Building Management

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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Achieving Zero Net Energy Buildings

I’m fascinated with the idea of buildings that are energy neutral, meaning the renewable energy they generate is enough to meet their energy consumption needs. Also known as zero net… Read more »

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Building Hardware and the IoT

In my first post I gave an overview of the impact the IoT (or Internet of Things) in buildings. Spoiler alert: it’s more efficient and comfortable buildings that are easier… Read more »

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Building Management Software and IoT

As I said in my first post, the Internet of Things (aka the IoT) is getting attention because billions of devices and trillions of dollars are at stake. As a… Read more »

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The Role of Device Level Control in Hospitals

You go to a hospital to get better. However, in reality hospitals make many patients sicker – sometimes fatally so. According to the Centers for Disease Control, hospital acquired infections… 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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EcoXpert: Cultivating Collaboration and Innovation

In a fast-moving global economy, businesses need to adapt quickly when there is opportunity for technology to give them an advantage. Collaboration and innovation are essential in ensuring solutions that… Read more »

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16 Best Practices for Inspecting Your Building’s Valves and Actuators

We’ve talked before about the importance of valves to your building’s HVAC system. We’ve also highlighted six energy-wasting valve problems. I think the next logical step in this series is to… Read more »

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Buildings and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is getting a lot of attention these days. There are some eye popping reasons for that – billions and trillions of them. The first is… Read more »

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Looking Ahead: Best Practices #7 and #8 for Retrofitting Your Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility

Written by Guest Blogger, Richard Parapar Throughout this series, we’ve covered six of the eight best practices for retrofitting an automated pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. In this installment, we’ll cover 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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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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How EcoXpert Companies are Pioneering the LED Lighting Revolution

The Light Emitting Diode (LED) revolution, coupled with EcoStruxure™ technology and its IoT backbone, is one of the most powerful game changers for Schneider Electric’s Light & Room Control EcoXpert™ partners, enabling… 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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Strategies for Controlling Costs for Clinics and Offsite Ambulatory Care Centers

For healthcare organizations, going smaller is big. A growing number of offsite ambulatory care centers such as clinics, outpatient surgery centers and the like are increasingly part of the healthcare… Read more »

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Top 5 Reasons Why ESCOs Have Failed to Realize the Full Potential of Energy Efficiency – Part II

Studies and analysis conducted by organizations and think tanks such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, International Energy Agency, Global Building Performance Network, and McKinsey among others have repeatedly highlighted the… Read more »

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Less Painful Than A Shot: Four-Step Plan To Optimizing Small Clinic Efficiency

For improved operations and optimized energy efficiency in many small healthcare clinics, retrofitting is required via an upgraded building management system (BMS). However, it’s not as painful of a process… Read more »

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Energy Storage: So Much More Than Just a Battery

Energy storage technology – meaning stationary batteries – has been in the news quite a bit in recent months, with CEOs of large companies making bold predictions about how the… Read more »

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