This CABA White Paper examines the driving force for zero net energy buildings, along with examining various definitions and technologies. The paper then presents a concept for a feasible net-zero solution applied to a building cluster consisting of an office building and homes.


Project Goals: Integration of hybrid Renewable Energy, Development of smart Energy Management Controller, Storage of excess energy as Hydrogen.

Project Description: The Lambton College RECSR project is aimed at the development of an integrated modular hybrid Renewable Energy Source (RES) system with the capability of optimizing captured energy at varying production levels and operating conditions. A scalable hydrogen fuel production, and storage and dispensing system is designed to manage RES use. The captured and stored energy is used to regenerate electricity and produce alternative fuel as hydrogen whenever RES is available through specified electrical, thermal and fuel-based energy dispensing outlet.

Industry Partners: Bluewater Power, NSERC, Provincial Controls, PATON

This CABA document was funded by multiple private and public organizations and was prepared by the New Buildings Institute (NBI) from Zero Net Energy (ZNE) commercial buildings from December 2014 to September 2015. ZNE buildings have greatly reduced energy loads such that, over a year, 100 percent of the building's annual energy use can be met with onsite renewable energy. ZNE buildings are an emerging trend in response to energy efficiency and carbon reduction policies, as well as market interest in 'green and sustainable' environments. NBI's last decade of work in both building performance outcomes and ZNE buildings identified a gap of information concerning the control systems applied in these leading edge buildings. The outcomes of this collaborative research project help fill that gap and enable a better understanding for CABA, its members and the building and energy industry. The findings can help: manufacturers target improvements; design teams better integrate controls and work with contractors more effectively; and utilities identify program priorities leading to a next generation of buildings that can be on the path to zero.  

Funded and supported by: Screaming Power, Ontario Center of Excellence, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC ARD), Ryerson University, Local Utilities

In this survey study, we compare QR code and Data Matrix barcodes from different aspects such as structure of the symbols, scanning conditions, size and data capacity of the code. We also have developed software for reading utility Flat Files, extracting desired information from customer accounts and converting those information into QR code and Data Matrix symbols. The developed software can generate codes in two ways - automatically and manually - for different code sizes along with the option of HEX encryption on the data. Considering the available research papers on QR code and Data Matrix, along with the results of our experiments, it can be concluded that Data Matrix barcode is a better candidate for the purpose of encoding

This CABA white paper, authored by Frost & Sullivan, postulates that facilities managers should work with IT personnel to manage the high-tech aspects of building automation systems (BAS) and the cybersecurity concerns that threaten them and, by extension, the rest of the organization. The correct approach is to use a combination of both professions to safeguard the BAS..
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WORKING GROUP Frost & Sullivan, Pramod E.F. Dribble Siemens Building Technologies, Raphael Imhof Siemens Building Technologies, Udo Drafz