Events2HVAC Blog

By Tonya Russell on 3/10/2017 11:22 AM

When making business decisions, maintaining the status quo is often seen as the safest and least expensive option. But sometimes it is the most costly decision you can make.

By Tonya Russell on 9/20/2016 10:36 AM

Magnolia Church in Riverside, CA, recently changed their church management software, and were faced with losing their HVAC integration as a result. But then they discovered Events2HVAC.

By Tonya Russell on 4/22/2016 9:46 AM
Many colleges and universities fail to implement energy efficiency solutions campus-wide, even after proving substantial energy savings and a fast return on investment. Here is a simple way to gradually implement proven solutions across campus.
By Tonya Russell on 12/9/2015 2:42 PM
It may be decades before the average facility can take full advantage of BIoT technology. So what can you do to cut energy expenses and make your job easier today?
By Tonya Russell on 11/12/2015 1:12 PM
HVAC control systems have come a long way since the first thermostats. But in spite of technological advances, many buildings are still run as they were in the 1970s. It’s time to rethink HVAC scheduling to get the best return on your investments in modern technology.
By Tonya Russell on 9/30/2015 12:29 PM

The return on investment (ROI) for most energy efficiency initiatives is measured in years, but this one is measured in months.

By Tonya Russell on 9/17/2015 10:22 AM

No one knows your facility better than you. So when you work with an energy service company (ESCO) to improve efficiency, you must tell them what your facility needs.

By Tonya Russell on 8/31/2015 8:40 AM

Software is often used to track energy use and perform energy analysis. But the Carolina Union uses it to eliminate heating and cooling empty rooms between events – with a direct impact on energy efficiency.

By Tonya Russell on 7/30/2015 11:34 AM
Average occupancy rates for conference rooms in the U.S. range from 30-60%. In most cases, that means heating or cooling systems are running in empty conference rooms 40-70% of each day. How can you stop this energy waste in your building?
By Tonya Russell on 6/23/2015 10:04 AM

Energy auditors ask a lot of questions when performing an audit. One question they don’t ask but should is, “What software do you use for room scheduling?”

By Tonya Russell on 6/8/2015 9:26 AM
To date, 684 college and university presidents have made the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment. If your college or university has made this commitment, or if you are a contractor working with an institution that is striving to achieve this goal, these three steps can help you achieve it.
By Tonya Russell on 5/15/2015 2:12 PM

A new Events2HVAC feature allows users to return HVAC equipment to unoccupied settings a specific number of minutes before the end of each event to "coast" through the end and save energy. You can’t do that with occupancy sensors!

By Tonya Russell on 5/8/2015 10:02 AM
In the May 2015 Building Operating Management feature article on energy optimization, author Naomi Millán outlined several factors for facility managers to consider when choosing energy optimization products and services. Let’s take a look at how Events2HVAC meets those requirements.
By Brian Russell on 4/16/2015 10:24 AM

Finding funds for energy efficiency projects can be challenging. Here are seven strategies you can use to get your project done!

By Brian Russell on 4/2/2015 8:57 AM
Variable frequency drives are quickly becoming the energy efficiency standard for ventilation fans and other HVAC components. But without taking steps to maximize their effectiveness, you could still be wasting energy.
By Brian Russell on 4/1/2015 9:37 AM

There is a new 80-20 rule for energy efficiency: 20% analysis, 80% action!


By Tonya Russell on 2/12/2015 10:23 AM

How can facility managers and energy managers achieve aggressive environmental goals such as net zero energy in their buildings? Is it even possible?

By Tonya Russell on 2/9/2015 11:18 AM
While occupancy sensors work well for lighting and can help facilities save energy and money, they are not so great for HVAC control. Here are a few reasons why Events2HVAC is a better choice:
By Tonya Russell on 1/23/2015 2:26 PM

We asked our customers to tell us their primary goal in implementing Events2HVAC, how well the software helped them achieve that goal, and which features we should add to help them achieve greater success. Check out their responses for a peek into the future!

By Tonya Russell on 1/8/2015 2:30 PM

New Year’s resolutions have been around for a long time. But a friend recently told me about a new strategy for them – choosing a one-word resolution that serves as a theme for the entire year. Read this and choose your word!

By Tonya Russell on 11/3/2014 2:27 PM

Facility managers everywhere are looking for ways to cut expenses. Some of them are considering using occupancy sensors to turn off heat, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) in empty rooms. But there is a more effective and less expensive solution - one born of the KISS principle.

By Tonya Russell on 10/22/2014 9:35 AM

Scheduling your HVAC system either proactively or reactively can have a huge impact on energy use, labor hours, and stress levels. This article considers four common strategies for scheduling HVAC and their consequences. Which strategy do you use?

By Tonya Russell on 10/14/2014 8:27 AM

If you are using Events2HVAC, you are an energy-efficiency leader. As a leader, what can you do to help others succeed?

By Tonya Russell on 9/29/2014 10:00 AM

Potential customers often ask who is using Events2HVAC. Here is a “snapshot” describing Events2HVAC users as of September 2014. Would your campus or organization benefit from event automation too?

By Tonya Russell on 9/15/2014 1:52 PM
Events2HVAC has several features specifically designed to increase confidence and allow flexibility in how facility managers choose to integrate their systems. Recently, Jim Urbanski, Energy Manager at Wicomico County Public Schools, described how he implemented Events2HVAC and tailored it to his specific needs.
By Tonya Russell on 9/15/2014 1:32 PM

When Jim Urbanski, Energy Manager at Wicomico County Public Schools in Maryland, participated in an online demonstration of Events2HVAC, he knew implementation would be easy. After studying the setup manual for just one hour, he began working and in just two days he had 160 rooms setup for automatic scheduling.

By Tonya Russell on 9/15/2014 1:09 PM
Last year, Jim Urbanski, Energy Manager at Wicomico County Public Schools in Maryland, spent 20 hours each week scheduling heating and air conditioning for after-school events. This year he spends just 20 minutes to schedule two weeks of events. That is a 99% reduction in labor hours, and he isn’t done yet.
By Tonya Russell on 8/26/2014 8:17 AM
Facility managers are under a lot of pressure to reduce both operating expenses and carbon emissions. Renewables are the sexy solution -- but jumping to them too fast can cost you.
By Tonya Russell on 8/14/2014 8:50 AM

No, this post is not about breakfast. It's about a great new tool non-profit institutions can use to manage, track and compare energy efficiency projects. Check it out!

By Tonya Russell on 8/11/2014 9:50 AM

Every event deserves a comfortable environment. But how much energy is your campus or building wasting by heating and cooling empty rooms? How much money would you save running HVAC only in rooms that are being used?

By Tonya Russell on 6/30/2014 12:33 PM
Finding a way to pay for energy efficiency improvements to your building or campus can be tricky – even when the improvements will result in significant energy savings. But if you have the will, you can find a way. Here are some suggested strategies.
By Tonya Russell on 6/25/2014 11:53 AM

At Streamside Solutions, we are on a mission to make Events2HVAC compatible with as many HVAC control systems and room reservation systems as possible. Recently, we helped Mission Community Church in Gilbert, AZ, integrate Dean Evans EMS Professional schedules with their Net/X Thermostats, automating HVAC control in 33 rooms. We also extended the number of Network Thermostat products that are compatible with Events2HVAC.

By Tonya Russell on 6/16/2014 8:58 AM
Events2HVAC event automation software pulls data from room scheduling software and sends commands to HVAC, lighting and security controls to automatically control the environment in individual rooms or zones based on scheduled events. The software is helping facilities and campuses across the US save money in multiple ways.
By Tonya Russell on 5/28/2014 9:55 AM
In 2011, Casas Church in Tuscon, Arizona purchased event scheduling software to manage events. But the software was missing one key feature that the church leaders wanted – integration with their HVAC controls. Read more to find out how they solved the problem.
By Tonya Russell on 5/21/2014 9:19 AM
Energy analysts say there is a “rebound effect” on energy efficiency projects that reduces or negates the financial advantage. Rather than a rebound effect that undercuts expected savings, Events2HVAC has a multiplier effect that allows facilities to save in multiple ways.

By Tonya Russell on 3/6/2014 9:35 AM

A recent article on FacilitiesNet explored the relationship between making buildings “smarter” and achievement of energy efficiency and sustainability goals. The article was based on a survey of facility executives conducted by Siemens and Building Operating Management magazine, as well as discussions with experts in the field. This article examines how Events2HVAC addresses four key points from the survey and discussions.

By Tonya Russell on 1/31/2014 12:06 PM

We always thought it would be a forest fire that would drive us from our home. There have been a few close fires, but nothing that compares to the nearly three months we spent away from home because of the September 2013 flood in Northern Colorado.

By Tonya Russell on 1/30/2014 10:17 AM

Events2HVAC is not just for student unions. It is a solution that multiplies benefits when you expand its use across your campus. You have already made the investment in the software. It is installed and running. Why not capitalize on your investment this year by expanding Events2HVAC to additional buildings to cash in on energy savings?


By Tonya Russell on 1/28/2014 12:18 PM

Events2HVAC is spreading beyond the education and church markets. We now have our first installation at a major convention center, the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, MO. Joel Llorente, the on-site Johnson Controls facility manager, went from spending 20 hours per week scheduling HVAC and lighting systems to two hours per week.  He said in a recent phone conversation, “Like Phil Robertson, I’m happy, happy, happy!”

By Tonya Russell on 1/22/2014 1:12 PM

Convincing administrators and executives to fund energy efficiency projects can be a challenge for any facility or energy manager. But if you can present your case for Events2HVAC in the financial language that they understand, you will be one step closer to success. This article introduces a tool that will help you do just that: the Building Upgrade Value Calculator.

By Tonya Russell on 6/13/2013 12:32 PM
What is the most difficult barrier to energy efficiency within your organization?
By Tonya Russell on 6/4/2013 7:40 AM
Retro-commissioning is a hot topic right now. Everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon. But is retro-commissioning the fastest way for facility managers to save money on energy?
By Tonya Russell on 5/8/2013 7:23 AM
Appalachian State University tested Events2HVAC in 20 rooms in their student union and found that the electricity savings alone resulted in a return on investment of only five months. How much can your building or campus save on electricity, heating/cooling fuel, and labor combined?
By Tonya Russell on 2/25/2013 10:10 AM
How can a facility manager overcome the money obstacle? We have thought a lot about that question, and we have come up with two strategies to offer specifically for Events2HVAC. We have also listed resources that we hope will help facility managers obtain the money they need for effective improvements.
By Tonya Russell on 2/19/2013 2:10 PM
The Washington State Department of Ecology is using Events2HVAC as one component in a building automation effort designed to significantly reduce their carbon footprint. Oh, and they will save a lot of money too.
By Tonya Russell on 1/22/2013 9:49 AM
As a facility manager, do you want to become more involved in facility strategy, rather than focusing on the minutiae of everyday details? Perhaps you would like to make a larger contribution, but your department is burdened with budget cuts and you just don't have the time. How can you strengthen your position and benefit your institution/organization simultaneously?
By Tonya Russell on 12/3/2012 2:30 PM
Some energy efficiency professionals believe that bundling projects with a low/slow return on investment with others that provide a high/fast return is an effective strategy for saving energy and reducing carbon emissions. Others think companies should go for the “low-hanging fruit” first, and then  look for and implement additional projects that make economic sense. This article is a summary of the major pros and cons of bundling energy efficiency projects.
By Tonya Russell on 11/2/2012 9:20 AM
While sensors certainly have value in monitoring building performance, they are not be the best choice for controlling HVAC systems.
By Tonya Russell on 10/29/2012 1:31 PM
Most colleges and universities operate as a series of silos rather than as an integrated network of buildings. If colleges and universities are going to successfully take advantage of energy- and labor-saving technologies, facility managers need to collaborate with each other and with people in other departments too.
By Tonya Russell on 10/1/2012 8:35 AM
At the Honeywell Learning Center in Golden Valley, Minnesota, building automation professionals can now experience facility scheduling with all the bells and whistles. Well…fans, lights, door locks, and digital signs at least.
By Tonya Russell on 9/12/2012 9:05 AM
Managing a student union on a college campus or several buildings on a church campus may be a labor of love. But who wouldn’t want to reduce the labor and increase the love?
By Tonya Russell on 9/11/2012 10:28 AM
If you are a facility manager facing a tightening budget and an expectation of reducing expenses, how do you choose the best energy efficiency projects? This article provides some resources that can help.
By Tonya Russell on 8/22/2012 10:19 AM
Facility managers often view renovation as an opportunity to change the use of spaces, upgrade facility equipment for energy efficiency, or improve aesthetics. But what about improving processes? Streamlining processes such as HVAC scheduling through event automation software can offer a big return on investment.
By Tonya Russell on 7/16/2012 2:06 PM
What is the true value of your time as a facility manager? What is the value of your employees’ time? In order to answer these questions, you have to consider both monetary and opportunity costs.
By Tonya Russell on 6/21/2012 2:26 PM
Wayne Pearse, Director of Building Services for Memorial Unions at the University of Kansas, describes his 10 years of experience with event automation using Events2HVAC and it's predecessor, EMS Scheduler.
By Tonya Russell on 6/20/2012 8:44 AM
Potential Events2HVAC users have recently asked if they can get a tax deduction for installing Events2HVAC in their buildings. The short answer to that is, “It depends.”
By Tonya Russell on 5/29/2012 7:48 AM
What is the weakest aspect of sustainability on college and university campuses? How can sustainability be measured and compared at these institutions? The STARS program provides a framework for answering these questions.
By Tonya Russell on 5/13/2012 8:00 PM
Many institutions and facilities are struggling with scheduling processes that are redundant, cumbersome, and tedious. But this one takes the cake!
By Tonya Russell on 4/5/2012 1:40 PM
There is a lot of buzz online lately about the upcoming 2012 version of LEED certification standards, which is due to be released late this year. This blog post highlights some of the issues and discussion.
By Tonya Russell on 3/29/2012 9:21 AM
Why aren’t more organizations taking active steps for energy efficiency? This article refutes some often-cited reasons and calls for facility managers to take action.
By Tonya Russell on 3/13/2012 7:53 AM
With dumb scheduling there is no communication between schedules set by event planners and the building automation system. Smart scheduling pulls data directly from event scheduling software used by event planners, and automatically sends commands to building automation systems and HVAC equipment in each individual room, saving energy and labor. Which is better for your facility?
By Tonya Russell on 2/28/2012 10:25 AM
Colleges and universities are using green revolving funds to finance hundreds of energy efficiency projects with the same seed money. Can't other organizations do the same?
By Tonya Russell on 2/16/2012 7:59 AM
What makes it difficult for you as a facility manager to achieve energy efficiency goals? This article identifies five common obstacles and steps you can take to overcome them.
By Tonya Russell on 2/14/2012 7:57 AM
Susan Hall has peace of mind because she no longer spends hours each week scheduling air conditioning for events already in the church calendar or worries about a family attending a funeral in a hot sanctuary.
By Tonya Russell on 2/7/2012 8:33 AM
When choosing a building automation system or other equipment for your facility, we encourage you to consider systems that are BACnet enabled. Why? Two reasons: flexibility and future development.

About Us

Founded in 1998, Streamside Solutions provides software products, solutions and services for the building automation industry.


Phone: (888) 320-4277

        

Newsletter

Signup for our quarterly Events2HVAC newsletter for product updates, case studies, and energy efficiency articles.