What is Optimal Start/Stop and How Does it Work?

Optimal Start/Stop is used to anticipate the heating or cooling needs of a space by starting equipment early enough to reach setpoint just at the beginning of scheduled occupancy. The Optimal Start/Stop function in CBAS does this by calculating the difference between the actual temperature and the occupied temperature setpoint. Based on a heating or cooling slope, the unit is started early enough to bring the space temperature to the desired level. Continue reading What is Optimal Start/Stop and How Does it Work?


Why Facility Managers Cannot Afford to Ignore New BAS Technology

Gordon MooreA Foundation for Technology Growth
In 1965, Gordon Moore was asked to predict the future of the semiconductor components industry by Electronics Magazine. As the Director of R&D for Fairchild Semiconductor at the time, Moore surmised that the number of transistors per square inch on a densely integrated circuit would double every year. In layman’s terms, Moore predicted that computing power would increase exponentially while components would shrink without sacrificing performance or functionality. This insight became known as Moore’s Law, and it’s laid the groundwork for countless innovations in computer science and, more broadly, modern technology. Continue reading Why Facility Managers Cannot Afford to Ignore New BAS Technology


Computrols 2017 Awards and 2018 Presentations

Computrols Awards Season

2018 has started off with a bang for Computrols. In January, the company was named to the inaugural class of UNO25, and CEO, Drew Mire, received the Young Guns Award at the Control Trends Awards.

UNO25 AwardControl Trends Young Guns Award


Computrols CEO, Drew Mire, and Owner/Director of Research and Development, Mike Donlon earned the company a spot in the first-ever class of UNO25, both having graduated from the University of New Orleans. Mire graduated from UNO in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in business management, while Donlon earned both a bachelors and masters from the university. UNO25 recognized and celebrated Computrols as one of the top UNO-led or UNO-owned businesses. Continue reading Computrols 2017 Awards and 2018 Presentations


HVAC Controls Integration: One Post Office Square – Boston, MA

One Post Office SquareComputrols Distribution Partner, Dynamic Energy Controls, recently completed another large take over in an integration project at One Post Office Square in Boston, MA. This building is managed by JLL. At 525 feet, 41 stories tall and 832,000 square feet, this skyscraper is one of the tallest in the Boston skyline. With the help of their new Computrols Building Automation System, it may also become one of the most energy efficient. The building is currently Energy Star Certified and LEED Gold.

When Dynamic Energy Controls’ Chris Kelliher was brought into the picture, One Post Office Square was outfitted with an aging Johnson Controls system including DX9100s, UNTs, AHUs, XTs, NAEs, NCEs, and NCM350s. The facility’s staff found the JCI user interface Continue reading HVAC Controls Integration: One Post Office Square – Boston, MA


George’s CBAS Tips, January 2018

As a part of our services, Computrols offers 24/7 phone support to all of our customers. If you have ever taken advantage of this offering, you have likely spoken to our Technical Support Manager, George Hingle. George has been employed by Computrols for over 15 years and is one of our most knowledgeable team members when it comes to troubleshooting in CBAS. As a means of building on our already robust FAQ page, George has agreed to share some common challenges he sees in our newsletter each month. Continue reading George’s CBAS Tips, January 2018


HVAC Controls Project: Lyric Centre – Houston, TX

The Lyric Centre, located at 440 Louisiana Street in downtown Houston, recently became one of Computrols newest customers. The building is 26 stories tall and provides approximately 385,000 square feet of commercial office space.

The Computrols Houston branch kicked off the project in October of 2017, integrating to the existing Johnson Controls system. In addition to interfacing with the existing JCI, DDC equipment, a core Computrols infrastructure is being installed. This infrastructure consists of a new headend computer, software, and lifetime-warranty controllers to replace the existing NAEs. These new DDC controllers communicate to the existing JCI equipment via N2 and BACnet protocols, enabling the building staff to monitor and control the existing JCI equipment. Computrols will also be providing additional lifetime-warranty controllers for future pneumatic to DDC floor conversions. Continue reading HVAC Controls Project: Lyric Centre – Houston, TX


The Greatest Thing to Ever Happen to Building Automation

With building automation technology advancing at an unprecedented pace, most industry professionals would probably identify the Internet of Things, wireless sensors, analytics, open source tagging, or BACnet as the greatest thing to happen to building automation in recent years. The piece of the BAS puzzle that is most frequently overlooked though is the facility manager. Now, not every facility manager falls into this category. In fact, it’s likely that less than half of those who hold this title are truly an asset to their facility’s building automation system. We call these select individuals “self performers,” and they are the greatest thing to ever happen to building automation. Continue reading The Greatest Thing to Ever Happen to Building Automation


2017 Distribution Partner of the Year: F.E. Moran Mechanical Services

F.E. Moran Mechanical Services and Computrols began their mutually beneficial partnership in fall of 2016. Over the past year, the two companies have partnered on a number projects, mostly in the Greater Chicago Area.

F.E. MoranWhen asked about Computrols’ HVAC controls solutions, F.E. Moran Mechanical Services Tom Rogers, said, “I really like the flexibility of the controllers. One controller can do almost anything just by manipulating the software. Also, any point on their controllers can be configured as an input or output. No other controls company can do that.”

Mike Clayton, Computrols’ Manager of Strategic Partnerships, said, “Tom and F.E. Moran Mechanical Services understand and communicate the value of Computrols building automation systems as well as any distribution partner we have. They have become experts at implementing our CSI I/NET integration and controlling large-scale HVAC systems through CBAS.” Continue reading 2017 Distribution Partner of the Year: F.E. Moran Mechanical Services


6 Questions Your BAS Company Doesn’t Want You to Ask

Don't be surprised if this is how your BAS company reacts when you ask these questions.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