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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.

Going Beyond Fault Detection and Diagnostics

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Laura Miller

Implementing fault detection in your building can have many benefits. For example, more than 30% of the energy consumed by commercial buildings in the US is derived from HVAC systems. A large portion of that energy is wasted due to a lack of efficiency. The identification of faults within HVAC systems can reduce energy consumption by 5-15%. That’s a huge amount of savings just from optimizing one component of your building.

However, many buildings have very rigid, rule-based fault detection systems in place. This is problematic because a simple system such as this is only able to identify issues within specific sets of conditions. This places limitations on what types of issues can be identified and the extent to which maintenance can be performed.

The utilization of an intelligent fault detection system can significantly impact not only your energy consumption but also your ROI by identifying anomalies and challenges that affect the health and lifetime of individual components and entire systems. By ensuring that your fault detection and diagnostics are backed by an intelligent solution, you’ll be sure to unlock the full potential of your savings, maintenance, and occupant comfort.

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Minimizing Indoor Air Pollution in Hospital Settings Supports Better Patient Outcomes

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Laura Miller

In hospitals, air quality counts. According to research at Texas A&M University, indoor air pollution in hospital environments increases the risk of hospital-acquired or healthcare-associated infections (HAI) to patients, staff, and visitors, and can have a significant impact on patient outcomes. Smart technology allows hospitals to take control of indoor air quality (IAQ) and support the health and well-being of everyone who comes through their doors.   

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Can Your Building Fault Detection and Diagnostics System Help With Your Building's ROI?

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Laura Miller

The return on investment (ROI) of a commercial building reflects the profitability of facility investment. But ROI isn’t just about how much money an investment saves. It must also take into account how improvements impact occupant satisfaction, tenant retention, lease rates, and sales price.

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How Smart Facility Management and Safety Work Together

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Laura Miller

Safety of tenants and visitors is a priority for building management. Building owners and facility managers must comply with OSHA recommendations to ensure that anybody entering a building should not only be safe but feel safe as well. Combining smart facility management and safety through robust tech-driven solutions can help you protect occupants and create more inviting environments.

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Making the Most of Your Building Assessment Report

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Laura Miller

In the face of economic uncertainty, commercial building owners often consider selling off at least some of their assets. A building assessment report supported by an intelligent building management platform (IBMP) can help accurately and efficiently communicate your building’s equipment when it comes time to provide due diligence in the sales process. But an IBMP can also do so much more. 

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Optimizing Performance With Smart Building Facility Management

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Laura Miller

Since 2020, there has been unprecedented interest in making buildings healthier and safer. At a time when the future of commercial buildings is uncertain, the ongoing conversations about what constitutes a healthy building and how to create it are particularly important. Many companies are developing hybrid work models where employees alternate between working remotely and onsite. This reimagining of the workplace is revolutionizing the way we use office space.

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Smart Building Technology Trends to Watch For in 2022

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Laura Miller

Covid-19 has led building owners and developers to reimagine and transform their premises to protect health and promote wellness. The focus on healthy indoor environments combined with the proliferation of building-centric IoT offerings will drive the development of smart buildings through 2022 and beyond. Building owners who understand emerging smart building technology trends and their impact will stay at the forefront of innovation and command higher valuations for their properties.     

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How to Reduce Commercial Energy Usage in the Winter Months

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Laura Miller

The U.S. EPA estimates that nearly 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. Inefficient energy usage in lighting and space heating during the winter months results in increased energy consumption and carbon emissions by commercial establishments. Further, the associated price fluctuations in the energy market add to the unpredictability of energy costs for commercial buildings. Efficiency strategies can help facility and property managers reduce commercial energy usage to create sustainable buildings with lighter carbon footprints.

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Leverage IoT for Energy Efficiency in Building Management

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Laura Miller

Internet of Things (IoT) technology offers building owners and operators a means to make their facilities more energy efficient. IoT technology is relatively new, only coming into widespread use within the last two decades. This network of interconnected devices, controllers, and systems is transforming built environments worldwide, and is the basis for building automation. The relationship between IoT and energy efficiency makes it a key element to creating intelligent built environments.

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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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