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Using a Building Energy Management System for Energy Control

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Jon Schoenfeld

Commercial buildings account for nearly half of total energy consumption in the U.S. at a cost of more than $300 billion per year. Much of that energy is wasted through inefficiencies, resulting in significant and unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions. The energy waste also translates to higher electricity bills that can be avoided by adopting a strategic energy management approach. 

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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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Using Building-level Energy Metering to Set Benchmarks for Efficiency

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Rebecca Butler

According to the 2020 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction, building operations account for 55% of global electricity consumption and 38% of total global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Building-level energy metering can change that and help you create a cleaner, greener future. 

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Why Customized and Ongoing Utility Monitoring for Your Building Makes a Difference

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Rebecca Butler

While government incentives have encouraged electric utilities to deploy smart metering systems, the same has not happened for natural gas and water utilities. But lower-cost connectivity is accelerating demand for water and gas monitoring systems. In fact, the number of connected nodes for natural gas and water is expected to reach 150 million by 2028—a staggering 82% increase over a decade.

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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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The Benefits of Data-driven Predictive Maintenance for Commercial Cannabis Facilities

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Shayne Taker

Since legalization, cannabis growers have sought out better ways to farm to meet demand without compromising quality. While outdoor cultivation offers a lower-cost approach for growing, crops grown outdoors are much more vulnerable to weather, pests, and other uncontrollable environmental issues. Indoor cultivation nixes these problems, allowing cultivators to control every aspect of plant growth. Yet, many wonder if indoor growing is sustainable in the long term due to the enormous amount of energy it requires.

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Creating an IT and OT Convergence Strategy for Your Building

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Richard Miller

Information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) within buildings have historically stayed in their own siloes. But smart buildings are changing that. In intelligent built environments, building systems are becoming more connected than ever before and collaboration with IT infrastructure is becoming not just possible, but necessary.

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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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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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