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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

  1. Understand the benefits of incorporating lighting, daylighting, and building automation systems.
  2. Know the codes and standards that govern lighting and daylighting.
  3. Learn to gather and analyze data from an automation system.

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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

  1. Understand the efficiencies of integrating building automation with fire protection systems.
  2. Name various communication protocols, such as BACnet and LonTalk.
  3. Learn about inspection and testing of systems.

The responsibilities of a chief building engineer are becoming more challenging as technology advances. Bigger and taller buildings are being constructed with an increasing emphasis on energy efficiency and comfort, and the ever-increasing demand to keep construction costs and operating expenses down. In addition, building codes are changing the way these buildings are constructed in order to improve safety with an eye on new construction methods and materials.

There is also the somewhat traditional mind-set among those within the design and engineering community that building automation and fire alarm systems should maintain a significant level of separation with minimal connectivity or interaction. Most of this belief stems from the fear of the unknown and the desire to mitigate risk along with the old adage of “This is the way we’ve always done it.” In reality, the integration of building automation and fire alarm systems can result in overall reduction in equipment, installation, and maintenance costs while still maintaining the level of safety required for these systems to operate.

With the advent of smart building technology, heating, cooling, electrical, lighting, security, and other systems need monitoring and intercommunication for optimized efficiency and operation. With sophistication comes the need for a building automation system (BAS) to allow for nearly seamless operation of these various interrelated equipment.

Like BAS, fire protection and alarm systems have also evolved into sophisticated computer-based systems, which integrate fire detection and emergency communication systems as part of overall building operations during an emergency event.

Often fire protection and alarm systems must interact with other building systems to provide a proper level of protection. While the fire alarm system is fully capable of performing and initiating the necessary actions to accomplish the fire alarm and building systems’ responses, efficiencies can be obtained by integrating with the BAS. These efficiencies include minimizing additional equipment, expediting system acceptance testing, reducing installation costs, and sharing and consolidating information at a central location where all of the building systems can be precisely monitored during emergency incidents.

Smoke control systems are a good example of the marriage of building mechanical systems with fire protection/fire alarm systems. Fans are starting or stopping, dampers are opening or closing, and doors may be closing or unlocking while elevators being recalled. Although both the BAS and fire alarm systems have specific tasks to perform, there is a certain level of priority and sequences that must be followed. Failure to follow the proper priority or sequence may not only be non-code compliant, it may also lead to equipment damage or risk to human life. For example, if a smoke control fan operates before dampers open, ductwork may be damaged or door opening forces may be increased beyond acceptable levels for egress.

Communication

When the fire alarm system takes control of equipment that is not a listed component of the fire alarm control unit, the fire alarm system must either override the natural operating mode of the building equipment or pass off that command via a simple switch or data communications to the building mechanical systems. Likewise, each manufacturer’s BAS has its own protocol for monitoring conditions and communicating operational commands to maintain the proper building environment and efficiency. There are also standard open communication protocols such as LonTalk and BACnet that can be used to communicate with a multitude of equipment from various manufacturers in order to achieve an integrated building system.

The communication protocol for a fire alarm control unit to communicate to and from its indicating (input), initiating (output), and sometimes notification appliances is typically an analog or digital communications signal carried over what is referred to as a signaling line circuit (SLC). Because communications signals are typically proprietary protocol, each SLC is dedicated to a specific manufacturer’s equipment and cannot include connection of incompatible devices that use a different signal protocol.

Therefore, in order to integrate system alarm and control functions with the BAS in a manner other than relay logic, fire alarm system manufacturers had to also design and support the open communication protocols used for building automation, in a manner that would not compromise the integrity or the operation of the fire alarm system. This process of sharing information between both fire alarm and BAS came to be known as bridging, or open gateway processing. Because of the strict code and listing requirements of fire alarm systems, much of this communication has been primarily limited to one-way communication. However, some manufacturers of both fire alarm and BAS do produce equipment such as gateways that are listed for bi-directional communication with their equipment.

The use of these open gateway processors has the potential to eliminate the need for costly interface equipment and enclosures. A single gateway can replace hundreds of conventional or electronic relays and input sensors for control and monitoring while also eliminating the need for multiple wire terminations that can decrease the potential for system failure points.

Article By: Jon Kapis; Rick Lewis; Craig Studer, PE; The RJA Group Inc.

Coppertree Analytics- Empowering People to Realize Their Building Potential.

Coppertree Analytics is about empowering People to Realize Their Building Potential. We believe building technology is not fulfilling its potential and we’ve made it our mission to change that. By gathering data, analyzing it and providing our customers with actionable insight, we help them to avoid problems, optimize performance and take control of their buildings. In short, we believe in working with you to realize the potential of your building.

To learn more visit Coppertree or Contact Setpoint Systems Corporation for a live demo!

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Operational Effectiveness

How well your sites are managed operationally makes a big difference to how much they cost to run and how productive your people and process are able to be. Coppertree algorithms reach deep into your buildings’ performance giving you far more powerful insights to be able to optimize the resources you allocate to maintenance, and protect the value you have locked in these physical assets.
Resource Optimization

How do you know if you are getting value for money from the budgets you allocate to keeping your buildings running? Largely you judge this based upon ‘down time costs’ or perhaps the number of complaints or issues being resolved. Coppertree is able to give you live data which can help your operations team prioritize their time, and maintenance budgets, more efficiently by focusing attention on problems the system indicates often before they cause serious consequences. Think of Coppertree as the enabling ‘just in time’ maintenance with all the efficiencies that brings like longer equipment life, less routine servicing, and lower energy costs.

Asset Value

Your buildings and equipment probably add up to a sizable sum on your balance sheet – they are expensive to purchase and short cuts in maintenance investments come back to bite you. Wouldn’t it be nice to know you were carefully protecting those assets but at the lowest possible cost without it impacting you later? With Coppertree you can target your spending and carefully control your environment (and prove it) by monitoring your system to constantly evolve a ‘golden standard’ (building optimization). You have a window into your building performance which tells you, what has happened where and indicates where you need to make changes, so you can make the most of what you have.

Productivity

Facilities staff have to balance urgent requests with important maintenance cycles, and if you’ve delved into their offices you’ll have seen the range of systems they need to monitor and the post it note reminders plastered about – help them see the forest for the trees with some clarity provided by Coppertree Analytics.

Energy Efficiency

As every CEO knows ‘you get what you measure’ and that is especially true with energy management because it requires changes to behaviors, processes and site management to cut energy use. Leading a ‘green company’ means having easily accessible and accurate metrics which result in specific functional actions – if energy measures are not constantly visible they slip down the priority list. So it is important to make it as easy as possible for your staff to get the essential information they need for their roles – Coppertree will do this for you.

Reduce Consumption

By measuring your energy use, reporting it widely and acting on it energy savings of 20 to 33% are reported. This doesn’t happen by itself unfortunately but Coppertree gives you the understanding of which part of your building systems are using the most energy and can be optimized, and which can be powered down in certain conditions. Many larger companies have a dedicated energy manager on staff, this is becoming a more common role because generally the energy savings they facilitate more than covers their costs. Coppertree is provides invaluable insights with drill down details for these roles which makes energy management far easier to implement (so quicker payback). However if energy management isn’t a dedicated role within your organization Coppertree can help your facilities manage release many energy savings themselves.

Calculate Savings

On every investment, and your buildings are significant ones, you want to know the return. Where costs are under scrutiny Coppertree helps you defend maintenance expenditures by helping you target them specifically and demonstrate energy savings. You can see energy usages trends for sites, or individual system components to make it clear the progress you are making to reduce energy consumption.

Access Government Rebate

Coppertree can help you access valuable peak demand energy rebates, our team can help find out what energy utilities require in your area, and with Coppertree insights you’ll know which non-core systems can be powered down to cut peak demand to meet the thresholds required. Demonstrating energy savings plans can also make your business eligible for a number of special grants and tax breaks in some regions – Coppertree gives you all the data you need to demonstrate how much you are savings and how continuous commissioning will continue to progress your energy efficiency plan.

Corporate Responsibility

It can seem an expensive commitment to make a more sustainable organization a reality; in part this is because behavioral change is required. People don’t think green at work and automatically conserve resources as they would at home – Coppertree dashboards make your sustainability agenda very visible and have been proven to improve energy savings. Reporting on energy progress is also very valuable when it comes to writing the annual report to substantiate your CSR initiatives with real quantifiable data to avoid any ‘green-wash’ accusations

Carbon Footprint

Collectively the world’s buildings are worse Carbon users than all of the world’s cars. That may seem surprising but then consider your energy bills and how you spend heating or cooling your site. We all know that climate change is a reality we need to deal with now, for the sake of future generations, and businesses have a significant part to play in actively reducing the carbon they use. It can seem a hard road to start down but Coppertree can be a simple first step, which can not only highlight many energy saving opportunities available in your building but report on the progress you are making to measure the energy you save.

Alternative Energy

Energy can come from many different sources and Coppertree is able to be configured to show you the different energy inputs your building uses and measure each separately. You can be confident your renewable contribution will be tracked and measured, and when appropriate record how much and when you were able to sell energy back into the grid. Transparent energy usage reporting is a click away with Coppertree.

Aligning Goals

You can use Coppertree to help align the goals of your energy manager and you facilities managers, whom can often have conflicting objectives – lower energy usage Vs cool occupant comfort in summer. Because Coppertree can be a shared energy platform accessed by multiple users in your organization you can set shared key performance indicators visible to all. You can print and export energy reports to use in internal communications or display the dashboards in public areas to demonstrate the commitment your organization is making to carbon reduction via energy management. The experience has been that your employees will become far more engaged and contribute by changing their behaviors if you actively demonstrate progress towards clear energy targets. Coppertree gives you the perfect platform with accurate data and varied displays to set a target and track progress towards it.

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

Coppertree Analytics: The Technology


Our Technology

Coppertree solves energy management issues through technology that automatically checks the integrity of your Building Automation System (BAS) while pinpointing system inefficiencies. It compares the data gathered from your system to a defined baseline and highlights any changes. Its powerful reporting tool automatically generates visuals and allows you to build custom dashboards and reports. It can even send notifications, reports, and alerts directly to your phone or tablet. The Coppertree technology is achieved through the three step process of: Acquire, Analyze, and Advise.

Acquire

Coppertree acquires relevant data such as BACnet objects and trend logs from your existing Building Automation System (BAS) and stores them securely in the cloud. A CopperCube will first be installed at your building so data can be gathered and uploaded. Once data collection starts, analysis and optimization begin immediately.

Analyze

Coppertree’s continuous commissioning analysis allows your building to be fine-tuned for optimal efficiency every few seconds by analyzing data as it is received. The powerful analytical engine also automatically detects system errors and notifies you as soon as issues occur. Energy consumption is measured against model baselines so you can reach your energy targets.

Advise

Coppertree allows you to schedule immediate, daily, weekly, or monthly reports and receive insights into building abnormalities. Notifications and alerts are sent right to your computer, phone, or tablet. Access customizable dashboards, charts, tables, and diagrams to visually present energy information to clients or educate employees.

Acquire

Coppertree acquires relevant data such as BACnet objects and trend logs from your existing Building Automation System (BAS) and stores them securely in the cloud. A CopperCube will first be installed at your building so data can be gathered and uploaded. Once data collection starts, analysis and optimization begin immediately.

Analyze

Coppertree’s continuous commissioning analysis allows your building to be fine-tuned for optimal efficiency every few seconds by analyzing data as it is received. The powerful analytical engine also automatically detects system errors and notifies you as soon as issues occur. Energy consumption is measured against model baselines so you can reach your energy targets.

Advise

Coppertree allows you to schedule immediate, daily, weekly, or monthly reports and receive insights into building abnormalities. Notifications and alerts are sent right to your computer, phone, or tablet. Access customizable dashboards, charts, tables, and diagrams to visually present energy information to clients or educate employees.

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

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!