Building Management

IoT: The Four Pillars of Opportunity

Recently I had the opportunity to present at 2016 IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona. During my keynote presentation “Leading in IoT with Innovation at Every Level” I discussed how the… Read more »

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Mobile Notifications Simplify Multi-Site Security Management

Facility managers and security operations staff are often bombarded with calls for from multiple tenants, across several sites, but traditionally they had no insight or control on the spot.  Now… Read more »

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But Wait, There’s More: Benefits of Cloud-Based Security Solutions

Billy Mays was probably the most famous infomercial star ever, but Ed Valenti — hawker of the Ginsu knife — is said to have coined the phrase: “But wait, there’s… Read more »

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Improving Hospital Support Systems and Facility Efficiency with IoT

Schneider Electric participated in the IoT World Congress in Barcelona, Spain recently. The 3-day program featured today’s most influential IoT thought leaders, and our very own Healthcare Solutions Vice President,… Read more »

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The Future of IoT: Our 5 Predictions

In my previous blog post, I discussed how IoT describes a world in which more and more devices are sensor-enabled, connected, and able to share information about their current state… Read more »

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Power Distribution Redefined – Part 2

Power distribution is entering a new chapter in its history. A digital age which will impact our lives and business as much as electricity did at the end of the… Read more »

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How One of the World’s Largest Aquariums Aims to Cut Energy Use by 50%

The facilities team at Shedd Aquarium, one of the world’s largest aquariums, faces the same kinds of challenges you’d deal with in your building. They’ve got to manage tight environmental… Read more »

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A New Era of Meaningful Opportunities: The Future of IoT

In my recent blog post I explored the concept how to innovate with efficiency and agility. Every business wants to be “innovative.” But it takes more than new ideas or… Read more »

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Under Floor Air Distribution Brings Faster Building Construction, Reduced Energy, More Flexibility

It sometimes drives me crazy when I hear people talk about how they’d like to be more energy efficient but it costs too much, so they stick with the old… Read more »

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The Value of Integrated Solutions When Building Controls are Vital for Animal Health

Most facility managers know what it’s like to have demanding tenants. But if your tenants are penguins, sharks, and seahorses? Then you’ve got really demanding tenants. At Shedd Aquarium in… 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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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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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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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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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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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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Cloud-connected panelboards: opening an era of new services for electrical professionals

I’ve been working in electricity distribution management systems for 25 years now. And even when I started, the mantra was “service delivery”. Plainly, ambitions haven’t changed. What has is the… Read more »

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Why the latest technologies are causing a worldwide revolution in energy consumption

Are volatile energy prices for fossil fuels compelling businesses worldwide to invest in better energy management technologies? There is a lot of evidence that suggests this is the case. For… Read more »

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How safe are your building operations from cyber attacks?

Although estimates vary, businesses worldwide lose billions each year to cyber crime, according to a report by McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The modern building management… Read more »

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Let us make the Planet Smarter, not Hotter

The International Energy Agency has come out with its World Energy Outlook 2013 projections. Each of the below imperative from the report should be  serious enough to make planners and… Read more »

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I (Really Do!) Work in a Green Building

Shan Bates’ post on how a tenant could benefit from buildings systems integration struck a chord with me. It’s probably because it is what my Facilities team has been working… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: Electricity Compared to other Energy Sources in Commercial Buildings

Compared to the 1950’s, the total electricity consumption of both commercial and residential sectors of the United States was thirteen times greater in 2013.  See the infographic below for the… 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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Do You Know the Obvious Weakness Hiding in Your Building Management System?

An effective building management system (BMS) requires vigilance, since the BMS is only as healthy as the equipment and sensors that compose them. If these devices fail, so does your… Read more »

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Strategies for Controlling Costs for Clinics and Offsite Ambulatory Care Centers

For healthcare organizations, going smaller is big. A growing number of offsite ambulatory care centers such as clinics, outpatient surgery centers and the like are increasingly part of the healthcare… Read more »

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Top 5 Reasons Why ESCOs Have Failed to Realize the Full Potential of Energy Efficiency – Part II

Studies and analysis conducted by organizations and think tanks such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, International Energy Agency, Global Building Performance Network, and McKinsey among others have repeatedly highlighted the… 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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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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