Is your high-rise building as safe as it could be? In the current uncertain times, tenants are increasingly searching for buildings that offer them a high level of safety and security. One of the critical areas of vulnerability of high-rise multi-tenant buildings is access control. A large part of establishing a comprehensive access control system is elevator access control. When buildings have multiple tenants, it is not appropriate for occupants to be able to access every floor of the building at will. Elevator lobbies and elevators themselves must be controlled to protect the inhabitants of the building. An elevator access control system from Advanced Control Corporation provides the control you need to achieve a secure, protected environment. Continue reading “Elevator Access Control Systems” »
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification to developer Foram Group for their building at Brickell World Plaza, making 600 Brickell the First LEED Platinum-Certified Building in South Florida. The 600,000-square-foot 40-story building sets a new international standard for sustainability and connectivity in office development. Designed by the global architecture group RTKL, the mixed-use commercial tower in the heart of Miami’s financial district was awarded LEED Platinum designation in the core and shell category, specific to new construction. Continue reading “600 Brickell First LEED Platinum-Certified Building in South Florida” »
Did the wind and rain from Tropical Storm Isaac cause your building to change its operating hours? If you building was empty this weekend and Monday, you wasted a lot of energy by lighting and cooling those unoccupied rooms. If you had a building automation program from Advanced Control Corp you could have overridden the schedule and turned off the lights and air conditioning from the convenience of your computer or smart phone!
The range of control can be from a basic control system for lighting and equipment switching applications to a centralized building management system to fully automatic all your lighting and HVAC systems. HVAC and lighting control can be applied to indoor areas such as offices, cubicles, cafeterias, and storage areas. Lighting control can also be applied to outdoor parking lots, garages, walkways, and signs. These building automation control systems can be incorporated as part of a new construction project or retrofitted to your facilities existing circuits.
You have the building’s HVAC, lighting, and temperature set for energy management and cost control but sometimes the weather or the occupants of a building will have a need to deter from the pre-set controls of the building automation system. Perhaps an employee needs to remain in the office to finish a deadline after hours. It is important that the building automation system be equipped to respond to those needs with the least amount of user/operator effort. Tenants can schedule overrides affective same day, or future dated.
The smart building automation software that is used by Advanced Control Corporation analyzes energy use to provide energy savings and still maintain the comfort of the inhabitants. In addition, it has the capacity to receive, store and analyze metering and sensor data provided to optimize and track energy use. With building automation from Advanced Control you and your tenants have the capability to override HVAC, lighting, and temperature controls from your computer or smart phone. Our telephone based override system is compatible with any touch-tone telephone, and has a user-interface that is easy to operate. Advanced Control’s complete building automation solution will give you total control of your structure, if you are on the grounds or away.
Contact Advanced Control Corporation today and let one of our specialists customize a program for your building. Advanced Control provides building automation in South Florida, as well as energy management, access control, CCTV solutions and more. For more information, call 954-491-6660 today.
Building automation systems market will grow continue to grow globally and is expected to reach a total market value of more than $36 billion by 2015 according to a new market analysis by ABI Research. Recessions always bring a re-evaluation of energy management and calls for new ways to ensure organizations and nations use energy more efficiently. The same is true in the latest downturn and it is driving significant interest and activity in the market for building automation systems.
Energy use within commercial buildings has been growing year-on-year for decades and now accounts for up to 20% of national energy consumption in many developed countries. Worldwide, buildings consume approximately 42% of all electricity, surpassing any other asset. This makes it a prime target for energy efficiency and environmental measures. To achieve sustainable energy consumption levels, it is essential that appropriate and effective building management systems be employed. These building automation systems must include applications such as HVAC and lighting controls.
Building automation technology by Advanced Control Corporation provides industry-leading HVAC technology. Temperature control through the proper building automation system is an ideal way to lower energy consumption by insuring that each area is accurately monitored and maintaining the specified set points. The smart building automation software that is used by Advanced Control Corporation analyzes energy use to provide energy savings and still maintain the comfort of the inhabitants. In addition, it has the capacity to receive, store and analyze metering and sensor data provided to optimize and track energy use.
Advanced Control also has the technology to help you increase your building’s electricity efficiency and lower your costs with lighting control. The range of control can be from a basic control system for lighting and equipment switching applications which are ideal for use in facilities where time-of-day control is being managed from a time clock or centralized building management system to a fully automatic lighting control for all of your facilities lighting circuits. These lighting control systems can be incorporated as part of a new construction project or retrofitted to your facilities existing lighting circuits to allow all types of buildings to have the efficient control of the lighting circuits.
Call Advanced Control Corporation today and let one of our energy experts customize a building automation system for your company. Advanced Control provides building automation in South Florida, as well as energy management, access control, CCTV solutions and more. For more information, call 954-491-6660 today.
As the elections season begins, tax reform is quickly becoming a national focus. With support from both the democrats and republicans legislation should be introduced next year. Simplifying the tax code and eliminating many credits and deductions should be on tap. Tax reform provides us with an opportunity to remove barriers to efficiency investments imbedded in the current tax code and to use the tax code as a tool to support more efficient energy management in the future more than current provisions do.
ACEEE, American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy has begun laying the groundwork for tax reform and energy efficiency with a series of papers. This week they released the second in the series entitled Modifying How Energy Costs Are Treated for Business Tax Purposes in Order to Remove Barriers and Increase Energy Efficiency.
Currently the tax code does not encourage real energy savings by businesses. Since energy bills count as a business expense and are subtracted from the total amount of taxable income, effectively, the federal government is typically “paying” 25% of business energy costs (based on the average effective business tax rate of about 25%). Subsidizing energy costs enables higher energy consumption.
When a firm makes capital investments, these expenses must be depreciated, meaning they are only recovered gradually. In the meantime the firm must carry the un-depreciated value on its books, which can reduce the incentive to make investments.
ACEEE suggests that the tax code should be structured to encourage businesses to reduce energy consumption instead of encouraging energy waste. They suggest three new ways to treat business energy costs in the tax code. The first way would shift business taxes to focus on income, not expenses as the federal income tax does. Tax 3-4% of the revenue instead of the current tax that taxes the profits at about 25%. The second approach is also simple it would eliminate deductibility for just energy costs, although partial deductions would still be allowed for firms with very high energy costs as a percent of revenues, in order to not put these firms at a disadvantage in international trade. The third, more complicated, approach would reward businesses that operate with below-average energy costs relative to the average in their industry, while penalizing businesses that consume large amounts of energy. The paper included examples to illustrate how each of these options might work.
The options presented in this paper would reduce the need for specialized tax incentives currently in place energy efficiency while simplifying the tax code. The ACEEE realizes that tax code reform is not all about energy efficiency but feels we should use the code to encourage business to improve their energy management systems.
Advanced Control can help your business reduce its energy consumption right now! As a leader in building automation, access control, system integration and CCTV systems and service in South Florida, Advanced Control has the expertise to get your company energy efficient. If you are interested in improving your energy management system, contact our specialists today at 954-491-660.