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The tiny minds of environmental "prophets of doom"
by the ABC Advantage Team - Thursday, January 10, 2013

OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 17, 2012/ Troy Media/ – Are human prosperity and well-being an illusion, bought at the expense of Nature? Human beings add nothing to the world, on this view, and subtract everything. But however much this view may appeal to, say, the apostles of environmental doom and gloom, the opponents of the oil sands and fish farming and pipelines and biotechnology, it is wrong. 
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How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Building Data
by the ABC Advantage Team - Monday, August 06, 2012

"Building data has the potential to change everything as we know it in our industry, and change can be scary. Your view of the landscape for a data-driven buildings industry depends largely on where you sit; startups and sensor and controller manufacturers are delighted, while operators, technicians and IT administrators are classically apprehensive. A buildings industry with an abundance of sensors, actuators, devices, and smart things that tend to fail raises critical questions: Where will all that data go? How can we possibly deal with all of it? How will data impact my job and the services that I render? How will we manage buildings with all that measurable data, and smart equipment capabilities?
 
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Why switch from Pneumatics to DDC? - Case Study
by the ABC Advantage Team - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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Cloud Control and the evolving Cloud Control Languages "CCL"
by the ABC Advantage Team - Monday, July 09, 2012

  
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Zero-Energy Buildings: How Do They Do It?
by the ABC Advantage Team - Monday, July 09, 2012
" While programs like the U.S. EPA’s ENERGYSTAR or the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system encourage and reward energy efficiency, it makes sense that the ultimate energy-efficiency objective is to achieve zero-energy status. 
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The Future Building Management System
by the ABC Advantage Team - Friday, July 06, 2012

 

"As we transition to more complex, higher performing, and energy efficient buildings, it is apparent that traditional building management systems are not up to the task of monitoring and managing today’s building operations. What are the shortcomings of the legacy BMS? The list is quite long but the major items include limited integration capabilities, inadequate and elementary analytic tools, proprietary programming languages, a dearth of software applications and legacy user interfaces.   

 

 

 

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To some extent, the BMS have gotten to this point because of the business and financial aspects surrounding it. When a traditional BMS is sold and installed it’s usually a small part of a much larger investment. The larger business piece is the sale of BAS controllers. It’s the controllers’ need for service, parts and possible replacement over time that will generate significant recurring revenue for the equipment manufacturer. So the main building management tool, the one that provides the user interface for many of the building systems, often takes a "back seat" to selling and installing the controller hardware. Why would manufacturers put a lot of resources into developing a product that may be only a very small part of a total sale?

Major BMS manufacturers have made some incremental improvements to their products. They may have added an "energy management package", or re-engineered an industrial process system for buildings or even bought smaller software companies thinking that would save the day. Despite their efforts, the fact is BMS are well short of where they need to be as an industry.

Part of the problem is that BMS manufacturers are not good at IT and the BMS is an IT system: it’s a server with a database, IP address and software applications, connected to an IT network. What has developed at the industry level for building automation and IT is just a magnification of what is happening in many facility management and IT departments, that is, the readjustment of the roles of facility management and IT departments given the reality of the significant penetration of IT into building systems. Some organizations have worked out those organizational issues, but the BAS manufacturer and the IT industry is stuck in an "IT is from Mars, Building Controls are from Venus" mentality. The movement of BAS manufacturers into IT, as well as IT companies into building controls has been feeble at best.  
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Energy Savings and Economics of Advanced Control Strategies
by the ABC Advantage Team - Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Commercial Heating, AC Retrofits Could Create Huge Energy Savings  
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Automatic Building Controls LLC and Google Maps
by the ABC Advantage Team - Thursday, October 07, 2010

 
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Intelligent Building Solutions in partnership with eSight
by the ABC Advantage Team - Monday, May 03, 2010

Techniques for optimization and targeted analytics from ABC, while delivering a powerful energy management solution. 
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Our Parent Company - The Totus Group
by the ABC Advantage Team - Monday, December 14, 2009

The Totus Advantage: A Holistic Approach to Intelligent Building Optimization.  
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