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August 4, 2011

‘Ultimate’ Power and Control Must Go Beyond HVAC
Report Examines Barriers and Benefits to Investment in Smart Grid
Technology Integration Reduces Costs and Increases Efficiency at Hospital
Briefing Targets Energy Use of Residential Buildings in New York City
LonMark-Certified Static Programmable Device
Open Network Node
Carbon Dioxide Room Units

Control Freaks

‘Ultimate’ Power and Control Must Go Beyond HVAC

By Christopher Larry, PE, C.E.M., C.E.P., C.I.P.E, LEED AP

Fans of the Star Wars series know that “The Force” is the source of a Jedi Knight’s ultimate power and control. But is this science fiction concept obtainable in the world of building automation? It can be, but only if multiple systems are addressed, as only a portion of the necessary power and control for building operations is provided via HVAC control systems.

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Control Points

Report Examines Barriers and Benefits to Investment in Smart Grid

Danfoss has published a report summarizing how building owners, engineers, and manufacturers view the smart grid. “Survey responses indicate there is skepticism and still low awareness on what the smart grid is, what it can do, and how much it will cost, which underscores the need for communication,” Robert Wilkins, vice president, public affairs, Danfoss, said. “The report also highlights the obstacles and challenges that must be addressed by all stakeholders if we are to realize the benefits the smart grid offers, including multiple opportunities for reducing peak load.”

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Technology Integration Reduces Costs and Increases Efficiency at Hospital

To better serve the health-care needs of west central Indiana and eastern Illinois, Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind., embarked on a five-story, 575,000-sq-ft expansion incorporating spacious private rooms, improved parking, and convenient access. Construction of a new facility drove the need for enhanced integration across the campus. Hospital executives sought to expand the building-management system and install integrated fire and security systems.

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Briefing Targets Energy Use of Residential Buildings in New York City

Danfoss and the Alliance to Save Energy will co-sponsor a briefing September 15 in New York City titled “Energy Efficiency: The Path to NYC’s Residential Transformation.” The event will explore the strategies and technologies capable of transforming energy consumption in the city’s multi-unit residential buildings.

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Control Specs

LonMark-Certified Static Programmable Device

Distech Controls has unveiled the ECL-600 Series of microprocessor-based programmable controllers. The ECL Series are the first controllers to obtain the LonMark Static Programmable Device certification.

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Open Network Node

Trend Control Systems has launched the Trend Open Network Node (TONN), a networking device that enables the Trend system to interface and integrate with third party systems such as BACnet, LonWorks, Mbus, Modbus, SNMP, and KNX.

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Carbon Dioxide Room Units

Siemens has introduced the Series 2200 range of CO2 room units. Designed to work with Siemens’ APOGEE Building Automation System and BACnet programmable terminal equipment controllers (PTEC), the units include sensing-only and fully interactive models.

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