Tag: building management systems

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

Connected Lighting Systems and App-Based Controls

Connected Lighting Systems and App-Based Controls

Philips recently rolled out its latest in connected lighting systems, including Power over Ethernet (PoE) luminaires, app-based controls, and cloud-based technologies.

Those innovations include luminous carpets and ceilings, as well as HealWell lighting systems for hospital environments, and new applications that allow remote management of lighting technologies.

Philips Lighting CEO Eric Rondolat notes: “We live in

Building Controls: The Heart of Energy Efficiency

Building Controls: The Heart of Energy Efficiency

Digital technology has created a revolution in building controls, relegating old pneumatic instruments to the antique shops along with typewriters and calculating machines. Now, a control system can allow a technician to turn fans on or off, and/or modify temperatures or lighting in a structure from a tablet or laptop

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