Building Management

CiscoLive! US Begins

Registration opened late yesterday at the San Diego Convention Center but it was Sunday that saw the influx of attendees as the first sessions were hosted in the morning. Cisco Staff… Read more »

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Role of Stakeholders in the Development of Green Buildings Market in India

In this second installment of our three part series, we will discuss the role of different stakeholders in the development of the market for green buildings in India. Certain banks… Read more »

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The Living Building Challenge – Moonshot or Mainstream?

I believe in moonshots. Super-stretch goals. Bigger Games and BHAGS.  That’s why the Living Building Challenge caught my attention a few years ago – because it has the power to… 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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What is the Square Footage per Accredited Professional for your Green Building Rating System?

In this three part series, the Energy Efficiency Influence Team at Schneider Electric India will discuss possible bottlenecks impacting the growth of the green building market in India. In the… 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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Energy University—Free Education!

  Looking for ways to improve energy efficiency measures in your organization or building? Need to do this without substantial cost increases? If so, you should explore Energy University, a… Read more »

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Connecting Shenzhen VIPs to Boston’s Genzyme Center SME – priceless

Just over a week ago, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a visit to Genzyme Center for a delegation of 15 officials and business professionals from Shenzhen, including Vice Mayor Mr.Tang… 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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Should we abolish Earth Day? That’s absurd.

I was sitting in a conference room last week discussing our upcoming blog topics, and I was asked if I could write a blog entry on Earth Day or Earth… Read more »

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For Innovative Solutions, You Need a Broad Product Portfolio

Previously, I’ve talked about the Internet of Things and how it, along with a digital hub, leads to building energy management systems (BEMS) that enable improved connectivity and efficiency, physical… Read more »

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The BEMS Vendor Shopping List Part 2: Top 5 Execution Questions

The number of players participating in the building energy management systems (BEMSs) marketplace is growing at a rapid pace. Some of these players have been around for years, while others… 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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Choosing LED lighting for enclosures: 6 important features

In the quest for improved energy efficiency and lower energy costs, most parts of the globe have begun adopting LED technology. And the trend shows no sign of abating. A… Read more »

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CiscoLive!, The World of Solutions Opens

CiscoLive! really started to pick up today with the majority of attendees arriving. Early morning shuttles were packed, as were the registration and dining areas. Attendees lined up 30 minutes early for the… 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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Earth Day 2012

Earth Day 2012 is this upcoming Sunday April 22nd, and I am celebrating it with two activities here in Dallas. The first is Earth Day Dallas. The planning committee is hoping… Read more »

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Wednesday at CiscoLive: The Cloud, Security, and EnergyWise™

Wednesday threatened rain early in San Diego but the weather looked up, slightly overcast by conference time. Again, attendees lined up over 30 minutes early for the highly anticipated keynote… 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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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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Proposition 39 Funds Not Meeting Your District’s Needs? Time to Apply Some Leverage

Faced with a lot of needs, and not a lot of money, the Fullerton School District needed some leverage. The needs were particularly acute in the District’s Parks Junior High… Read more »

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How Electrical Contractors Can Benefit From BIM Now

In previous posts we presented an introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM), how it has brought building and facility projects into the computer age, and what it has to do… Read more »

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The Internet of (Every) Thing Pumps Up Building Energy Management Systems

My last post in this series on the emergence of building energy management systems (BEMS) looked at the digital hub – arguably the most essential component in a smarter building…. 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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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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Why application-specific controllers are changing the playing field for zone-level control

In a commercial building, if rooms are too hot or dimly lit, people are less likely to be productive. Seems like a stretch, but it’s true. The way people feel… Read more »

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Maintenance Programs Add Real Business Value

When evaluating the business gains and risks associated with an increasingly critical power infrastructure, decision makers often need to quantify the value of maintenance services, just as they would any… Read more »

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Denison University F.W. Olin Science Hall’s Energy Efficiency Transformation

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation’s higher education institutions spend almost $14 billion annually on energy – and those costs are expected to climb. Coupled with constrained… Read more »

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Non-Critical Buildings…Critical Information

Power management is essential in critical buildings such as data centers or hospitals where data and lives are kept safe…but what can a power management system bring to a non-power… Read more »

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Building Insights Gets Bronze: Solution Honored by Plant Engineering Magazine

By March, the film awards season has come to a close; the glamorous gowns are hand me downs and red carpets have been rolled up. For us, awards ‘season’ recently… Read more »

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