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Fastrack - April 14, 2010

April 21, 2010
Returning to the Roots of Building Automation

April 14, 2010


Returning to the Roots of Building Automation
By ANTO BUDIARDJO, Clasma Events Inc., Dallas, Texas

If you were to trace building automation systems (BAS) to their roots in the 1960s and '70s, you would see their main purpose was the management of energy consumption. In fact, "energy-management systems" (EMS) was the common term for these systems when I entered the controls industry during the late 1980s. [MORE]




Johnson Controls, IFMA to Present Energy-Efficiency Webcast

Johnson Controls Inc. and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) will release the North American results of the fourth annual Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) on April 19 at 11 a.m. EST via Webcast. [MORE]



DOE to Present Energy-Savings Webinar

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Technologies Program is offering a Webinar on April 22 at 11:30 a.m. EST. “Calculating Energy Savings of Cool Roofs” will provide an overview of the benefits of cool roofs and introduce a new enhanced calculator that soon will be available to measure cost effectiveness and energy savings of cool roofs in residential and commercial applications. [MORE]



Policy Meeting to be Held in Conjunction With EE Global

The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation will hold the inaugural meeting of its policy committee in conjunction with the Energy Efficiency Global Forum and Exposition (EE Global) 2010, which is being held May 10-12 in Washington, DC. [MORE]

Pumping-Systems Course to be Offered

Pump Systems Matter (PSM) and the Hydraulic Institute (HI) are offering a one-day course designed to help pump users learn how to identify and reduce hidden operating and energy costs in their pumping systems and increase profitability. The course also will help pump users communicate with customers, distributors, and vendors more effectively by imparting the critical knowledge needed to present and discuss energy-savings opportunities. [MORE]

High-efficiency boilers
Bryan Steam's HE-AB series of forced-draft, gas-fired "flexible watertube" water boilers features efficiency of 85 percent. The high combustion efficiency results from an integrated extended-surface heat extractor, which is supported by 7 sq ft of heating surface per boiler horsepower. The boilers operate at normal operating temperatures and without the challenges of special venting or condensing material. The boilers are available in six models, ranging from 900-MBH to 3,000-MBH inputs. The flexible-watertube design provides fast internal circulation and eliminates damage from thermal shock and stresses caused by poor or unequal internal circulation. Visit
--Bryan Steam LLC

The Energy Professional’s Guide to Data Loggers & Building Performance A new 30-page guide from Onset details how portable data loggers can be applied in a number of building monitoring applications, such as HVAC systems monitoring, commissioning, Measurement & Verification, and load profiling. The guide offers practical tips and techniques on a range of topics, including data logger installation, monitoring plan development, safety, and data interpretation. Click here to download the free guide today!--Onset Computer Corporation
AERCO Modulex High-efficiency Boilers AERCO’s Modulex line of condensing boilers represents a breakthrough in high efficiency design. Available in six sizes, the boilers bring an unprecedented level of operating reliability to installations that require anywhere from 300,000 to 1 million BTUs/hr. AERCO Modulex boilers provide best-in-class performance, including turndown ranges from 6:1 to 23:1, resulting in up to 96% efficiency. For more information, contact AERCO at 800.526.0288 or visit


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