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The Art of Building Sustainability — April 2021 Newsletter

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Q: What is your title and how long have you worked at Colorado Controls?

A: I started working for our parent company Air Comfort in 2006, for a total of 16 years. 6 years ago I began also working for Colorado Controls, where I am the Lead Graphic Designer.

Q: Before working at Colorado Controls, what was the most interesting job you’ve ever had?

A: The first job I had in construction was for a custom log home builder. This job brought me to some of the most hidden and majestic corners of Colorado. The people that sling logs in the middle of winter are some of the most unique people that I still have ever met!

Q: If you had to choose another career, what would it be and why?

A: Making people laugh. Not sure where or what that would look like, but I enjoy reading people and trying to bring a smile that wasn’t there before!

Q: Tell me a little about your family!

A: I am married to the talented and beautiful Maddi Teto. We have 3 kids: Wyatt 11, Lucy 7 and Bella 1, which all bring their own unique ray of light to our day!

Q: How long have you lived in Colorado and what do you love about it?

A: I have lived in Colorado for 21 years now. I love the change of seasons and all the activities each season brings. Depending on the time of year, we can be found fishing, camping, sledding, hiking or just sitting next to the river with my family.

Q: What hobbies or interests do you have outside of work?

A: Enjoying Colorado outdoors activities, learning/researching whatever new topic is scratching at me, planning/participating global gaming events.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?

A: Learning different aspects of the company so that I can have a better understanding of my position. Hoping to continue pursuing the programming side of things since this skill can be implied in so many different paths of life.

Q: People would be surprised if they knew:

A: People are surprised when they find out I won the Junior Marksmanship for Archery years ago. I still like to go out and sling some arrows for the fun of it.

Q: You’re happiest when?

A: I am happiest when life slows down enough to enjoy the company of my family. The older I get the harder it is to actually obtain this! Nothing compares to warm day, down by the river, with the wife, kids and dogs. A few brief moments of serenity!

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The Art of Building Sustainability

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.

Certified open standards

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.

Secure data

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.

Integrated fault detection and diagnostics

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.

Ownership of Analytics

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.

Single-app experience

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.

Minimal waste

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.

Backward Compatible

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.

Training and Support

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.

Factory-Certified Service

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.

1 Architecture 2030. “Why the Building Sector?” https://architecture2030.org/buildings_problem_why
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