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Energy Waste in Commercial Buildings

March 5, 2019 By Mid-Atlantic Controls

Researchers at MIT estimate commercial buildings account for 20% of all the energy used in the U.S. and concludes that as much as 30% of that energy is wasted. In commercial buildings, energy is an expense of business operation and the productivity of people is the real goal. Comfort and climate control are a key aspect of maintaining productivity in an office building, but what if you could…

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Upgrading Johnson BAS to Tridium or J2 Innovations

December 11, 2017 By Mid-Atlantic Controls

For those JCI BAS system owners or property managers that are interested in migrating or upgrading their legacy Johnson Controls BAS systems to a more updated and non-proprietary control system like Tridium, or J2 Innovations, the process is completely possible. This migration can produce a system that is far superior, up to date with current technology, and capable of moving forward as…

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Problems with Building Automation Systems

November 15, 2017 By Mid-Atlantic Controls

Just like any other building system or technology, Building Automation Systems are prone to aging and will eventually need to be replaced, fixed or upgraded over time. Similar to an HVAC or plumbing system, building control equipment has a finite lifespan that varies based on quality, use and care.

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Proprietary vs. Non-Proprietary Building Automation Systems

November 10, 2017 By Mid-Atlantic Controls

Building Automation Systems (BAS) are typically classified as either proprietary (closed) or non-proprietary (open). Propriety systems integrate exclusively with equipment and software produced by the company that manufactured the system, while non-proprietary building control systems can integrate with a variety of different equipment manufacturers and software platforms. As advocates for…

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What Is a Building Automation System?

October 30, 2017 By Mid-Atlantic Controls

In every industry, people often band around terms and phrases while not giving much consideration to what those terms actually mean. One such phrase is “building automation system.” How often have you heard this industry term thrown into a facilities related discussion?

For those that don’t work on, or deal with, these systems, the concept can be a bit confusing and convoluted. What is…

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7 Problems with Managing a Hotel Environment

October 19, 2016 By Mid-Atlantic Controls

Overseeing facilities management at a large hotel or resort can be quite challenging. Facility managers deal with a large spectrum of issues that are unrelated to managing a hotel environment, and many are forced to juggle a lot of responsibilities that take time away from big picture strategy and long-term planning.

In this article, we’ve identified a few of the environment-related challenges…

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Is Building Automation Right For My Business?

August 18, 2016 By Mid-Atlantic Controls

Many business owners avoid installing a new building automation or energy management system, because they either have a preconceived idea of what they're going to get or don't fully understand the benefits. Every situation is different and there is no clear solution that will fit every business.

As a business owner or director of facilities, we recommend sitting down with a few BAS…

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What Is ENVYSION?

August 3, 2016 By Mid-Atlantic Controls

ENVYSION is a visual, web-based building management system created by Distech Controls to integrate with open platform building automation systems and various building features. The visualization of building data helps management and facility managers make faster and better decisions when it comes to managing a commercial building.

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5 Signs Your Building Control System Is Ready for a Legacy Upgrade

July 14, 2016 By Mid-Atlantic Controls

From time to time it’s beneficial to update, upgrade, or replace BAS equipment, just like you would do for any other environmental component or electrical equipment in your building. All too often building owners make the decision to entirely replace their BAS System without even considering the possibility of a legacy upgrade. Legacy upgrades help building owners reap the benefits of newer…

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Does Visualization Improve Building Management?

July 8, 2016 By Mid-Atlantic Controls

One thing almost all facility managers have in common is a serious lack of time. When you manage a large facility or commercial building, there seems to be no end to what can go wrong and what has to be done.

The tunnel vision generated by putting out one fire after another can sometimes leave big picture thinking, strategizing, and planning with a lot to be desired. For many, there just isn’t…

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