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Jason draws on his experience in IT, lighting controls and integrated building management systems to write about commercial real estate industry trends and Buildings IOT customer success.

A Smart BMS Control System Can Extend the Useful Life of Equipment

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Jason Pohl

Building equipment plays a critical role in moment-to-moment operations. Without properly functioning equipment, myriad problems could arise. Think about how employee productivity could be affected if the HVAC system is not operating at full capacity, or stopped working completely. A single piece of equipment can have far-reaching effects across an entire enterprise.

The saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is often espoused when things are ostensibly performing well. However, this reactive mentality is short-sighted and often leads to premature equipment failure, emergency repair and replacement costs, and significant disruption for building occupants. A smart BMS control system allows you to take a truly proactive, modern approach that extends the useful life of your equipment and supports optimal performance.

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Step Up Efficiency by Using IoT for Energy Management

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It’s no secret that commercial buildings have high energy demands. Without energy optimization, this demand puts enormous strain on local power grids, has a significant environmental impact, and eats into profits. That’s why forward-thinking building operators are turning to unified IoT for energy management.

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Power Consumption Monitoring Systems Using IoT Help to Identify Energy Saving Opportunities

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Jason Pohl

Many discussions about greenhouse emissions tend to revolve around transportation and manufacturing. But a huge proportion of energy used in the United States is used by buildings. In fact, buildings account for about 35% of electricity consumed and a similar portion of greenhouse emissions.

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Utilizing IoT for Air Quality Monitoring in Schools and Universities

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Jason Pohl

It’s common knowledge that outdoor air pollution can have a significant impact on human health. Yet, contaminant levels indoors can often be two to five times higher than those outside. When you take into account that most people spend about 90% of their time indoors, it becomes clear that indoor air quality must be a top priority to protect the health and well-being of building occupants. And perhaps nowhere is this more true than in educational settings. 

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Reducing Office Building Operating Expenses Utilizing Automation

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Jason Pohl

Smart technologies make it possible to understand what is happening in office buildings like never before. But the best smart solutions don’t just give you more information; they offer a roadmap for improvement and the automation capabilities you need to achieve your goals. With these innovative technologies, you can reduce office building operating expenses and maximize ROI. 

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Top Benefits an IoT HVAC Monitoring System Can Offer Your Building

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Jason Pohl

The market for HVAC systems was $197 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach over $271 billion by 2026. The bulk of that growth will happen in the commercial sector, in part due to the growing demand for energy efficiency. This is compounded by a growing interest in using HVAC systems to make buildings healthier.

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A Smart Building Digital Twin Can Unlock the Potential of Your Assets

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Jason Pohl

Smart building digital twins model the physical assets they represent, providing a link between simulated and real-world structures. Especially useful in data-driven smart buildings, digital twins are becoming an important tool for optimizing building operations and performance. But which type of smart building digital twin is best to unlock the potential of your assets? 

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Building Automation and Control Systems With Open-source Data Will Offer Greater Benefit

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Jason Pohl

Smart buildings are all about communication. At the heart of that communication is a building automation and control system that consists of sensors, controllers, communication infrastructure, and computing resources. Sensors send signals through the communication infrastructure to the computing resources that determine control actions and relay the information back to controllers. Seamless two-way data flow is essential.

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Utilizing Smart Controls to Help Decarbonize Buildings

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Jason Pohl

Efforts to decarbonize the economy have gained rapid adoption in recent years. While energy and transportation tend to get the most coverage, the U.S. building sector consumes 40% of primary energy usage and generates a corresponding percentage of greenhouse gas emissions. Owners who invest in smart, efficiency-focused solutions can significantly reduce their carbon footprints and energy-related costs.

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Tips on How to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Building

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Jason Pohl

In the past two years, monitoring indoor air quality has emerged as a top priority in building management. According to a 2020 study, 76% of U.S. consumers would feel more comfortable entering buildings in which air quality is being monitored. That sentiment can have a big impact on where people choose to live, work, and play. To maintain a healthy, safe, and appealing environment, you must start with knowing how to improve indoor air quality in buildings.

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