Building Management

The Internet of Things and Device Level Control

The Internet of Things, or IoT, has been getting a lot of attention. That’s understandable since forecasts call for there soon to be tens of billions of connected devices. The… Read more »

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Data, Development, and Documentation: Best Practices #3 and #4 for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Retrofit

Written by Guest Blogger, Richard Parapar In our last blog, we provided an introduction to the first two of eight best practices for effectively retrofitting manufacturing systems in a pharmaceutical… 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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Building Automation in Retail: Cost Savings Are Only the Beginning!

Building Automation in Retail: Cost savings are only the beginning! Retailers worry about energy costs, and no wonder. In the U.S., the retail industry spends more on energy than any… 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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Getting Started: Best Practices #1 and #2 for a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Upgrade Project

Written by Guest Blogger, Richard Parapar It’s hard to address flaws in an existing system if you don’t know what they are. And the more information that a facility has… Read more »

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Healthcare Microgrids Evolve from Backup to Part of the Energy Value Chain

Hospitals are often pillars of the communities they serve. And, while the welfare of patients, safety of staff and comfort of visitors remain top priorities, today, leadership extends beyond healthcare… 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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Securing Power and Control: The Problem and Attack Vectors

Electricity is taken for granted. Lights illuminate when we flip a switch. Turn up the thermostat and the house warms up. In the recent past a power failure could mean… Read more »

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Genentech: How One Company Made Retrofitting Work

Written by Guest Blogger, Richard Parapar Genentech is a pharmaceutical company best known for their groundbreaking cancer treatments. Their CCP1 facility— that is, their first large-scale cell culture production facility—… Read more »

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What is the answer for Healthcare security today, with crime on the rise?

The rise of crime and violence is hospitals is staggering. 91% of all reported crimes in US Hospitals in 2010 had doubled since the last survey in 2004 by the… Read more »

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The Next Age: The 20,000 Ft. View from the Schneider Influencer Summit

In today’s world, it’s easy to focus on the immediate challenges we see before us. Troubles in the Middle East. Tensions rising in Eastern Europe. Viruses we thought we had… Read more »

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Protecting the Network Edge in an Internet of Things Environment

In my last post I wrote about the need to supply backup power to various elements that make up an Internet of Things (IoT) environment, and how the IoT should… Read more »

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(Re)charge the World – with your House

Since I was a child, one of my favorite dreams was about time travel. Much to the chagrin of my history teacher, I was not interested in the past: I… Read more »

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How can an integrated healthcare infrastructure improve patient safety?

The statistics are staggering: According the World Health Organization, 1 in 10 patients is harmed while receiving care in even the most advanced hospitals. The National Center for Missing and… Read more »

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How can you leverage “big data” for energy savings?

Energy efficiency has been in the spotlight for decades, particularly in regard to buildings, which today account for 42% of the world’s energy use.  Facility managers rely on building management… Read more »

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The Internet of Things Provides the Opportunity to Achieve Global Sustainability Now

Take a look at these numbers. 1.3 billion – that’s the number of people in the world today who don’t have access to electricity. 30% – this number represents the… Read more »

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Trends in Utilities Part 1: Internet of Thing (IOT) is coming…Are you ready for it?

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) took place early in January and there is a lot of buzz about Home Automation. Being a long-time bit of a geek myself in this… Read more »

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The central control room in 5 basic disciplines

A central control room is the dream of any intensive operation: The desire to have in a single location,  several remote operations and the ability to take business decisions. But… Read more »

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Energy efficiency – the new mark for hotel excellence and a real ROI

The number 1 key to excellence for a hotel is no doubt, guest delight. However, what is the key to excellence for a hotel operator? It’s striking the right balance… Read more »

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Proof! Room controllers make cutting energy waste in office buildings possible and attainable

Office Energy Waste Reduction: Fiction or Reality It isn’t only in the fictional offices of Dunder Mifflin that people waste energy. Research has shown that this costly phenomenon is happening… 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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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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The best hospitals are safe hospitals

By far, clinical excellence lies at the core of world-class hospitals; however patient safety and hospital reputation also plays an important role, as indicated in U.S. News’ recent ranking of… Read more »

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Minimizing Data Center Downtime Caused by Human Error

Despite all of the growing sophistication of today’s buildings and the systems that keep them operating, the majority of interruptions don’t come from equipment failure but human error. While data… Read more »

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Reducing Water Consumption = Reducing Energy

Most facility managers primarily think about energy efficiency as managing electrical use in appliances and devices, but many never realize that water consumption has a direct relationship with energy consumption…. Read more »

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Solved: 6 Energy-Wasting Building Control Valve and Actuator Problems

In my previous post, I talked about how many facility managers do not perform a detailed review of their building control valves and actuators, despite the critical role these devices… Read more »

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Secure Your BMS: Follow These Password Best Practices

In my last post I explained why, as building management systems (BMSs) become more intelligent and connected, it’s incumbent on facilities managers to ensure they are properly secured. Because the… Read more »

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