Articles Tagged: building management system

Green Buildings – The Mantra for Companies, Cities and Countries

As per “World Green Building Trends 2016” Smart Market Report of Dodge Data & Analytics, the global green buildings activity continues to double every three years. Interestingly, the survey data covered… Read more »

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Connecting the Buildings of Tomorrow to Efficiency

By 2050, over 2.5 billion people will move to cities (United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects: 2014 Revision). To accommodate urbanisation, our cities must become smarter and more efficient. How?  We… 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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Making Custom Mobile App Development Manageable

Note: This is the third in a series of blogs about the functionality and potential of custom end user mobile apps for nontechnical owners or managers of commercial buildings. Most… 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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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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The all-in-one circuit breaker: a sign and solution of our times

Today’s 2G and 3G digital mobile phones integrate cameras, music players, emails, internet connections, text messages … and oh yes, and you can use them to make phone calls. This… Read more »

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Connecting the Buildings of Tomorrow to Efficiency

By 2050, over 2.5 billion people will move to cities (United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects: 2014 Revision). To accommodate urbanisation, our cities must become smarter and more efficient. How?  We… Read more »

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Capillary information: where ordinary systems fear to tread

“Capillary data acquisition.” Quite a mouthful, I admit. But the concept of “capillarity” is nothing new in botany or biology. And applied to information management, it’s apt. Why? Because “capillarity”… Read more »

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How to optimize your lab’s energy efficiency without compromising its compliance or safety

The mission of a laboratory is to conduct research, but as with any enterprise, energy efficiency affects the bottom line. Faced with the double imperative of reducing energy waste while… Read more »

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How safe are your building operations from cyber attacks?

Although estimates vary, businesses worldwide lose billions each year to cyber crime, according to a report by McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The modern building management… 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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Clearing up Confusion around DCIM

I recently had an article published in Data Center Journal about data center infrastructure management (DCIM) that I thought was worth sharing on this blog. In a nutshell, the article… 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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BMS: Improving Efficiency While Leaving No Building Behind

For building owners and end users, efficiency comes in many forms. One is energy efficiency through the use of a BMS, a building management system. With a BMS, significant savings… Read more »

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Why You Need to Apply Network Security Best Practices to Your BMS

As building management systems (BMSs) become more intelligent, collecting information from hundreds if not thousands of devices distributed throughout a building or campus, they are also becoming more susceptible to… Read more »

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The all-in-one circuit breaker: a sign and solution of our times

Today’s 2G and 3G digital mobile phones integrate cameras, music players, emails, internet connections, text messages … and oh yes, and you can use them to make phone calls. This… Read more »

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Want Holistic HVAC and a More Effective BMS? Think Field Devices

With apologies to Aretha Franklin, it’s time to show valves, actuators and sensors a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T. These control devices are the key to a holistic heating, ventilation and air conditioning… 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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Connecting the Buildings of Tomorrow to Efficiency

By 2050, over 2.5 billion people will move to cities (United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects: 2014 Revision). To accommodate urbanisation, our cities must become smarter and more efficient. How?  We… Read more »

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Two Unexpected Ways Building Automation Might Benefit Your Hospital

A recent article by Megan Headley on FacilityCare’s website details “Two Big Ways Building Automation Can Improve the Patient Experience” and discusses some benefits that you might not be getting… 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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Surviving the Summer Heat Wave with Smart Energy Consumption

This week’s weather headlines are downright scary: the Weather Channel warns of the “Dangerous Situation on Tap for Southwest” and CNN notes that “Heat Scorches One Part of US.” My… Read more »

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Benefits of Mobile Apps for Patients and Seniors

Adaptable mobile apps for healthcare have the promise of tremendous benefits for the patients who will be using them. At their core, these apps will allow patients a greater degree… Read more »

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Solved: 6 Energy-Wasting Building Control Valve and Actuator Problems

In my previous post, I talked about how many facility managers do not perform a detailed review of their building control valves and actuators, despite the critical role these devices… Read more »

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Secure Your BMS: Follow These Password Best Practices

In my last post I explained why, as building management systems (BMSs) become more intelligent and connected, it’s incumbent on facilities managers to ensure they are properly secured. Because the… Read more »

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