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The Best of 2007 @ www.AutomatedBuildings.com   Ken Sinclair

Looking at the most downloaded articles each month for 2007 from AutomatedBuildings.com gives us insight into what our readers interests are and where the industry thinking is likely heading.

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January we visited and explained a project that was actually achieving large scale integration.   Destination Sydney, Australia - Four For Points for the Industry  Four Points by Sheraton Leading the Way in the Management and Control of its Facilities Management, Workflow, Energy Management, Security and Building  Efficiency  Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner AutomatedBuildings.com, Marc Petock, Director of Marketing, Tridium, Mike Marston, Director, Asia/Pacific, Tridium, Martin Hodder, Regional Director, Tridium Asia

February saw us understand how the concept of getting the technology contractor involved at the very beginning would result in a facility that better serves the owner’s needs and saves money over the long-term. Technology Contracting – The Future Is Now  Terry Hoffmann, Johnson Controls, Inc.

March we explored that integrated building systems will not become the norm in building design and installation without designers and installers having credentials.  Certification for Designers and Installers: The Industry’s Path Forward for Credibility Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, Managing Principal, Sinopoli and Associates

April had us stopping to look at the map “A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there. “  Intelligent Buildings Roadmap  “The industry needs to get together to integrate or at least educate all of the people that are involved. The owner cannot integrate the industry, the architect cannot integrate the industry, the industry must integrate itself and take the lead…”  Paul Ehrlich PE, President, Building Intelligence Group LLC

In May we supplied an example of  The Largest Enterprise Energy Management Deployment in North America  Once completed, Simon will have the ability to understand and manage thousands of control points from an energy potential perspective as well as integrate real time results of any point to match the business strategy of maximizing comfort and performance while minimizing energy costs.  Brooke Richards, Richards-Zeta Building Intelligence, Inc.

June saw us explore what are;  Truly Brilliant Buildings  The primary principle is to ensure that you collect and store data once when it is generated and then re-use it throughout the lifecycle of the facility.  Deke Smith, AIA, Executive Director, buildingSMART® Alliance National Institute of Building Sciences

July's article came with good advise; The Top 10 List For Successfully Integrating Building Systems  Many building owners and people in the industry find the concept of integrated building systems to be persuasive and intuitive. However, they struggle with moving from the concept to actual deployment. Here are ten things needed for successful installation of integrated building systems. Some are just good business or project management practices Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, Managing Principal, Sinopoli and Associates

August saw numbers coupled with good advice peak interest with the Seven Habits of a Highly Profitable Controls Company  We have two basic choices in how we do things: be reactive to things that happen around us, or proactive to ensure things happen as we want them to.  Anto Budiardjo, President, Clasma Events Inc.

September saw the fascination with numbers and good advice about Demand Response continue with Four steps to make money from DR  Understand - Internalize - Plan - Execute  Anto Budiardjo, President, Clasma Events Inc

October kept the interest with demand response as the The Killer App is Here  A killer app is defined as being a product or service that is so useful that people will buy particular piece(s) of computer hardware and/or an operating system simply to gain access to the application, one that is so valuable that it transcends any concerns, risks or need to learn something new.  Anto Budiardjo, President, Clasma Events Inc.

In November Demand Response gave way to total interaction with Net zero in two close well read articles:
Integrated Design Associates, Inc. 
 Design headquarters is among the first to achieve net-zero energy  Johnson Controls, Case Study
Ferreira “31 Tannery Project” 
First Net Zero Electric commercial building in the U.S. A Post Occupancy Review, Observations & Lessons Learned  Edward H. Brzezowski, P.E. – LEED AP,  Director of Engineering, Ferreira Group and John Grabowski, Vice President, Live Data Systems

December's article answers the question; How does a Smart Building approach facilitate meeting or exceed the technical requirements of the credits and points of the LEED rating system? in  How Do Smart Buildings Make A Building Green?  Smart buildings make green buildings greener, and green buildings make smart buildings smarter.  Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, Managing Principal, Smart Buildings

A wide variety of concepts all focused on providing our client's energy savings with a clear path to substantiality.


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