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Setpoint Systems Corporation Receives 2013 Best of Littleton Award

Setpoint Systems Corporation Receives 2013 Best of Littleton Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

NEW YORK, NY, August 13, 2013 — For the third consecutive year, Setpoint Systems Corporation has been selected for the 2013 Best of Littleton Award in the Instrument Contractor category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Nationwide, only 1 in 120 (less than 1%) 2013 Award recipients qualified as Three-Time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

CONTACT:
U.S. Commerce Association
Email: PublicRelations@uscaaward.com
URL: http://www.uscaaward.com

Setpoint Systems Corporation Contact:

Setpoint Systems Corporation
Email: info@setpointsystems.com
URL: http://www.setpointsystems.com

 

Case Study: Buckley Air Force Base

Unique prolems to solve: An old World War II base, Buckley had 100-plus buildings in various

Rod White, Chief Mechanical

Rod White, Chief Mechanical

stages of disrepair. Often buildings had stand- alone systems; many had no building controls whatsoever.

There were at least eight different control systems in place, none of which could “talk” to one another. The Air Force’s goal was to tie everything to a single central control station to monitor the entire base.

System solution: After researching control systems at bases throughout the country, Buckley chose Delta Controls. Deciding factors included 3-D animated graphics, system reliability and ease of use. In Phase One of the base’s upgrade, Setpoint Systems installed Delta Controls in 14 buildings, including office spaces, hangars, HQ buildings, shops, work areas, fitness areas and the cafeteria.

ResultsAccording to Rod White, utilizing Delta Controls’ BACnet® system has balanced base performance for the first time. The Delta Controls’ system is much easier to understand, maintain and control. This means much less repair work for the staff. With HVAC working so well, the next step is to incorporate Access, Lighting and Irrigation. Rod calls the experience “one of the best projects I’ve ever been associated with.”

The former home of the Colorado Air National Guard, Buckley has been transformed into a fully operational Air Force base, home of the 460th Air Base Wing, as well as the 140th wing of the Colorado Air National Guard and 42 other units.

Case Study: University of Colorado

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Located at the base of Pikes Peak along the southern Rocky Mountains, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) is host to 12,000 students. Founded in 1965, UCCS has a campus covering over 500 acres, with buildings as diverse as Main Hall, which dates back to 1914, to the 87,000 square foot Beth-El College of Nursing.

Unique problem to solve

UCCS had several goals for the project, each requiring a special set of circumstances. One building called for the replacement of an old DDC system, another needed a partial replacement of an old data management system. Modems needed to be replaced with a campus wide network; software was upgraded. At the same time a new Web server and historian was installed. In addition, the school added electrical meter tracking for all the buildings in order to monitor when peak usage was occurring. Equally important was to be able to complete the project with available funding.

System solution

Setpoint provided UCCS with several package options so the school could choose which solution worked best for its needs and budget. A BACnet system integrated different existing systems as well as the new network, HVAC and electrical meter reading and trending. The University Center went from a pneumatic system to DDC. Setpoint worked with the UCCS IT department to program the system to fit the school’s specific requirements.

Results

Says Ralph Henline, HVAC Technician, “Setpoint was great in causing as little disruption as possible while the system was being installed. The Delta system has helped make it easier to improve occupant comfort. For instance, in the Engineering Building, we have better temperature control. And no longer have to run chillers and boilers at the same time!” Mr. Henline was also quite impressed with Setpoint’s after service, pointing out that when a glitch arose with the firmware, Setpoint replaced the affected controllers at no charge.

What they’re saying at UCCS

On service and support

Setpoint provided us with several option packages so we could build what was most relevant for us. It was important for the school to have that flexibility. Our IT Department uses a little different setup than most other schools, but Setpoint worked with us to get everything talking.”

Ralph Henline, HVAC Technician

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

 

 

About Delta Controls:

Since its inception, Delta Controls has taken a single approach to business: do what it takes to do the job right, all the time, every time. That’s why we offer the most interoperable BACnet platform in the industry. And designed our own HVAC, lighting and access systems to be fully integrated and operated from a single workstation. We pride ourselves on our easy-to-use graphic interface and customizable software. Simply put, we do it right.

Introducing Coppertree Analytics

We wanted to take a few moments to introduce Coppertree Analytics into our scope of solutions we can offer you for complete integration, control, and monitoring of your building or facility. Over the next few days we’ll explore together more details and benefits of utilizing Coppertree Analytics.

Who/What Is Coppertree Analytics

For more than 30 years Coppertree’s parent companies Delta Controls (one of the largest independent building controls manufacturers) and ESC (Western Canada’s largest building systems integrator) have been at the forefront of creating SMART buildings. Long before ‘sustainable’ was a buzz word the founders were involved in energy audits and consulting; and so it was a natural extension to create Coppertree in response to the growing demand for building energy management services.

Our heritage means we combine an implicit understanding of the technology which controls buildings with the practicalities of maintaining them – so you get a solution which delivers genuine energy savings. Know your energy issues – Fix what is broken

Put simply Coppertree analytics provides energy management and fault detection diagnostics as software as a service which delivers you the power to optimize your building performance.

We were frustrated how SMART buildings aren’t delivering on the promise ‘intelligent’ buildings inspired and we know we can fix that. Our mission is to lessen the climate changing impact of buildings by making them easier to monitor and manage.

Based outside Vancouver, a city with a booming tech sector, we share a similar profile being young and multicultural. Our average age is 33, and diverse cultural backgrounds from Vietnam and India to Ireland and Russia. If you are interested in joining our team of programmers, designers and energy experts please get in touch.

If you would like to learn more please visit: Coppertree here or contact a Setpoint Systems Corporation Account manager here for a live Demo!

How to use Setpoint Systems Corporation Log books

Logbooks are provided to all customers as a tool to be able to document the care of your Delta system.  There are 7 sections to your logbook:

  • Emergency information
  •  Operators log
  •  Service logs
  •  Equipment log
  •  Temperature control drawings
  •  Database programs printout
  •  Operation and maintenance information
  •  Back-up disks

We would like to highlight a couple key sections below.  These are important to maintain to ensure we are addressing the items you would like with our Setpoint systems corporation service technician.

Please refer to the emergency section of this book for contact information should you have a controls emergency after hours or need immediate service.  Setpoint systems corporation provides a local and 1-800 number for your convenience. 1(800) 372-8837

The operators log is a tool for the user to manage in order to list and identify needs or items you would like to review with your building automation system. By logging this material, your service technician will check the log book, review the items listed, and track process on all items for your review in the service log section.  This will help to develop a plan and keep you updated on all developments so you can get the most out of your TSA visits.

Setpoint systems corporation will also provide you with an updated set of controls drawings for your log book, so you have a reference to look over a hard copy of your controls at any time.

Your Setpoint systems corporation Logbook will provide user friendly and accurate insight into how your system is being serviced.

We hope you find this tool helpful and always appreciate feedback. Learn More Here

Halloween 2013 At Setpoint Systems Corporation

We had quite a blast at our annual costume and Halloween potluck!

Congratulations to Zeke Reardon who won our costume party, way to commit to the costume!

AFEC Trade Show 2013

This years AFEC (Advanced Facilities Management and Engineering Conference) was last week September 25th and 26th. The AFEC Show is dedicated to increasing the skills and knowledge of Facility Managers and Engineers in the Rocky Mountain Region, preparing them to meet the demands of their occupation, today, tomorrow, and into the future. AFEC is the largest event in the Rocky Mountain region and is dedicated to facilities management and engineering professionals.

Setpoint Systems Corporation has been involved with the AFEC Trade Show for the past 8 years, and had another great year in 2013. We had the opportunity to connect with current customers and engage in conversations with potential customers. Our entire sales team was a part of contributing to the show; from set up to breakdown, and manning the booth. This year we had some fun contests that we will be giving away to 3 attendees at AFEC Trade Show. We will give away 1 trip to Breckenridge, and 2 sets of Club Level tickets to the Denver Broncos. The winners will be drawn at random and announced later this afternoon!

We are looking forward to next year and would like to thank all the sponsors of the AFEC Show: AFEE, BOAC, Xcel Energy, IFMA, Rocky Mountain ASHRAE, BOMA, CAHED, RMAEE, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, Colorado Real Estate Journal, Colorado Facilities Solutions for Building Owners & Managers.

Thank You,

Your Friends at Setpoint Systems Corporation 

Setpoint Systems Corporation Is Growing!

Wow, what a terrific year, and while a short time left there is still so much to do! Over the past 4 months we have had some really exciting additions to our team. Additions, whom have contributed greatly to our culture, diversity, and experience here at Setpoint Systems Corporation.

We have the pleasure of introducing you to the following “new to Setpoint” employees, but not new to the industry. The wealth of knowledge and experience they bring to the team is invaluable:

  • Michael “Mike” Lee- Account Manager (Littleton, Colorado)
  • Randy Rinker- Account Manager (Littleton, Colorado)
  • David Peterson- Account Manager (Irvine, California)
  • Kevin Langston- Account Manager (Denver, Colorado)
  • Barney Cooper- technician (Minnesota)
  • Zeke Reardon- technician Denver, Colorado)
  • Kristel Puryear- Dispatch/Customer Service (Denver, Colorado)

We warmly welcome these new additions to the team, say hello by leaving a comment below. Following this post will be complete bio’s on these our new additions, check back to get to know them a little better!

As we continue to grow we are actively looking for more talented, diverse and intelligent candidates. See our open positions here:

http://setpointsystems.theresumator.com/apply

Visit us online at: www.setpointsystems.com

How can a building consume NO energy?

Office buildings are responsible for 19% of all commercial energy consumption in the United States, using almost one quadrillion (that’s a one followed by 15 zeros, folks) BTU per year.  I would convert that to dollars, but then this blog post would get entirely to big…  What if your building could consume ZERO BTU per year?  A Net Zero energy building consumes no net energy over the course of a year.  In other words, it sometimes consumes energy and sometimes generates energy, such that the net result balances out to zero.  Setpoint Systems was fortunate enough to be involved in constructing the largest Net Zero energy building in the world, which is the Research Support Facility (RSF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Research Support Facility (RSF)

Research Support Facility (RSF)

When the building was being designed, NREL initially requested that it consume only 25,000 BTU/ft² annually (this was an aggressive target as the average commercial office building in the U.S. consumes 97,200 BTU/ft²).  The team instead delivered a building which can produce as much energy as it uses–a net zero design.  How is this possible?  There are far too many details to cover here, but these are some of the techniques used:

  • Architecure allows for passive heating and cooling
  • Integrated high-efficiency lighting system with daylight and occupancy controls
  • Radiant thermal slabs for heating and cooling
  • Free cooling and heat recovery used in the building’s data center
  • Automatic windows for natural ventilation and nighttime pre-cooling
  • Demand control ventilation in open offices and conference rooms
  • 1.67 MW of photo-voltaic panels on the roof and associated parking structures
  • Fully integrated monitoring and control of HVAC, electrical, and data center systems

You may or may not be able to make your building net zero, but Setpoint Systems can use some of the same innovative integration and programming techniques from this project to help you save energy and money.   We can also provide ongoing high-quality training for you and your staff to help you maintain and operate your systems more efficiently.  For example, the staff at NREL have attended 94 of our training sessions for a total of 1,320 hours of instruction.  The value of this training would be nearly $40,000, but Setpoint Systems provides these classes FREE for the life of the customers’ system.

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Welcome To Setpoint Systems Corporation Blog

Welcome!

We are so pleased to see you here, and to have the opportunity to connect with you. We are so excited to have this new blog, and looking forward to the conversations it creates. The goals for this blog are simple. We want to engage with you, our audience in a new way. We want to provide you with content that really means something to you, and you can read time and time again.

Here at Setpoint Systems we have a very diverse and knowledgeable workforce, in which we are very proud. Our workforce is full of passionate and driven individuals that breath the building system integration, and HVAC industry.

We are taking that passion and utilizing it to engage and educate you. We believe in transparency, and excellence in our work. We have a lot to share, and we are so thankful for the opportunity to share this with you.

As this blog develops, and our authors grow the wealth of information that will be found here will be an invaluable resource.

I want to take a moment to introduce some content you can expect from our blog:

We have a dedicated training department, that we use to empower our customers. So you can truly learn and understand your systems, and how to effectively utilize it for your building or site. Our trainer, is in our humble opinion top notch. Our Training Department will post content here pretty often. Things like: Delta System Tips, Training Updates, and fantastic articles about the industry.

Training is just the surface, here at Setpoint Systems we have had the pleasure of working on some pretty amazing projects. Projects like: DaVita, eBay Data Centers, Verizon Data Centers, ViaWest, Lockheed Martin, Jefferson County School District, Buckley Air Force Base, and many more. We have solved many problems, and learned along the way. We would love to share these experiences with you, as they have been very exciting.

We also have an amazing in house service department, that always have great things to share about warranty updates, and general service, and part related information. Trust us, you’ll want to follow posts by our service department, they know their stuff.

We pride ourselves on our customer service, and dispatch department. We would love to share some of our best practices, and industry knowledge that has contributed to our success.

I look forward to the conversations we will have. Follow us, Engage with us, Give us feedback, we’re all ears open.

 

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