NEMA ei June 2017 - 7

LOOKING INTO BUILDING SYSTEMS FEATURE

According to various studies, we spend as much as 90
percent of our time inside buildings. Thus, designing
and building great spaces that incorporate the latest
technologies and last for many years should be
the emphasis.
Residential, commercial, and industrial building
designs are moving toward state-of-the-art
environments that maximize functionality,
convenience, and efficiency. Responsive and timely
installation codes, product standards, and building
systems design are prerequisites for facilitating
and expediting market growth and employing new
technologies in the intelligent and connected buildings
space. Collaboration among all stakeholders-investors,
developers, architects, designers, builders, contractors,
building code officials, and users-must take place
during the early development planning stages.

Building Smart
Computer-based building management and building
automation systems monitor and control mechanical
and electrical equipment as well as a building's
internal functional systems. Automated building
systems can control HVAC and announce emergency
situations when they are interconnected with lighting,
for example.
These systems can be connected to other technologies.
Energy storage devices have the capacity to store
energy generated from renewable sources, such as
rooftop solar panels, that may be used at a later time to
power smart buildings. Stored energy may also provide
backup power during utility outages (eliminating the
need for diesel generators), or may even be sold back to
the utility.

Diagram of sustainability strategies. Courtesy of Eaton

Adding Value through ESPCs
As energy efficiency gains increasingly more attention on local, national, and international
fronts-often enabled and assisted by NEMA member products-many companies are
opening business arms related to efficiency or founding new efficiency-minded businesses. The
prime example of this is the Energy Service Company (ESCO) model where business is generated
in servicing, improving, and monitoring a building or facility or municipal power grid.
A favored vehicle to undertake capital improvements such as these is through an Energy Savings
Performance Contract (ESPC) whereby the business performs retrofitting and improvements
for no charge, and in turn is awarded a percentage of the operating funds saved by the facility
owner post-completion over a designated period of time.
ESPCs are attractive to federal agencies because they increase efficiency and thereby reduce
their energy costs using private sector funding and expertise. Using an ESPC eliminates the need
for appropriated dollars for equipment replacement and for operations and maintenance of the
energy-using equipment.

Continued on page 8

Secure the Chain
High-performance buildings rely on a secure supply
chain. Protecting the integrity of the supply chain
throughout a product's lifecycle is addressed in
NEMA CPSP 1-2015 Supply Chain Best Practices.
As opposed to being an all-inclusive document, CPSP
identifies best practices that vendors can implement
as they develop, manufacture, and deliver products as
part of the supply chain.

For each phase of the product lifecycle, the following
information is provided:
* Identification of threats and their relevance
* Analysis to determine implications
* Recommendations that electrical equipment and
medical imaging manufacturers should incorporate
Download CPSP 1-2015 on the NEMA website.

www.nema.org

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NEMA ei June 2017

Comments from the Chairman
Views
Electric News
Looking Ahead for Building Systems
Adding Value through ESPCs
Energy Benchmarking Equals Energy Savings
Case Studies: NEMA Members Go Big on Innovation
Shining a Light on PV Wire
Advocacy
Code & Standards
International
Business Analytics
Spotlight
NEMA ei June 2017 - Cover1
NEMA ei June 2017 - Cover2
NEMA ei June 2017 - 1
NEMA ei June 2017 - 2
NEMA ei June 2017 - Comments from the Chairman
NEMA ei June 2017 - Views
NEMA ei June 2017 - Electric News
NEMA ei June 2017 - Looking Ahead for Building Systems
NEMA ei June 2017 - Adding Value through ESPCs
NEMA ei June 2017 - Energy Benchmarking Equals Energy Savings
NEMA ei June 2017 - 9
NEMA ei June 2017 - Case Studies: NEMA Members Go Big on Innovation
NEMA ei June 2017 - 11
NEMA ei June 2017 - 12
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NEMA ei June 2017 - 14
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NEMA ei June 2017 - 17
NEMA ei June 2017 - Shining a Light on PV Wire
NEMA ei June 2017 - 19
NEMA ei June 2017 - Advocacy
NEMA ei June 2017 - Code & Standards
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NEMA ei June 2017 - International
NEMA ei June 2017 - Business Analytics
NEMA ei June 2017 - Spotlight
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