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Even before the launch of Intelligent Buildings Today, its parent Engineered Systems has paid consistent attention to the topics surrounding the development of intelligent buildings, from the starting point of improving HVAC system performance and control. Here are a few of the relevant feature articles from the past couple of years, looking at HVAC but also beyond into the building as a whole.

In addition, you'll find a couple of pieces from past ES supplements on building system convergence, and a recent piece from Ken Sinclair, ES' monthly building automation columnist. Sinclair is also the owner and editor of, a major clearinghouse for information, insights, and interviews across the realm of the intelligent building and system integration industry.

Building Management: Moving Into The Future
By Paul Ehrlich, P.E.

This BuilConn award winner and founder of the Building Intelligence Group looks ahead to changes in technology, internet technologies, wireless, open systems, enterprise solutions, and even outsourcing/offshoring to see where the building automation industry could go next.

Graduating To CMMS
By William R. Sousa, CFM

A visit to the new North Andover High School explores the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) that helps maintain maximum efficiency for the life safety system, rooftop HVAC units, central chilled and heating hot water systems, energy recovery requipment, specialized plumbing, and more.

A Golden Opportunity
By Ken Sinclair

In a recent "Building Automation" column for Engineered Systems, Ken Sinclair writes an update on how manufacturers are beginning to meet demand for improved real-time data mining capabilities as one example of convergence on the enterprise level.

Life-Cycle Costing For Intelligent Buildings
By Thomas M. Keel, Ph.D. and Kirk McElwain

In this 2003 article, a building performance researcher and the CABA technical director investigate the difference in long-term expenses between non-integrated, partially integrated, and full-integration approaches to building systems.

Connecting Convergence
By Ken Sinclair

In our fourth supplement "Connecting Convergence," prepared for Engineered Systems, Anto Budiardjo and I identify the major trends that are fuelling the connection of real-time data to our client's enterprise.

Convergence or Divergence
By Anto Budiardjo

While the industry buzz in the past couple of years has been the idea of convergence, now is a good time to review what is really going on in the industry delivering building systems.

Building Automation: Building The Building Domain
By Ken Sinclair

A domain is a territory over which rule or control is exercised. In Internet terms, a domain is a group of computers and devices on a network that are administered as a unit with common rules and procedures. Within the Internet, domains are defined by their Internet protocol (IP) address. All devices sharing a common part of the IP address are said to be in the same domain.

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