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Buildings around the world are demonstrating “smart” behavior today, thanks to automated systems that save energy, streamline building operations and prevent expensive equipment failures. Yet the value of making smart technology investments remains unclear to many people. Here are some of the misconceptions our smart building experts deal with as they help clients improve the performance and value of their properties.

2014 AHR Expo Sets Attendance Record

NEW YORK—The 2014 AHR Expo set an all-time attendance record despite a storm that dropped 10 in. (250 mm) of snow on New York City and created a state of emergency in parts of New York State. According to Show organizer International Exposition Company (IEC), more than 61,000 attendees (42,991 visitors and 18,219 exhibitor personnel) registered for the 2014 AHR Expo held at the Javits Convention Center on Jan. 21–23. "We were very happy with the attendance, as were all the exhibitors and attendees we spoke with," said IEC President Clay Stevens.

Medical research generates new ideas and innovation every day. To swiftly incorporate these developments into healthcare delivery, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) is building a 25,000-square-metre facility to foster creativity and productivity.

Together with Schneider Electric Life Sciences solution experts, SAHMRI will realise its vision of an intelligent and responsive facility.

Google will buy Nest Labs, the smart home thermostat and smoke alarm maker founded by iPod inventor Tony Fadell, for US$3.2 billion.

The acquisition ranks as the second largest in Google’s history, behind its US$9.4 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility in 2012.

Remote access and control thermostats are arguably the most hyped trend impacting the HVAC market currently.

This news is likely to help further fuel interest in the growth in the connected thermostat market which was worth an estimated US$190 million in the Americas, in 2013.

NEW YORK—Snow didn’t seem to dampen spirits on the first day of the 2014 AHR Expo. Thousands were waiting when doors opened at 10 a.m.

“It’s a testament to how important the Show is that this many people have come out in bad weather,” said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company.

This year’s Show has been sold out for some time. It’s the largest AHR Expo held in the Northeast with more than eight acres of exhibit space.

Among those waiting for the Show to open was Kenneth O’Brien of Mendon, Mass., who recently opened a consulting company for renewable energy.

The ControlTrends Awards Committee thanks its world-wide community for its participation in selecting these prestigious nominees. The ControlTrends Awards proudly presents the 2013 ControlTrends Finalists:

The 2013 Building Automation Systems of the Year
Easy IO
Johnson Controls FX
Honeywell WEBs

2013 Best Peripheral Product of the Year from a Small Manufacturer
Veris Industries
Functional Devices
Connect-Air Wire & Cable
Contemporary Controls

2013 Most Valuable Support Person of the Year
SK Foo, EasyIO

ACI is nominated for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards for Best Periphery Product from a Small Manufacturer, but ACI is likely to outgrow that category and soon, because ACI is a thriving entity on the move — setting new standards in the temperature, humidity, pressure, gas sensor, interface devices, wireless sensor, and building automation accessories markets.

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 20, 2013 – UTC Building & Industrial Systems, the world’s largest provider of building technologies, announced today the formation of the AdvanTE3C Americas group. This newly formed team of Experts in Efficiency and the Environment will create and market value-added integrated building solutions. UTC Building & Industrial Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.

Oct 24, 2013

Contact: Jodi Scott
Public Relations

ATLANTA – The 2013 version of ASHRAE’s indoor air quality standard contains several revisions to help users better meet its requirements.

Newly published, ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, sets minimum ventilation rates and other requirements for commercial and institutional buildings.

 This July marked ACI’s first ever Helping Hands Month, a celebration that allowed us to reflect on the tremendous value gained through past charitable efforts, and to form new relationships with incredible organizations across the country. We learned a great deal about many worthy causes, and were inspired by the generosity of our industry colleagues.