A simple approach is the future of building automation systems

Thanks to improved wireless networking technology and standardized communication protocols, it’s easier than ever to collect data from sensors. Plus, silicon chips continue to get cheaper, faster and better and can be located in valves, actuators, thermostats and wall outlets to provide more memory and faster computing. With the Internet of Things (IoT) continually expanding […]

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Building Automation and The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way people run their homes. More and more devices are becoming available to consumers that allow them to automate their thermostats and regulate their power consumption, often-times controlling these systems from the phone in their pocket. Products like the Nest thermostat and the Sense home energy monitor […]

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Kele’s UL Panel Shop: Your Source for Meeting Code

Did you know that when you assemble power supplies, controllers, relays, transmitters, and all that other stuff into an enclosure for your control panel, there’s a rule in the NEC that requires your panel to be listed and labeled as an industrial control panel? Article 409 of the NEC is devoted to the installation of industrial control […]

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Controls and Cables in Environmental Air Handling Spaces, Ducts, and Chases

First, let’s discuss controls and their enclosures in air handling spaces, ducts, and plenums. Many times, we have to install items in these spaces and it’s important to consider that anything we put in there should either be non-combustible (metal) or else be listed under UL 2043 for use in air handling spaces. The NEC […]

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Green Buildings need Clean Electrical Power for Sustainability

Major changes are taking place in the United States as we all move forward to reduced energy consumption and utilization of renewable energy sources in our homes, offices, campus environments, and factories. As new technology becomes available with ever increasing returns on investment many owners are ready to become part of the “Green Movement” that […]

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THE (RS-485 Network) TERMINATOR Or The Dance of the Data Pulses

If you’re involved with building automation systems you know (unless you’ve been living under a rock like the guy in that insurance commercial) that the modern trend is to connect all your building controls together on networks. Networks make it easy to add or move control nodes as your building control needs change since the […]

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What Are Power System VARs?

Most people involved in building automation are familiar with kW, which is the rate at which a building is consuming energy from the power company. But there is another power system parameter known as VAR/kVAR which is less well understood. In this article we will attempt to dispel some of the VAR mystery. The term […]

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Does Your Building Own its Energy Destiny?

Those of you who have read some of my past blogs have probably gathered by now that I’m fascinated by the intersection of building automation, energy and the coming Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. What captivates me most about this collision of previously tangentially related and/or non-existent industries? The monumental shift of perception I believe […]

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Our Coming Transactive Energy Economy

While scanning through the building automation and energy industry news recently I came across a term I hadn’t heard before. The term, Transactive Energy, piqued my interest and upon reading further I found this article from The Energy Collective website to be excellent in succinctly describing where I believe our electricity market is headed; and the implications […]

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