If you’ll be in Southern California May 2nd-3rd, 2018 and are interested in learning more about green-initiative products and services impacting facilities, then stop by the 2018 Southern California Facilities Expo (SCFE) in Anaheim, CA.
Located at the spacious and newly-updated Anaheim Convention Center, this two-day event will provide insight into cutting-edge technology and solutions that impact facility engineers, operators, managers and owners alike. This is a completely FREE event for attendees, and there will be numerous opportunities to learn more about technology impacting the facilities industry as well as networking opportunities with peers and colleagues. Continue reading 2018 Southern California Facilities Expo→
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 issues he sees in our newsletter each month. Continue reading George’s CBAS Tips, April 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 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, March 2018→
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.
There are certain things in life that you should not, under any circumstances, go cheap on. Some of the items that make this list might include a mattress, car, shoes, toilet paper, tattoos, and plastic surgery. Granted, everyone is different and will prioritize these decisions according to what is most important to them, but why is it that we refuse to compromise on the quality of these specific items? Continue reading Things You Don’t Go Cheap On→
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?→
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→
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→
Recently, FacilitiesNet published the article titled “7 Tips For Selecting a Building Automation System.” The piece walks readers through considerations that they should take into account when replacing their current BAS, including how facility managers will interact with the system. We found the article to be helpful and related to our own recommendations. Below, we have addressed each of their recommendations from Computrols’ perspective.
1. People are more important than technology. Buy-in from the operating engineers is crucial to a successful upgrade. It’s important to involve operating engineers in the selection, design, and installation of the new BAS. Ideally, bringing the engineer to visit buildings with the prospective BAS installed will allow them to demo it first hand, without the manufacturer or installation contractor present. Continue reading 7 Tips for Selecting a Building Automation System→