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March 1, 2012

The Two Futures of HVAC Controls
Echelon Unifies Multiple Energy-Control Standards
Honeywell, Hawaiian Electric to Test ‘Fast Demand Response’
Join Us for Carrier's Global Enginering Conference March 18-20
Mobile Building-Automation-System Application
BACnet Energy Meter
Building Energy-Management System
'Gen Y Guy' to Kick Off Mechanical Systems Week in September

Control Freaks

The Two Futures of HVAC Controls

By Thomas Hartman, PE

Two futures are possible for HVAC controls. One is exciting; the other not so much so. In the exciting scenario, controls rapidly evolve so that, in just a few years, building controls have extensive self-commissioning, self-tuning, self-diagnostic and correction, and even self-configuring features. HVAC systems simply require components to be connected together with a short list of parameters set, and the system takes off from there—notifying the commissioning agent, contractor, engineer, and/or operator if it is meeting its specified high-performance criteria, or, if it is not, what corrective steps are necessary.

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Control Points

Echelon Unifies Multiple Energy-Control Standards

Echelon Corp. has released a suite of tools and products for building owners, specification writers, integrators, and energy-management application developers. The offerings will enable building professionals to integrate the world's leading devices, applications, and building-automation standards (LonWorks and BACnet), and thereby create energy-efficient buildings that are “grid-aware” and can respond to emerging grid requirements.

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Honeywell, Hawaiian Electric to Test ‘Fast Demand Response’

Honeywell and Hawaiian Electric Co. in Honolulu are teaming up for a two-year pilot program to demonstrate how demand-response technology can help integrate more intermittent renewable energy to the electric grid. During the program, Hawaiian Electric will conduct a test of “fast demand-response” (fast DR) technology, which gives utilities and facilities tools to reduce demand within 10 min. of notification of a pending imbalance between supply and demand.

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Learn about Biophilia – the Future of Building Design – at the 2012 Carrier Global Engineering Conference
Robert F. Fox, Jr., AIA, partner at Cook+Fox Architects and Terrapin Bright Green, will define biophilia, the human interaction with buildings, at the 2012 Carrier Global Engineering Conference, scheduled for March 18-20. Mr. Fox will showcase how biophilia inspired the design of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park in New York City. www.2012GEC.com

Join Us for Carrier's Global Enginering Conference March 18-20

HPAC Engineering is proud to be a sponsor of Carrier's 2012 Global Engineering Conference. Join us in Las Vegas as some of the world's thought leaders come together to create a vision for the future.

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Control Specs

Mobile Building-Automation-System Application

The Facility Prime native Apple iOS application for the APOGEE building-automation system (BAS) features customized screens to enable fast, convenient, mobile interaction with a multitude of facility conditions.

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BACnet Energy Meter

The WattNode BACnet meter (MS/TP) is a cost-effective energy- and power-metering solution for building-automation systems requiring the BACnet communications protocol.

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Building Energy-Management System

The Building Portfolio energy-management system is a full-feature wireless system that offers energy-saving features for building owners and managers.

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'Gen Y Guy' to Kick Off Mechanical Systems Week in September

Sponsored by Trane, the opening keynote event for Mechanical Systems Week 2012 will feature “Crossing the Generational Divide: Leveraging the Power of Generations for Your Strategic Advantage,” presented by Jason Dorsey, The Gen Y Guy.

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