CFOs, Building Automation and the Search for Lower Utility Costs
Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for nearly half of the total energy usage in a residential home? According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) the exact number is 48%, and although you may not know the precise extent of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) energy usage, I’m sure you are cognizant of your monthly energy bill.
While constantly evaluating a facility’s building automation system (BAS) may not seem like a top priority for facility and property managers, it can prevent a number of costly, frustrating conversations down the line. Like most vendors, your BAS vendor relationship may be very transactional with little communication outside of product updates or service requests. However, opening the lines of communication and asking the right questions can save money, time, and headaches. Here are a few questions your current BAS vendor likely doesn’t want you to ask: Continue reading 6 Questions Your BAS Company Doesn’t Want You to Ask→
CBAS Web was originally created in the early 2000s for tenants to utilize a web portal to schedule their overtime air and lighting. Today, overtime scheduling remains the platform’s main use, but it is capable of doing much more. This solution also allows web-based remote access to the full CBAS system for building engineers, property managers, etc. Continue reading The Capabilities of CBAS Web→
In one of our recent articles, we discussed static pressure control and variable air volume (VAV) systems. We mentioned that by modulating the leaving air temp from an air handling unit (AHU) we can promote energy efficiency while also having an effect on static pressure. This time, we’ll look into how AHU supply temp sets the stage for efficient VAV operations.
Static pressure is a key ingredient in a successful Variable Air Volume (VAV) system. It ensures that air flow will be available to enable the VAVs in a system to achieve their designed Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM) at maximum demand. Simply put, the push of the air must be greater than the resistance to the flow or no air will circulate through the ducts. Typically the setpoint for static pressure is determined through the course of the testing, adjusting, and balancing (TAB) at the end of a job. Continue reading Static Pressure Control and VAV Operation→
Welcome to Computrols’ Automate. Automate is a free newsletter dedicated to bringing you the latest in building automation technology with a focus on Computrols Building Automation Systems and products. Our goal is to provide continuing education to our readers in the field of Building Automation and to inform readers of product releases. Continue reading Automate | Computrols Newsletter, Nov. 2015→
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Automate, the Computrols newsletter designed to bring you the latest information on Computrols’ building automation technology. Automate will be published multiple times throughout the year and will provide insight and education on Computrols’ technologies, projects, and many other exciting topics. Continue reading Automate | Computrols Newsletter, Sep. 2014→