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In May 1999 we started AutomatedBuildings.com

Since 1999 AutomatedBuildings.com has been an on line magazine and web resource. We provide the news and connection to the community of change agents that are creating our present definition of smart, intelligent, integrated, connected, green, and converged large buildings. Our virtual magazine and web resource provides a searchable platform for discussion and exchange while creating opportunities for B2B for all new and existing stakeholders.;xNLx;;xNLx;We hope you will enjoy this new fresh way to fly through time in 2D or 3D to quickly get to our great quantity of valuable information

1999-02-01 02:49:03

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1999-03-01 02:49:03

Client Comfort System ( CSS )

I find it interesting that our shift early in the DDC industry from the name Energy Management Control System ( EMCS ) to Client Comfort System ( CSS ) in the early 1990 with this documents still online was a harbinger of acknowledging the important of the client satisfaction connection. It is amazing that this game changing document is still online this was what Jane and I were doing with our day job 5 years before the start of AutomatedBuildings.com http://www.accommodationandrealestate.gov.bc.ca/Doing_Business_With_Us/Technical_Manuals/files/ccs/index.html button In those days we often joked about the "Make Me Happy Button" an important input from the field to let us know that our clients were not happy this of course was long before smart phones and social media. In those days we had no method of communicating with the happiness of the measured variable of our process our client.

1999-04-01 00:29:22

Before AutomatedBuildings.com

What does the author know about facility operation? Most Engineered System readers know me from my monthly Building Automation Columns and my online internet readers know me as the Editor/Owner of AutomatedBuildings.com but before doing either of these I spent over 35 years in the industry optimizing operating procedures in existing facilities and large buildings. Johnson Controls in Milwaukee originally trained me as a service/sales engineer. I left my post of service manager with JCI to operate several buildings for a local developer. After that I accepted a contract position as the Assistance Energy Analyst for the Province of Alberta. This gave me exposure to the new and exciting world of computer simulated energy performance, although the program did run on paper cards on a mainframe computer in Ottawa over a very slow modem. For over 25 of these 35 years I operated as Sinclair Energy Services Ltd providing energy simulations, conservation, and automation consulting for existing large buildings in Western Canada. While working on a computer simulation for a 60-acre solar heated bubble that was to bring a mild environment to a northern Alberta town for both for the construction and finished town-site Don Holte of Nova Engineering taught me that the scope and approach to environment control engineering was unlimited. Don went on to be the International President of ASHRAE. Several of my industry mentors share a good understanding of computerized large building simulation principles. I started Sinclair Energy Services Ltd to do computer simulations, energy conservation, as well as identifying computerized controls related opportunities in large existing buildings. The University of Alberta (U of A) started a total Direct Digital Control system in 1975. I was lucky to be part of this project that was installing large campus buildings with only total DDC without any conventional controls. The computers were as big as refrigerators, and we had a system analyst and a team of code monkeys, plus we had to create and build most of our own software and sensors as most had not been invented yet or were too costly. Being part of the team that created these extremely interesting leading edge systems spawned many life mentors for me. I was amazed at the quantity and variety of people required to build what had not been built before. This project and associated mechanical/lighting energy conservation projects for over 15 million square feet of facility helped me gain insight into large complex operations. A central chilled water plant with over 15,000 tons of cooling and miles of distribution allowed us to hone our hydraulic skills and let the DDC system prove us wrong or right. In the early 1980s, I moved to Vancouver Island and Sinclair Energy Services Ltd started providing similar services for the British Columbia Buildings Corporation that then had over 22 million square feet of space in over 700 buildings. The DDC revolution had begun and it was centred on the lower BC Mainland and Vancouver Island. Most of our energy studies on existing buildings ended in the retrofit of the existing controls to the new DDC systems. Working with the industry to make the new DDC as powerful and flexible as possible further increased my team of industry mentors. I still had time to be a founding member and a President of both the local chapter of AEE and the Vancouver Island Chapter of ASHRAE. I was fortunate to be on the teams that won the ASHRAE international energy award for existing buildings Robson Square for BCBC and Vancouver Art Gallery for City of Vancouver and several AEE energy awards, plus local BC Hydro Power Smart awards. Sinclair Energy Services worked with the local utility BC Hydro "Power Smart Program" which allowed us to identify, document, and oversee the implementing of many million dollars of energy conservation projects. Several clients as well as several large hospitals allowed us more insight into special application projects. All of our work was done in existing facilities and buildings and the identification of these operational opportunities gave me insight into the existing operation team. In all our projects, much of our time was spent retrofitting, rebuilding and training building operators to the point that we created a High Performance Building Operator's Course. I wish that the Web had been invented so we could share this with you now. It included the essence of room load calculation, building simulation, thermo and energy analysis of various types of air handling type, control strategy development, power optimization, and more. The best part was the creation of a personnel network of high performance operators that could share ideas and help each other solve problems. I hope to achieve the rekindling of this valuable network of super operators online

1999-05-01 00:00:00

Started AutomatedBuildings.com

Started web creation in May first issue was online July Since 1999 AutomatedBuildings.com has been an on line magazine and web resource. We provide the news and connection to the community of change agents that are creating our present definition of smart, intelligent, integrated, connected, green, and converged large buildings Our Mission as originally set in July 1999 "To Become Your Resource for Internet Information on Automated Buildings." The evolution of Automated Buildings has reached revolutionary status. The revolution has been caused by the standardization of communication protocols such as BACnet, LonTalk, Web Based control, and the wide use of the Internet and Intranets. As technologies converge and our clients' expectations are fueled by the ease of access and freedom of information on the Net, our only weapon is to be informed. We will encompass environmental control, energy metering/accounting systems, lighting control, life safety/fire, security, communications, high tech tools, web resources, and interactive information systems. Automated Buildings wants to discover the who, what, where, when and why of this fascinating field. Please subscribe to our monthly updates and share this resource by having all of your automated buildings stakeholders subscribe. The monthly updates are free and will help keep us all informed as revolution gives way to rapid evolution into the millenium. •How is the automated building systems industry using the power of the internet, intranet to evolve their products? •How are the evolving standards such as BACnet, LonTalk progressing? •How will networking change our approach to automated building systems? •What new sensor products are likely to make a significant change? •What training and shareware resources exist? •Existing operating building systems will be discussed, both their successes and failures. The names given to building automation systems are varied: •Building Automation Systems or BAS •Building Management Systems or BMS •Facility Management Systems or FMS •Energy Management Systems or EMS •Energy Management Control Systems or EMCS •Client Comfort System or CCS plus many more. We will group and provide connection to all of these plus lighting control companies, fire / life safety, security, the sensor, actuation, and end device industry and anything else that is now becoming part of an automated building system. Why we did it. The editors of AutomatedBuildings.com have run a successful automation and energy conservation consulting firm for large commercial buildings over the last 25 years. Our involvement with the industry, our clients, organizations such as ASHRAE, AEE, etc has given us some insight into the large building automation industry. Much of our lives has been dedicated to keeping up with technological changes, but never has the pressure to keep up with the concepts now changing our industry been more important. Emerging communication standards, building systems evolution to common networks, the internet itself as a control system, these rapid communications of change are spinning the industry at an incredible rate. Although the net is an incredible resource, it has been described as a library with all the books on the floor. Mining the net for useful information and creating virtual relationships with the industry is slow work. Once the information is gathered as a special interest resource it can greatly increase the productivity of an industry and propel it forward, but only if the industry embraces and helps the resource grow. Spurred on by the success of our friends Bob and Brenda Hetherington of HomeToys.com and their pulling together of the home automation industry we have started AutomatedBuildings.com to provide a similar service for commercial and industrial automated buildings. Our relationship allows us access to their mentoring and internet experience. We feel that their resources will allow us significant leverage to bring your AutomatedBuildings.com resource to you in as short a time as possible. We hope you like what we are doing. If you do, "tell a colleague in the industry". If you do not like what we are doing or know of a better way for us to achieve our goals tell us via email and we will try to incorporate your suggestions in our site. AutomatedBuildings.com is intended to be an interactive process to bind our industry. I wish us all luck in the development of your resource AutomatedBuildings.com. Ken and Jane Sinclair

1999-07-01 22:44:42

July August

It has been a fun filled few months since the start of AutomatedBuildings.com. We are suffering a little bit of vertigo from the learning curve but the industry support has been great. A special thanks to all our subscribers. Your support has been most encouraging and shows us that there is a need for the information that we are assembling. Our first issue showed our general direction, and this July web site launch issue contains input from the Automated Building Industry. I am pleased with this month's articles and general web enhancements. Please feedback your thoughts as well as the kind of information you would like to see in your internet resource. Help us get known to the world by telling a friend or colleague if you find the resource useful, if not tell us. Our August 99 update includes interesting News/Press Releases. Check out the Hartman Loop and China Markets. A new section has been added to Press Releases called New Products. In this section we will try to keep you abreast of the rapidly evolving market. Also as requested, we are setting up a Want Ads Section on the Resource bar which for now includes Employment Opportunities and Dealers Wanted sections. We are pleased that the industry is using us to communicate with the industry. In addition to the above changes we have reworked the Link Library adding 15 new links plus several new sections; Actuators Dampers & Valves, Input Output Devices Sensors & Relays, LonTalk& LonMark End Device Products, and Installation Manufacturing Products. A new section Humidifiers has also been added as these devices are often supplied by the automation industry and are a integral part of good environmental control. We have added an Industrial Control Companies section because of the convergence of our industries. Much of the evolution occurring in the industrial sector is also occurring in automated buildings and in the future I will be adding sites that have interesting approaches to common problems. A special thanks to BACnet guru Michael Newman for helping us introduce AutomatedBuildings.com and for providing a link from ASHRAE's automation resource for the industry the BACnet web site at http://www.bacnet.org/. As you can see we have been busy responding to your requests and look forward to continuing to shape AutomatedBuilding.com into your internet automation resource The Automator our Emagazine will keep you on top of the late breaking news, articles and product reviews for the Building Automation Industry. Our Editorial below provides a update of what is new in this issue. Please feel free to copy the Cartoon/Satire at the right to your web site or newsletter. This will help us get AutomatedBuildings.com known to the world. We need your help to build an internet resource for the automated building industry. Please email us your views, news, new products and articles ... complete with pictures. After all ... what is a magazine without pictures?

1999-09-01 22:44:42

September October

October update has added a new feature a Site Search Engine. We have assembled enough valuable information to made a dedicated search engine a necessity. Give it a try, it's fun and you will find lots of neat articles and links on our site. Looking for articles by Hartman? Type in Hartman and hit start. Click on articles or reviews you want to view. If you wish to search the actual matched document for a keyword use the Find Function on your browser, usually "Ctrl F". Use our search feature to see if you are linked to us, and where. A special thanks to our new and ongoing advertisers. These companies make our web resource and Ezine possible so be sure to click on their banner/showcase ads under Products and become familiar with their services. As with any good trade magazine the advertising is much of the total content and message conveyed. For October there are new links in our Link Library and Software Library and several new News/Press Releases. Check them out. Our July/August web site launch went well, thank you for your support and kind words. Our fall, September issue is now on line with lots of industry news, new products, reviews and articles. See details below. Our Link Library has been greatly expanded. We currently have 220 sites linked and the number is increasing daily. We believe this to be the greatest single assembly of Automated Buildings Stakeholders on the internet. Security/fire companies have been added as well as providers of installation accessories and others. In our Software Library we currently have 23 sites linked, 4 new ones this month. Please use these resources as they will allow you to get valuable industry information in a fraction of the time spent searching the complete net. We are considering adding a search engine just to search our site to speed up your access time to information. A special thanks to our advertisers Belimo Actuators, Reliable Controls, Reed Expo and those presently placing ads. Be sure to visit our sponsors sites as they make the AutomatedBuildings.com resource possible. Please feedback your thoughts as well as the kind of information you would like to see in this internet resource. Help us get known to the world by telling a friend or colleague if you find the resource useful, if not tell us. Our September 99 issue includes the latest News/Press Releases. The new section added to Press Releases called New Products has been updated. In this section we will try to keep you abreast of the rapidly evolving new product market. Also as requested, we have set up a Want Ads Section on the Resource bar which for now includes Employment Opportunities and Dealers Wanted sections. Please use this new resource. We are pleased that the industry is using us to communicate with the industry. In addition to the above changes we have reworked the Link Library adding new companies and several new sections; Actuators Dampers & Valves, Input Output Devices Sensors & Relays, LonTalk& LonMark End Device Products, and Installation Manufacturing Products. A new section Humidifiers has also been added as these devices are often supplied by the automation industry and are an integral part of good environmental control. We have added an Industrial Control Companies section because of the convergence of our industries. Much of the evolution occurring in the industrial sector is also occurring in automated buildings and in the future I will be adding sites that have interesting approaches to common problems. Our link from the BACnet Web site has brought us lots of new readers and we continue to provide BACnet news with an article this month about BACnet Down Under. I asked Michael if there were any Y2K issues in the BACnet data exchange? His response by email was: "BACnet is Y2K compliant until 2155. The year field in all BACnet dates (a single byte) = (YEAR - 1900) and since a single unsigned byte can hold values from 0 to 255 we don't have a problem that will concern any of us..." A special thanks to BACnet guru Michael Newman for helping us introduce AutomatedBuildings.com and for providing a link from ASHRAE's automation resource for the industry, the BACnet web site at http://www.bacnet.org/.

1999-11-01 22:44:42

November December

News for December - AutomatedBuildings.com speaks at Dallas Expo International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) February 7th-9th, 2000 "State of the Art" Capabilities in Building Automation Come and listen as we explore the latest advances in "Intelligent Building Systems." This FREE 1/2 hour presentation will offer attendees a quick overview of everything from the basics to the outer limits of Building Automation and Integration. See how far the automation of Commercial and Residential buildings has gone in the year 2000 and find out how these advanced capabilities might benefit you. Presented By: Ken Sinclair, Editor, AutomatedBuildings.com David J. Branson, Sr VP, Compliance Services Group, Inc. December Update includes a new feature - our Web Site Map located on the home page, plus a rework of your favourite resource our link library. The large number of links was becoming an issue to download for readers using low speed access. The link library has been restructured into four sections with an index page. The smaller segments load much faster and allow us the ability to expand this service. Several new sections have also been added: Independent Automation Representatives, Component & Product Distributors, Commissioning & Optimization Providers, and Network Service Providers. A new library resource Acronyms & Definitions has also been added to help you keep current with all the annoying acronyms that we must learn to understand our future. Please send us more as you find them. New links have been added to our Link Library so check out their services. News for November - California here I come! Editor Ken Sinclair has been invited to be the guest speaker at the joint meeting of the Golden Gate and San Jose ASHRAE Chapters, Dec 2nd at the San Mateo Marriott. I welcome this opportunity to share my thoughts with the two ASHRAE Chapters that conduct their business in the center of the Internet industry for America. My topic is: Are Automated Buildings Converging or Colliding with the Internet? Please help me present the actual facts by sharing your views and/or late breaking concepts. Email sinclair@automatedbuildings.com or call 250-656-5378 , Pacific Standard Time. Your input will be reflected in my presentation. It would be great if you could come out and join us at this ASHRAE joint chapter meeting. Contact the local Chapters for details. http://www.ggashrae.org/calendr.htm It is also timely that the November issue of our online Ezine "The Automator" has the theme "How the Web is Changing Our Industry". Several great industry articles on this subject are now online. This issue's cartoon pokes fun at a serious concern, the digital haves and have nots in our industry. As part of the industry embraces the information revolution and our convergence, another part is attempting to carry on business as it did in the past, ignoring the signs of change. Our industry is too small to be divided; reach out and help someone who is struggling with the rapid technological changes we must all go through.

2000-01-01 22:44:42

January February

Check out our February 2000 Press Releases, News Briefs and New Products. JOHNSON CONTROLS ACQUIRES ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS USA Our January 2000 issue showcases The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) Show in Dallas, February 7th-9th, 2000. Review our participation in the following news release. "State of the Art" Capabilities in Building Automation Industry support of our theme and the AHR issue has been great! Check out the 12 Articles, New Products, and News/Press Releases to preview what experts from our industry are talking about in the 21st Century. AHR Expo 2000 All companies participating in the Expo have this logo and their booth number listed. Get up to date previews of the Dallas show. Our Training Schedule has evolved to a list of System Training Links that will allow you to get quickly up to speed. We will continuously update as new sources are discovered. If you know of on line training which should be added please send an Email stating the URL. A review of yet another acronym WAP has been added to our new library resource Acronyms & Definitions. This section has been added to help you keep current with all the annoying acronyms that we must all learn to understand our future. Please send us more as you find them. Have you tried our new feature the Site Search Engine? Give it a try, it's fun and you will find lots of neat articles and links on our site. Looking for articles by Hartman? Type in Hartman and hit start. Click on articles or reviews you want to view. If you wish to search the actual matched document for a keyword use the Find Function on your browser, usually "Ctrl F". Use our search feature to see if you are linked to us, and where.

2000-03-01 22:44:42

March April

Theme "Now Available for Automated Buildings" Our April 2000 update includes lots of new web site features. Contractor Corner is a resource page developed just for the people that install and maintain Automated Buildings. This new space will allow a virtual community of Control Contractors to interact and get quick access to the rapidly changing Automation Industry. Please advise your contractors of this resource and suggest how we can make it better. ContractorCorner@automatedbuildings.com We have entered into a co-branding agreement with AEE Seminar and Books. Check out this new service. We welcome our four new sponsors Echelon, Coactive, Strategic Resource Solutions and ControlShop. Please check out their sites as our sponsors allow us to bring this online magazine and resource to you free. We are assembling an index with dynamic linking to all industry e-com sites to be part of our May issue. Please advise us of any electronic commerce sites you are aware of. e-com@automatedbuildings.com Our March site traffic has increased approximately 25% over February Thanks for your help getting us known in the industry. April's update has new links, press releases, new products and news briefs. See the two new categories in the Link Library - Flow & Pressure Measurement, and Health & Safety - IAQ.

2000-05-01 22:44:42

May June

Theme "Our Web Communities" June Update Lots of new products, press releases and new links are included in our June update. We already have articles for our July Anniversary issue. We have room for lots more and the theme of "A Year of Rapid Change" allows any topic to be included. We are working hard to give your automation web site a face lift and overall tune up to help us celebrate our first anniversary so please joint us with your input. Your editor is speaking at Mindware2000, Circon's Second Annual Partner Conference. My topic is "The Net Effect" which will include quotations from articles by industry leaders on their perceptions of the value of the Internet. I will discuss the goals of interoperability and the value of standards; a topic I am sure most Circon Partners know more about than me. I will also talk about the rapid growth and acceptance of the net by our automation industry, discuss examples of the total integration of the web and automated buildings and talk about convergence and whether it might consume or save us. I will close with some observed trends in eCommerce and Concept Contracting. I look forward to a lively discussion after. I welcome opportunities such as this to liaison with the industry as it greatly increases my understanding and provides new directions and valuable feedback on how to improve our automated buildings web resource. A special thanks to all those industry leaders that have shared our web address with their employees/associates and/or made us part of their web site as an active link. We are working hard to become your industry portal and web resource and we greatly appreciate your support. Your industry "B2B" web resource AutomatedBuildings.com is rapidly evolving. One year ago, or 4 net years ago, when we first started our online magazine and web resource we envisioned that we would be an "B2B" (Business to Business) website, but we thought of it more in the traditional sense such as control vendor to building owners. Rapid evolution fed by the tremendous change and effect of the net on the industry has us providing information for connecting network vendors with control vendors, net based software providers with vendors, contractors, and building owners and everyone with the rapidly evolving communication and web standards. When you review this month's new web resource Industry eCommerce Directory for the Automated Buildings Industry also look at our review of Ten Observed Trends in eCom for the Building Automation Industry. I think you too will be amazed at the rapid growth and acceptance of the web as an eCommerce tool for our industry. It is obvious that B2B eCom will change forever how our industry does business with itself. Will this rapid B2B revolution spread to the way we do business with building owners? Will bundling of our products and services evolve to packages that will be suitable for eCommerce to the building industry? Will controls and automation become an integral part and supplied building subsystems? Keep your bookmark set on AutomatedBuildings.com for the answers to this and other rapid industry changes. We do not know what is going to happen, but we will tell you as soon as we do. Navigation Tip Some sites that we link to have chosen to do a redirect when you click on the back button. This means you cannot get out of this site with your back button unless you double click quickly. We find this most annoying as it defeats standard internet navigation. Our Contractor Corner link has been well received. Do you have information you would like to share with this special interest group? Let us know and we will be sure they get the message. We are presently emailing to 2000 plus contractors. The ability to create virtual space for special interest groups in our industry is one of the luxuries of the a web based magazine. We are considering creating a Lifestyle Library, with corporate successes of improving lifestyles and a Designers Den with resources and links for designers. Let us know if you think these would be of use to you. Our July 2000 Issue will be our First Anniversary Issue. Our Theme will be "A Year of Rapid Change". Please share your thoughts with our readership.

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