Energy Management/Energy Efficiency

4 Ways DCIM Can Help Conserve Energy

Everyone wants to run an energy efficient data center but too often companies take a few steps to trim their energy use, pat themselves on the back and leave it… Read more »

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Learning the ABCs of Building Controls

Ever been working late at your office building and notice how the whole building’s atmosphere seems to change after 6 p.m.? Everything gets just a little bit darker and quieter—and… Read more »

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Data Center Location: Balancing Energy Costs with Local Data Legislation Part 2

    At the recent Data Centres Europe 2012 conference, Aaron Davis, CMO of Schneider Electric gave a keynote address about energy and the issues faced by the data center… Read more »

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Get Big Savings in Energy Efficiency from Building Commissioning

Nearly every building has some sort of performance problems. Design flaws, construction defects, malfunctioning equipment and a host of other problems can lead to serious issues such as equipment failure,… Read more »

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A Final Word for 2012 – Christmas is a Time for Giving in the Data Center Too!

I was talking with Soeren Brogaard-Jensen at London’s DatacenterDynamics Converged conference at the end of 2012 about Data Center Genome project which was announced during the show. The first and… Read more »

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Does Warmer Mean Savings for Data Centers?

Data centers continue to come under scrutiny for the level of energy they use. That only makes sense, because these huge data centers need to continue running the air conditioning… Read more »

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Executive take: the OpEx Opportunity Remains Strong

If you’re wondering when the economy will return to high-growth in capital expenditures for building automation, data center infrastructure, and other products needed during boom times, you may be overlooking… Read more »

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How to Save Money and Improve Working Conditions: Pay More Attention to Lighting

Lighting is a topic most facilities managers apparently don’t pay enough attention to, at least according to the National Lighting Bureau. In a study from 2003, the NLB found that… Read more »

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Intel and Schneider Electric: ITaaS is No Gamble at Gartner’s Las Vegas Data Center Event

Gartner’s Data Center Conference 2012 (2nd – 6th December 2012, Las Vegas Nevada) looks like it’s going to be a stimulating couple of days in the desert. What I like… Read more »

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Harmonizing Global Metrics for Data Center Energy Efficiency

A pivotal tool of modern business and government is the advanced data center.  You want the data center to be advanced, to have capabilities to deliver all the tools of… 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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Paris COP-21: The Time to Commit and Act has Come!

The COP-20, and its “Lima Call for Climate Action” joint declaration, left mixed feelings on me. On one hand, it kept the goal of limiting global warming to less than… 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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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 2: Enclosure Location, Fixing and Cable Entry

The importance of determining the protection classifications discussed in the last post will now become clearer as it becomes a major factor in the next phase, avoiding degradation of the… Read more »

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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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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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ISO 50001 Offers Energy-Efficiency Compliance and Environmental Certification in One Program

Today’s building owners are facing increasing pressure to make their facilities operate more efficiently on multiple fronts. Certainly, energy prices remain high in many regions and are a primary driver… Read more »

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Residential Energy Reduction Requires Changing Customer Behavior

At the core of any utility demand response (DR) or energy efficiency (EE) program is one simple fact: good results depend on changing people’s behavior. That’s a challenge, because habits… Read more »

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The Innovation Game in Which Industry Scores Big: Part 2

Part 2: The wonder of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) Last week, I mentioned that Schneider Electric’s open innovation playing field is not unlike soccer – a sport I loved… 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 Smart Grids Will Reach Their Potential: An Interview – Part 1

Smart grids are the future for utilities. Their many benefits include improving reliability and efficiency, increasing flexibility, and allowing utilities to better integrate renewable resources. In this interview with Edifícios… Read more »

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Safety Certification is Key to Nuclear Power Expansion

Despite high-profile accidents, that remain fresh in the minds of people all over the world, the advantages of nuclear power are hard to ignore. It’s efficient. It’s reliable. Plants require… Read more »

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Utilities Must Digitize to Transform and Perform

Power markets are being redefined. Solar and storage will eventually reach grid parity almost everywhere. It is only a matter of time. When they do, the mass deployment of distributed… Read more »

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The Innovation Game in Which Industry Scores Big: Part 2

Part 2: The wonder of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) Last week, I mentioned that Schneider Electric’s open innovation playing field is not unlike soccer – a sport I loved… Read more »

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Learn how to make your facility talk to you

It can be as quick and simple as a text message. It’s a text message sent to you from your facility’s hardware and its process systems. Sound futuristic? It is…. Read more »

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Schneider Electric Wins Gigaton Award

As we all turn our calendars over to a new year, the motion picture industry’s award season is about to pick up momentum. Soon, media outlets will be inundated with… Read more »

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Supply Chain Solutions at StocExpo 2013

At the recent StocExpo, held 19-20 March in Antwerp, Belgium, supply chain solutions were a central focus, and for good reason. Today’s supply chain solutions can deliver consolidated fuel supply… Read more »

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Innovative Cooling Technologies Keep Data Centers Safe at Higher Temperatures

As increased computer-power density generates more heat, facility managers are looking to innovative cooling technologies to keep their equipment safe when data centers run at higher temperatures. A comparatively new… Read more »

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Top ten reasons to visit the 2014 Solar Decathlon Competition in Versailles

In my previous post, you learned that the 2014 Solar Decathlon competition is a unique competition in which teams from 20 universities around the world are asked to design, build, and operate solar-powered… Read more »

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Hospital Emotional Intelligence: Is it Possible?

The first day of the ASHE Annual Conference has come to a close. The morning started off with ASHE President, Philip C. Stephens’, MHA, CPE, CHFM, FASHE keynote speech and… Read more »

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