University of Idaho
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
San Francisco State University
University of Texas Dallas
Security standards for the education industry are developing on a near-weekly basis. Every incident spawns new workgroups that compete with incumbents, consortia and open source licensing organizations to set the standard of care through documents, accreditation, training and other revenue-capture instruments. The standard of care should include a shared understanding of an event, and a non-event; which is the focus of SIA-CP-01, now entering a new revision cycle.
The thermal energy requirements of K-12 schools, college and university educational, medical research and healthcare delivery campuses are a large market for boiler pressure vessel manufacturers, installers, maintenance personnel and inspectors. As the "customer" for these complex thermal systems, the education industry has an opportunity to participate in the development of the BPVC -- if it would only take it. [Comments on another batch of redlines are due February 4th]
Cord sets present the most common method by which human beings interact with electrical energy. We find them at the center of a surprising level of technical debate on their length and placement because the conditions under which they are used by the consumer determine the design and installation of the permanent wiring system governed by the National Electrical Code. [Comments are due February 3rd]
Some follow up on the 2018 International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) academic paper competition concluded last month at the IEC General Meeting in Busan, Korea; jointly sponsored the the IEC and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. First place winner received $25,000. Second place winner received $15,000. Third place winners received $6000.
Our monthly review of economic data regarding construction spend--the largest non-residential building construction market in the United States. Overall--including construction, energy, custodial services, furnishings, security. etc.-- the non-instructional spend plus the construction spend of the US education facilities is approximately $300 billion per year; approximately the size of Denmark's entire economy.
As cities-within-cities, major research universities are stakeholders in the policy template that will guide the development of town-gown infrastructure interface in the emergent #SmartCampus. We have been participants in this project since 2014 and collaborate with subject matter experts at other US colleges and universities. Release of exposure drafts seeking public comment is fairly brisk.
Many colleges and universities have hundreds of elevators; richly interconnected with passenger traffic and environmental air systems dependent upon firmware. Proposed revisions to this standard addresses the need for BACnet elevator device profiles for data sharing and alarm management among multiple elevators in a single building. [Comments are due January 20th]
ASHRAE contributes mightily to the tributary we call the regulatory "stream". Technical committees developing ASHRAE consensus documents release public review documents in 30-to-90 day intervals. Ahead of the ASHRAE Winter Meeting in Atlanta next month another batch of redlines have been released. [Comments are due January 20th]
While the whole of NFPA 72 provides a foundation for safety on the emergent #SmartCampus, we continue giving priority to the prescriptive inspection, testing and maintenance requirement of Chapter 14 where, in our view, "market-making" by incumbent interests is raising #TotalCostofOwnership. [Comments are due June 26, 2019]