“According to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2017 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study, 71% of engineers specify, design, or select products for office buildings-and 75% of these engineers are responsible for determining the requirements/writing specifications for these projects. Below are five HVAC and BAS findings as they relate to office building projects:
Design value: Engineering firms are specifying $2.6 million annually, on average, in HVAC and BAS products for new and existing hospitals and health care facilities, with 25% specifying more than $5 million. The top revenue-generating systems include fans, air movement products, air handlers, and rooftop units.
HVAC challenges: More than half of respondents agree that energy efficiency and an inadequate budget for a good design are affecting the future of HVAC systems in office buildings.
BAS challenges: The top challenge when designing BAS for office buildings is interoperability and complementing systems, followed by insufficient budget and cybersecurity/security concerns.
Products specified: Fans/air movement (73%), HVAC controls (73%), and air handlers (71%) are the top three HVAC equipment types or control systems being specified into office building projects.
Specifications: For office buildings, performance or prescriptive HVAC and controls specifications are written 75% of the time, followed by open: proprietary (57%) and open: alternate or substitute (56%). 45% of engineers currently specify chemical or clean-agent fire suppression systems; 30% expect to specify these systems within the next 12 to 14 months. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2018 Fire & Life Safety Study ⅔ of engineers are responsible for researching and evaluating the options for lights, lighting equipment, and/or lighting controls. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2018 Lighting & Lighting Controls Study
$910,234: Average project size involving specification of air balancing, test-and-balance, environmental balancing systems. Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2017 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study” – Follow the link to read the full article.
Our partnerships are very important to us. Through our relationships with vendors and contractors we are able to customize our client’s projects and offer the best possible solutions for all their building needs.
Eleven years ago, AME wanted to purchase graphics from BASSG. From that one encounter in 2007, a partnership that included hundreds of jobs, AME and BAS Services & Graphics LLC have worked well together and have given their mutual clients the quality and efficiency they were looking for.
New Security Update and Fixes Releases for Niagara AX and Niagara 4
Dear valued OEM partner,
New updates for Niagara AX (3.8 update 4) and Niagara 4 (4.4 update 1) are available on Niagara Central.
The Niagara AX 3.8 Update 4 release (3.8.401) includes several fixes and important vulnerability mitigations for cybersecurity protection of Niagara AX systems, including, but not limited to, an important revision of the Java Virtual Machine that fixes critical security vulnerabilities.
We recently came across information regarding variable refrigerant flow (VRF) and wanted to share with you. The article, VRF Rejection, discusses safety, efficiency, energy costs, proprietary systems, case studies, updated standards and pointed out some misconceptions regarding VRF as well. Each section touched on important information for the HVAC industry. (more…)
Hamilton Schools located in Hamilton, NJ with over 20 buildings. In order to meet all their building management needs, we needed the best. By using Honeywell N4 and Honeywell Spyder Controls we were able to take all aspects of their buildings into consideration and create a system that was user-friendly, energy efficient and programmable to many different equipment types.
The New Amsterdam Theater in Times Square was a big job, but we were up for the challenge! We took over the entire building and were able to integrate their existing system and upgrade into the Honeywell Niagara Framework-based building management solution we knew they needed and would be the best their building overall.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) required a new installation and integration of three buildings at their headquarters in Piscataway, New Jersey. We were able to fulfill all their needs by using several different products which you can see listed below.
The Bernard Township School District had us come out for a new installation covering the whole district. All the controls were done by AME. We used Honeywell N4 technology and WEBS 8000 to not only streamline management of the buildings, but to simplify access through wi-fi capabilities as well. (more…)
The law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg recently called us and needed an integration of their existing Siemens DDC System and an upgrade to Honeywell Niagara. We were able fully integrate their system and upgrade the entire building including Chiller Plant, Boiler Plant, AHU and VAV systems. Read below to see what else this upgrade required. (more…)
Capital One called on us to integrate their system for their 12-story data center office space. Because we work with Honeywell who provides us with the best products available in the industry, we were able to complete this project and give Capital One a system (more…)
The New Jersey Department of Transportation had 40 buildings in need of our expertise. We were there to help connect the buildings for tracking energy consumption. With this system in place they were able to see their energy usage in all forty buildings and see how and where they could improve their efficiency. (more…)
This building required an entire base building controls install. We were able to optimize building control, maximize energy efficiency and created system that was easy to use and monitor. Because this system includes energy consumption reporting the managers of the building are now able to save money (more…)
Cybersecurity and the IoT—Threats, Best Practices and Lessons Learned bt Kevin T. Smith, Chief Architect, Tridium
“The market for the Internet of Things (IoT) is continuing to grow at a phenomenal pace. According to research from the International Data Corporation released early in 2017, the IoT market will reach $1.29 trillion by 2020. (more…)
The WEB-8000 is a compact, embedded IoT (Internet of Things) controller and server platform for connecting multiple and diverse devices and sub-systems. With Internet connectivity and Web serving capability, the WEB-8000 controller provides integrated control, supervision, data logging, alarming, scheduling and network management. (more…)
AME is proud to announce the re-launch of our company website, www.ame-inc.com. We have redesigned the entire website to create a more user friendly and informative experience for all our valued clients and partners in the industry. (more…)
Union County College recently needed to integrate their existing building management systems in six of their campus buildings. We were able to complete this project and maximize UCC’s overall building performance. For a list of all the products we used (more…)
When Rutgers called and said they needed our help with 10 of their buildings, we knew we could provide them with the expertise and quality needed for a project of this size We started with their building management system and we knew just what kind of system they needed. Continue reading to see everything we used to complete this project.
Smart students need a smart building. By linking the building systems together and then connecting the building automation system (BAS) Bacon Academy, Colchester and Jack Jackter schools have successfully integrated their systems. Read more to see how we were able to do it.
AME is proud to announce that we were given the 2018 Honeywell Contractor of the Year award! The award is based on volume, major projects won and completed, creative solutions, technical competency and the commitment to partnering with Honeywell. (more…)
The Rockland School District
The Rockland School District was in need of a quick and easy solution to manage and monitor their building automation system. By using basMaker we were able to build a customizable solution based on their unique building requirements. (more…)