice and data infrastructure. The company has extensive sophisticated resources to support knowledge-based integration, including centers of excellence for construction management, systems integration, remote operations and security. 

For more information on Johnson Controls, Inc., visit the company's web site at

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