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July 7, 2011

ZigBee shows controls are well past the 'Flintstones' era
Twenty percent by 2020: Smart buildings projected to help cut demand
Survey: HVAC and controls upgrades among top energy-efficiency steps
Controls upgrade helps Pittsburgh airport spread its wings
Communicating-thermostat system
BACnet communicating controllers
Control system enhanced with open protocol

Control Freaks

ZigBee shows controls are well past the 'Flintstones' era

By Richard A. "Dick" Starr, LEED AP, Enterprise HVAC Service & Control, Twinsburg, Ohio

ZigBee is just one example of the technologies that are revolutionizing building automation and control and opening new worlds of opportunities for system designers and controls contractors. ZigBee is a wireless technology that was developed as an open global standard to address the unique needs of low-cost, low-power, wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) networks. The ZigBee protocol is designed to communicate data through the hostile radio-frequency (RF) environments that are common in commercial and industrial applications.

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Control Points

Twenty percent by 2020: Smart buildings projected to help cut demand

Within the next decade, more than 20 percent of electrical demand in the United States is expected to be met by building operators and homeowners more effectively optimizing their energy consumption and resources in collaboration with their utilities, predict energy experts at Honeywell.

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Survey: HVAC and controls upgrades among top energy-efficiency steps

Energy continues to be a strong priority for organizations around the world, upgrades to HVAC systems and controls are among the most common steps decision-makers take to improve their organizations’ energy efficiency, yet barriers to action still exist. Those were among the results of Johnson Controls’ fifth annual Global Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey.

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Controls upgrade helps Pittsburgh airport spread its wings

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) accommodates almost 10 million travelers each year. The airport and its architectural consultants tapped Honeywell to supply HVAC and fire systems throughout the new space.

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Control Specs

Communicating-thermostat system

Jackson Systems has introduced the WEB Comfort Communicating Thermostat System, which enables multiple thermostats to be wirelessly networked throughout a building or home.

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BACnet communicating controllers

Quest Controls has developed a new family of BACnet communicating controllers for HVAC and lighting applications designed to easily integrate disparate subsystems into a single interface.

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Control system enhanced with open protocol

Taco Electronics Solutions has enhanced the configurability and flexibility of iWorx, its web-based building management, monitoring and control system designed specifically for high-end residential and light commercial markets.

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