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Building Automation is Next Step in Energy Management

The United States has reached some lofty, progressive goals in its time.   Missions to the moon and the development and evolution of the Internet prove that over time, efforts made towards even the largest of accomplishments are worthwhile ventures. What’s the next big thing? Going green with energy management and building automation.

Most buildings do not reach their building energy efficiency potential.  Structures that can last beyond a century are being designed in ways that will doom their energy performance for decades.  By improving building codes, energy-saving features will become common practice, and expenses on energy will decrease sufficiently.

The process starts out small, beginning with improved insulation measures, higher specifications for air quality monitoring and control, HVAC equipment, energy-efficient lighting control and elevator technology and elevator access control, better windows and options for renewable resources like solar panels.

One of the most effective ways to decrease carbon dioxide emissions involves building automation.  Although only used by employees on average between the hours of 8am and 5pm, buildings generate 40% of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.  Until or unless a dramatic improvement is made in building energy, our society will not succeed at combating climate change.

By addressing building codes that govern how buildings are designed and constructed, energy building codes can play a major role in the green revolution.  The International Code Council (ICC) releases an updated building energy management code every three years to the world.  States and local jurisdictions adopt those model codes or use them as guidelines in local code developments.

Codes for 2012 propose changes that would result in commercial buildings that are up to 30% more efficient than today’s standards. Creating minimum standards at this level of efficiency is imperative, practical and feasible.  Though it’s three years away, we can expect to see progress in the meantime.

Elevator Technology Adds to Building Automation Systems For Energy Efficiency

With a large role in the grand scheme of energy conservation, building automation extends a lifecycle of a building, and improves comfort and convenience, as well as energy efficiency.  Technology can control a number of elements within a building, whereas in previous years heating, ventilation, and air conditioning as well as security were top technological priorities for businesses.

In recent years, elevator technology has advanced and streamlined, where usage patterns can be tracked and elevators can be assigned specific destinations that adapt to the routines of the building’s tenants.

Earlier this month in Manhattan a new technology system was debuted to help determine patterns of elevator usage. The technology tracks a tenant’s usage patterns, and then displays a list of the most likely destinations based on previous activity.

This new system improves function in new construction, applies occupancy patterns to other systems like air conditioning and lighting, helps maximize energy use and extends the life span of existing and new buildings. In turn it enhances the convenience and comfort of those occupying the building.  In addition,  if there were a fire or other emergency, the new system provides instructions as to whether occupants should wait for an elevator or take the stairs instead.

Each elevator is equipped with a sensor so it may detect when it is required to be active and when it should be placed in a state of low-energy consumption.  The lights within the elevator remain dim when not in use.

Advanced Control Corporation offers progressive and environmentally sound solutions for building automation, energy management, access control and CCTV Solutions. Our experience and continuing work in building automation solutions and security automation solutions give us the skill set necessary to produce optimal results every time for our clientele.

We offer dynamic color graphics, web-based solutions, temperature control and more. Our business solutions are tailored to the needs of our customers, and are constantly evolving in accordance with current technology.

White House Becomes “Green” House With Obama’s Plan For Energy Building Automation Solutions

President Obama intends to get the White House to become certified LEED (The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council.  The effort includes energy and water systems as well as waste disposal and management.  The White House representatives find it vital to take toxicity and life-cycle into consideration when making purchases for facilities.

The Council on Environmental Quality plans to reduce the White House’s carbon footprint by utilizing building automation solutions and cost-effective building energy management systems.  One example of building automation includes the use of electronic sensors toturn off lights in unoccupied rooms, and will also shut off low-flow water valves when not in use.

The only paints and cleaning supplies that will be used by White House engineers and groundskeepers will be low or no volatile organic compounds.  Biodegradable cleaners and recycled equipment will be utilized rather than harsh chemicals and new equipment.

For further energy management, windows will be tinted to lower UV rays, which in turn saves energy on air conditioning. Local reuse organizations will receive donations of any leftover materials and supplies from the White House renovations and demolitions.

Advanced Control Corporation offers progressive and environmentally sound solutions for building automation, energy management, access control and CCTV Solutions. Our experience and continuing work in building automation solutions and security automation solutions give us the skill set necessary to produce optimal results every time for our clientele.

We offer dynamic color graphics, web-based solutions, temperature control and more.  Our business solutions are tailored to the needs of our customers, and are constantly evolving in accordance with current technology.

American Businesses Continue Cutting Costs and Saving Energy

2009 has seen a rise in the number of companies making a conscious effort to reduce energy consumption and cost of desktop and client operations.  According to reports from employees with desktop computing procurement duties, 57% of companies are purchasing and implementing Energy Star-qualified devices, up from 31% in 2008.

In July, over 700 professionals in the information technology field were interviewed for the second annual survey from CDW.  These information technology professionals came from five industries, including federal, state and local government, businesses, higher education, and kindergarten through high school.

An increase in organizations making efforts to improve energy efficiency in desktop computing is occurring, with 59% of businesses training employees to shut down equipment when away from the computer for long periods.  This number is up from 43% in 2008.  52% of information technology organizations working on energy management claim to have lowered their energy costs, while plenty are spending millions more on energy. Many budgets are currently affected by the state of the economy, and are making budget cuts in purchasing decisions rather than investing in the long-term benefits of more energy efficient electronics.

The most influential determinants outside of energy efficiency include price, reliability and whether or not the equipment is compatible with the company’s current equipment.  In 2008, ease of use was a top factor that other priorities surpassed in 2009.

According to this year’s survey, if technology decision makers utilize all efficiency opportunities, they believe they could cut energy use and costs about 17% a year, equaling $1.5 million for a typical large organization.

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Energy Management Strategy to hit the South

Earlier this week, Georgia Tech released a report based on a study of energy consumption in the south. Motivated by an interest in reliable climate-friendly energy efficiency for the future, policymakers were concerned with implementing energy management in order to reduce energy waste.

A team of researchers from Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are releasing a series of reports from this state-by-state study, with a goal of pinpointing the potential to introduce renewable energy efficiency and energy management to the south.

With 37% of the nation’s population, the South is the largest and fastest growing region in the United States. Comprised of Washington, D.C. and sixteen states stretching from Delaware south along the Appalachian Mountains, as well as the Atlantic seaboard, trailing along the Gulf Coast to Texas, it continues to expand, with a 20 percent increase in population since 1999.

This region has been among the last in the United States to develop an energy-efficient culture and impart energy management and energy efficiency programs. More than ¾ of the energy consumption of the South is derived from fossil fuels. With the South accounting for 44 percent of the United States’ energy consumption, the region could see a significant reduction in both carbon emissions and the need for new power plants by imposing improved practices of energy management in the area.

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