Monday, April 22, 2019

Three Categories of Low-Voltage Systems Seen in Commercial Buildings

An award-winning sales executive, Matthew Musheno has been with Johnson Controls, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, for nearly 20 years. He joined the company as a sales engineer in 1999 and has moved his way up at the organization to his current role of senior account executive. In this position, Matthew Musheno is primarily responsible for securing large-scale, complex low-voltage systems projects, both in new construction developments and retrofits.

Low-voltage systems typically use under 50 volts of electricity. Designed for the protection of a building’s occupants, they include systems such as security sensors and doorbells in residential homes and security alarms and surveillance for commercial buildings. The following is an overview of the three low-voltage system categories seen in commercial construction:

1. Fire protection systems

In addition to ensuring people on the premises are safe, fire protection systems protect against property damage resulting from fire and smoke. Some of the most common fire protection systems integrated into commercial buildings are fire alarms and fire suppression systems. The latter may use wet chemicals, liquid, foam, or dry chemicals to put out a fire on site.

2. Sound and communication systems

Low-voltage sound and communication systems include everything from nurse call and intercom systems to wireless clocks. The purpose of such systems is to create a synchronized workplace that can easily communicate regardless of the distance between people. Not only do communication systems improve employee efficiency, but they also heighten safety since potential dangers can be easily announced throughout the building.

3. Security systems

As the popularity of security systems has grown in recent years, the rate of criminal behavior has decreased. With these types of systems in place, building owners can keep an eye on their business and track movement in and out of the building. Video surveillance cameras, intrusion detection systems, and access control systems are all part of the security system category.

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Dads of Destiny Small Group Program from NCF

A senior account executive at Johnson Controls, Inc., Matthew Musheno is responsible for meeting client expectations, securing large projects in retrofits and new construction, and managing sales, operations, and project development teams. Outside of work, Matthew Musheno enjoys spending time with his family and supports the National Center for Fathering (NCF).

Since 1990, NCF has been improving the lives of children by establishing a positive fathering legacy. This is accomplished, in part, by the organization’s many training programs, including its small group training. Currently, NCF offers its Dads of Destiny small group training program to current fathers to help them develop the practical skills they need for strengthening their family.

The Dads of Destiny series consists of three six-week courses. The first course, “Dads of Destiny,” covers the topics of assessing personal fathering heritage and learning the I-CANs (involvement, consistency, awareness, and nurturance) of fathering. 

Meanwhile, the second course, “Going the Distance,” focuses on topics such as spiritual equipping, commitment, and support from other fathers, and the third course, “Communicating with Your Family,” deals with handling problems and giving affirmations.

These three courses are designed to stand alone, but they do complement one another when taken together. Each small group of fathers participating in the program are led by an NCF-trained leader and are responsible for choosing when they proceed to each subsequent course in the Dads of Destiny program.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Johnson Controls Announces New Sustainable Solutions for Data Centers

With two decades of experience in the construction industry, Matthew Musheno serves as a senior account executive at Johnson Controls, Inc., located in Atlanta, Georgia. Among his responsibilities, Matthew Musheno develops large projects that incorporate green building solutions, including utilizing sustainable energy sources.

Committed to helping its clients achieve their sustainability and efficiency goals, Johnson Controls recently announced a new line of industry-focused products for data centers. Designed to meet the needs of data centers operating in areas where natural resources are scarce, the new products reduce total cost of ownership as well as increase water and power usage efficiency (WUE and PUE). 

The product line offers fire suppression, cooling, water flow, energy optimization, and other efficiency solutions. One of the most powerful product series includes the YORK Mission Critical Direct Evaporative Cooling (DEC) Air Handling Units (AHUs), which reduce water usage through high media efficiency and are specifically designed to accommodate phased data center expansion methodologies. Due to its innovative technology, the YORK Mission Critical Direct Evaporative Cooling Air Handling Unit provides a partial-power usage effectiveness (pPUE) that is less than 1.1. Johnson Controls' new offerings for data centers all come with data-enabled analytics as well as ongoing repair, maintenance, and operations services.