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Upcoming Webinars

With the world coming to what seems like a stand-still as a result of COVID-19, many of us are left wondering how to spend this time most productively. At Computrols, we are proactively offering free, web-based seminars over the month of April. See below for our upcoming webinar schedule and reserve your place today. 

Career Day: Why Consider a Career in Building Automation?

When: Thursday, April 2nd at 1pm ET

Where: https://www.join.me/computrols

What: Since many high school and college students are currently taking online classes, we wanted to take this opportunity to host an online career day for them. Our CEO, Drew Mire will be leading a webinar on Thursday, April 2nd that will give students a look into a thriving tech industry that largely flies under the radar. We’ll discuss what building automation is, the growth of the technology and the field, and potential career paths within building automation. Please share!

Computrols Building Automation System

When: Wednesday, April 15th at 1pm ET

Where: https://www.join.me/computrols

What: Take control of your building automation system without starting from scratch. Join us on April 15th to learn more about how Computrols empowers our end-users by integrating with their existing systems and giving them a platform from which they can manage their BAS in-house.

Computrols HVAC control systems

Tenant Overtime System without the Ongoing Expense

When: Wednesday, April 22nd at 1pm ET

Where: https://www.join.me/computrols

What: In this webinar, we’ll share with you what a tenant overtime system (TOS) does, the benefits, and how Computrols platform will allow you to realize a greater ROI.

Computrols’ CBAS Web gives tenants the ability to schedule after-hours HVAC and lighting with a simple-to-use online interface accessible from any modern browser. On the other end of the spectrum, the platform allows property managers the ability to generate after-hours billing invoices with the click of a button.

Perhaps the most appealing feature of CBAS Web for building owners and managers is the one-time cost. Instead of charging an ongoing monthly fee for the hosting of our software, our customers own their web server and have no recurring costs for using the platform. Property management is also given training to manage the system in-house.

 

CBAS Power User: Paul Paisley – Chief Engineer, Transwestern

Self-install BAS Building Engineer - Paul Paisley

Background/Biography

Paul Paisley has been managing commercial real estate facilities since 2003 and has worked with some of the best-known companies in the industry including Lincoln Property Company, Hines, and Transwestern. Paul is currently the Chief Engineer of The Offices at Pin Oak Park, located at the gateway to the Texas Medical Center. Pin Oak is a 5 building medical office complex totaling 504,721 square feet.

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Where is the ROI in BAS?


As a property management professional, you are constantly looking to justify any and all investments you make for your facility. In many cases, this calculation is very simple.

Take for instance a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD). When you hook up a VFD to your facility’s HVAC equipment, you can put a meter on that piece of equipment to see how much energy it is consuming compared to how much it was consuming before.

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TCO Checklist for Building Automation Systems

As property management professionals start looking at not only the first cost but also the total cost of owning and operating their assets, the question lies, “how does one assess the total cost of selecting a particular product or service partner?” Depending on the piece of equipment or particular service, calculating the total cost of ownership (TCO) may be simple, but with technology as complex as building automation systems (BAS), there is an abundance of factors to consider. Below, we have put together a comprehensive checklist of potential expenses associated with the operation of a BAS over 5 to 10 years. For more information on this topic, you can also download our Ebook or view our webinar on Understanding the Life Cycle Cost of a Building Automation System.

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A New Software Feature in Less than 24 hours

I recently visited one of our customers who expressed to me the fact that he really likes the header points feature in CBAS but wished that he could have more than two points. For those of you not familiar, this software feature allows for you to display any two database points just under the menu bar. These points and their values are displayed consistently regardless of what user is logged in. Furthermore, as with all CBAS point values, the values are updated in real time.

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5 Energy Conservation Measures with Quick Returns

The Energy Cost Index (ECI) is the measurement of cost per square foot per year of conditioned space in a facility ($/ft²/year). The average ECI of electricity for an office building in the U.S. is about $1.73/ft²/yr according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. What are you doing to reduce your ECI?

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