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October 6, 2011

Submeters: You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure
And the Smartest Building in America Is . . .
ZigBee Building-Automation Standard Completed
ISA Launches Building-Automation Standards Committee
LonMark Accepting Nominations for 'Best of the Year' Awards
RF-Resistant Wireless Links
Replacement for Logic One Controllers
Duct-Temperature Sensor

Control Freaks

Submeters: You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

By Richard A. "Dick" Starr, LEED AP

Under its Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EB:O&M) rating system, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system allows as many as three credits for “system-level metering.” These credits, which are available under performance measurement within the Energy and Atmosphere category, mean that nearly 8 percent of the necessary credits for LEED-EB:O&M are associated with metering and/or submetering.

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Control Points

And the Smartest Building in America Is . . .

Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, Wash., has been named the “Smartest Building in America” by Siemens Industry. The hospital earned the title in Siemens’ Smartest Building in America Challenge. Jackson South Community Hospital, Miami, claimed the runner-up title. The hospitals will share $40,000 in Siemens products and services.

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ZigBee Building-Automation Standard Completed

The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy-management, commercial, and consumer applications, has completed development of and ratified the ZigBee Building Automation standard, creating the industry's only BACnet-approved wireless-mesh standard for commercial buildings.

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ISA Launches Building-Automation Standards Committee

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has extended its standards reach with the creation of a committee on building automation. ISA111, Unified Automation for Buildings, will develop standards and guidelines to communicate the necessary information to enable building subsystems to be managed and to interact so that an individual building; a local collection of buildings, such as a campus; or a geographically diverse collection of buildings appear to a user to be a single, coordinated, cohesive building automation-system.

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LonMark Accepting Nominations for 'Best of the Year' Awards

LonMark International, a global membership organization dedicated to efficient and effective integration of open, multivendor control systems, is accepting submissions for its “Best of the Year” awards program.

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Control Specs

RF-Resistant Wireless Links

The sub-1 GHz RF performance line provides robust, reliable low-power wireless connectivity to metering, security, and home- and building- automation systems. The wireless links are resistant to disturbances from other wireless systems in their surroundings, and can be more than 30 times closer in proximity to other RF systems and potential connection "interferers" than competitive offerings.

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Replacement for Logic One Controllers

The TL1 is a network device that utilizes Niagara AX software to allow a Novar Logic One system to interface, communicate, and integrate with a Trend system.

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Duct-Temperature Sensor

The Qwik Mini duct-temperature sensor is among the smallest on the market and installs quickly and easily with patented Qwik Connect technology.

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