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Queen Creek Branch Library and Recreation Annex
Queen Creek, Arizona, United States

TQueen Creek, Arizona - Town of Queen Creekhe Queen Creek Library and Recreation Annex houses a library, three meeting rooms and a large recreation center with six classrooms and two multi-purpose rooms. The McQuay modular central plant is installed outside the building. The Modular Central Plant is integrated with the library's Alerton building automation system using BACnet communications. The controls for the plant are run remotely from the Queen Creek development services building. The building automation system controls all energy management for the buildings, make it as energy efficient and time saving as possible.

BACnet Manufacturers: Alerton, McQuay
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Submissions for the annual Leader of the Pack awards to recognize the achievements of individuals and companies involved in the BACnet community are now being accepted. The award process is intended to allow BACnet International members to recognize and celebrate the hard work, commitment, and accomplishments of their peers. The on-line award submission page will remain open until September 15nd at 5pm EST.

The winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony during the 2011 Facility Decisions Conference & Expo taking place October 11-12 2011 in Las Vegas, NV.

Please click here for more information on the awards or to submit a nomination.
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BACnet strengthens its market position in building automation

Proprietary systems on the decline - Differences in the European market


"Increasing the Value of Properties with BACnet" was the topic of the first BACnet Forum in London from 11 to 13 April. Around 130 participants from leading manufacturers, developers and users in the field of building automation took advantage of the opportunity to discuss the latest technical developments and to agree on a new strategy for establishing BACnet as the leading standard for building automation.
 
Leading Industry representatives such as Volker R÷hl, President of the BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU), and Ian Ellis, president of the Building Controls Industry Association, BCIA, illustrated the successful history and the prospects for BACnet and other open communication standards. Frank Mills of the British Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, CIBSE, recognized in BACnet the future of networked building automation.
 
Increasing market share
Jeremy Towler, chief market researcher at the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA), stressed the importance of BACnet in worldwide building automation in his speech. "Since the first development of open communications protocols around 24 years ago, the market share of proprietary protocols fell to 45 percent in Europe and below 25 percent in North America. Along with it, the market share for BACnet rose to 24 percent in Europe and 47 percent in North America." At the same time he also pointed to existing differences on the European markets. While in Belgium, Germany, France and Italy, proprietary systems are at 40 percent and below, their share in the British market is the highest at 75 percent.
 
15 percent growth
Towler projected 15 percent annual growth for BACnet systems over the next five years. In the long run BACnet is in a strong position. While the currently market dominating proprietary standards are increasingly losing importance, BACnet is on the way to becoming the general standard - for the entire field of building services, including safety and security systems, elevators, access control, smart grids, etc.
 
The forum concluded with a well-attended networking cocktail reception. The participants agreed that an important milestone for the establishment of BACnet in Great Britain had been set. Other joint activities such as a common organization of the next BACnet Plugfests have already been proposed.
 
The next BACnet Forum will take place on 10 November in Hong Kong. More information can be found at: www.bacnetforum.org
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News/Product Releases


Click here for more information on Blue Ridge Technologies



Meet BTOM (BACnet Telephone Override Module)

 

Blue Ridge Technologies' BACnet Telephone Override Module (BTOM) is an integrated solution that allows users to override lighting and/or HVAC utilizing any push button telephone. BTOM facilitates an effortless interface with human voice prompts to guide user selection of up to 6 hours of override time for 1,022 zones.  BTOM is customizable to suit a variety of applications, and default English voice prompts may be rerecorded in any style or language. All User IDs, passwords, and administrator functions may be programmed to suit your installation, while providing the user validation required for tenant billing purposes.  The seamless integration of this simple interface makes BTOM a powerful yet cost effective alternative to override switches.  So whether you are looking to track after hours lighting and HVAC override times or just need to add override capabilities without having to wire up new switches, Blue Ridge has the solution for you.

 

 

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i-Vu« Open Wins Dealer Design Award

 

Carrier's i-Vu Open web appliance was recently awarded a 2011 Dealer Design award in The NEWS magazine. This award is given by dealers and contractors to recognize quality products that are designed with the contractor in mind in regards to installation, service, and maintenance.

 

The NEWS' panel of dealer/contractors awarded i-Vu Open as an honorable mention in the commercial controls category. This product is featured in the July 11 issue of The News magazine.

 

Carrier's i-Vu Open web appliance is a powerful building automation system in a box. A contractor simply connects it to the building network, and i-Vu automatically discovers all of the Carrier controls in the facility, making it easy to monitor and control the attached HVAC equipment. Equipment graphics, trends, alarms, and reports - all of the essential building management components -  are automatically generated for the contractor, saving him valuable time, effort, and expense. Once installed, i-Vu makes it easy for the contractor to maintain and service the facility remotely.

 

 

 


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Distech Controls' B-AAC Listed ECB-300 Controller Now Shipping to Broaden its New Standard in BACnet« Offering

ECB-400 and ECB-600 Series Now Also BTL Listed as B-AAC Controllers Providing Advanced Functionality in Building Automation Applications

 

 

 

The ECB-300 is a microprocessor-based programmable controller designed to control various building automation applications such as small to medium air handling units, chillers, boilers, and cooling towers. The ECB-300 can be custom programmed using EC-gfxProgram graphical programming interface.

 

In addition, the company announced that the ECB-400 and ECB-600 Series are now also BTL Listed as B-AAC controllers, providing increased data sharing services such as read and write multiple properties, alarm generation and events management, scheduling capabilities, as well as time synchronization.

With the introduction of these B-AAC controllers, Distech Controls now offers products in all BTL device profiles for controllers, offering engineers and system integrators more flexibility and options for system design and installation.

 

"Our New Standard in BACnet offering has been enthusiastically adopted by our System Integrators and Channel Partners," comments Etienne Veilleux, President & CEO of Distech Controls. "Distech Controls is committed to providing the most feature-rich and innovative products in the industry. Our product line increases installation and commissioning efficiency and provides built-in energy saving features that allow our clients to be more competitive, while offering the latest technology to building owners."

 

Distech Controls also introduced EC-gfxProgram 4.0, its powerful and intuitive common graphical programming interface for Distech Controls' BACnet and LONWORKS controllers. A true open system offering, EC-gfxProgram 4.0 significantly increases productivity at installation, reduces overall project cost, and allows for optimized equipment operation.

For additional information on the BACnet ECB Series of controllers, visit the Distech Controls website here. To learn more about EC-gfxProgram 4.0 common graphical programming interface, visit the Distech Controls website here.

 

For more information 

Caroline Cadieux
Director of Marketing and Communications 

    

Ebtron

 

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EBTRON and TAMCO collaborate to develop new AIR-IQ product line

Leaders in airflow measurement and control damper technologies combine expertise - announce intelligent airflow control damper products!

 

EBTRON, Inc., the technology leader in precision airflow measurement for more than twenty five years, and TAMCO, Inc., leading international manufacturer of premium quality, low maintenance, low leakage airflow control dampers since 1955, have successfully completed joint engineering, evaluation, testing and production system integration for the AIR-IQ airflow measuring damper assembly. Available in late spring 2011, the new AIR-IQ product line combines innovative products from both companies to be assembled at the TAMCO-USA manufacturing facility in Arizona. The AIR-IQ will be available to Air Handler/OEM customers through TAMCO Factory Sales and through all EBTRON representatives for other market segments.

 

The intelligent and reliable AIR-IQ airflow measuring solution provides precise airflow measurement and control with low leakage performance. Comprehensive laboratory testing verifies measurement accuracy of ▒ 5% of reading throughout the entire measurement range, without blade position interaction, and up to AMCA Class 1A air leakage performance. This exceeds the performance capabilities of any other known similar device. A wide range of damper models and options provide designers with the following benefits:

 

  • AMCA 500-D Leakage Class 1A or 1 (model-dependent)  
  • AMCA 511 Certified Performance Rating (Series 1500 only, with maximum leakage at 1.7 cfm/ft2 @ 1" WC and 3.7 cfm/ft2 @ 4" WC);
  • Thermal Break design frame and airfoil blades, with thermally insulated blades for practical resistance to condensation and potential for freezing;
  • Salt Water corrosion resistance option with 0.7 mil anodized aluminum coating and type 316 stainless steel hardware (tested in accordance with ASTM B117)
  • Dual Bearing design with self-sealing, self-lubricating and non-absorbent bearings and innovative Slip-proof linkage design ensure maintenance-free operation and a 20+ year service life.

 

Designers, installers and OEM's will no longer have to endure poor damper performance or the maintenance expenses associated with pressure-based devices. With low maintenance, simple installation and set up, the AIR-IQ provides OEM's, designers, contractors and users with an unbeatable combination of performance and control. The AIR-IQ provides all of the benefits of a premium, low leakage TAMCO control damper, and the NIST-traceable performance of an EBTRON model GTC116-PC measurement array, in a pre-engineered, factory assembled and tested package.

 

The total number of AIR-IQ features are too numerous to list. Some of the more important features and benefits include:

 

  • Pre-engineered design with factory assembly eliminates most application issues
  • EBTRON Thermal Dispersion technology with 28 years of applications and product experience
  • TAMCO quality design, construction and assembly; essential for high performing dampers,
  • Leakage Class 1A and 1 damper models (Leakage Class Ratings are required in motorized dampers used for ASHRAE 90.1-2010 compliance in all building heights for intake and exhaust/relief applications in most Climate Zones.)
  • The AIR-IQ is available with many TAMCO damper models and options, including Air-Foil Control (1000 Series), Ultra-low Leakage (1500 Series), and Thermally Insulated (9000 Series) Dampers.
  • Thermal Break construction is optional on 9000 Series damper frame and blades, making the building envelope's interior resistant to condensation and potentially freezing in cold climates
  • Salt Water resistant construction option (SW) on most damper models
  •  Precision bead-in-glass thermistor sensors for drift-free operation and long term stability
  • Thermistors are potted using a water-proof epoxy for outdoor air service with direct exposure to water  
  • NIST-traceable factory calibration standards assure ▒ 2% of reading sensor performance over the entire operating range  
  • No field calibration or adjustment is required, when installed in accordance with published guidelines
  • Dampers are virtually maintenance-free, when installed in accordance with published instructions
  • Standard models supply BOTH analog outputs and RS-485 communications with field selectable network protocols - at no extra cost  
  • Configurable with a visible and digital alarm when deficient flow range for LEED and ASHRAE 189.1 compliance is indicated.
  • UL« and BTL« Listed airflow instrument
  • Aerodynamic sleeve with flared entry for improved accuracy and stability in unducted applications

 

For more information contact: EBTRON at (800) 232-8766 from within the US, or locally at (843) 756-1828; Email mktg@ebtron.com or visit the company's web site at www.EBTRON.com  

 

 

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"MAMA" Patent Issued to KMC Controls


On July 26, 2011, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number 7,987,247 to KMC Controls, Inc. for its BACnet MS/TP Automatic MAC Addressing (MAMA).  KMC Chief Technology Officer, Bruce Westphal, was primarily responsible for the patented method which automatically assigns MAC addresses to controllers on an MS/TP network.  The firmware enabling this resides on all KMC BACnet Advanced Application Controllers (B-AAC) and Application Specific Controllers (B-ASC).  MAMA provides significant labor savings during MS/TP installations.

  

 

 

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The Viconics iPhone model selection App is now available for download

 

Viconics is pleased to announce the newest model selection application for the iPhone.

 

The Viconics Engineering Resource Tool (ERT) allows HVAC system integrators, estimators and consulting engineers who are interested in using Viconics products to quickly find the correct Viconics controller for any application.

 

Simply click on the appropriate features you require your controller to have and the Viconics Engineering Tool will quickly display the correct match and appropriate Viconics model number for your selection. Once your model appears you will be provided with a link to our website for additional product information related to your selection.

 

You will then be able to contact the Viconics sales team via email directly from your iPhone if more information on any of the Viconics models is required. Best of all the iPhone application can be downloaded for free from the iTunes store.

 

To request more information or to see our full line of building control solutions, please visit http://www.viconics.com or email us at sales@viconics.com.

 

Connect With BACnet International Volunteers

A heart felt thank you to all volunteers for BACnet International, including the recently elected Board of Directors:

Andy McMillan

Nancy Stein

Raymond Rae

David Robin

Paul Jordan

Brad Hill

 

For more information on the nominations and elections, please click here.  

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BACnet International Success Stories


BACnet International Success Stories is a free resource that provides a place to promote your successful projects that use BACnet in order to further knowledge and understanding of the BACnet protocol - essentially, mini case studies. Posters utilize a web form to upload the content, (narratives, photos, etc...) which is then reviewed by editors from BACnet International (primarily for errors) prior to public posting.
 
Once the BACnet Success Story is posted, it becomes a permanent, linkable record of the successful project.
Further, Success Stories:
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BACnet International followers benefit from a new electronic monthly publication called Cornerstones.  This publication will go to members of the BACnet community, connecting corporate, integrator, site, student and individual end-users (current distribution list over 15,000). Cornerstones is a unique publication in that we speak not only to engineering and contractor communities, but also to the facility professionals, managers, owners and beyond.

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