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NEWS & UPDATES - 2013 Archive

November 29, 2013

Change isn’t easy. Understanding what motivates individuals and their interactions within an organization is a complex undertaking, to say the least. For Facility Managers, this is especially true when trying to optimize their building’s energy usage. A paper recently published by The Environmental Defense Fund and MIT provides five critical steps to driving this initiative.

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November 14, 2013

Try to think of something you do all day, every day. How about breathing? We breathe in and out, unconsciously, 8 to 12 times every minute of our entire lives. Every breath we take in contains contaminants and the only reason we don’t die from these contaminants is our body’s immune system.
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October 31, 2013

Did you know your building is constantly generating heat in some form or another? The sun shining through the windows, the lights, the electrical plug-ins, and people's metabolic processes are all contributing to the amount of heat in your building. 

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October 17, 2013

Many HVAC manufacturers are offering factory mounted control options with pre-configured control solutions. Pre-configured solutions are applied when equipment, as well as controls, is purchased from the manufacturer. The controls, including DDC control panels and control end devices, are all mounted, tested, programmed, and commissioned. HVAC equipment is engineered upfront and paired with a factory engineered solution.

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October 3, 2013

These days people are spread very thin and the "squeaky wheel gets the grease." However, oftentimes, by the time we receive the call to grease the squeaky wheel, it's too late. With equipment, when it is running well or appears to be running well, problems or potential problems may not be noticed until it is too late. Items that could have been noticed and corrected end up turning into costly downtime.
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September 19, 2013

What if you could upgrade aging equipment, achieve better occupant comfort, and improve your environmental impact - without paying a dime?

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September 5, 2013

The other day I had a conversation with a building owner regarding his building automation system. He said he had the system installed a few years ago; however, his energy rates are increasing, he has made several calls for service, and his employees are starting to get uncomfortable with the temperatures. After a lot of digging, he told me he switched to a new service contractor not too long after the controls were implemented.

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August 22, 2013

Is solar energy right for your company? Solar energy has more than environmental benefits. It's a solid business strategy. With Federal, State, and utility company rebates and incentives, solar energy is worth reviewing
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August 9, 2013

Wireless communications in building automation controllers have come such a long way in recent years. So much so that it seems odd that anyone is using anything other than wireless communications. The cost of the technology has come down and the reliability is as good as wired communications, assuming components are properly engineered and installed.

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July 26, 2013

Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your Building Automation System.

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