December 2007

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December 2007
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Preview AHRExpo New York 2008 Ken Sinclair Editor
A sneak preview of what you will see in New York

Grid-Interop was great!  Toby Considine
It was a solid group of attendees, in tracks ranging from Building/Grid interactions, Enterprise/Grid Interactions, Architectures, Security, and probably several more.

Greenbuild 2007 Round-Up  Denis Du Bois  Editor@EnergyPriorities
I was among 22,000-plus other people who agree that green building is a good idea and good for business. This year the U.S. Green Building Council explored "Accelerating Green Communities" with educational sessions, speakers (including Bill Clinton), special events and tours, and a huge exhibit hall.

Stuff that crossed my desk in November  Ken Sinclair
Highlights from Phoenix, LonWorld 2007, RealTech Middle East, oBIX By Toby Considine, and NextGen Intelligent Commercial Property

November 2007

1st Buildings under ControlTM Symposium  Mag. Josef Wojak, MBA, LOYTEC electronics GmbH
LOYTEC as the host together with its cooperation partners Newron System (France) und Cimetrics (USA) took positive stock of the 1st Buildings under ControlTM Symposium.

ZEB - Zero Energy Buildings explained Toby Considine
Some of the so-called “Zero Energy” initiatives envision each building supported by multiple on-site energy collection and generation systems. Based upon the building’s operating posture, and the mix of energy sources available, such a building would pull 35% or less of its total energy budget from the grid. If the facility includes local buffering and storage of electrical energy, whether this buffering is in the form of souped-up traditional batteries or new-fangled hydrogen storage, this become viable.

Why Green Buildings Are Key to Asia's Future
“It is heartening to find that the Asia Business Council has focused on the energy efficiency of buildings in Asia. This report is extremely valuable, particularly since the Asian region is experiencing a building boom, and correct designs and building practices at this stage can ensure energy efficiency and limitations on emissions of greenhouse gases for decades to come.”

How SOA could change the way you buy electricity Joanne Cummings, Network World, 10/22/07
A demonstration network called GridWise showed how an event-driven service-oriented architecture can be used to build a power marketplace that lets residential and commercial customers change their electricity consumption nearly in real time, based on price and other factors.

Extreme Real Estate: Pacific Controls HQ in Dubai!
Take a look at this Digie Award-winning Pacific Controls Headquarters in Dubai, which is the first-of-its-kind, LEED Platinum rated, Green Building to also use solar energy for lighting and fresh air cooling. In addition, PCS headquarters has an integrated building automation system that uses both wired and wireless sensors, controls, and M2M communications.



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