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Sep 11, 2017 12:12:00 PM

What are the benefits of electrical submetering?

Energy management is a growing practice among companies that operate large buildings, campuses, and other complex facilities. Successful energy management requires detailed information on how energy is being used. However, this valuable information is not available in facilities being actively monitored. For effective energy management, facility engineers need to understand exactly how and where energy is being consumed on their properties.

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Sep 5, 2017 8:11:00 AM

Are your chillers driving up your utility bill?

HVAC and refrigeration systems represent between a quarter and a third of total electricity consumption in an average commercial building. Chillers are responsible for over 40% of that demand, making up between 10-12% of a building’s total electricity usage and presenting an opportunity for cost savings. So why are HVAC chillers rarely optimized for efficiency?

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Aug 28, 2017 10:04:00 AM

Why Invest In Tenant Billing?

The goal of any commercial property owner is to attract tenants while also still being profitable. Operating a large building often means having a lot of expenses and other overhead costs, whether they be for maintenance, repairs, utilities, or the multitude of other expenditures any business could incur.

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Aug 21, 2017 7:11:00 AM

How can hospitals reduce energy costs?

Like most businesses, hospital administrations constantly look for ways to improve their bottom line. One of the most effective ways a hospital facility manager can help is by lowering building operating costs and running their building more efficiently. But because healthcare facilities are extremely sophisticated and specialized buildings, this task is often easier said than done.

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Jun 29, 2017 6:13:00 AM

What do electrical contractors look for in a power meter?

User-side energy submetering is becoming increasingly popular in new commercial construction and renovation projects alike. The latest advanced LEED certification requires operator-owned submeters to be installed in high consumption areas and facilitate continuous tracking of total consumption for an entire structure.

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Jun 26, 2017 10:55:59 AM

BACnet International Proud to Announce Setra as its Newest Member

The BACnet community is proud to announce that Setra has become the latest company to join BACnet International as a Silver member. Setra, founded in 1967, designs and develops one of the most comprehensive portfolios of sensors in the world. It has nearly 50 years of experience in critical applications in many industries, and is part of the Fortive Corporation, a Fortune 500 science and technology leader.

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Jun 22, 2017 11:25:00 AM

How to Select a Power Meter

What Are You Monitoring?

One critical consideration when searching for a proper power meter is to determine what you're measuring. Is the monitored load signal-phase, split-phase or three-phase? What voltage/current ranges are going to be monitored? 

If you're interested in a power meter for residential or light commercial applications, then typically a single or split-phase meter would be the best cho

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Jun 15, 2017 7:23:00 AM

How are power meters used in LEED projects?

LEED, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the largest driving force behind the increased development of green buildings in the world. One of the most important factors that LEED uses in their certification process is energy consumption and the owner’s ability to track usage and identify potential savings. While most conventional buildings have simple meters provided by the utility company for billing purposes, the advanced standards for LEED certification require more robust and more precise monitoring capability.

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Jun 8, 2017 7:19:00 AM

What is Total Harmonic Distortion?

Imagine a tone being played by two musical instruments -  let’s say middle-C (261.63 Hz). While the pitch played on a piano may be the same as on an electric guitar, its timbre is very different. The sound wave generated from a piano or a simple synthesizer is relatively simple and clean, but the sound wave coming from an electric guitar is often very distorted for effect and contains natural harmonic overtones.

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Jun 1, 2017 6:51:00 AM

What is the difference between Rogowski Coils and conventional CTs?

Understanding specific job requirements, such as performance, installation, amperage load and environmental factors is critical to selecting the proper current transformer for an application. Conventional current transformers (CTs) do come with their limitations as they are difficult to install and are lacking in performance and measurement range. Rogowski coils have significant advantages with regards to installation, cost and performance.

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