Smart Building Technology

| 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 let's take a closer look. ... READ MORE

Energy Esperanto

| 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”

| 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?

| 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 a 38,000-pound, 10-by-7-foot steel ... READ MORE

Advanced Controls in Integrated Building Automation Systems

| 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 building’s HVAC, lighting and other ... READ MORE

Edgy, Trendy, or Just Plain Smart?

| Bloomberg Business ran the article “The Smartest Building in the World” a couple of weeks ago, and while most of us are not privileged to live and work at this outer edge—and the building itself is called Edge—it is fun to glimpse the kinds of building and human integration we will be seeing more and ... READ MORE

Hubbell Building Automation Introduces IFC Standalone Lighting Fixture Controller

| Austin, TX – September 15, 2015 – Hubbell Building Automation has introduced the new IFC In-Fixture Controller. The IFC device offers stand-alone lighting control with unified motion and daylight sensing. A provider of occupancy sensors and lighting controls, Hubbell Building Automation has a long-standing commitment to innovation. The unified sensor head includes a PIR (passive infrared) occupancy ... READ MORE

Whole Building Control – From Concept to Reality

| Building control systems have come a long way. Today’s advanced control systems not only make whole building control a reality, they also improve facility energy efficiency, lower operations’ costs, AND offer users an intuitive experience. How did we get from individual controls to today’s advanced systems? And, what’s next in smart buildings and advanced HVAC ... READ MORE

Whole Building Control – From Concept to Reality

| Building control systems have come a long way. Today’s advanced control systems not only make whole building control a reality, they also improve facility energy efficiency, lower operations’ costs, AND offer users an intuitive experience. How did we get from individual controls to today’s advanced systems? And, what’s next in smart buildings and advanced HVAC ... READ MORE

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