Tag: building management systems

Pumps Operations in the Building Envelope

Pumps Operations in the Building Envelope

Water flows downhill. Nothing could be more simple. Getting water to the top floor of an urban skyscraper is a bit more difficult. Mere gravity flow or even accumulated static pressure head aren’t sufficient to accomplish this task. Pumps are obviously needed. But what kinds of pumps are used in

Smarter Buildings

Smarter Buildings

Most commercial, industrial, and retail buildings today use some level of intelligent system, most commonly in lighting, HVAC, or security. Because the technology is advancing so rapidly, it’s now possible to collect more data and use it to accomplish many more tasks.

Editor’s Comments: Incremental Growth

Editor’s Comments: Incremental Growth

If you’ve ever looked closely at a seashell, you know the wonder encapsulated within the graceful spiral of its pearlescent form—what Frank Lloyd Wright called “nature’s most perfect architecture.” The shape is at once sculptural and mathematically precise.

Many sea creatures take a modular approach to expansion. Because their calcified exoskeletons

Integrated Building Management Systems

Integrated Building Management Systems

Most commercial, industrial, and retail buildings today use some level of intelligent system, most commonly in lighting, HVAC, or security. Because the technology is advancing so rapidly, it’s now possible to collect more data and use it to accomplish many more tasks.

Smarter Buildings

Smarter Buildings

Most commercial, industrial, and retail buildings today use some level of intelligent system, most commonly in lighting, HVAC, or security. Because the technology is advancing so rapidly, it’s now possible to collect more data and use it to accomplish many more tasks.

Reader Profile: Danielle Marquis

Reader Profile: Danielle Marquis

Despite all of the challenges energy efficiency professionals face with program buy-in and the status of government regulations, “At the end of the day, energy efficiency makes good business sense,” says Danielle Marquis. “It helps utilities not have to build a new power plant and have more clean energy generation

Energy Audits: The Missing Value

Energy Audits: The Missing Value

It is estimated by the US Department of Energy (DOE) that 30% of energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. While unnecessary power consumption represents one aspect of wasted energy, inefficient use represents another. To optimize energy use, buildings have historically used Building Automation Systems (BAS) or Building Management Systems

Editor’s Comments: The Artful Edifice

Editor’s Comments: The Artful Edifice

What’s it like to set foot inside the world’s most intelligent smart building? Welcome to Amsterdam’s The Edge, an ultra-sleek example of today’s enlightened construction, and the epitome of functional style. The building’s ethos—het nieuwe werken, or the new way of working—places it at the forefront of smart building technology

Elements of Critical Power Systems and Their Management

Elements of Critical Power Systems and Their Management

A single power interruption can cripple a healthy company, says Bhavesh Patel, director of marketing of Emerson’s ASCO Power business. “Not having adequate onsite power can be the ‘Achilles heel’ of a business, but the controls for operating, monitoring, diagnosing, and producing a variety of mandatory reports on these power

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