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November 3, 2011

Smartphones and Apps Will Rule the HVAC World
BACnet Approves ZigBee Building-Automation Standard
Honeywell and Philadelphia University Launch Energy-Awareness Campaign
PUE an Effective Metric for Data Centers
Building-Management Solution
Controller and Sensor
Differential-Pressure Switch

Control Freaks

Smartphones and Apps Will Rule the HVAC World

J. Christopher Larry, PE, CEM, CEP, CIPE, LEED AP

At this point in the technology wave, most of us have spent at least a few minutes playing “Angry Birds.” We may even know somebody at the top of the solitaire leaderboard. And although humans may have become experts at using their smartphones to idle away a few minutes of the day, have you thought about using that same phone to improve what you do during work? Soon, the world will be at your fingertips and everything you need to survey, run, and operate a building will be within those little devices.

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Control Points

BACnet Approves ZigBee Building-Automation Standard

BACnet International has approved the recently completed ZigBee building-automation standard as the only wireless-mesh-network standard for BACnet-based devices. ZigBee is a standards-based wireless technology designed to address the unique needs of low-cost, low-power, wireless sensor and control networks in the building automation market.

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Honeywell and Philadelphia University Launch Energy-Awareness Campaign

Honeywell and Philadelphia University have launched a campuswide energy education and awareness campaign aimed at promoting sustainable practices among students, faculty, and the local community. The goal is to reduce the university’s energy costs and environmental impact.

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PUE an Effective Metric for Data Centers

By Richard A "Dick" Starr, LEED AP

As the importance of information technology has grown in the world of business, data centers have become the centerpieces at many companies. The demands placed on these facilities—and the HVAC systems that serve them—grow constantly and will likely continue to do so into the foreseeable future.

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Control Specs

Building-Management Solution

Panoptix is designed to expand on existing building-management technology and make improved building efficiency accessible to a broader market.

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Controller and Sensor

FlexStat is an integrated BACnet controller and temperature sensor with optional humidity, occupancy, and carbon-dioxide sensing.

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Differential-Pressure Switch

The Series 1831 differential-pressure switch with manual reset is designed to eliminate common problems associated with high-duct-static-cutout installations.

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