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Commissioning Increases Building Management System Efficiency

In today’s energy-conscious world, considerable focus is given to reducing consumption in buildings; this should come as no surprise as they consume an estimated 40% of the world’s energy. Buildings have… Read more »

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How Does Commissioning Help You Earn an Energy-Efficient Building Certification?

We’ve already learned the financial case for commissioning (Cx), but that’s only part of what Cx can do for your bottom line. As you probably know, demand for energy-efficient building… Read more »

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Emergency Preparedness Helps Restore Power Safely and Efficiently

In the U.S., the Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and will run through November 30. Predictions for the future are that activity will be above average. Whether the… Read more »

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The Reliability Equation: Does your system pass?

Electrical Equipment: “A Means to an End” This may be some facility managers’ view of electrical equipment, which is usually out of sight and out of mind. An online definition… Read more »

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The 5-Step Process to Get Building Commissioning Done Right

We’ve already talked about the five biggest benefits of commissioning (Cx), and we’ve also explored why Cx is still an emerging strategy with the potential to be a competitive differentiator…. Read more »

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9 Reasons You Should GOOSE Your IED Network Protection Schemes

Traditionally, electrical network protection schemes rely on hardwired connections between Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs). The problem with that approach is it makes it difficult to correct, modify, or update the… Read more »

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If Building Commissioning Is So Great, Why Doesn’t Every Facility Manager Do It?

In the first post in this series, I discussed the five business arguments for building commissioning. These arguments present a compelling case for commissioning, (also known as Cx), but they… Read more »

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The Secret to Agile and Efficient Innovation

I am responsible for driving the research and development (R&D) agenda for a €27 billion global specialist in energy management and automation. My key challenge is to find the most… Read more »

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5 Arguments That Make the Business Case for Building Commissioning

We’ve all heard the statistic: Buildings gobble up 40 percent of the world’s energy — Yikes. But buildings themselves aren’t the villains; after all, they’re our schools, our offices, our… Read more »

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Four Tips to Prevent Unplanned Downtime

Electrical equipment manufacturers typically recommend comprehensive preventive maintenance and testing occur at least every three years for electrical distribution equipment. The frequency may need to be adjusted (most likely, more often)… Read more »

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Preventive Maintenance: Pay Now or Pay (More) Later

  It’s safe to say that being proactive is almost always less costly that being reactive. Take your car, for example…the cost of performing regularly scheduled maintenance (oil changes, tire… Read more »

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Break the Deferred Electrical Preventive Maintenance Paradox

It is all too common. Budgets get tight and cuts have to be made; preventive maintenance is often one of them. The problem then becomes cumulative. Next year the need… Read more »

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Energy Action: Energy performance projects of Schneider Electric sites around the globe

This blog series is about the Energy Action Program through which Schneider Electric has reduced its energy consumption by 9.2% since 2011. The blog series will focus on the energy… Read more »

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Office 365 Outage Points to Opportunity for MSPs to Offer Cloud Protection and Backup

Microsoft’s Office 365 email service was down for several hours last week, the latest big-name cloud service provider to suffer problems. While the outage may be something of a black… Read more »

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15 Energy Data Management Resolutions for 2015

Three weeks into the new year and there’s no shortage of articles on resolutions. Here, here, here and here are just a few interesting ones, though most of these are geared toward… Read more »

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10 tips to extend the life of your switchgear

With increasing dependence on computers and automated processes, most modern facilities cannot afford downtime. And, as technologies, processes and user demands evolve over time, an electrical system must be able… Read more »

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Improve reliability by modernizing switchgear in low and medium voltage networks

Do you have a strategy for modernizing or replacing your aging Low Voltage and Medium Voltage electrical switchgear? A reliable, safe, easily maintainable power network is more crucial than ever… Read more »

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The Digital Transformation Has Arrived

The digital transformation is here. There will be over 2 billion smartphones on the planet next year. Every minute, 72 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube. Over 1.5 trillion… Read more »

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Outsourcing data center operations for increased confidence and peace of mind

The ground-level expectation of outsourcing multi-vendor service contracts and optimizing data center operations is that your infrastructure will receive the care and expertise needed to operate efficiently and with minimum… Read more »

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Why Digitization is the way forward in a digital-first world

One of the most vital aspects of any business today is a transformative Customer Experience. Imagine a customer walking into a shop or a showroom to buy a product, many… Read more »

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Improve reliability by modernizing switchgear in low and medium voltage networks

Do you have a strategy for modernizing or replacing your aging Low Voltage and Medium Voltage electrical switchgear? A reliable, safe, easily maintainable power network is more crucial than ever… Read more »

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What Your Switchgear Needs and Deserves

The question on spending a significant portion of finances in maintenance and services of one’s installation has baffled many of us. There are no second thoughts on the fact regularly scheduled maintenance,… Read more »

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Save up to 20% on building maintenance and energy costs with the right strategy

Building owners invest significant resources in environmental and building control systems—for most, that means one-third of the operations budget, almost as much they spend on energy. The question is, where… Read more »

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Microgrids: Are They Mainstream Yet?

The U.S. microgrid market is expected to grow five-fold from about $8 billion in 2013 to $40 billion in 2020. To me, that indicates an immediate need, as well as… Read more »

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3 Reasons You Need to Modernize Your Power Infrastructure

Data center power infrastructure equipment has improved dramatically in recent years. But even the best and most well-maintained UPSs don’t last forever. Aging equipment can lead to outages, which can… Read more »

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The Right Renewable Energy Catch

When it comes to renewable energy, companies might feel a little like a contestant on “The Bachelor.” Like the lead on the popular reality-TV program in which one man (or… Read more »

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Ongoing Commissioning – Time that it starts to get its due!

Right from the time a building starts operating; it starts to experience wear and tear of the building management systems, which leads to downfall of the performance. This adversely impacts… Read more »

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Upgrade or Replace? The Aging Switchgear Dilemma

Aging switchgear can negatively impact continuity of services in industrial facilities in terms of reliability and financial losses. More importantly, it can affect employee safety. In addition to potential risk to… Read more »

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Top 5 Issues to Check for in Your Annual UPS Maintenance

Now that we’re well into November we have to come to grips with a fact that many of us, at least in northern climates, hate to admit: winter is coming…. Read more »

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The Reliability Equation: Does your system pass?

Electrical Equipment: “A Means to an End” This may be some facility managers’ view of electrical equipment, which is usually out of sight and out of mind. An online definition… Read more »

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