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Optimizing Commercial Cannabis Energy Efficiency With Automation

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Shayne Taker

Commercial cannabis cultivation requires an enormous amount of energy. With increasing energy prices, growing competition, and ever-tightening regulations on the horizon, cultivators need to optimize energy efficiency to maintain market share and maximize profits. 

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Top Energy Conservation Tips for Commercial Buildings

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Gina Elliott

Though a majority of large commercial buildings deploy a conventional building management system (BMS), they fail to become more energy-efficient owing to the poor control technology of the BMS. The simple logic governing the control technology of a standard BMS also makes it challenging to strike the right balance between ensuring tenant comfort and optimizing energy consumption.

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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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How IoT Relies on Data Normalization in Smart Buildings

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Patrick Gilhooly

The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming built structures into energy-efficient environments that enhance the experiences of those who occupy them. This goes beyond mere comfort control or cost-cutting. Digital environments enhance the operational efficiency, energy savings, comfort, and health of building owners, managers, and occupants. Smart buildings connect people, support collaboration, and increase productivity while conserving resources. To make this possible, data must be standardized and flow efficiently through gateways with sufficient capabilities and capacity.

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Why Use Open vs Proprietary Protocol in Your Building Automation System Integration

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Matt White
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Choosing between an open vs. proprietary protocol is a critical factor affecting building automation system integrations.  Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of each can help you make smarter decisions and make the most of your investment.    

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Reasons Continuous Building Commissioning Is Important for Your Building

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Jason Pohl

The increasing complexity of building systems makes commissioning essential to ensure proper installation and performance. But it isn’t just a one-time event. Continuous building commissioning offers significant advantages, including meaningful cost savings and operational improvements.

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Thermal Comfort: Temperature and Humidity Control in Buildings

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Jason Pohl

Optimizing occupant comfort isn’t just a matter of preventing complaints. Building occupants feel healthier and perform better in environments that offer sufficient thermal comfort. Temperature, humidity, and ventilation have been found to profoundly impact productivity and cognition, and improving thermal comfort is one of the most affordable employee-related investments companies can make. That’s why controlling thermal comfort within office buildings and other structures in which people work is a top priority for savvy businesses.

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Predictive Maintenance for HVAC Plays a Key Role in the Life of Your System

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Rebecca Butler

HVAC maintenance is key to optimizing energy efficiency. Older studies showed that best practices in building maintenance and operations reduce energy use by 10-20% and cut energy bills by 15-20% in commercial properties. With advances in smart technology, those numbers can be significantly higher. 

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Smart Facility Management and Your BMS: Getting The Most Out of Your System

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Jason Pohl

Savvy real estate operations managers know that a building management system (BMS) is an important consideration in commercial property acquisition. A cutting-edge BMS supported by an intelligent building management platform (IBMP) is an asset in its own right and profoundly affects the value of a building. In addition to improving energy efficiency, these systems make buildings more attractive and more profitable. 

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