Automation, Controls

Automation, Controls December 1, 2000

New products & literature – 2000-12-01

Dimmer features full-range dimming and on/off preset switching with a built-in arrow rocker that controls brightness levels even when lights are turned off. This device is available for incandescent, magnetic low-voltage and fluorescent loads that employ specialized ballasts.

By Staff
Automation, Controls November 29, 2000

Government & Research Links

T hese various government and research organizations are directly involved in building construction and design. If you know of others that should be included, send the URL to Geoff Weisenberger at gweisenberger@reedbusiness.com . Government Departments Military National Laboratories Reference Research entities University Programs/Continuing Education Government Departments California Energy Commission Center for Excellence for Sustainable Development Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network DOE Energy Information Administration DOE Federal Energy Management Program DOE Office of Industrial Technologies Energy Information Administration National Center for Photovoltaics National Institute of Standards and Technology National Renewable Energy Laboratory National Science Foundation New York State Energy Research and Development Authority U.S. Bureau of the Census U.S.

By Staff
Automation, Controls November 29, 2000

Engineering Firms

A database of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms including a brief company description and website address.

By Staff
Automation, Controls November 29, 2000

Association Links

T here are a considerable number of associations dedicated to engineering and construction disciplines. A list of many of those can be found below. If you know of others that should be included, send the URL to Geoff Weisenberger at gweisenberger@reedbusiness.com . Controls Electrical Fire, Security and Life-Safety Gas Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Lighting Plumbing Telecommunications Professional Engineering Associations International Associations Miscellaneous Controls Air Movement and Control Association BACnet BACnet Manufacturer's Association Control Systems Integrators Association Instrument Society of America Lighting Controls Association LonMark Interoperability Association Electrical Association of Energy Services Professionals Automatic Meter Reading Association Distributed Power Coalition of America Electronics Industry Alliance Electric Power Supply Association Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International District Energy Association Midwest Cogeneration Association North American Electric Reliability Council United States Combined Heat & Power Association Fire, Security, Life-Safety American Fire Sprinkler Association American Society for Industrial Security National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association National Fire Protection Association National Fire Sprinkler Association Society of Fire Protection Engineers Gas American Gas Association American Gas Cooling Center Institute of Gas Technology Interstate Natural Gas Association of America Natural Gas Supply Association HVAC Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Geothermal Energy Association Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium International Ground Source Heat Pump Association Lighting Energy Efficient Lighting Association Illuminating Engineering Society of North America International Association of Lighting Designers The Lighting Resource Plumbing American Concrete Pipe Association American Society of Plumbing Engineers American Society of Sanitary Engineering American Water Works Association Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe Association Plumbing and Drainage Institute Plumbing Manufacturers Institute Water Environment Federation Water Infrastructure Network Water Quality Association Telecommunications Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions BICSI Telecommunications Association Copper Development Association Telecommunications Industry Association Professional Engineering Associations Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology American Association of Engineering Societies American Consulting Engineers Council American Institute of Architects American Society of Mechanical Engineers American Society of Safety Engineers Architectural Engineering Institute Association for Facilities Engineering Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers Building Owners and Managers Association International Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Construction Specification Institute Engineering Ethics Case of the Month Club Facilities Management Link (FMLink) International Facility Management Association International Federation of Consulting Engineers National Society of Professional Engineers Society of Women Engineers United Engineering Foundation International Associations Asia Asia Alternative Energy Program Australia Institute of Instrumentation and Control Institution of Engineers, Australia Sustainable Energy Authority, Australia Canada Canadian Council of Professional Engineers Canadian Earth Energy Association Canadian Engineering Network Canadian Gas Research Institute Canadian Office of Energy Efficiency Earth Energy Society of Canada Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Europe Association for the Conservation of Energy Combined Heat & Power Association Consulting Engineers of British Columbia Engineering Council Institute of Refrigeration Institution of Electrical Engineers International Centre for Gas Technology Information International Energy Agency International Network for Sustainable Energy International Telecommunication Union The Utility Connection Miscellaneous American Institute of Architects American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services Construction Innovation Forum Construction Industry Roundtable Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Design-Build Institute of America National Engineering Week National Regulatory Research Institute New Buildings Institute.

By Staff
Automation, Controls November 1, 2000

Serving Up a New Look for an Old Dining Hall

Texas A & M University's Sbisa Dining Hall in College Station, Texas, served its first meal in 1913. The 100,000-square-foot building is the oldest dining hall on campus and was the only building large enough to provide a meeting place for the student body.

By Staff
Automation, Controls November 1, 2000

Power Play

With electric deregulation becoming a reality in an increasing number of states, several of our larger clients have approached us for help in restructuring their electric service to best take advantage of the deregulated environment.

By ALLAN HASKELL P.E., Principal, JERRY DAUGHERTY P.E., Engineer and NORMAN MILLER, Director of Marketing, Fosdick Hilmer, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
Automation, Controls November 1, 2000

What’s So Hot About Chilled-Water Storage?

If power companies around the world are still offering customer incentives to reduce peak demand, when it comes to larger chilled-water cooling systems, why are so many mechanical engineers ignoring the money-saving advantages and other significant benefits of chilled-water storage (CWS)? Often, new facilities that seem particularly suitable for CWS are being designed to employ conventional, nonstorage cooling systems. Admittedly, there aren’t that many papers available documenting the reputed savings, but many happy owners using thermal-energy storage (TES) know that, as compared to their previous cooling systems, they: Moreover, when adapted properly to the circumstances, CWS also offers competitive front-end and life-cycle costs. Put together, that’s a pretty hot case for CWS and TES. Favorable off-peak, load-leveling power rates that lead to significant operating economies are the advantage most often cited for TES.

By JOHN M. CHANEY, Jr., P.E. , Director, Mechanical Engineering, Hayes, Seay, Mattern Mattern, Inc., Roanoke, Va.
Automation, Controls November 1, 2000

H2O Homework: Treating Water for Boilers

The liquid support systems that keep boilers boiling are the keys to boosting efficiency and maintainability. To effectively specify and commission these subsystems, leading engineers consider the effect of common problems like carryover, corrosion and other water concerns due to impurities and deposits-such as oxygen, silica and iron-found in hard water.

By C.C. SULLIVAN Editorial Director
Automation, Controls November 1, 2000

School LonWorks system gives teachers control

Before teachers at Osceala County School District in Kissimmee, Fla., get into their cars to drive to school in the morning, they now have the capability to log on to the Internet and adjust the temperature in their classroom, thanks to a new LonWorks building automation system.

By Staff
Automation, Controls November 1, 2000

Shedding Light on Industrial Facilities

Designing a lighting system for industrial facilities has become a practice in using the right tools. Our panel of lighting designers discusses innovations and best practices as they tackle new fixtures, better controls, retrofits and energy efficiency in this month's M/E Roundtable.

By Jeromie Winsor, Web Editor