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Laura Miller

Laura draws on her experience in commercial real estate to cover trends in occupancy, indoor air quality and operational efficiency.

5 Innovative Ways to Make Energy Usage on Campus More Efficient

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Laura Miller

College campuses are highly structured, controlled environments that can serve as innovation hubs to create energy-efficient, sustainable, and carbon-neutral premises. By conducting energy audits and identifying the activities contributing significantly to higher electricity costs, campuses can come up with solutions to achieve energy efficiency goals. With a growing focus on the clean energy future, colleges and universities can implement a few innovative ways to make energy usage on campus more efficient.  

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Chiller Plant Optimization System Strategies

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Laura Miller

Chilled water-based cooling systems account for significant energy consumption and maintenance costs in large commercial premises. As an individual component of the HVAC system, even a super-efficient chiller plant cannot meet ambitious energy targets on its own. A robust chiller plant optimization system driven by a smart building platform is the key to achieving peak efficiency and performance.

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How Fault Detection Using Machine Learning Can Save Your Building Money

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Laura Miller

The fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) features in building analytics software are powerful tools to eliminate energy waste and reduce costs. A 2020 report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Smart Energy Analytics Campaign found that FDD produces a median energy savings of 9%. In commercial properties and public buildings, this adds up to significant savings.

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Improving Your HVAC System With Fault Detection and Diagnostics

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Laura Miller

More than 30% of the energy consumed in the United States each year can be attributed to HVAC systems in buildings. And much of that energy is likely wasted because most of those systems don’t work as efficiently as they could. Optimizing HVAC systems and fixing faults could reduce overall energy consumption by 5-15%.

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Creating Integrated Building Management System Architecture for Commercial Buildings

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Laura Miller

The introduction of smart technology has rapidly improved the sophistication of integrated building management system architecture. With building management increasingly dependent upon connected devices and systems, the role of automated building systems and the need for advanced system architecture will continue to expand, too.

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Improving Energy Efficiency in the Industrial Sector With Data-Driven Analytics

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Laura Miller

Industrial buildings account for 37% of natural gas, 42% of electricity and 73% of coal used globally. These numbers are powerful evidence that factories and other industrial structures have a major role to play in efforts to control climate change and cut carbon dioxide emissions.

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Balancing Average Building Management System Costs and ROI Estimates

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Laura Miller

Modern automated building management systems (BMSs) offer significant benefits for both building owners and tenants. They improve capabilities for monitoring, maintaining, and managing equipment to reduce energy usage and associated expenses, improve comfort, and maintain a healthy indoor environment. They not only add to the value of an asset, but can increase the income it generates. However, building management systems involve specialized installation, programming, and maintenance. This requires capital investment.

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Building an Integrated IAQ Monitoring System

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Laura Miller

The 1970s energy crisis caused a significant change in how buildings were designed and built, many of which are still in use today. Structures became increasingly airtight and insulated to conserve energy. While these design changes resulted in energy savings, they also reduced the fresh air circulating through a building’s HVAC systems. Additionally, synthetic materials became common in the construction, decoration, and maintenance of built structures.

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Integrating Smart Building Predictive Maintenance to Your System

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Laura Miller

The benefits Internet of Things (IoT) technology offers to built environments are immense. Some of these—like reduced energy consumption, better environmental conditions, and higher lease rates—are well-known. But one of the most important benefits of IoT is less frequently discussed: predictive maintenance.

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Perfecting Your IAQ Management Plan & Checklist

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Laura Miller

An indoor air quality (IAQ) management plan is invaluable for protecting the health of building occupants. Since 2020, such plans have become more important and more prevalent than ever before, and forward-thinking building owners are turning to innovative technologies for help. Automated smart systems that monitor and analyze air quality make it easier to implement robust IAQ management plans and quickly identify and resolve issues. This means safer buildings and healthier people.

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