Monthly Archives: The President has called for a new Better Buildings Initiative that would reduce energy usage in commercial buildings by 20 percent over 10 years. This initiative would catalyze private sector investment to upgrade the efficiency of commercial buildings. Enhancing the current deduction for energy efficient commercial building property –which is primarily used by taxpayers constructing new buildings –and allowing a new deduction based on the energy savings performance of commercial building property installed in existing buildings would encourage private sector investments in energy efficiency improvements. See more .....President's 2014 Budget Proposes to Extend, Enhance §179D Energy...July 2013

The Great News is that the President’s 2014 Budget Proposes to Extend, Enhance §179D Energy Efficient Commercial Building Deduction

The President has called for a new Better Buildings Initiative that would reduce energy usage in commercial buildings by 20 percent over 10 years. This initiative would catalyze private sector investment to upgrade the efficiency of commercial buildings. Enhancing the current deduction for energy efficient commercial building property –which is primarily used by taxpayers constructing new buildings –and allowing a new deduction based on the energy savings performance of commercial building property installed in existing buildings would encourage private sector investments in energy efficiency improvements. See more …..President’s 2014 Budget Proposes to Extend, Enhance §179D Energy…

Existing Energy Saving Federal Tax Incentives under 179D end December 2012!

What is the 179D federal tax deduction?
Section 179D of the Federal Tax Code provides a tax deduction for energy efficiency improvements to commercial buildings. A building may qualify for a tax deduction under Section 179D not to exceed $1.80/ft² for whole building performance or $0.60/ft² for a partially qualifying property for envelope, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), or lighting improvements. In addition, a building may qualify with a reduced installed lighting power under the interim lighting rule. Energy simulations are required to show compliance with the energy and power cost savings requirements…. see more What is the 179D federal tax deduction?

“Big Data” – what is your business missing?

Intelligent lighting device data!
“Big Data” promises even more business benefits – but only if you can access ALL the data in order to determine the value information.
Much is discussed about the benefits of “Big Data” for global commercial and public property developers, owners, managers or users such as yourselves.
BUT – Lighting control solutions delivered by the traditional lighting control companies are standalone solutions with key data important to you locked in by them.  If you need access to additional data or make operational changes quickly, they control this; you don’t.
There is however a lighting solution that is significantly based on global de facto and open standards.  It leverages existing skills and knowledge whilst offering the most vendor independent intelligent lighting solution available today, providing seamless access to all the available data about your lighting systems.  Standard Bank has now taken the first steps with their $270m Rosebank project in Johannesburg to achieve this.  There are other global property owning companies now looking to achieve similar capability.
Certified elitedali for Niagara Systems Integrator Partners now deliver such solutions – click here to find one near you. If you don’t see one close by, just contact us directly, as there many more Niagara SI Partners being elitedali Certified.

“Big Data”, As a Building developer, owner, manager or user, what is your business missing?

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“Big Data” – what is your business missing?

Intelligent wireless/batteryless building control and lighting device data!
“Big Data” promises even more business benefits – but only if you can access ALL the data in order to determine the value information.
Much is discussed about the benefits of “Big Data” for global commercial and public property developers, owners, managers or users such as yourselves.
BUT – building control including wireless/batteryless and intelligent lighting solutions delivered by the traditional control companies can be standalone solutions with key data important to you locked in by them.  If you need access to additional data or make operational changes quickly, they control this; you don’t.
There are, however, solutions significantly based on global de facto and open standards that enable such seamless device data access.  They leverage existing skills and knowledge whilst offering the most vendor independent solutions available today, providing seamless access to all the available data about your wireless/batteryless and intelligent lighting systems.  Standard Bank has now taken the first steps with their $270m Rosebank project in Johannesburg to achieve this.  There are other global property owning companies now looking to achieve similar capability.
Niagara Systems Integrator Partners now deliver such solutions – specifically for lighting click here to find one near you. If you don’t see one close by, just contact us directly, as there many more Niagara SI Partners being elitedali Certified.

Sunday Times reports “Standard Bank’s Rosebank building achieves top 10 Eco rating in South Africa”

elitedali Niagara™ for DALI® lighting solution is used to control, maintain, manage and visualise 4,500 DALI light fixtures and 2,500 DALI multisensors to provide efficient and highly effective fully integrated lighting. Tridium’s Niagara web technology convergent BMS/BAS platforms are used to entirely commission both HVAC and lighting systems as well as control, maintain, manage, visualise and analyse both systems.
The entire Niagara DALI lighting solution and BMS was successfully delivered by Landis & Staefa, one of CNS’s Certified elitedali Partners in the region. Landis & Staefa are one of a rapidly growing group of global Niagara System Integrators successfully delivering such DALI lighting solutions around the world, in addition to their traditional BMS/BAS products and services.
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To appreciate this project’s business impact on the local Niagara SI Partner you should read this article

On Tridium’s stand at The Energy Event 2013, NEC, Birmingham, Hall 7/8 Stand B01, see the latest developments in Niagara™

On show will be the latest Niagara EnOcean® Ethernet and Niagara DALI® driver solutions from Niagara Developer Partner, Control Network Solutions (CNS). These solutions demonstrate how Niagara can be used to significantly reduce process, equipment, installation, energy and O&M costs when deploying EnOcean wireless/batteryless device and DALI intelligent lighting networks. To learn more visit www.control-network-solutions.co.uk or www.tridiumeurope.com.