PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - This year marks the third year for the Buildy awards program. This program was designed to increase awareness of the benefits of whole building integration and honor successful implementation and product development strategies.

"This year's Buildy winners are an impressive representation of the future of smart buildings, giving the industry a glimpse of the technologies, products, and strategies that will become a standard for integrated, intelligent, and converged buildings," said Anto Budiardjo, BuilConn organizer.

The BestBuilding Award was presented to The Boeing Co. and accepted by LonMark® International for The Boeing Co.'s commercial airplane facility in Long Beach, Calif., in honor of the most progressive building technology supporting the vision of whole-building integration. The facility is reaping the benefits of LonMark open systems with a highly integrated and ever-expanding project. The Boeing facility includes lighting, HVAC, security, fire/life safety, energy management, and occupancy in one fully integrated system using off-the-shelf LonMark-certified devices.

John McGowan, president, Energy Control Inc., was presented the Vision Award for his vision of whole-building integration and interoperability through advocacy, promotion, educational, and training endeavors. McGowan's company merged traditional energy automation with e-commerce solutions that integrate multiple systems.

A new addition to the Buildy awards in 2006, the Initiative Award honors a company or organization that has shown or launched a key initiative to enable or otherwise forward the subject of integrated and intelligent buildings. This year's Initiative Award was presented to Cisco Systems Inc. for Cisco Connected Real Estate (CCRE).

The Best New Product Award was presented to Gridlogix Inc. for the EnNET® Enterprise Server (EES). It translates existing automation protocols into languages that can be used to integrate device and sensor networks into software applications throughout the enterprise.

The Best Integration Project Award was presented to Cyrus Technologies Inc. for the Enterprise Building Management System integration project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Enterprise Building Management System is an initiative to deploy an open architected enterprise system for managing many disparate building automation technologies.

Publication date: 06/19/2006