Building Management

Tools, Data, Behavior: The Key to Energy Efficiency

See all GreenBuild 2012 posts.   Over the past several years, we’ve seen collaborative efforts and industry conversations lead to important breakthroughs in creating more energy efficient buildings. That is why… Read more »

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Paving the Path – Why We Need to Focus on Implementing Energy Efficiency Standards Now

I recently had the privilege of speaking at the Standards Council of Canada’s (SCC) World Standards Day celebration, an event that focused on the importance of standards-related activities and honored… Read more »

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To (the Future) Mr. President: Our Energy Problem Won’t be Solved with Incomplete Equations

Our SVP of Government Affairs, Jim Pauley, recently shared his thoughts on energy and the election with AOL Energy. His argument urging the candidates to put as much emphasis on… Read more »

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Our Journey to LEED Platinum

Earth Rangers’ Journey to LEED Platinum As you may have seen from some of my previous blogs on this site and on www.ERCShowcase.com, the Earth Rangers Centre is a cutting… Read more »

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Technology is great, but it all comes down to people

We all know that energy efficiency is the fastest, cheapest, and cleanest way to tackle our energy dilemma and that the technology exists today to identify and realize these efficiencies. … Read more »

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Goodbye, Green Buildings

I’ve been a self-proclaimed green buildings dork since 2006, when I lived in one of the most sustainable cities in the US—Seattle—and learned the joys of efficient public transportation and… Read more »

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Do Intelligent Buildings Impact The Smart Grid, or is it the Other Way Around?

We are all aware of the aging power grid and the increasing demand of energy we have today. We don’t have to look too far for proof during these hot… Read more »

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VERGE Cities 2.0 Event – Great insights!

Hopefully you managed to listen to the VERGE Cities 2.0 webcast on Wednesday 18th July. It was a great event, discovering why we are all talking so much about the… Read more »

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Questions about Smart Cities? Then VERGE Cities 2.0 is the event for you!

I’m really excited about the VERGE / GreenBiz virtual event scheduled for next Wednesday, July 18 at 8:30 am PST. Municipalities have the challenge of delivering growth, whilst making their… Read more »

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Raise your hand if you like energy prosperity

“The power just went out and I didn’t save that last document!” Does this sound familiar?  We live in a world that is increasingly reliant on energy – global electricity… Read more »

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Four Strategies for Modernizing Aging Buildings

Aging Facilities Part 3: Four Effective Strategies for Modernization This is the third blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of… Read more »

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How Today’s Electrical Standards can help Improve Safety in Existing Dwellings

This is the second of three posts focusing on addressing electrical safety non-compliance in many older residential dwellings. In the first post, we looked at the risks and documented incidents… Read more »

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Tools, Data, Behavior: The Key to Energy Efficiency

See all GreenBuild 2012 posts.   Over the past several years, we’ve seen collaborative efforts and industry conversations lead to important breakthroughs in creating more energy efficient buildings. That is why… Read more »

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I Work in a Green Building

As a member of Schneider Electric’s Green Buildings team (and an active member in my local USGBC chapter), I try to exemplify sustainable practices in my professional and personal life…. Read more »

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What Smart Modernized Buildings Look Like

Aging Facilities Part 4: The Benefits of Modernization This is the final blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of today’s… Read more »

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Green Owners

Both Schneider Electric and HKS, Inc. have had the great opportunity to work on project for a very green owner – the University of North Texas (UNT). UNT’s commitment to sustainability encourages… Read more »

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3 Tips for Driving Operational Cost Reduction in Small to Medium-sized Buildings

Current market conditions dictate that many building maintenance teams are understaffed and, as a result, are behind in the execution of their maintenance plans. Such working conditions make it difficult… Read more »

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Greenbuild 2012 Day 2

See all GreenBuild 2012 posts.   One of the high points of Day 2 was the Women in Green Power Breakfast. How many meetings start with the animated reading of a… 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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EE Global 2012

The Alliance to Save Energy welcomed energy efficiency evangelists from around the world to EE Global, what they call “the crème de la crème of energy efficiency conferences.”  Schneider Electric… Read more »

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How Circuit-level Intelligence Feeds IoT Success in Smart Buildings

This is the second in a series of posts discussing the recent report from industry analyst Verdantix titled ‘Schneider Electric Innovates To Lower Cost Of Smart Buildings’. The first post… 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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CiscoLive at Petco Park

Wednesday night brought CiscoLive attendees to San Diego’s Petco Park, across from the convention center. Cisco provided food, drink, games, and music as a thanks to its customers. The show included… Read more »

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Six Ways Running a Marathon is like Reducing Energy OpEx

I’m not a marathon runner, but I have always been awed by the dedication and ability these people have to run such long distances. Recently I told my cousin –… Read more »

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More Energy Projects in the Southern U.S. Despite New Watchdog Report

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released its 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard and states in the southern U.S. again fall near the bottom of the list…. Read more »

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BEMS (Building Energy Management Systems) Provide Critical Compliance Data to Facility Managers

Most facility managers (fms) are well aware of the environmental impact of their buildings. According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, buildings account for 39% of carbon dioxide (CO2)… Read more »

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Creating smart homes in urban spaces

In today’s ever-evolving ‘Smart’ world, everyone has a check list for smart items, don’t they? And with smart applications and appliances available at the tap of a button, we are… Read more »

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The Butterfly Effect and Smart Buildings: Arming Facility Managers with Data to Build Business Success

In a recent post my colleague brought up the concept of the butterfly effect – the idea that small events can have large consequences – and how it’s illustrated in… Read more »

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IEC 60364-8-1 – A Systematic Guideline to Continual Assessment of Building Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency has become a primary driver for the engineers and architects designing our latest generation of high-performance buildings – so, insulation levels, high-efficiency lighting and climate-control equipment and means… Read more »

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The Energy Audit: A key tool for reducing building energy consumption costs

Energy management programs have proven successful in reducing commercial and factory building operational costs. Efficient Installation of low consumption devices alone (like motor systems with variable speed drives or controlled… Read more »

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