Articles Tagged: building efficiency

How to make your building —whether existing or new construction—net-zero energy

Buildings presently account for approximately 40% of the world’s energy consumption, and that figure is on the rise. Experts project that energy consumption in buildings will increase substantially in the… Read more »

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For Innovative Solutions, You Need a Broad Product Portfolio

Previously, I’ve talked about the Internet of Things and how it, along with a digital hub, leads to building energy management systems (BEMS) that enable improved connectivity and efficiency, physical… Read more »

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Extending Energy Management Technology to the Developing World

So far in this series, I’ve talked about using a building energy management system, a BEMS, to make people more productive and comfortable by, for example, getting your BEMS and… Read more »

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Making the transition from smart buildings to smart cities

This is the fifth and last in a series of posts discussing the recent report from industry analyst Verdantix titled ‘Schneider Electric Innovates To Lower Cost Of Smart Buildings’. So… Read more »

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A BEMS Benefit: HVAC and Electrical Cooperation

In my last post, I talked about how software and BEMS can make a building more comfortable and its occupants more productive. Here I’m going to discuss how a building… Read more »

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How energy storage makes smart buildings leaner and greener

This is the fourth in a series of posts discussing the recent report from industry analyst Verdantix titled ‘Schneider Electric Innovates To Lower Cost Of Smart Buildings’. So far, we’ve… Read more »

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Use the Right Software to Get Comfortable

As noted in the previous post in this series, a building energy management system, a BEMS, can increase productivity and comfort. That’s not surprising if you think about it because… Read more »

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Getting Comfortable with a BEMS

So far, I’ve covered the connectivity, sensors and digital hub of a BEMS, a building energy management system. Now, let’s talk about what that infrastructure should be used for. It’s… Read more »

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Software Improves Building Systems Connectivity and Efficiency

In my previous post, I talked about how the IoT – the Internet of Things – means there will soon be many more connected sensors and devices. Within a few… Read more »

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How Circuit-level Intelligence Feeds IoT Success in Smart Buildings

This is the second in a series of posts discussing the recent report from industry analyst Verdantix titled ‘Schneider Electric Innovates To Lower Cost Of Smart Buildings’. The first post… Read more »

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What Keeps Facilities Managers up at Night: And How You Can Avoid Counting Sheep Yourself

When we talk to facility managers and C-level site managers, we always try to understand what their pain points are and see how we might be able to help. What’s… Read more »

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How IoT is Lowering the Cost of Operations for Smart Buildings

A recently released report from industry analyst Verdantix titled ‘Schneider Electric Innovates To Lower Cost Of Smart Buildings’ describes development streams the company is leading to help facility managers improve… 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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Energy Data Maximizing The Power Of The Cloud

Internet connectivity and cloud computing have significantly changed what is expected of a traditional smart building system. The application of analytics to the vast quantities of “big data” that can… Read more »

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BEMS (Building Energy Management Systems) Provide Critical Compliance Data to Facility Managers

Most facility managers (fms) are well aware of the environmental impact of their buildings. According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, buildings account for 39% of carbon dioxide (CO2)… Read more »

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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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Metering a Bigger Requirement Under California’s Updated Title 24

California’s Title 24 energy standards have long been some of the most demanding efficiency guidelines in the country, and the 2013 updates  (which went into effect July 1, 2014) continue… Read more »

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Why smart meters are key to achieving high efficiency buildings

By 2030 global electricity consumption will be 70% higher than it is today. At the same time, energy efficiency solutions will account for 57% of the reductions in greenhouse gas… Read more »

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Wireless Technology and its Butterfly Effect is Optimizing Building Management Systems

A flyer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s EnergyStar program proclaims this startling fact: The average building wastes 30% of the energy it consumes due to inefficiencies. How is this… Read more »

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Tackling The Terminology: What Is A Building Energy Management System Anyway?

Controlling the environment inside buildings is not a modern endeavor. In fact, did you know that experimentation with building automation devices began as early as 270 B.C.? A water clock,… Read more »

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Go with the Flow to Select the Right Valve

Sometimes you have to go with the flow. When it comes to fluids, it’s the job of a valve to make things go or stop. But, valves do more than… Read more »

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Metering a Bigger Requirement Under California’s Updated Title 24

California’s Title 24 energy standards have long been some of the most demanding efficiency guidelines in the country, and the 2013 updates  (which went into effect July 1, 2014) continue… Read more »

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Tackling The Terminology: What Is A Building Energy Management System Anyway?

Controlling the environment inside buildings is not a modern endeavor. In fact, did you know that experimentation with building automation devices began as early as 270 B.C.? A water clock,… Read more »

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CO2 Sensors, Goldilocks, and Creating a Building Management System that Works Just Right

Goldilocks was on to something. Her trick for finding the happy medium between extremes is a principle that applies to a lot of different areas – including building ventilation. Getting… Read more »

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Why Efficient Buildings Translate to Better Patient Care

Whether you work for a sprawling urban hospital or a small neighborhood clinic, you’re faced with the same buildings challenges: high maintenance costs, rising energy prices and aging infrastructure. This… Read more »

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Extending Energy Management Technology to the Developing World

So far in this series, I’ve talked about using a building energy management system, a BEMS, to make people more productive and comfortable by, for example, getting your BEMS and… Read more »

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Don’t Sweat Temperature Taking

The classic movie comedy had it right: some like it hot. But, that’s some, not all. So, it’s important to get the temperature right. That means it has to be… Read more »

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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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3 Key Tools to Cut Costs and Boost Efficiency When Offering a BMS (Building Management Systems)

Those contracted to install a BMS, a building management system, face several challenges. Chief among these are cost and perception, two sides of the same coin. A BMS is increasingly considered… Read more »

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For Innovative Solutions, You Need a Broad Product Portfolio

Previously, I’ve talked about the Internet of Things and how it, along with a digital hub, leads to building energy management systems (BEMS) that enable improved connectivity and efficiency, physical… Read more »

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