Under a national Smart Grid effort, the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association jointly are developing a standard that would provide a common basis for electrical-energy consumers to describe, manage and communicate information about electrical-energy consumption and forecasts. The first meeting on the proposed ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P, Facility Smart Grid Information Model, is on Aug. 30 to Aug. 31 at ASHRAE headquarters in Atlanta. The goal is to define an object-oriented information model to enable appliances and control systems in buildings, homes and industrial facilities to manage lighting, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.