Building Management

Keeping up with the Evolution of Buildings Part 3 – Buildings of the Future

This is the third and final in a series of posts discussing the evolution of building technology. We covered the major trends driving buildings of the past and the present… Read more »

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The Endless Debate: Is the Cloud Secure? – Part 1 of “Moving to the Cloud”

This is the first blog in a series of three on why and how companies are moving their building security management to the cloud. I can’t tell you how many… Read more »

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Hotel Energy Efficiency: LEED Gold Treasure in Dubai

Dubai is a city at a crossroads. On the one hand, it is an ultra-modern, international destination powered by innovation and fast-paced development. Home to the world’s largest mall and… Read more »

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Green Buildings: Why India Needs so Many of Them

The energy consumption in the buildings sector is one of the highest, and so they provide us with a huge opportunity for energy savings. In India, experts say that close… Read more »

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Keeping up with the Evolution of Buildings Part 2 – Buildings of Today

In my previous post, I talked about the technologies that transformed buildings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here, we’ll look at the state of today’s facilities and… Read more »

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The Many Benefits of a Strong Energy Management Partnership – Shedd Aquarium

What happens when you retrofit a historic nearly 90-year-old building that is the home to over 32,000 aquatic animals and nearly 2 million annual visitors with state-of-the art systems? Not… Read more »

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The Electrical Distribution System: A Ticking Time Bomb?

When was the last time you went to your building basement or to the ground floor and checked the Electrical Distribution System of your building? Or let’s start by asking,… Read more »

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Simple Ways to Improve Hospital Efficiency – 3 Tips for Hospital Facility Managers

Rising energy costs. Tighter operating budgets. Staff spread thin and asked to do more with less. If you run a hospital, these operating constraints sound all too familiar. Facility managers… Read more »

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Keeping up with the Evolution of Buildings Part 1 – Buildings of the Past

Advances in technology and the explosion of connected devices and sensors are driving a new era of buildings and their management. With that, facility managers are now under pressure to… Read more »

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Prepare Your Home to be Smart

Smart homes that connect appliances, safety, security systems and home energy equipment are a burgeoning trend says a BI Intelligence report. In the first blog, we talked about how the… Read more »

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Capillary information: where ordinary systems fear to tread

“Capillary data acquisition.” Quite a mouthful, I admit. But the concept of “capillarity” is nothing new in botany or biology. And applied to information management, it’s apt. Why? Because “capillarity”… Read more »

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How to optimize your lab’s energy efficiency without compromising its compliance or safety

The mission of a laboratory is to conduct research, but as with any enterprise, energy efficiency affects the bottom line. Faced with the double imperative of reducing energy waste while… Read more »

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GUEST POST: China at an Environmental Crossroads: Trends and Strategies – Part 2

In this guest post, we reconnect with Rosie Pidcock for an analysis of The China Greentech Report 2013. (You may want to read Part 1 if you missed it.) The… Read more »

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Adding Value to BIM

Like all things related to computers, building information modeling (BIM) has changed a lot since the technology first became commercially available in the mid-1980s. By that time BIM’s functional capabilities… Read more »

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Energy and Power Metering: Solutions and Additional Benefits

In my first post, I talked about energy regulations and sub-metering. The EU’s energy efficiency directive and the California Energy Commission’s Title 24 point to a future in which electrical… Read more »

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Energy Storage: So Much More Than Just a Battery

Energy storage technology – meaning stationary batteries – has been in the news quite a bit in recent months, with CEOs of large companies making bold predictions about how the… Read more »

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Call a Plumber…? There’s Water Dripping out of Electrical Conduits in the Data Center!

It’s summer, which is always a test for data center operators and data center design and preparedness. With the arrival of the “dog days of summer” occasionally comes an unexpected… 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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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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Decoding Detuned Reactors : What and Why

In this blog, I will acquaint you with Detuned Reactors and analyse their usage and benefits. Detuned reactors, that are three-phase inductors dedicated to attenuate the amplification of harmonics in… Read more »

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Why road shows still matter in the age of digital marketing

Sure, digital marketing and social media are twin pillars gaining steady strength in creating brand awareness and engaging customers. But it’s important to take a moment to understand that until 2014,… 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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Learn What Makes for an Energy Efficient HVAC System at Energy University

Any facilities manager or data center operator knows that cooling accounts for a large chunk of annual operating expenses. It only makes sense, then, to understand how to build and… Read more »

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Connecting the Buildings of Tomorrow to Efficiency

By 2050, over 2.5 billion people will move to cities (United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects: 2014 Revision). To accommodate urbanisation, our cities must become smarter and more efficient. How?  We… Read more »

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COP20: The Challenge to Detach Economic Growth from Energy Consumption

The need to accelerate global economic growth as a key source of job creation and improvement of living conditions is something that nobody disagrees upon. Proof of this is the… Read more »

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What your switchgear needs and deserves

The question on spending a significant portion of finances in maintenance and services of one’s installation has baffled many of us. There are no second thoughts on the fact that with… Read more »

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Go with the Flow to Select the Right Valve

Sometimes you have to go with the flow. When it comes to fluids, it’s the job of a valve to make things go or stop. But, valves do more than… Read more »

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Electrical Workplace Safety: A Never-Ending Process

Electrical accidents rank sixth among all causes of work-related death in the United States according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. Companies can take several steps to better protect workers… Read more »

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The Guestroom Energy Dilemma

What is the guestroom energy dilemma? The guestroom energy dilemma goes like this. How do you get a paying hotel guest to consider energy management? Answer: Now, you don’t have… Read more »

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How EcoXpert Companies are Pioneering the LED Lighting Revolution

The Light Emitting Diode (LED) revolution, coupled with EcoStruxure™ technology and its IoT backbone, is one of the most powerful game changers for Schneider Electric’s Light & Room Control EcoXpert™ partners, enabling… Read more »

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