Control & Automation
October 20, 2011 - An updated tool from ASHRAE provides a user-friendly interface to predict thermal comfort, based on the Society’s standard for thermal environmental conditions, says ASHRAE. The Thermal Comfort Tool version 2 maintains consistency with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2010, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, and makes thermal comfort predictions using several existing thermal comfort models, including the Adaptive and Predicted Mean Vote (PMV) models. Inclusion of these models can potentially improve occupant comfort by allowing engineers to more easily fine tune their comfort analysis to the particular needs of the occupants in the building, explains ASHRAE.ASHRAE
October 8, 2011 - HBA unveiled its wiHUBB wireless distributed lighting control system for both indoor and outdoor lighting applications. wiHUBB’s In-Fixture Module provides On/Off, High/Low and 0-10vDC full-range dimming control for all lighting loads. The wiHUBB On-Fixture Module is suitable for adding wireless On/Off and daylight harvesting control to outdoor fixtures that have a standard twist-lock photo-sensor receptacle. Meantime, the wiHUBB Smart Pack provides On/Off, High/Low and 0-10vDC full-range dimming control, and features SmartPORTs for plug-n-play support of wiHUBB occupancy and daylight sensors, and manual control switches. When devices are plugged into the SmartPORTs, the Smart Pack automatically responds to the plugged-in devices to provide energy-efficient operation.HUBBELL BUILDING AUTOMATION
October 8, 2011 - Hubbell Building Automation says its CX commercial lighting control panels provide “feature-rich and cost-effective lighting control for maximum energy savings”. The LCD user interface is located in the door and employs intuitive menus to program, check status or update the panel. The pre-programmed Scenarios menu simplifies project commissioning. The panels are available in 4- and 8-relay sizes with five types of relays. Programming capabilities include 365-day programming with 64 schedules, 32 groups, 99 holidays, astronomical and real-time clocks. Programmable inputs accept low-voltage switches, photocells or motion sensors. The CX panels are listed to UL 916, cUL and have a 2-year warranty.HUBBELL BUILDING AUTOMATION
October 5, 2011 - Johnson Controls says its Panoptix solution is a new approach to building efficiency, and encompasses four key components: an open technology platform to collect and manage data from disparate building systems and other data sources; a suite of cloud-hosted building efficiency applications that work with any building management system (BAS); online and by-phone Live Guide support, as well as onsite building and energy services; an online Panoptix-connected community of peers and experts committed to sharing best practices, news and resources. Initial applications include: Continuous Diagnostics Advisor; Carbon and Energy Reporter; Measurement and Verification Monitor; and Custom Analyzer. The Panoptix suite of applications will continue to expand with both Johnson Controls and partner-developed applications, says the company.JOHNSON CONTROLS
October 4, 2011 - Leviton Manufacturing Co.—a player in electrical wiring devices, lighting energy management systems and commercial data networking solutions—announced it has acquired Obvius Energy Information Solutions, which offers data acquisition, wireless communications, energy dashboard software and plug-and-play hardware solutions.
September 27, 2011 - The ZigBee Alliance—a “global ecosystem” of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications—has completed development and ratified the ZigBee Building Automation standard. It is the global standard for interoperable products enabling monitoring and control of commercial building systems, and it is the only BACnet-approved wireless mesh network standard for commercial buildings, adds the alliance. Products using ZigBee Building Automation give building owners and operators control of more building types, previously unreachable rooms or sensitive areas, says ZigBee, thanks to its low-power wireless operation. The standard was developed by numerous Alliance members, with major assistance coming from Convergence Wireless, Johnson Controls, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Ingersoll-Rand and Ubilogix.ZIGBEE BUILDING AUTOMATION
September 9, 2011 - Opto 22 and eSight Energy say their new partnership allows them to integrate their respective offerings, and enabled Opto 22 to expand its portfolio of energy management software platforms that can communicate with and present energy data gathered by the OptoEMU Sensor. According to the companies, users can use Opto 22’s Monitoring Hardware with the eSight Energy Management Software Suite to establish new energy usage policies and practices that reduce utility bills.   OPTO 22 ESIGHT ENERGY
August 18, 2011 - SCL Elements has unveiled its second generation of Can2go wired and wireless controllers and gateways which offer “unprecedented wireless range, multi-protocol support and processing power – enabling each unit to simultaneously control dozens of devices and handle multiple applications,” it claims. The second generation Can2go Universal and VAV controllers, as well as the GW2 gateway, all boast 400MHz processors, 64MB of RAM and 2GB of flash storage. According to SCL Elements, they can provide simultaneous control and BACnet IP integration of digital and analog I/O, Modbus peripherals and EnOcean and ZigBee wireless devices. The added power allows each locally programmable unit to handle more wired and wireless control points at no extra cost, it adds.SCL ELEMENTS
July 26, 2011 - WattStopper has published a set of best practice solutions for classrooms which it says will help specifiers and facility managers quickly identify and implement energy-saving lighting control solutions for these high-value spaces. The new online tool offers users a “range of design options to meet different energy-savings goals, and provides a wealth of detailed information from wiring diagrams to equipment schedules.” Solutions also feature WattStopper’s Digital Lighting Management controls, which “offer superior flexibility in installation and performance,” it adds.WATTSTOPPER
We must "Create Interactions" worthy of our visibility and strive to better understand how to interact with the powerful presentations of our information. Wikipedia defines Interaction design very well -- "embedding information technology into the ambient social complexities of the physical world."
Should data be in or out of the cloud? The answer is yes. The cloud is a virtual conduit that can aggregate applications and analysis. We have moved from multiple independent web applications serving each building to independent single web applications serving multiple buildings.
June 07, 2011 - Opto 22 has expanded the communications and integration capabilities of its OptoEMU Sensor energy monitoring appliance, adding Modbus/TCP and OPC industrial protocol support, Microsoft SQL Server and Access integration, and a new Microsoft .NET developer toolkit.
June 07, 2011 - The EnOcean Alliance—a consortium of companies working to standardize and internationalize energy harvesting wireless technology—announced its sensors and associated control systems are now fully interoperable with TCP/IP.
May 28, 2011 - ANSI/ASHRAE 135-2010 “BACnet: A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks”, allows building equipment and systems manufactured by different companies to work together. It is the only open, consensus-developed standard in the building controls industry, say ANSI and ASHRAE. The new standard contains 19 addenda approved since the 2008 standard was published.
April 21, 2011By Legrand/WiremoldTake a quick look at a typical office and you see machines like computers and copiers that are essential to operating a business. Then look at individual work spaces and note the task lights, cell phone chargers, and portable electric heaters under the desk. What these and many other everyday items have in common is that they plug directly into the building’s electrical system. They constitute a building’s plug load.

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