Building Management

Energy Management: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

The buzz at Schneider Electric right now centers on the Paris Marathon, of which we just became the title sponsor. Many of my colleagues are training to complete the full… 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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30%? 8%? What do these numbers mean for energy efficient buildings?

Technology moves so fast sometimes that you may not be aware of the innovative software tools that can transform the way your energy system is managed and maintained. Let’s look… Read more »

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Two Trends Worth Following when Designing New Healthcare Facilities

Guest post by, Graeme Robertson, Global Business Development Director, Healthcare Solutions, Schneider Electric According to the Center of Health Design,  2 of the 10 biggest trends affecting the next 10… Read more »

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Active Energy Management: The Right Prescription for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plants

Improving the bottom line of a pharmaceutical manufacturing company is trickier than in most other industries. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are faced with several different cost pressures: improved margins, patent expirations, generic… Read more »

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Energy Efficiency Starts From Me

We are all concerned with Energy, or rather the increasing lack of it. Demand for energy is already outstripping supply and growth of demand is faster than the growth of… Read more »

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5 Ideas to make your House Smarter

You probably already have a Smart-phone, and thinking about buying a Smart-TV while you read an article about Smart Cities… go further, and make your house a Smart-home! No worries,… 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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Is energy efficiency the key to hospital financial health?

The last decade has been rough on the healthcare industry, for both public and private organizations. The global recession, coupled with rising healthcare costs, has resulted in the universal need… Read more »

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Mastering the Science (and Art) of Building Control Sensors

We all know the drill. One person in your cubicle farm is either always too cold or too hot and ends up commandeering the thermostat, forcing everyone else to work… Read more »

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Making sense of the alphabet soup: Decoding Green Rating systems

“Which green rating / certification should we pursue?” This question comes up often when interacting with customers. To quote a professor of mine from graduate school, the correct answer to… Read more »

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I Heart Green Buildings

The Twitterverse has been abuzz today with heart day topics from “How Sustainable is Your Valentine’s Day Candy?” and a Harvard Business Review “Ode to Leadership and Love.” In honor of… Read more »

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Top Ten Patient Safety Concerns of 2015

As healthcare facilities continue to grow and evolve, so do concerns over patient safety in those facilities. Though hospitals are intended to be places of healing, they also have to… Read more »

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I Manage a Green Building

My last blog was about working in a green building, where occupants see values such as easy card access to the building and EV charging station, direct interaction with the… Read more »

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The Need for Updating

Aging Facilities Part 1: Demanding Tenants Driving Building Modernization This is the first blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of… Read more »

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“Stay fit” at the 2015 ASHE Annual Conference

  The 52nd ASHE Annual Conference is just days away and more than 3,000 health care professionals are preparing to travel to Boston to attend. They will have the opportunity… Read more »

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Five Tips to Help your Campus Sustainability Program Make the Grade

While I considered a long list of criteria when I chose a college for undergrad, sustainability was never a factor. Twenty years ago, I was worried about campus safety, available… Read more »

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How connected products and services boost smart building performance

This is the third 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 two… Read more »

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Earth Rangers Energy Management Information System Demo

Below is a recording from Andy Schonberger’s, of Earth Rangers, presentation from CiscoLive US! 2012, June 13th 2012.   Ashley Baker on Google+

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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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Beware the Disgruntled Employee: How to Protect Your BMS from the Threats Within

This is the third in a series of posts on the topic of building management system (BMS) security. BMSs today are growing more intelligent all the time, with devices connected… Read more »

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Making sense of the alphabet soup: Decoding Green Rating systems

“Which green rating / certification should we pursue?” This question comes up often when interacting with customers. To quote a professor of mine from graduate school, the correct answer to… Read more »

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Meet The Edge, The World’s Most Sustainable Building

To catch a glimpse of the office of the future, check out The Edge in Amsterdam, a sustainable building that is not only a really inviting place to work, but… Read more »

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Top Three Qualities of a Good Adaptable Healthcare Mobile App

My last blog discussed the increasing prevalence of mobile technology in the healthcare field. As the usage of smartphones and tablets increases, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the future of… Read more »

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IoT in the Real World … How Can Mobile Apps Help Us Connect?

Note: This is the first in a series of blogs about the functionality and potential of custom end user apps for nontechnical owners or managers of commercial buildings. With the… Read more »

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Management Services and the IoT

My first post in this series provided an overview of the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) in buildings. The second and third posts examined software and hardware effects…. Read more »

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So you have old switchgear installed: what next?

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 regularly scheduled maintenance,… Read more »

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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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Exploring Unplanned costs of LED Lighting Retrofits

There has been a lot of discussion around the office lately about the relationship between energy management and power management. While sometimes used interchangeably, the distinction made between these two… Read more »

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Les Alchimistes Vert

The moon and the stars have aligned with National Poetry Month in April, and National Architecture Week this week—inspiring a unique contest.  If you are inspired, there are a few… Read more »

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