Sarah Erdman, Marketing Director
August 17, 2009
(Ankeny, Iowa) QA Graphics, an innovative computer graphic developer specializing in building automation graphic design, announces the successful completion of an Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard (EEED) for the new Finksburg Branch of the Carroll County Public Library in Maryland.
An EEED is a graphical user interface (GUI) that displays a building’s resource use in real-time by “talking” to a building’s automation system. Using a solution likes this provides details on the building’s energy efficiencies in a fast and easy to understand format. QA Graphics worked with Johnson Controls, a global leader in building efficiency and power solutions, to integrate the EEED with the library’s control system.
The Finksburg Branch opened earlier this year and is one of the first green buildings in Carroll County. The library is using the EEED to educate staff and patrons on the new building’s energy efficiencies, carbon footprint and green initiatives. The information is presented in an easy to understand format, similar to a Web site, on an interactive touchscreen to show users the library’s energy consumption in real-time. Users can also check the weather and learn more about the library’s various green features, including a geothermal heat pump, storm water management, solar hot water and recyclable materials.
Scott Reinhart, assistant director of Carroll County Public Library, said working with QA Graphics was a real pleasure. “We’re delighted with the product both technically and artistically. It’s so gratifying to see kids interacting with the dashboard and learning how we are helping our environment,” said Reinhart.
Displaying a building’s energy efficiencies or sustainability practices is a trend seen more and more in the green building industry. Using an Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard can help earn an Innovation in Design LEED certification credit from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
About QA Graphics
QA Graphics is an innovative leader in the design of graphical user interfaces utilizing 3D graphics and animation for the building control industry. The company’s solutions provide graphic design to engineering, architectural, building automation, and construction teams focused on energy efficiency education using 3D graphic design, interactive applications, graphic outsourcing, symbol libraries and LCD touch screen display solutions. For more information about QA Graphics, please visit http://www.qagraphics.com or call 888.965.3403.