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The Eye Center
Columbus, OH, United States

 

The Reliable Controls® MACH-System is integral to providing 24-hour integrated management of the intricate Eye Center environment. The system provides dependable control, remote access, monitoring, and 24-hour alarm notification. The Reliable Controls® MACH System controls a central hydronic heating and chilled water plant, two medium pressure variable air volume handling units, a single dedicated constant volume air handling unit for the low pressure surgery center, 40 independent reheat zones, and 157 MACH-Air™ VAV controllers. SMART-Sensors™ are featured throughout the facility for space temperature monitoring as well as simple, local user interface.

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BACnet Europe Journal 19 can now be downloaded at http://www.bacnetjournal.org/ 
 
Autumn Edition of the BACnet Europe Journal Available as Download
Focus on reliable building management
 
The international BACnet Standard ISO 16484-5 offers the capability for systemwide and multi-vendor communication, which is a considerable contribution for secure and sustainable building operation. How this
reliable building automation specifically affects planners, operators and system integrators is shown in a recent survey in the current BACnet Europe Journal 19.

An exclusive interview with Matthias Damm, founder and managing director of ascolab GmbH about the progress of BACnet/OPC-UA Mapping, is a further highlight of this 60- page edition. It simplifies the networking of building and industrial automation. Additionally, BIG-EU members report back about their success stories from BACnet projects in Europe.

Published by the BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU), the latest edition can be downloaded for free, now at http://www.bacnetjournal.org/. The trade magazine is the only European publication that focuses twice a year on the applications of the BACnet Standard and activities of the European interest group. 

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Hi there BIG-EU members, former and future Plugfest participants! The BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU) would like to invite you to join the 8th BACnet Interoperability Workshop of the BIG-EU, to be held from  Wednesday, May 21 until Friday May 23, 2014 in Zug, Switzerland! 
 
Plugfest 2014 and the Spring BIG-EU Meetings will also be held in Zug at that time, on Monday May 19 and Tuesday May 20, 2014. Are you planning to join to us? Please fill this in http://doodle.com/v4x3yqppsxz87sq4 by December 16, 2013 - thank you! 
 
The workshop is open to manufacturers and vendors of BACnet devices and provides an opportunity for all participants to improve the interoperability of their products with those from other attending companies. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Detailed registration information to follow soon.  
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News Releases

For more information about Carrier, please click here.

Visit Carrier in Booth 621 at AHR Expo!

Carrier is participating in the world's largest HVACR event! Join us at AHR Expo® 2014, a trade show and educational conference geared towards contractors, engineers, distributors, facility managers, OEMs, and other HVACR professionals. The AHR Expo will be held on January 21-23, 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, and will showcase the latest products, systems, controls, software, and services, all from a variety of leading manufacturers. As a single-source provider for complete system solutions, Carrier is excited to be exhibiting their equipment, BACnet® controls, and software tools in booth 621 at the 2014 AHR Expo!

For more information about the show, please visit the AHR Expo website. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Please click here for more information about Distech Controls.

Distech Controls Receives Double Honor, Ranks in Deloitte North America Fast 500™ and Canada Fast 50™ Awards

Distech Controls, an innovation leader in energy management solutions, announced it ranked 315th on Deloitte's 2013 Technology Fast 500™. This program lists the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Distech Controls also received the award of being 28th fastest growing technology company in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ for technological innovation, entrepreneurship, rapid growth and leadership. Rankings for both programs are based on percentage of fiscal year revenue growth over five years, with Distech Controls reporting an increase in revenues of 358 percent from 2008 to 2012.

Etienne Veilleux, President and CEO of Distech Controls, credits the 358% revenue growth with the company's dedication to innovation and solid globalization strategies. "At Distech Controls, our employees and our global network of Partners are committed to delivering leading edge building automation technology and value-add energy management offerings for the energy efficient buildings market," said Veilleux. "We are honored to rank amongst the fastest growing tech companies in Canada and North America, and will continue to dedicate ourselves to delivering innovative solutions for greener buildings".

"Technology Fast 500 winners achieve success and strong growth as a direct result of their leadership, and commitment to innovation," said Richard Lee, Deloitte's National Managing Partner, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Deloitte. "They are amongst the elite who transform the technology sector."

"Canadian Fast 50 companies innovate, demonstrate leadership, create jobs, and invest in R&D," said Richard Lee, Deloitte's National Managing Partner, Technology, Media & Telecommunications. "They are remarkable companies that show dedication, drive and commitment that are key to growth in the Canadian technology sector." For entire press release, please click here.
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Please click here for more information about Distech Controls.

Distech Controls Selected as one of Canada's Top Small and Medium Employers for 2014

Distech Controls, an innovation leader in energy management solutions, announced it was amongst Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers for 2014. This is the first year that a special list has been released that focuses on small and medium employers (SME) by the editorial team at Canada's Top 100 Employers. Distech Controls is amongst the fifty employers across Canada's private sector that have been chosen for this year's list.

Employers are evaluated using eight criteria: Physical Workplace; Work Atmosphere & Social; Health, Financial & Family Benefits; Vacation & Time Off; Employee Communications; Performance Management; Training & Skills Development; and Community Involvement.

Distech Controls provides unique building management technologies and services that optimize energy efficiency and comfort in buildings, all the while reducing operating costs. The organization offers innovative solutions for greener buildings through its passion for innovation, quality, customer satisfaction, and sustainability.

"We are honored to have qualified as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers," said Etienne Veilleux, President and CEO of Distech Controls. "We greatly value the contribution of all of our employees, and are proud to offer them an exceptional work environment," added Veilleux.

Founded in 1995, Distech Controls is based out of Brossard, Quebec. In May of 2013, the company opened the doors of its new custom-built, 34,000 sq ft global headquarters. The building is home to 90 of Distech Controls' 150 worldwide employees, ranging from production, research and development, product management, marketing, sales, finance and administration. Please click here for entire press release.
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For more information about Reliable Controls, please click here.

Reliable Controls® Headquarters Annex Achieves LEED® Platinum Certification

Reliable Controls is pleased to announce the achievement of LEED Platinum certification of the Reliable Controls Headquarters Annex in Victoria, BC.

Green buildings are designed using an integrated team approach to save energy, use less water, and create less waste during construction and operation, providing an elevated level of indoor comfort. By implementing this well-rounded, holistic approach, a green building provides enduring social, environmental, and economic benefits.

"We are very excited to be awarded LEED Platinum certification, the highest level achievable," said Tom Zaban, EVP Sales & Marketing. "The Reliable Controls Headquarters Annex is a demonstration of our collective commitment to sustainability and resilience, and effectively demonstrates leadership in our own field, showing we can work together to implement a reality that minimizes pollution, waste, and provides a lasting benefit to our community."

The Reliable Controls Headquarters Annex facility, which houses Research & Development, Sales & Marketing, and Administration departments, includes design elements such as rain gardens and planters, swales, green roofs, cisterns, and trees - all of which preserve and enhance the natural, surrounding landscape. Prior to redevelopment, the site's stormwater drained through the municipal storm drain system without treatment; however, as a direct result of the new construction, stormwater runoff has been reduced by 52% and potable water for building sewage conveyance has been reduced by 82%. Overall, the building consumes 60% less potable water than a baseline building.Please click here to read the entire press release.
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 Click here for more information about tekmar Control Systems.

tekmar Boiler Control 284 Earns AHR Expo Innovation Award

tekmar Control Systems is proud to announce that its Boiler Control 284, the next generation in control for mixed boiler plant operations, has been presented with Honorable Mention in the Building Automation Category of the 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Awards.  

 

The Boiler Control 284 is designed to operate up to four boilers to accurately maintain a target water temperature and communicates directly with building automation systems through BACnet® or Modbus®. The new control will be on display in the Watts Water Booth #2631 at the AHR Expo January 21-­-23, 2014, in New York, NY.  

 

"We're honored to be recognized by a panel of experts in the HVACR industry," said Nathan Floyd, General Manager for tekmar Control Systems. "It is because of the hard work and dedication of each person at tekmar that we are celebrating this success today, and we will continue our efforts to focus on innovative system solutions for HVAC."  

 

The Boiler Control 284 provides complete integration of the mechanical equipment in the heating plant for operating multiple   heating loads. It controls both condensing and non-­-condensing boilers that are modulating, single stage, or two stage to provide a flexible, cost-­-effective mixed boiler plant operation.

The connection to building automation systems (BAS) allows installers and building managers to remotely monitor boiler operation, plant temperatures, system pressure, flow rates, and pump operation using the BAS network.  

 

The 284 is also designed to prolong the lifespan of equipment. Primary pump sequencing prevents downtime by automatically operating a second pump if a failure is detected. Other reliability features include pump exercising, equal run-­-time rotation, and boiler minimum & maximum temperature settings. For entire release, please click here. 

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Please click here for more information about Carrier

Carrier Announces New ZS Combination Space Sensors

Carrier is now offering new ZS communicating/combination space sensors. These new sensors support combination sensing of temperature, relative humidity, carbon dioxide, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), within a single device.

Designed to work with i-Vu® controllers and the i-Vu® BACnet® Building Automation System, the new ZS sensor line includes 4 different models to meet a variety of sensing applications. All 4 models offer easy 4-wire installation, combination sensing, and include various features like setpoint adjustment, easy-to-read displays, occupancy status indicators, push-button occupancy override, cooling/heating mode control, and fan speed control. Fully addressable, the ZS sensors can be networked together to achieve various control strategies, like temperature averaging and high/low select control.

The ZS sensors are fully compatible with Carrier's VAV, VVT, RTU Open, and WSHP Open BACnet controllers. The software for these applications is already factory engineered and tested, allowing the ZS sensors to be completely plug-and-play in the field.  

If you have any questions about the new ZS sensors, please contact your local Carrier office .
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Please click here for more information about Distech Controls

Distech Controls Announces New Features Available on the BACnet® ECB / LONWORKS® ECL 50 Series

Distech Controls announced enhancements to its ECB and ECL 50 Series BACnet® and LONWORKS® controllers with integrated LCD operator interface. The 50 Series controllers provide users with the ability to quickly view, edit, and configure an HVAC system's operating parameters, while color-coded icons and highlights provide at-a-glance indication of alarms and override conditions. The display serves as a local HMI, facilitating system troubleshooting and diagnostics without the need for a laptop, offering maximum convenience and efficiency.

Today's announced enhancements include graphically configurable Schedules and Calendars, a modifiable PID control loop plot scale, strengthened layout and menus, and enhanced multi-language support.   

Following the release of the ECB and ECL 50 Series controllers in the spring of 2013, these new features come as the result of Distech Controls' Voice of Customer Program, promoting ongoing conversations between Distech Controls, its network of Partners and End-User Customers.

"At Distech Controls, we go beyond listening to the feedback of our customers; we act on it," said Etienne Veilleux, President and CEO. "The new benefits being added to our ECB and ECL 50 series controllers directly reflect the strong, mutually-beneficial relationships that we have with our global network of Partners and End Users. Today's announcement truly showcases Distech Controls' dedication to 100% Customer Satisfaction". For entire press release, please click here.
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For more information about Reliable Controls, please click here.

Reliable Controls® Updates SMART-Sensor™ EnOcean Acesspoint Firmware

Reliable Controls is pleased to announce the release of firmware version 2.10 for the SMART-Sensor™ EnOcean Accesspoint (SSEA) product. This update provides significant added functionality to the SSEA, the most notable change involving the ability to transmit as well as receive, opening the door for communications with many additional devices.

This firmware update enables the following new features:
  • Two-way wireless interface, allowing the SSEA to transmit wireless control packets to and receive wireless status packets from qualified third-party EnOcean wireless devices, as well as some non-qualified, third-party devices
  •  EnOcean RPS wireless switches, including single rocker, dual rocker, and keycard variants, which can now be learned by the SSEA
  • Door/window sensors using the EnOcean 1BS message type
  • Generic learn of 4BS wireless controllers and sensors
  • Ability to repeat EnOcean wireless packets
  • Additional support for new occupancy, gas, automated meter, environmental, and lighting EEPs
  • Forcing SMART-Net™ writes via Control-BASIC™ WRITE statements, allowing periodic retransmissions of wireless packets when using SSEAs  

All firmware files for the SSEA and SSE are installed at Reliable Controls and do not require any user action. Click here for entire press release. 

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 For more information about Reliable Controls, please click here .

Reliable Controls® Releases MPP-O Expansion Module

Reliable Controls is pleased to announce the official release of the MACH-ProPoint Output (MPP-O) expansion module, a flexible solution ideal for applications with large output requirements.

Featuring 16 universal outputs, the MPP-O provides maximum output flexibility. Mix and match up to 8 MACH-ProPoint expansion modules (MPP-IO, MPP-O, and/or MPP-I) to achieve up to 128 inputs or 128 outputs. The maximum possible total I/O for any controller is 168 points. Expansion modules are daisy-chained to the I/O-Net port of a MACH-Pro or MACH-ProWeb controller in any combination while limiting the total inputs, outputs, and modules below the maximum.

The MPP-O provides a sleek design with complete flexibility and optional HOA switches and 45 degree connectors. Models with the HOA switches have the switch position status displayed in the RC-Studio Advanced Workstation Software (AWS). Click here to learn about the MACH-ProPoint Output expansion module.

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Please click here for more information about The S4 Group    

 

BuildingIQ and S4 Collaborate to Identify Unique Energy Savings for Commercial Office Building 

 

BuildingIQ, a leading energy management software company, and The S4 Group today announce the successful incorporation of their technologies to identify unique energy savings for a commercial office space in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The S4 Open BACnet-N2 Router provided the enabling technology that tapped into the existing Metasys® N2 legacy system, while BuildingIQ's Predictive Energy OptimizationTM software extracted key data on the efficiency of the building's operations. As a result, the two companies were able to reduce operation costs and seamlessly integrate HVAC energy optimization in a commercial building with an older infrastructure.


The incorporation of the S4 Open BACnet-N2 Router and BuildingIQ's cloud-based solution was completed within just one hour, without interruption or modification of ongoing performance. Prior to implementation of these solutions, the BMS' local system integrator would need to manually make adjustments to the system's hardware. Now that the system is using BACnet communications, the building automation industry's primary open standard with S4, BuildingIQ's cloud-based solution is able to make real-time adjustments to building controls to maximize efficiency during heating and cooling operations. The installation was achieved with zero impact to occupant comfort and has reduced labor costs by eliminating the need for manual modifications to the system. For entire press release, please click here.

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1,900+ exhibitors. 55,000 attendees from all 50 states and 130 countries. They will all be at the 66th edition of the world's largest HVACR industry event.
 
Returning to New York City for the first time in six years, AHR Expo 2014 is the go-to place to see, learn and get inspired by the latest HVACR technology and more sustainable solutions for the built environment. Please click here for more information about AHR Expo 2014.
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Registration is now open for the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference and Expo (NFMT).  The free show will be held March 4-6, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center.  Online registration is available at www.nfmt.com/baltimore.
 
NFMT is the largest facilities management show in America, attracting more than 5,300 building owners, facilities managers and maintenance/operations managers and 500 exhibiting companies.  The show has been held annually in Baltimore every March since 2001.
 
"Excitement and buzz are already building for the big event," said Bob Wisniewski, president of Trade Press Media Group, a co-owner of NFMT. "We've got a lot of exceptional new opportunities planned, and we're thrilled to bring back popular offerings like the Solutions Exchange speed learning session and Women in FM panel discussion. Once again, the schedule and exhibit hall will be jam packed and full of value."
 
With more than 120 free educational sessions, NFMT is the country's most robust event for professionals responsible for the management, operations, maintenance, design and construction of commercial and institutional buildings. Facility experts present best practices, cost-cutting ideas and new solutions in the free educational sessions.  The sessions are organized into eleven tracks giving facilities professionals the opportunity to customize their training experience to fit their exact needs.
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