Sustainability

Why venture capitalists see gold in energy management software

We all know about the global energy dilemma—by 2050 energy demand will double and so we must cut CO2 emissions by half. People understand that by hitting this target it… Read more »

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Hotel Genius

I like to think of myself as a frequent traveler: more than 35 countries visited, at the top of a few airline status lists, and with a fail-safe packing strategy…. Read more »

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Importance of Measuring Energy Use

When the monthly utility bill comes, the CFO simply sees is another bill to be paid. Energy is just another operating expense…or is it? An increasing number of international companies… Read more »

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What is Smart Grid? Distributech wants to know.

The just concluded Consumer Electronics Show was a massive showcase of cool new ways to use electricity. It is unlikely the attendees and exhibitors thought of it that way, though… Read more »

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How eBay Used PUE to Get Free Cooling in the Desert

Lots of companies are now using the Green Grid’s Power Usage Effectiveness metric to assess their power use and try to improve efficiency, and I applaud them for it. But… Read more »

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From Case Study to Mainstream – Barriers and Enablers on the Path to Smart, High Performance Buildings

Watch Melissa O’Mara lead a panel discussion “From Case Study to Mainstream – Barriers and Enablers on the Path to Smart, High Performance Buildings” featuring David Eijdai, Weidt Group twgi.com, and Net Zero Court; Tim… Read more »

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Advancing Standards in the Built Environment

As my colleague Melissa O’Mara recently wrote, energy efficiency standards are crucial in the journey to achieving high performing buildings. Codes and Standards such as the IECC and ASHRAE Standards… 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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SCC’s World Standards Day Highlights Benefits of Energy Efficiency Standardization

Standards help drive innovation and new technology within the energy efficiency sector. This crucial message was delivered to 150 World Standards Day (WSD) 2012 participants in Ottawa October 12. The… Read more »

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Greenbuild 2012 Day 3 [part 1]

This is part one of two, summarizing the Final Day of Greenbuild 2012. California Governor Jerry Brown kicked off the Greenbuild 2012 closing plenary. His speech was emphatic and impassioned. He… Read more »

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The Electrical Distribution System: A Ticking Time Bomb?

When was the last time you went to your building basement or to the ground floor and checked the Electrical Distribution System of your building? Or let’s start by asking,… Read more »

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Batteries not included – Fundamentals for Energy Management Strategies

As I celebrated the holidays with my family, I am constantly reminded of the similarities between the daily energy management dilemmas facing the world and my children’s new Christmas toys…. Read more »

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Raise your hand if you like energy prosperity

“The power just went out and I didn’t save that last document!” Does this sound familiar?  We live in a world that is increasingly reliant on energy – global electricity… Read more »

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Unlocking Insights on Energy Efficiency & Asset Management Through Field Devices

Industrial energy use accounts for one-third of the world’s total energy demand. Rising concerns about climate change further heightened the importance of energy efficiency. Policymakers ticked energy efficiency as the… Read more »

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The Need for Updating

Aging Facilities Part 1: Demanding Tenants Driving Building Modernization This is the first blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of… Read more »

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Advancing Standards in the Built Environment

As my colleague Melissa O’Mara recently wrote, energy efficiency standards are crucial in the journey to achieving high performing buildings. Codes and Standards such as the IECC and ASHRAE Standards… Read more »

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Tools, Data, Behavior: The Key to Energy Efficiency

See all GreenBuild 2012 posts.   Over the past several years, we’ve seen collaborative efforts and industry conversations lead to important breakthroughs in creating more energy efficient buildings. That is why… Read more »

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Four Strategies for Modernizing Aging Buildings

Aging Facilities Part 3: Four Effective Strategies for Modernization This is the third blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of… Read more »

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I Work in a Green Building

As a member of Schneider Electric’s Green Buildings team (and an active member in my local USGBC chapter), I try to exemplify sustainable practices in my professional and personal life…. Read more »

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Greenbuild 2012 Day 2

See all GreenBuild 2012 posts.   One of the high points of Day 2 was the Women in Green Power Breakfast. How many meetings start with the animated reading of a… Read more »

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DCIM vs The Spreadsheet

Somewhere in my Dad’s toolbox you’ll find an ordinary table knife. I suppose at some time it was used for eating meals, but not in my parent’s home. As long… Read more »

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Telcos To Figure Large in IOT and Edge Computing Data Centers

The world of telecommunications has changed dramatically over the last few decades with the advent of the internet, cellular networks and Cloud computing revolutionising the way we communicate with each… Read more »

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Prefabricated Data Centers: Moving from Niche to Mainstream Applications

One of the trends in the data center market in recent years has been the diversity in size and focus of installations. Massive centralized data centers are being supplemented by… Read more »

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New EU Law May Help Colocation Companies Sort through Data Sovereignty Regulations

Data sovereignty is becoming increasingly important to colocation providers. The location where data physically resides is of concern to their customers as they seek to comply with a series of… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Com’X 510 – All-Inclusive Energy Management Solution

As a follow-up to my recent blog, Turn your electrical distribution into a load center? Why and How?, this blog focuses on the Energy Server Com’X 510 solution, expertly installed by Schneider… Read more »

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A New Year’s Reflection (and some musings on a smarter greener future)

Thanks for stopping by…. and happy 2012.  Here you will find a myriad of thoughts and ideas from just a few of the committed, smart people working for Schneider Electric… Read more »

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Tools, Data, Behavior: The Key to Energy Efficiency

See all GreenBuild 2012 posts.   Over the past several years, we’ve seen collaborative efforts and industry conversations lead to important breakthroughs in creating more energy efficient buildings. That is why… Read more »

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COP-21: Life as We Know it Will Change

Whether you like it or not. With subsidies or not. Your life will change. Let me start telling you that an increasing part of your budget will be used to… Read more »

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Are Smart Grids Profitable? Yes.

Conventional grids require expensive upkeep and increase the likelihood of electrical blackouts. However, smart grid implementation also comes with a significant cost. Is it worthwhile? Can smart grids pay for… Read more »

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Embedded Power Management in Action

By now, the features of power management – specifically power management that’s embedded in a building management system – are clear. If a refresher is needed, take a look at… Read more »

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