5 Ways Going Green is Great for Buildings

A recent study of facility management executives found that 5 percent had certified a green building before 2012, but that 29 percent plan to certify one in 2013. That growth in the market for green buildings will ripple through the industry. Over the next ten years, buildings will become more grid-responsive, resilient, efficient, energy-positive and networked. Grid Responsiveness A survey …

Focus On Building Core, Common Areas To Sell Owners On LEED-EBOM In Multi-Tenant Facilities

When starting a LEED-EBOM project in a multi-tenant facility, focusing on the core areas of the building offers opportunities to building owners. First is the obvious monetary benefit to the building owner through things like more efficient lighting in common areas, more water-efficient landscaping and starting the building later and shutting it down earlier, if possible. Second, LEED certification is …

Building Information Helps Drive High-Performance Operations

When it comes to high-performance operations, one of the first places to start is with building information. This information can help drive better operations and better building performance. As demonstrated in a recent energy management study conducted by the NRDC at three buildings owned and operated by The Tower Companies — a real estate development and management firm in Washington, …

Electronic Design Europe News Brand Building A Path To Better Building Efficiency

Europe’s energy-inefficient buildings consume 40% of available energy. Lighting, air-conditioning, and heating are the main culprits. Buildings in Europe devour a prodigious 40% of total available end-user energy (see figure above). Obviously, curtailing that inefficiency becomes imperative, particularly in light of the European Union’s (EU) goals to reduce CO2 emissions by 20%, improve energy efficiency by 20% and achieve 20% …

Singapore Takes the Lead In Green Building in Asia

  Singapore Takes the LeadIn Green Building in Asia By encouraging the adoption of innovative architectural design and energy-saving technologies, Singapore has emerged as a model of green building in Asia — an important development in a region that is urbanizing more rapidly than any other in the world. by Mike Ives At street level, 313@somerset looks like any other …

St. John’s Makes Energy Upgrades To 36 Buildings, Installs Building Automation System

State ARRA-funded C&I grant helps fund building retrofit: St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood, MN, is constantly seeking ways to improve its infrastructure in the most cost-effective ways. And when the stimulus-funded Commercial and Industrial Grant Program from the Minnesota Department of Commerce came along, it made energy efficiency easy. St. John’s Hospital received a $300,000 grant for a $1 million …

Can Building Automation Really Save Money?

Question: Can my building automation system help cut down my utility bill? Answer: Building automation is a control method for the mechanical systems within your building. You may not have new equipment or VFDs (Variable Frequency Drives) on every motor, but there are likely still savings that you could drive with a new automation system. Take for example a small office building …

Building Automation Systems Revenue to Reach $100.8 Billion in 2021

Global commercial building automation systems revenue will grow from $58.1 billion in 2013 to $100.8 billion in 2021, according to a study by Navigant Research. Commercial building automation systems continue to evolve from point solutions built from proprietary products toward open and integrated systems based on modern digital information technologies. Integrated by new building management systems, the automation of HVAC, lighting, fire …

Setpoint Systems Corporation and Coppertree Analytics Announce New Strategic Partnership

Littleton, Colorado November 25, 2013 Since 1983, Setpoint Systems Corporation, an independent integrator of building control systems has been uniquely positioned to offer fully integrated system solutions on a common communications network. Their diverse and dynamic portfolio includes: 40+ story high-rise commercial office buildings, 1000+ room hotels, university campuses, K-12 school districts, hospitals, 40-megawatt data centers, top-secret military facilities, jails …

Smart cities: innovation in energy will drive sustainable cities

Urbanisation makes cities a main focus for environmental policy. Digital technology and innovation will enable a better quality of life and reduced energy consumption Cities represent three quarters of energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions worldwide, and represent the largest of any environmental policy challenge. Urbanisation is only set to increase, cities house half the world’s population today but are set to …