Network Solutions in Building Automation

| In Part 1 of a continuing series, author Ed Ritchie examines a data communication protocol known as BACnet and the multitude of benefits that this network solution provides when integrating components of building automation systems. As a widely recognized standard among data communication protocols, this author explores tangible advantages that facility managers can realize in ... READ MORE

Improve Energy Efficiency With Integrated Building Controls

| Author Ed Ritchie continues this series on building automation systems technology—a comprehensive approach to building energy management through the implementation of data systems, software applications, and centralized computer systems. Whether these applications are adopted for improved energy efficiency or curtailing power consumption (or both), these sophisticated systems shed light on energy management economics producing measurable ... READ MORE

Measured Approaches to Building Energy Consumption

| Continuous energy monitoring provides actionable information and systematic solutions effecting energy usage throughout building automation systems. In Part 4 of this continuing series, author Ed Ritchie profiles company solutions that result in significant reduction in building energy consumption and rewards with a high return on investment. ... READ MORE

Advancing Building Automation Systems Through Integrated Data Communications

| In Part 1 of a continuing series, author Ed Ritchie discusses BACnet’s data communications protocol and network solutions toward the integration of building automation systems. Our author explores business energy advantages in improved energy efficiency with a higher return on investment when facility managers adopt this widely-recognized standard among communication protocols. Follow Ritchie’s in-depth series ... READ MORE

Fuel Cells Energize a University – Part 2

| Generating More Energy From Available Fuels The power generation process is highly efficient, producing more energy from a given unit of fuel, compared to similar-sized combustion-based power sources. Additional efficiency is realized when the power plants are configured for CHP operations, further reducing fuel consumption, carbon emissions, and reliance on combustion-based boilers for heat. The ... READ MORE

Smart Buildings Meet the Smart Grid

| Until the advent of smart grid technology, building automation technologies provided a number of benefits. However, with the advent of smart grid technology by numerous utilities around the country, a lot of building automation technologies can now provide benefits over and above those that were available in a non smart grid environment. Smart grid refers to the modernization of a utility's electric grid, involving the use of information and communications technology to gather and ac... ... READ MORE