Commercial Office Buildings

Automated Logic helps Commercial Real Estate (CRE) clients improve overall efficiency and reduce cost on energy while maintaining a comfortable & productive tenant environment. 

A Win-Win for Building Owners and Tenants


The Automated Logic solution gives commercial real estate (CRE) clients the tools to fully understand their building operations and analyze the results, with the goal of helping them to lower operational costs while keeping tenants comfortable.

Automated Logic’s experience and expertise with commercial office buildings helps building owners succeed in increasing performance and lowering costs in their facilities.

Case Studies


Bell Canada Corporate Campus
Montreal, Quebec

WebCTRL® system helps client exceed Canada’s Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB) by 35 percent.

Kemper Insurance
Cleveland, OH

ALC simplifies & streamlines control system at company headquarters.

Altoria / AMIA Tower
Montreal, Quebec

Innovation Soars at Condominium/Office Tower with the WebCTRL® system.

Automated Logic’s WebCTRL® building automation system provides a simpler, smarter way to analyze building operations and help increase efficiency, comfort, and performance. From the WebCTRL Environmental Index™ tool and Time-Lapse™ graphics to Fault Detection and Diagnostics, the WebCTRL system helps to ensure systems are operating at their peak efficiency in office environments.

We Understand the Challenges of Office Buildings


  • Rising energy costs and identifying energy conservation measures (ECMs).

  • Understanding and implementing utility incentive programs such as Automated Demand Response (OpenADR).

  • Long term adoption of sustainability (LEED, EnergyStar, etc).

  • Balancing energy efficiency with occupant comfort.

  • Managing indoor air quality (IAQ) to support a comfortable and productive work environment for tenants.

  • Meeting the ever increasing expectations of tenant comfort and experience.

  • Ensuring that the office buildings are appealing to tenants.

  • Creating an office environment that attracts and retains tenants.

  • Managing the operating budget and long-term financial future of office buildings.

Industry Leading Environmental Control

A proven, industry-leading system from the original name in building analytics, Automated Logic’s WebCTRL® building automation system provides property managers the ability to fully understand their operations and analyze the results with tools that make sense to them.

Energy Management

With tighter operating budgets, stricter government guidelines and increasing public awareness, energy savings and resource conservation have become top priorities in the public and private sectors. And with those priorities, sustainable building operations must adhere to both energy use concerns and occupant comfort.

Property managers know that saving on energy costs cannot come at the expense of comfort. Studies have linked comfort levels to error rates and productivity, absenteeism and even successful classroom learning. The key is to strike a predictable and measurable balance – and to maintain that balance consistently.

That’s where the WebCTRL® building automation system comes in, with features like setpoint optimization, trending information, thermographic color floor plans and demand reduction, it not only saves you energy, it helps lower costs — all while maintaining the optimal level of occupant comfort.

Automated Demand Response (OpenADR)

There are a number of ways buildings can reduce energy costs. Open Automated Demand Response (ADR) can help facilitate the reduction in peak energy usage and potential financial incentives related to that reduction.

Utility providers have to design and operate their plants around the highest possible energy demand. Often, financial incentives or reduced rates are offered to customers who can reduce their peak demand. OpenADR facilitates that relationship by automatically and securely communicating energy usage information from your facility to your utility provider to initiate these reduction efforts. OpenADR is an add-on for our WebCTRL software and Automated Logic is a proud member of the OpenADR AllianceTM.

White Paper: Automated Logic Corp.’s WebCTRL® Automated Demand Response Add-On


Balancing Energy Efficiency and Occupant Comfort

The WebCTRL Environmental Index™ tool (EI) gives property managers a simple method for determining both the energy efficiency and occupant comfort level within a building at a glance. This allows property managers to quickly identify operational problems and take corrective action to achieve sustainable performance.

The Effect of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) on Cognitive Performance

Tenants need to make sound analytical decisions, quickly and often in office environments. A recent study shows working in an environment with especially higher indoor air quality (measured by the Environmental Index tool) correlates strongly to an increase in cognitive function. Spaces that are better ventilated and controlled lead to dramatic increases in higher-level thinking areas like crisis response (131% increase), information usage (299% increase), and strategy (288% increase). These kinds of critical thinking skills prove especially important in office environments.

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Automated Logic’s WebCTRL building automation system provides an intuitive, powerful interface, providing comprehensive control of ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and other facility systems while also helping to improve occupant comfort and energy efficiency.

Reliable Performance and Efficiency

Automated Logic can help to increase the performance and efficiency of the equipment and systems already installed within office buildings. Increased operating efficiency of existing equipment reduces the operating expenses of the facility and helps to minimize the financial burden created by increased utility costs.

By utilizing the extensive trend data and scatter plot functions, we are able to recognize conditions, anomalies and identify the HVAC equipment, controls, and lighting system to ensure increased efficiency and operational performance.

Automated Logic’s Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD) can measure, anticipate, provide insight, and automatically respond to system conditions that are not necessarily critical, but may be trending that way – all with the goal of improved operational performance.

Metering

Energy savings is one of the most critically important aspects of building automation. Having an intelligent meter to gather information about your utility usage can help you appropriately manage your building’s energy consumption.

Taking it one step further, a building automation system that allows you to generate reports of your building’s energy usage makes it easy to analyze trends, pinpoint inefficiencies and make changes accordingly. The WebCTRL® EnergyReports™ tool not only meets all of these objectives, but does so in industry-leading fashion.


Energy Dashboarding

The WebCTRL® EnergyReports™ tool also provides an easy-to-read and navigate dashboard to quickly quantify energy consumption by one or all of the meters being monitored within the building portfolio. The Energy Reports tool provides easy validation of a building’s impact on energy consumption and helps building owners identify and prioritize the future efforts that are required.

Useful Tools


Look at your building automation system as the gathering place, the repository of all operating data and information related to your building. Whether it is temperature history, utility metering, trend data or comfort measurement, your building automation system must be able to intelligently and effectively package the information you need for management of your facilities. The WebCTRL system does just that without the need for third-party monitoring or troublesome subscription services.


SpecificationBuilder

For help with specifications, please visit www.CtrlSpecBuilder - a free online productivity tool that creates HVAC control specifications. The resulting specifications are open and non-proprietary, and include sequences of operations and points lists. There are options for BACnet and web-based controls.

This tool is based on the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Guideline 13-2000 and follows CSI MasterFormat for section 15900.

Read more about CtrlSpecBuilder in the whitepaper Specification Writing - A Productivity Tool

CtrlSpecBuilder

White Papers and Articles


BACnet to the Rescue
ASHRAETM Journal article by Larry Bacher, LEED® AP

BACnet communication protocol is at the heart of the building automation systems. This article discusses how BACnet affected the design of a state-of-the-art, 11-story office building in downtown Boise, Idaho.

Energy Efficiency and Comfort
Interview Conducted by Ken Sinclair

Steve Tom, P.E., Ph.D., Director of Technical Information at Automated Logic Corporation, was interviewed by Ken Sinclair of AutomatedBuildings.com. Read the resulting article, which discusses energy efficiency and comfort with Automated Logic's Environmental Index™ tool.

Cost Effective HVAC, Managing Energy and Performance
By Steve Tom, P.E., Ph.D.

The following paper was presented by Steve Tom, P.E., PhD, at the 2007 World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC).

Managing Energy and Comfort
By Steve Tom, P.E., Ph.D.

In this article, Steve Tom, Automated Logic's Director of Technical Information, discusses the danger of focusing on energy efficiency without regard for occupant comfort. This was the cover story of ASHRAE Journal's June 2008 issue.

The ABCs of XML for BAS
By Steve Tom, P.E., Ph.D.

Using XML, a new IT standard for data exchange, the integration of building automation systems (BAS) is common across many different industries. XML, eXtensible Markup Language, is being adopted by throughout the world and provides a standard method for a BAS to communicate with another computer.

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