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.Continue reading What are HVAC controls and how do they work?
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.
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?Continue reading How can Computrols help you deal with COVID-19?
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.
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.
00:07 Scott: Hi everybody, my name is Scott Holstein with Computrols. I am joined today by Phil Zito on our building technology podcast. Phil is one of the better known names in the building automation industry known for his Building Automation Monthly website. He has tons and tons of awesome information on building automation. It’s basically a resource for videos, podcasts, blogs, you name it, but Phil is the fastest growing provider of online training for building automation. And we’re very excited to have him here today Phil welcome to the podcast.Continue reading Building Technology Podcast – Guest: Phil Zito
Computrols, a leading manufacturer of energy management systems, has recently brought on a new distribution partner in DocAir of Franklin, Tennessee. DocAir will be kicking off the partnership by utilizing Computrols LX Controllers, VAVs, and Computrols Building Automation Software at the new Moxy Hotel.
Enthalpy is defined as the amount of internal energy within a system combined with the product of its pressure and volume. When dealing with the term in the HVAC industry, we usually assume that the process is at a constant pressure and, as such, the change in enthalpy is equal to the heat absorbed or released. At its core, the main function of an HVAC system is to transfer heat, which is a form of energy. The first law of thermodynamics, the Law of Conservation of Energy, tells us that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another. From that, we can infer that the only way to cool a space down is to remove the heat energy and transfer it somewhere else, typically outdoors. This is generally accomplished by absorbing heat from an airstream and then distributing this cool air to the area we wish to control; it helps to think of conditioned air like a sponge with the capacity to ‘soak up’ heat. The air, now laden with unwanted heat, is routed back via a Return Air pathway to start the process over again. The newly absorbed heat is ‘wrung out’ and expelled, and the cool air is distributed again in a constant cycle. This ‘wringing out’ process is mainly accomplished by mechanical cooling, such as a compressor, or free cooling provided by an air-side economizer.Continue reading Enthalpy as it relates to free cooling in HVAC
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?Continue reading 5 Energy Conservation Measures with Quick Returns
CBAS Power User: Greg Gautreaux
Lead Engineer, Stirling Properties
Tell us a little about yourself…
I have been involved in the commercial real estate management industry for forty years in various properties located in Greater New Orleans including the West Bank and Metairie. I am now the Lead Engineer at the Pan American Life Center where I have worked since December 2006.Continue reading CBAS Power User: Greg Gautreaux