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Net-Zero Energy Buildings

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Due to the current government mandate and possibility of implementation success, the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is working with the New Buildings Institute in 2015 on a research project entitled “Net-Zero Energy Buildings: Building Intelligent Controls Driving Success”.

 

The objectives of the research project are to determine the frequency, types, and characteristics of systems in net-zero energy buildings along with establishing energy saving targets. This research will examine strategies and technologies applied in large commercial and multi-unit buildings, to identify net-zero energy (ZNE) best practices that can become the references for developers, manufacturers, property managers, and property owners.

 

WHAT IS ‘NET-ZERO’?
Though definitions vary, a net-zero energy building is a term broadly applied to a building that produces as much energy as it consumes over a given time period. Net-zero energy buildings are, by design, very energy efficient and their remaining

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Mobile Apps for Intelligent Power Systems

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Building automation is a dynamic industry, largely tied to technological advances. Most recently, the possibility of merging mobile devices with business enterprise applications has had a profound impact. Now a primary source of data consumption and task completion, mobile apps have taken on an integral role as part of building automation and energy management.

 

Apps are directly putting control into the hands of a variety of users, allowing them to access and optimize their environmental settings, such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, shades, and security system settings. Furthermore, apps enable control in building environments for improved comfort from any location at any time. In addition, personalized performance dashboards and custom visualization are top benefits of mobile apps that enable comprehensive analysis, well-informed decisions, and quicker action.

 

Due to this widespread use and accessibility, mobile apps are increasingly playing a role in Canadian commercial, institutional, and industrial power systems. Intelligent Power Today Magazine outlines some of the types of building automation and

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Introducing Intelligent Power Today

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Welcome to the inaugural issue of Intelligent Power Today Magazine, a new publication that explores and explains the who, what, where, when, why and how of intelligent electrical devices, a collection of complex mechanical devices and sophisticated control systems used in industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities—also known as intelligent buildings.

 

According to the Institute for Building Efficiency, intelligent buildings use smart technologies to improve system functionality, control operating costs, and to keep building occupants safe, secure, comfortable, and, of course, productive.

 

Power Consumption
Canada’s industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors, according to Natural Resources Canada, consume the greatest amount of power. The industrial sector alone is responsible for 39 percent of the country’s total electricity consumption. It follows that building owners and operators must continuously monitor and manage their energy usage in order to control costs.

Smart technology has become the preferred method to accomplish this goal. Building owners and operators can manage energy usage more effectively using integrated systems for many different functions (for example, opening and closing doors, notification of intrusions).

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2015 Intelligent Lighting Review

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Lighting is a load which every facility manager and operator must consider from an energy and maintenance perspective. In most commercial buildings, lighting is approximately 30 percent of building load. Consequently, ongoing energy and maintenance cost, not just initial fixture cost, must become a consideration.

 

In addition, operators should evaluate how maintenance and energy costs compare with the benefits of energy efficiency (EE) and demand response (DR), as well as the grid impact of lighting and lighting controls before making a purchase decision. However, sometimes these decisions and evaluations are tricky and expensive for operators or utilities to conduct on their own. For more than 15 years, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has been researching the real-world operation and performance of lighting, as well as the necessity to resolve power quality and

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The Silver Lining of Cloud Security

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Design engineers and software developers continue to search for new methods to use cutting-edge technologies to deploy new smart power applications at a rapid pace. The end goal: boost building productivity and maximize the company budget. Cloud computing is one technology used to deliver data to workers as conveniently and securely as possible.

 

Cloud computing in its current format has been commercially available for mostly the last five years. In the short time, the technology has managed to become a common solution. Moreover, the move to cloud computing, more commonly referred to as ‘the cloud’, has become a fundamental shift in the information technology (IT) landscape. Cloud computing is on par with the move from mainframes to client-server architectures in the 1980s and the explosion of the World Wide Web in the ’90s.

 

We believe that cloud computing is the biggest transformation the IT industry has seen in the last 20 to 25 years. Cloud computing is beginning to transform the way organizations engage with customers, partners, and suppliers, to increase flexibility and streamline operations. The technology makes it much easier and faster for the organization to implement new business services and to create new revenue opportunities.

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Software & Apps

Guide to Arc Flash Apps

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Arc flash applications are increasing in popularity among engineers and electricians when examining hazards presented by an arc flash. Professionals search for accessible tools to help reduce dangers associated with arc flash as well as to assist in selecting adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). Read more

Electrical Safety

Workers & Safety Garments

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It may seem like all flame-resistant (FR) garments are the same. After all, government regulations demand that every FR fabric protects workers to a certain degree. However, the real issue isn’t protection. The issue is compliance. Read more

Electrical Safety

Safety Footwear

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When it comes to on-the-job safety, footwear serves as the
main point of contact between workers and their environment.
Because of the key role safety boots play in personal protective equipment (PPE), it is important to consider the various safety, performance, and comfort features as they relate to your job, work environment, and personal fitting requirements. Read more

Electrical Safety

Arc Flash Mitigation 101

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While the threat of shock and electrocution from inadvertent contact with energized parts has long been recognized, the arc flash and arc blast hazards have only fairly recently been incorporated into the electrical safety standards. Read more

Generators/UPS

Emergency Power for Data Centers

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In our cloud-based digital world, data must be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week—no matter the state of the electrical grid. Computer downtime not only upsets production, but also negatively affects customer goodwill—quickly affecting an organization’s bottom line. In fact, according to the Meta Group, the cost of downtime can average a million dollars per hour for a typical data center. Read more

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