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Smart Building Technology

Smart Building Technology

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Building energy costs are a significant expenditure for businesses and the public building sector. The smart building industry is responding with products and services that can help, but there are hundreds of choices. However, we have some great examples of smart technology that can get you up to speed. So  … Read More

Energy Esperanto

Energy Esperanto

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In the 1870s, Polish ophthalmologist L.L. Zamenhof created a constructed language called Esperanto. His goal was to develop a linguistic standard—a universal second language that facilitated communication among people from different countries.  … Read More

Harnessing Energy Efficiency in “Intelligent Buildings”

Harnessing Energy Efficiency in “Intelligent Buildings”

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Concluding this series on energy efficiency and building automation systems, author Ed Ritchie discusses evaluating multiple systems’ performance and BACnet controls’ interoperability—the capacity and function of advanced controls to simultaneously analyze multiple building systems.  … Read More

20,000 Gigs Under the Sea?

20,000 Gigs Under the Sea?

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The Microsoft Corporation tends to dive deep when it comes to innovative product development. The company’s most recent venture—Project Natick—carries that principle to the extreme in an experimental data center that stores computer servers below the ocean’s surface.

The prototype—which the team named Leona Philpot after a Halo video game character—is  … Read More

Advanced Controls in Integrated Building Automation Systems

Advanced Controls in Integrated Building Automation Systems

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In Part 3 of this continuing series, author Ed Ritchie profiles building automation and control solutions, such as Integrated Room Control, as well as the convenience and efficiency advantages of LCD controller designs in making daily energy management decisions. For facility managers, these integrated solutions provide easier access to a  … Read More



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