Tag: building management systems

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

AMI Defines Three Rs of Water: Recovery, ROI, and Rate Structure

AMI Defines Three Rs of Water: Recovery, ROI, and Rate Structure

Are these concerns realistic? Well, let’s look at some of the latest product releases, how manufacturers are making new and creative financing methods available. But, if the real issue is selling the technology to a city council on a tight budget (is there such a thing as a city without

Reader Profile: Harshad Shah

Reader Profile: Harshad Shah

Over a beer with good friends at Johnson Controls, Harshad Shah—a native of Mumbai, India—learned of the need for more energy management in facilities. “I listened to a lot of horror stories—why some of the things weren’t working—and about the cost of energy going up,” he says.

Smart Energy Management Systems Provide Fast Payback

Smart Energy Management Systems Provide Fast Payback

Fine granular data is a critical ingredient driving a new energy order, and here, companies in the energy management systems space are rising to the occasion. Though it makes switches, dimmers, thermostats, temperature sensors, wall sockets, and power strips, Budderfly LLC considers itself a software company. Embedded with a tiny sub-meter, each

Advances in Lighting Control Technologies

Advances in Lighting Control Technologies

Sensors and Controls

Southland Industries offers a variety of innovative lighting control technologies, including those that integrate occupancy control and logging, tying into building management systems and simultaneously controlling lighting and ventilation. “This is something we have been doing to decrease the number of sensors needed to reduce lighting levels and

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