Building Management

6 Requirements for Cloud-Based Security Management – Part 3 of “Moving to the Cloud”

This is the third blog in a series of three on why and how companies are moving their building security management to the cloud. In my previous blog, I discussed… Read more »

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EcoXpert Brings IoT to the Heart of the Amazon

The value delivered from Critical Power EcoXperts Every year Critical Power EcoXperts from across Latin America get together for training and professional development, and they share with each other some… Read more »

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How digitization delivers new levels of insight into power reliability and energy efficiency

This is the second in the blog post series, looking at how power distribution systems are becoming more intelligent and connected. These innovations are needed to take full advantage of… Read more »

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Power distribution’s paradigm shift: the new frontier in operational safety, reliability, and efficiency

We’ve all witnessed how the energy world is changing, and that pace of change is escalating. Compared to only a decade ago, electricity is being generated, distributed, and consumed in… Read more »

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Coast to coast K12 schools find funding to do more with less

Across the country, many of America’s educators face similar problems: aging school buildings and a backlog of deferred maintenance, but little-to-no available funding to make the meaningful improvements necessary. Many… Read more »

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Digitized power distribution for the digital world

As I said in my last blog post, IoT really is changing everything. One area where we’re seeing a tremendous impact is power distribution for buildings. Thanks to innovative technologies,… Read more »

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4 Undeniable Benefits of the Cloud – Part 2 of “Moving to the Cloud”

This is the second blog in a series of three on why and how companies are moving their building security management to the cloud. In my last blog, I discussed… Read more »

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Power Up Your Building With These Renewable Energy Technologies

The prevalence of green buildings is growing all around the world, encouraged and frequently even required by both client demand and government policies. The net-zero energy goal being widely adopted… Read more »

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5 Ways to Fight Back Against Power Outages

Most of the time, the electrical power in your building or factory keeps on flowing. The lights stay on, computers keep working, production lines or processes keep running. Occasionally, you… Read more »

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How to make your building —whether existing or new construction—net-zero energy

Buildings presently account for approximately 40% of the world’s energy consumption, and that figure is on the rise. Experts project that energy consumption in buildings will increase substantially in the… Read more »

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Money talks. Are you listening?

We listen attentively when it comes to our personal investments – negotiating the purchase price of our homes, choosing retirement accounts, or waiting for a big sale. For most people,… Read more »

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Internet of Things: The Next Step in the Smart Grid Evolution?

There’s been a lot of news regarding how the Internet of Things will change everything.  From products like connected thermostats to connected cars and refrigerators, it seems that the Internet… Read more »

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Secure Power Beyond the Data Center

In today’s digital world, when we think about problems around power interruptions, the systems that are top of mind for many of us are information technology (IT) systems, meaning everything… Read more »

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WEBCAST: Pinpoints Key Facts about the Secure Power Opportunity

In a new audio webcast presentation, Carsten Baumann, a consulting engineering specialist with Schneider Electric, raises two salient points about Secure Power for industry and infrastructure. As moderator for the… Read more »

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Bringing Buildings up to ‘Internet of Things’ Speed

This is the fifth post in the Better Buildings Challenge Blog Series. A mere five years ago, the Internet of Things (IoT) was still just a trendy buzzword associated with a futuristic… Read more »

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When developing a Smart Grid roadmap, take the golden road

In a previous post, I mentioned that utilities need a “roadmap to success” for meeting the challenges of a Smart Grid transformation. Making this change is daunting, but strategic planning… Read more »

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Joint Commission: 10 most cited Healthcare facility standards

At my last HAAHE (Houston Area Association of Healthcare Engineers) meeting I watched a dynamic presentation by Susan B. Laughlin, FASHE, CHFM, CHSP who spoke about the most frequently cited… Read more »

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Energy efficiency – the new mark for hotel excellence and a real ROI

The number 1 key to excellence for a hotel is no doubt, guest delight. However, what is the key to excellence for a hotel operator? It’s striking the right balance… Read more »

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Should you focus on phantom power losses?

The other day I was talking to an administrator who is quite concerned about the energy waste across the college campus he manages. The example he kept going back to… Read more »

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Secure Power services: why a smooth “handover” is vital to a lifecycle approach

Commercial and industrial assets such as ships, airports, manufacturing plants, oil rigs, or hospitals involve highly specialized systems that need power protection and cooling to keep these mission-critical applications secure… Read more »

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Money talks. Are you listening?

We listen attentively when it comes to our personal investments – negotiating the purchase price of our homes, choosing retirement accounts, or waiting for a big sale. For most people,… Read more »

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Electric Vehicles & Energy Management

I recently had an opportunity to drive a Nissan Leaf for a period of four days. I was struck by how easy it was to incorporate into my usual habits…and… Read more »

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COP Calculation and Monitoring in HVAC Application

Part 1:  Basics & Traditional method (with sensor) COP stands for Coefficient Of Performance and indicates the efficiency of heating and cooling machines. The COP is defined by the ratio… Read more »

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Go Green in the City

For the second year in a row, I have had the pleasure to be a part of Go Green in the City, an international case challenge for university students. Last… Read more »

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Is Your Multi-Site Facility Managed by Cloud Technology?

Welcome to the second blog of this series! In my first post, I exposed the challenges of multi-site facility management. Resources are limited, building automation controls often simple, and getting useful… Read more »

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Intelligence, Connectivity, Efficiency – the new ICE Age in Energy Management!

Energy is needed everywhere – be it industry, agriculture, homes, buildings, infrastructure or services. Even as we grapple with the twin-headed monster of rising energy demand and ravaging carbon emission,… Read more »

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The right way to choose an LV electrical distribution panel

This series of posts presents what the authors consider as the right way to choose an LV electrical distribution (ED) panel. We will refer only to LV ED panels for… Read more »

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Four Reasons Why Energy Efficiency Programs Fail

So you’ve decided to take the initiative to achieve sustained energy savings at your organization. By addressing every source of electricity consumption through robust automation, comprehensive energy controls, and continuous… Read more »

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Metering a Bigger Requirement Under California’s Updated Title 24

California’s Title 24 energy standards have long been some of the most demanding efficiency guidelines in the country, and the 2013 updates  (which went into effect July 1, 2014) continue… Read more »

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Two Unexpected Ways Building Automation Might Benefit Your Hospital

A recent article by Megan Headley on FacilityCare’s website details “Two Big Ways Building Automation Can Improve the Patient Experience” and discusses some benefits that you might not be getting… Read more »

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