Building Management

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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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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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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CiscoLive! US 2012 Comes to an End

CiscoLive! US came to a close Thursday, the first beautifully sunny day this week amidst milder temperatures. The ending keynote featured the overwhelmingly attendee demanded Mythbusters. The inspiring talk from… Read more »

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CiscoLive! US a Look Back

“Nothing is future proof but with leadership and values like this it is as close as you can be,” said Cisco CEO, John Chambers in his keynote presentation. Cisco’s innovation, technology… Read more »

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CiscoLive! US 2012 Comes to an End

CiscoLive! US came to a close Thursday, the first beautifully sunny day this week amidst milder temperatures. The ending keynote featured the overwhelmingly attendee demanded Mythbusters. The inspiring talk from Adam Savage… 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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Development of Green Buildings Market in India – Part III

We conclude our three part series on the development of the market for green buildings in India by discussing two of the key initiatives taken by Schneider Electric in India… 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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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 Collaboration Can Make Buildings Greener and Better

Collaboration has always been part of my DNA, from my early days as big sister; gathering the cousins around my brand new cassette tape recorder in Grandma’s bedroom on Christmas day… Read more »

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Benefits of IT and FM Cooperation Are Real and Crucial

The need for cooperation between the facilities and IT departments in ongoing data center maintenance and upgrades isn’t just a good thing. It’s a necessary one. Changes in data center… Read more »

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Facility Managers- Hardworking Multitaskers…or Superheroes…you decide

It might be my lifelong love of comic books talking, but I am starting to believe that my building’s facility manager is truly a super hero. By day, her alter… 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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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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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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Trends in Device Level Control: Sensors in School

You may have a class reunion coming up. Or maybe you’ve just been to one. Something that everyone notices at any reunion – if enough time has passed since the… 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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INFOGRAPHIC: How efficient is your organization?

Moving towards optimal efficiency starts with awareness.  Do you know how efficient your organization is? Using the free Efficiency Quotient Report is a great way to kick start your benchmarking… Read more »

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Clouding the issue: centralized multi-functional device management

  Panel boards in buildings’ power distribution systems comprise a whole lot of devices – circuit breakers, fuses, sensors, meters, switches, motors, you name it. And those devices have to… Read more »

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Save More Energy by Turning Off Power Receptacles

Did you know that next to lighting, plug load equipment is the highest consumer of electrical power in a building? And plug load consumption continues to grow as more electronic… Read more »

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We Have the Tools to Fight Climate Change

Recently at Fortune’s Brainstorm E event in Austin, I was asked about the upcoming United Nations COP21 summit. Should businesses worry about it? Can we ignore it? My position on… Read more »

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Designing for the Seismic Environment; Advice for Architects and MEP Design Professionals – Part 1.

Following on from my last blog where I considered earthquakes as the real weapons of mass destruction in the developing world, I wanted to offer some real world thoughts to… Read more »

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Is Your Building IoT Ready?

Have you heard this one before? According to Gartner Research, there will be 20.8 billion connected objects by 2020. That’s more things than people on earth. Why does nearly every… Read more »

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Securing Power and Control: Solutions

As stated in my previous post, the threat of cyber-attacks on power and control systems is growing.  One factor is the wider proliferation of attack tools and techniques.  Aging power… 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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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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Greenbuild 2012 Day 3 [part 1]

This is part one of two, summarizing the Final Day of Greenbuild 2012. California Governor Jerry Brown kicked off the Greenbuild 2012 closing plenary. His speech was emphatic and impassioned. He… Read more »

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