Measuring & Improving Building Performance
    for New & Existing Buildings in Kansas and Missouri

  • 1 - Leading Edge
    smart energy efficient buildings
    leading-edge technologies that make it happen
  • 21 - Do You Know What These Are?
    13 & 17 Yr Cicada Broods in 2015
    Emergening in Many Kansas & Missouri Counties
  • 2 - Intelligent Wireless Lighting Control
    Intelligent Wireless Lighting Control
    14 circuits wirelessly combined into 2 zones
  • 3 - ASC Track Mount System
    CDS Coil Protection Par Exellence
    Heavy-Duty Commercial Grade Track Mount System
  • 4 - Advanced Design
    advanced building technologies
    for new & existing building design & Operation
  • 5 - Tapping into the Ocean of Unused Energy
    energy harvesting controls
    Tapping Into the Ocean of Unused Energy
  • 6 - The Facinating Beauty
  • 7 - Laminar Flow
    improved laminar airflow
    Optimizes Energy Savings in cooling towers & Chillers
  • 8 - Great Performances
    achieving great Performance
    you can't manage what you don't measure
  • 9 -  HVAC&R Cottonwood
    HVAC&R cottonwood filters
    save compressors, energy, maintenance, coil cleaning
  • 10 - AC Chiller Cottonwood
    Condenser Coils Easily Kept Clean
    Cottonwood Filters Inside & Out
  • 11 - Innovation & Integration
    wireless building integration
    HVAC&R, Lighting, IAQ, Metering & Submetering
  • 12 - UV
    Clean, Safe Air in Medical Center
    UV Coil, Surface, Upper Room & Air Disinfection
  • 13 - CT Cottonwood Filters
    cottonwood filter protection
    improves cooling tower & Chiller plant performance
  • 14 - MBCx Systems
    building performance & certification
    monitoring-based commissioning & control
Advanced Technologies for Energy Efficient Buildings from the inside out


Important Notice for Cooling Towers in KS & MO
 
In the spring and summer of 2015, both 13 & 17 Year Periodic Cicada Broods are scheduled to emerge in many counties of Missouri & Kansas.  Cicadas are harmless to humans, other than being noisy and a nuisance.
 
It's a much different story for Cooling Towers and other machinery air intakes.
 
Cicadas are attracted to the sound of cooling towers and quickly get sucked in affecting the operation, maintenance and performance. They accumulate in the basin, sump, fill and strainers.  Cicadas plug-up a tower which can overwhelm the system and impact the entire chiller plant or the process cooling in a manufacturing facility.  Removing Cicadas from the water and out of the tower components is absolutely necessary.  Otherwise, a chiller plant or process can shut down.
 
The preferred method and best practice is keeping Cicadas from entering the cooling tower in the first place, as well as any other insects and airborne debris.
 
Water filtration is ineffective.  Manual labor is expensive, time consuming and may be required daily or several times a day for 6-8 weeks.

Our firm is the authorized factory representative in Kansas & Missouri for air intake filters manufactured by Air Solution Company.  Their patented systems provide the best solution for Cicadas, insects, cottonwood and other airborne debris, with a great ROI and installed equipment service life history of 15+ years.
 
More information and links are available below.  Scroll down look in the left column or click here to contact us.
 

Our unique technologies can help you improve your bottom line every day for the life of the building
 
Document the design. / Measure & Verify actual building operation. / Track energy use.
Optimize performance. / Identify & Correct system operation and maintenance issues.
 
 

EnOcean Self-Powered & ZigBee Wireless Sensors & Controls for Lighting, HVAC&R, Metering, Sub-metering, Occupancy & Plug Loads
   

Air-Cooled Chillers & Condensers, Rooftop Units, Split Systems, Dry-Coolers Cooling Towers & Louvers

Remote Access & Control of HVAC&R, Lighting, IAQ, Electric, Gas & Water, Continuous Cx

Dynamic Air, UV, UVGI Upper Room, PCO
LEED NC, LEED EB O&M, Energy Star & ASHRAE bEQ

  • Air Filtration:
 
 
The 13 & 17-Year Periodical Cicadas Emergence
                                         in Kansas & Missouri in 2014 & 2015
 May 30, 2014 UPDATES (see below)
Emergence of the Missouri & Kansas Periodic Cicada Broods
 
 
A tree can hold as many as 40,000 cicadas, and there can be as many as 1.5 million per acre. (Source: Iowa State University Department of Entomology)
 
 Air Solution Company's patented Air Intake Filters for cooling tower applications will provide the protection you need.  For more information, pricing or to contact us CLICK HERE
 

Cicadas affect campus cooling systems Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2011 — 2:39 PM

13 & 17 Year Periodical Cicada Broods are known to be as large as a BILLION per square mile and are a nuisance for 6-8 weeks.
Cicadas are attracted by the sound of cooling towers and can easily inundate the fill, sump, strainer, piping, pumps and chillers.  Air intakes of other equipment can also be affected.

UPDATES:
2014 Missouri: 17 Year Magicicada Brood III
Update for 5/30: Greg Holmes reported on the Entomological-Cicadidae Yahoo Group that Donald Lewis, entomologist at Iowa State University, has a report of periodical cicadas from north of Burlington, IA. With air temperatures in the mid 80s for the next 6 days, the soil should be warm enough to coax more cicadas from the ground. Rain may slow the emergence, though.
Missouri Counties Affected: Adair, Harrison, Harrison, Henry, Johnson, Lewis, Macon, Marion, Platte, Putnam,Vernon  CLICK HERE FOR MAP

2015 Kansas & Missouri: 17 Year Magicicada Brood IV
Missouri Counties Affected: Atchison, Barton, Buchanan, Caldwell, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, Dekalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Pettis, Ray, Saline, Vernon, Worth
Kansas Counties Affected: Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Doniphan, Douglas, Geary, Greenwood, Jackson, Johnson, Labette, Linn, Lyon, Marion, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sumner, Wilson, Woodson, Wyandotte  CLICK HERE FOR MAP

2015 Missouri: 13 Year Magicicada Brood XXIII

Missouri Counties Affected: Andrew, Barry, Bates, Bollinger, Boone, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Cedar, Christian, Clark, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Franklin, Henry, Hickory, Howard, Howell, Jefferson, Knox, Laclede, Lawrence, Macon, Maries, Mississippi, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Ozark, Pemiscot, Perry, Pettis, Polk, Randolph, Scott, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Stone, Taney, Texas, Warren, Washington, Webster  CLICK HERE FOR MAP


 
These bugs are harmless, except to your cooling towers
and other mechanical equipment air intakes.
 
They are attracted to the sound of cooling towers, 
get sucked in plugging the fill, strainers and sump.
 
They contaminate the cooling tower water.
Their soft tissues breakdown feeding and escalating the bacterial level
and they absorb water treatment chemicals.
 
Their hard exoskeleton does not breakdown in the water
or by water treatment. They have to be physically removed
from the fill, sump and strainers
 
  They can plug up other equipment and AHU air filters, as well.
 
You can protect your cooling towers and other

susceptible equipment with patented Air Intake Filters

from Air Solution Company.  And this is a good time to do it,
while there time to order and install the filters.
 
By keeping these bugs and other airborne debris (like cottonwood seed) out of your HVAC systems, you will avoid all the headaches and high maintenance and labor costs.
 


 

Posted: Jul 13, 2011 4:24 PM CST

"Teams will be out inspecting all 88 cooling towers across the district. More sub-contractors will be hired to handle the clean-up. Seven crews will be out daily. Each of those crews will be cleaning about eight to ten towers a day."

 
Added Value & Yearly Benefits:
 
In addition to keeping these bugs out of your towers and your systems clean, the cooling tower efficiency and performance
is dramatically improved, in the following ways:
 
  • 5% savings in the cooling tower fan VFD or runtime

  • 2-3% savings in the chiller(s) due to a 1º F lower water temperature in a 10º F DeltaT design

  • 20% savings in maintenance & water treatment costs
 

 
If you have forgotten or haven't seen how Cicadas can impact a building . . . watch this video filmed in Nashville, TN
May 24, 2011. 
They don't stay in the trees, grass and shrubs.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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Commercial, Industrial, Healthcare, K-12, Colleges & Universities
 
We serve the commercial building community of owners, managers and operating engineers; MEP design engineering firms, installing contractors and architects in Kansas and Missouri.  Our products    and services are engineered solutions that improve the building performance in HVAC, lighting and utility systems.
 
 

 
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Schneider Electric: SmartStruxure Lite and EnOcean Wireless
2014-07-08 Schneider Electric: SmartStruxure Lite and EnOcean Wireless
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, has released a line of EnOcean-based devices that complement to the popular SmartStruxure Lite solution which currently encompasses metering, HVAC and lighting control applications for commercial buildings such as retail stores, schools, offices and hotels. Schneider is now able to offer a solution that optimizes energy savings while increasing overall system flexibility and user comfort.

Further information

 Smart Energy Management for Any Size Building
2014-06-03 Smart Energy Management for Any Size Building
Improve energy efficiency -- and your bottom line -- in a building of any size with Schneider Electric building management solutions. Whether you manage a small to medium-sized building, a large building, or an enterprise of buildings, Schneider...
 
 
Can2Go is now Schneider Electric SmartStruxure Lite, integrating EnOcean energy harvesting, self-powered wireless sensors and controls within Zigbee wireless mesh networks for advanced building monitoring and control.  Lighting, HVAC, metering, occupancy, remote cloud access, data analytics and fault detection for small, medium and large buildings.
 
2014-02-05 2014 Incisor.TV Wireless roundtable - Interview with Jim O'Callaghan (EnOcean Alliance)
 
 
The installed base of EnOcean technology is over 250,000 buildings with millions of sensors and controls in 6 continents since 2002. There are 350 EnOcean-Alliance members and 1,250 devices currently available for measurement, verification and control of: lighting, HVAC&R, occupancy/vacancy, daylight harvesting, metering and sub-metering of utilities.
2013-07-24 Building Data / Analytics / M2M
Continuous data acquisition:  Wireless sensors and controls make building data and analytics viable and economical.
 
 
If this is true for big companies like GE, JLL and ATT (as in this discussion), what about buildings in Kansas and Missouri?  The answer is true for little buildings, individual tenants, retail shops, large buildings, multiple site locations and campuses.
 
  • Metering & Sub-metering
  • HVAC&R Equipment and Lighting Systems Performance
  • Measurement, Verification & Control
  • Plug Load Control
  • Utility Management
One of the world's largest internet companys uses Cottonwood Filters for BIG ENERGY SAVINGS
2013-04-05 One of the world's largest internet companys uses Cottonwood Filters for BIG ENERGY SAVINGS
 
Dramatic Savings & Efficiency for Cooling Towers & Chiller Plants
 

  Click Photo for study
The big “light bulb” moment came when the laminar air flow increased the delta-T and reduced the leaving water temperature in the sump by 1°F better than design, along with reducing fan motor run-time 5% and lowering tower maintenance cost by 20%.  1½ year ROI. 
 
There are similar results for Air-Cooled Chillers, RTU's,  CRAC Condensers and Dry-Coolers.
 
This Owner Is Using Cottonwood Filters on 50+ Cooling Towers as a part of their global green building initiative What about your cooling towers, air-cooled chillers and RTUs?
Can2Go Integrates Viconics Zigbee & EnOcean Wireless
2013-02-20 Can2Go Integrates Viconics Zigbee & EnOcean Wireless

 
 
Bidirectional Wireless Control with ZigBee

We have controllers equipped with ZigBee transceivers, as well as regular inputs and outputs; offering two-way communication for simultaneous wired and wireless control. Our controllers convert end-devices (wired, wireless (ZigBee)) into BACnet objects, so no gateway is required.

  • Get more information about ZigBee.
  • See which ZigBee devices CAN2GO has already been tested Ecosystem >>
 
CAN2GO wins Building Operating Management Top 2013 Products Award
2012-12-01 CAN2GO wins Building Operating Management Top 2013 Products Award

The Top Products Awards recognize the most popular manufacturers and suppliers of the year, as determined by building and facility executives who participated in a national survey.


The CAN2GO line of controllers (UN2, VA2 and GW2) will be featured in the January issue of Building Operating Management as a Top Products Award Winner.


The Building Operating Management Top Products Awards are 100% reader-selected. Out of nearly 560 possible products, the CAN2GO controllers are one of the people's favorites.

More on the CAN2GO award-winning controllers >>

2013 AHR Expo Innovation Award for Can2Go's TE2 Wireless Terminal Equipment Controller
2012-11-09 2013 AHR Expo Innovation Award for Can2Go's TE2 Wireless Terminal Equipment Controller

 
4-in-a-row: CAN2GO gets another AHR Expo Innovation Award
 

For the 4th year in a row, CAN2GO has received yet another recognition from the AHR Expo Innovation Awards. For this 2013 edition, CAN2GO's TE2 Wireless Terminal Equipment Controller was awarded anhonorable mention in the Building Automation category.

 

Since it first launched its products in 2010, CAN2GO has won or gotten honorable mentions every year for its UN2, Web BEMS, DA2 and TE2.   It is by far the most any building automation company has received over that 4-year span.

 

Thank you for your appreciation. We will continue working hard to be the most innovative building automation company in the industry.

Learn more about the TE2 >>

Stop Airborne Debris on the Outside of your HVAC Units where it is Easy to See and Clean
2012-09-07 Stop Airborne Debris on the Outside of your HVAC Units where it is Easy to See and Clean
Stops Cottonwood Seed, Lint, Insects, Leaves, Pollen, Grass, Construction Debris and Much, Much More
 
Cottonwood Filter Screens are Compatible with All Equipment Makes & Models

Cottonwood Filter Screens (also known as Air Intake or Air Inlet Filters) Will Help Mechanical Equipment Run Clean & Efficient All Season Long While Reducing Energy Cost and Significantly Reducing Maintenance Time & Effort.

 
And if you are Working on LEED Certification, Cottonwood Filter Screens Can Help you Earn Cost Effective LEED Credits So You Don’t Go Broke Going Green!
Dynamic Air Quality Solutions Announces Alliance With Thybar Corporation to Provide Factory-Installed Dynamic Air Cleaners
2012-08-15 Dynamic Air Quality Solutions Announces Alliance With Thybar Corporation to Provide Factory-Installed Dynamic Air Cleaners
Dynamic Air Quality Solutions, a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance indoor air quality products, today announced its alliance with Thybar Corporation to provide factory installations of Dynamic Air Cleaners. Call ePlus Environmental Solutions for more information or to place an order.  Read More
CAN2GO cover of HPAC Engineering magazine
2012-08-13 CAN2GO cover of HPAC Engineering magazine
"Retrofitting a Historic Building: HVAC Retrofit Sees 19th-Century Church Outfitted With 21st-Century Controls".  Read Article
 
The retrofit of the St-John Basilica is the cover story of the August issue of the HPAC Engineering magazine. The retrofit features CAN2GO controllers managing wireless temperature sensors and relaying the information to the Church's BACnet system. Networking between CAN2GO controls is also wireless, thereby limiting renovation work inside the main area of the building.
The Future Building Management System
2012-08-05 The Future Building Management System

The future building management system will change and reinvent what currently is a lethargic industry.

Jim Sinopoli PE, RCDD, LEED AP, Managing Principal, Smart Buildings LLC
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. Read the full article
IEC Publishes New Ultra-Low Power Consumption Wireless Technology Standard
2012-05-07 IEC Publishes New Ultra-Low Power Consumption Wireless Technology Standard

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has ratified a new standard–ISO/IEC 14543-3-10–for wireless applications with ultra-low power consumption pioneered by EnOcean. The standard can be downloaded from www.iso.org.

CAN2GO integrates EnOcean and ZigBee wireless technologies to Niagara Framework
2012-04-23 CAN2GO integrates EnOcean and ZigBee wireless technologies to Niagara Framework
SCL Elements Inc., developer of the award-winning CAN2GO® controllers, and Tridium Inc., developer of the Niagara Framework®, announced the integration capability of EnOcean and ZigBee technologies into Niagara based building automation systems. This enables the Niagara community to extend their use of wireless solutions and reduce wiring and repair costs for energy efficiency commissioning and retrofit deployments.

Read the press release

EnOcean's wireless technology is international standard
2012-04-18 EnOcean's wireless technology is international standard

First ISO/IEC wireless standard optimized for solutions with ultra-low power consumption and energy harvesting
 
"The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has ratified a new standard – ISO/IEC 14543-3-10 – for wireless applications with ultra-low power consumption. It is the first and only wireless standard that is also optimized for energy harvesting solutions and, therefore, for EnOcean's self-powered wireless technology. Together with the EnOcean Equipment Profiles (EEPs) drawn up by the EnOcean Alliance, this international standard lays the foundation for fully interoperable, open wireless technology comparable to standards such as Bluetooth and WiFi."  Read the press release
 Announcement: éPlus Environmental Solutions reps Veris Industries automation system peripherals in Kansas and Missouri
2012-03-01 Announcement: éPlus Environmental Solutions reps Veris Industries automation system peripherals in Kansas and Missouri

BAS Remote Application Note Published by Veris Industries

Veris Industries, a leading supplier of power monitors, environmental sensors, and control peripherals for commercial HVAC and energy applications.

Veris Enercept Energy Meters are widely used for monitoring energy consumption, but their communication link uses Modbus protocol. Many building automation systems are now using BACnet, resulting in an abundance of Modbus Serial equipment, like the Enercept Meters, that need to attach to the building automation system.  

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