The Tie Between Cyber Security and Energy Management

Carl Weinschenk

A feature at Chain Store Age makes the point that corporate security and energy management initiatives and technology have a lot in common and can be implemented in tandem. New software that uses private or public/private hybrid clouds to support energy management and security software can simultaneously increase data safety and “significantly” cut energy costs. The writer cites   …Continue Reading

LSIS Unveils FEMS Platform

Carl Weinschenk

South Korean manufacturer LSIS has unveiled the GridSol Station, a management system that it says will cut annual factory energy consumption by one-quarter. The system, according to Metering and Smart Energy International, works by visualizing wasted energy and integrating energy storage and solar energy assets. The story points out the need for such a system.   …Continue Reading

Navigant: Industrial Energy Management Systems to Reach $35.6B in 2024

Carl Weinschenk

A report by Navigant Research found that continuity in operations and production is prioritized over commercial buildings’ energy efficiency, despite the fact that commercial buildings are among the most energy intensive. That may be shifting a bit: Navigant found a growing awareness of the importance of efficiency among people who run facilities. This is driving an   …Continue Reading

Commercial Property Energy Use Down in San Francisco

Carl Weinschenk

The Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance reports that commercial properties in San Francisco are using less energy. The reduction is attributed to conformance with San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance. The report – which was a collaboration by Greenprint and the San Francisco Department of the Environment – found a   …Continue Reading

Solutions to Help Reach Building Energy Management Goals

Matt Gates

This article is sponsored by Trane. Improving the performance of commercial buildings is more important than ever. Shrinking budgets, limited staff resources and increasing sustainability and environmental goals are among the challenges that may play a role in the pressure to improve building performance. There are building energy management systems (BEMS) that can help address these challenges and deliver   …Continue Reading

Using the IoT to Drive Power Plant Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

At the Minds & Machines conference this week in San Francisco, GE unveiled its Predix machine data analytics platform. At this point, it only is available to GE customers. It will be released generally at the end of 2015. Predix collects and analyzes the torrents of data that are generated by the Internet of Things.   …Continue Reading

Support Builds for Marrying Printable Electronics and Smart Buildings

Carl Weinschenk

IntelliBUILD, a program launched by The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA), has picked up support from The Continental Automated Buildings Association. The program aims to advance intelligent buildings by combining them with products and applications made using printable organic and flexible electronics, according to Electronic Products and Technology. More specifically, the idea is to   …Continue Reading

Six Steps to a Winning GRESB Audit

Carl Weinschenk

National Real Estate Investor offers six strategies to prepare for the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), a program that rates real estate portfolios for sustainability performance. The suggestions are: Focus on reporting “stakeholder engagement” and “performance indicators.” Utilize the easiest sources to get data. Take a realistic view of the organization’s sustainability policies. Create   …Continue Reading

Wireless Can Make for a More Energy-Efficient BAS System

Karen Henry

As building automation systems become more common, so are wireless implementations. Wired and wireless systems have the same reliability requirements; however, wireless technology is more flexible, making it more appealing for retrofit work, according to an article in Consulting-Specifying Engineer. While WiFi is the most well-known and most frequently specified wireless technology, it is comparatively   …Continue Reading

Daikin Applied Replaces HVAC System at Bethel University

Carl Weinschenk

Contracting Business offers a case study of the use of equipment from Daikin Applied at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. The two residence halls – which are connected by a lounge – are a combined 52,720 square feet. The 40-year-old equipment serving them was not keeping students comfortable. The goal was to replace the system   …Continue Reading