Category Archives: HVAC Controls

Integrating Legacy Control Systems

If your facility currently has a legacy control system that needs upgrading but you don’t have the capital budget for a full retrofit, you are likely considering some form of building automation system integration. By integration, we are referring to an approach that would leverage some portion of your existing system while likely changing out some of the higher-level components such as the front-end software and/or parent-level controllers. Integration is a logical choice in this situation but before moving forward with this approach, there are some important elements that you should fully understand.

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CBAS Power User: Chad Bellanger – Building Engineer, Lakeway Center

Background/Biography

My name is Chad Bellanger, and I am a member of the building engineering team at the Lakeway Center, which is a three-building Class-A office complex containing approximately 1.2 million square feet of space, located in Metairie, Louisiana.

My background consists of a decade of electrical work, in both industrial and commercial applications. I spent several years on multiple oil and gas production platforms and spent the remainder of my electrical career doing troubleshooting, repairs, and construction in and around the New Orleans area. I was hired by Lakeway as a maintenance tech in 2011, where I eventually worked my way up to the title of Engineer.

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Trim and Response for Supply Pressure

 by Andrew Walton

Static Air Pressure (SAP)

“Trim and response” is a way of controlling static air pressure (SAP) within a building’s HVAC system. SAP is one of the most important factors in HVAC design. SAP refers to the resistance to airflow in a heating and cooling system’s components and ductwork within a building. The push of the air must be greater than the resistance to the flow or no air will circulate through the ducts.

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What are HVAC controls and how do they work?

MarketsandMarkets forecasts the HVAC controls market to grow from USD 13.6 billion in 2018 to USD 27.0 billion by 2023, so it’s probably an industry you’ll want to keep your eye on. Whether you are new to the HVAC industry or simply want to know more about building operations or energy consumption, we’ll do our best to help you take your first step to learn more about these systems and how they work.

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CBAS Power User: Robert Hadley – Facilities Manager, Collins Aerospace

Background/Biography

My name is Robert Hadley, and I am currently a Facilities Manager for Collins Aerospace in Miramar Florida.

I have an information technology background. I spent four years as a computer technician and eventually worked my way up the ranks to become a team leader to support a team of 30 technicians.

I decided to make a career change and took a job as an Apprentice Building Engineer back in 2004. I have been in property and facilities management ever since.

CBAS Power User: Robert Hadley
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How can Computrols help you deal with COVID-19?

As the world slowly begins to re-open in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, people are more aware than ever before of the potential dangers they face as a part of virus transmission in their daily lives. At this time, facility management professionals are tasked with making the buildings where these people live, work, learn, and play safe in a very uncertain environment. So how do we prepare for the “new normal” we live in today?

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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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The Mechanical Contractors Guide to Starting A Controls Division: Webinar

Adding HVAC controls to the repertoire seems like a natural evolution for many mechanical contractors but in reality, most are not well-prepared for the additional challenges that come along with supporting this new line of business. To successfully add controls to your offering, you have to be willing to push your service team beyond what they are currently doing, add at least one employee that is solely dedicated to controls, and push your salespeople to sell a new product that they are unfamiliar with. Join us on Thursday, November 7 at 12pm CT as we share a blueprint on how mechanical contractors can address these challenges and more to successfully start a controls division.

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