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The Paris Agreement, adopted by 196 parties at COP 21 in Paris in December 2015, committed signing nations to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. The goal? Limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, preferably 1.5, compared to preindustrial levels. To do so, participating countries aim to achieve a climate-neutral world by mid-century.
The Paris Agreement provides a framework for financial, technical, and capacity-building support to countries that need it. At Reliable Controls we’re particularly passionate about improving resilience to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition to the high level of interaction between HVAC, lighting, and security systems, building sustainability demands other technological and supporting elements that will endure over the long term. In 2019 we began promoting a concept called the Art of Building Sustainability—nine elements to help guide building owners and operators to create true building sustainability—now and into the future.
Open protocols certified by third-party testing labs ensure different vendors effectively share information and services—to interoperate as a single, dependable system. Since 1995 the BACnet protocol has delivered the promise of interoperability for building owners around the world. All controllers that Reliable Controls manufactures are certified by a third-party testing lab—BACnet Testing Laboratories. When customers see the BTL mark on our products, they can be confident the products have been rigorously tested to meet a very high level of quality and open-protocol conformance.
Perhaps more important than ever in our industry is the need for improved information security and scalable network infrastructure. Integrating building controls from multiple vendors can introduce security vulnerabilities. Reliable Controls RC-WebView® software supports a single sign-on architecture and RC-RemoteAccess® software provides secure communication through a BACnet Secure Network. These two software products help to deliver a comprehensive approach to security—no matter how many different BACnet devices are deployed.
Reliable Controls integrates real-time fault detection and diagnostics capabilities into its products, saving building owners and operators the time and money involved in implementing third-party reporting. Using existing infrastructure, our live fault-reporting technology empowers building operators to diagnose and resolve issues as they happen— so their facilities run smoothly and efficiently, reducing unexpected downtime and extending the life of their equipment.
Facility owners, operators, and managers can effectively optimize building performance with timely access to actionable insights. Reliable Controls products allow stakeholders full control over data gathering, formatting, and delivery without the burden of restricted licensing or copyright requirements—so they can quickly turn information into action while retaining full ownership and control of data.
Today’s building occupants expect to interact with their environment to control lighting, ventilation, heating, cooling, and air quality. Empowering people to manage their own surroundings fosters accountability and efficiency. With technology from Reliable Controls, building occupants can use their mobile devices to better connect with their space and take control of their environment in a holistic, single-app experience.
Today’s technology is often paired with a cavalier attitude about product life cycle. Vendors such as Reliable Controls who are committed to sustainability understand that carefully engineered designs and meticulous component selection result in devices that endure for the long term. Reliable Controls provides comprehensive repair and responsible disposal services that extend a customers’ return on investment and minimize waste—even if the products have been in the field for decades.
The way manufacturers respond to new technologies highlights a fundamental challenge in the building controls industry: planned obsolescence. For decades, Reliable Controls has countered this challenge with an ongoing commitment to backward compatibility. When we develop new products and improve existing ones, customers can be confident in a smooth transition to new technologies—without the need for third-party gateways or expensive hardware replacement.
With more than 30 years in the building controls industry, Reliable Controls is ideally positioned to deliver comprehensive technical services to stakeholders. Our online support centers provide access to dealer and operator certification training, engineering specifications, software manuals, hardware user guides, troubleshooting tools, and more.
Reliable Controls technology is supported by you—our global network of knowledgeable, factory-certified Authorized Dealers. Your company invests in skilled professionals and understands the critical factors to be successful in your local markets. Building operators and owners know the importance of local factory-certified service that delivers consistent, high-quality support and expertise demanded in today’s built environment.
The integration of HVAC, lighting, and security systems is the foundation of the Art of Building Sustainability.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s building sector is an important objective we must achieve to meet our climate commitment. Approximately two-thirds of the built environment today will still exist in 2050. Currently, building renovations affect only 0.5–1 percent of the building stock annually.1 A significant increase in renovations to existing buildings is required to meet the emission-reduction targets of the Paris Agreement.
This November 1st to 12th, the Conference of the Parties to the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26) will convene in Glasgow, UK. Funding for renovating the world’s existing building inventories and operating toward net-zero carbon will figure prominently in the conference. The Art of Building Sustainability can help to meet net-zero carbon objectives. Your knowledge of building automation systems and the Art of Building Sustainability can help empower building operators to stand at the helm of sustainability.
Let’s examine the nine elements of the Art of Building Sustainability in more detail throughout the year.