LEED Credentials: 6 Reasons to Become a LEED Accredited Professional

1. It is the most popular green building credential in the U.S. From my research, I believe that LEED is the most popular green building credential in the U.S. and globally. According to USGBC’s data, as of June 1, the total number of LEED credentials held is 187,428. This number includes LEED APs without specialty. Compared with about 210 Green Globes professionals, …

High Performance Buildings: It’s Not Just Energy Efficiency

Legrand’s whitepaper The Drive for High Performance Buildings finds that performance buildings are driven by several factors beyond energy efficiency including security, information technology, environmental and regulatory forces, and changes in building design and management. The white paper says buildings have evolved over decades, but there’s now a “paradigm shift” in expectations in the built environment impacting the building sector, from corporate …

Easy Ways to Improve Building Efficiency

A recent FirstFuel survey covering 60 million square feet of U.S. commercial building space has revealed that the majority of operational improvements for energy efficiency can be made with very little or no cost to building owners. Although investing in facility retrofits can help with operational efficiency, an upgrade isn’t the only way to enhance system performance. This research also found that …

Incorporate lighting controls with BAS to save energy- Part 1

Incorporating daylighting and lighting controls with a building automation system can result in energy savings. Learning objectives Understand the benefits of incorporating lighting, daylighting, and building automation systems. Know the codes and standards that govern lighting and daylighting. Learn to gather and analyze data from an automation system.

7 Keys To Successful Building Automation

Automation Integrator Guide: Successful automation projects contain these seven elements. How many will your next project contain? Congratulations on your decision to automate. You want to build it faster, build it better, and build it safer. But with so many potential automation solutions available, it can be overwhelming for an engineering team to decide where to start. Once you have …

Integration: Building automation and fire alarms

The building automation system can control all aspects of a building or campus, including its fire alarm system. This outlines best practices for integrating a fire alarm into a BAS. Learning objectives Understand the efficiencies of integrating building automation with fire protection systems. Name various communication protocols, such as BACnet and LonTalk. Learn about inspection and testing of systems. The …

Why the time is right for integration

By becoming a building systems integrator, engineers can ensure successful buildings—and a successful future. Technology to monitor electrical systems from a computer-based graphical user interface, or front end, has existed for decades. But the cost to monitor these systems used to be high—often prohibitively so—while the features and benefits provided by the solution were often slim. Purchasing a single-vendor packaged …

Selecting chillers, chilled water systems

Selecting the right chiller is generally dictated by capacity, and there are many philosophies on the best way to control, operate, and calculate system operational costs. Learning objectives Understand the variety of chiller options based on load requirements. Learn to calculate a simplified cost/ton estimate for estimating chiller initial investment costs. Know the appropriate calculations for determining chiller plant operational …