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4 KPIs for Building Management Systems to Track Throughout the Year

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Clint Bradford

Key performance indicators, or KPIs, are critical for teams to track the performance of their commercial building’s operational systems. Gathering and understanding data around areas such as energy efficiency, maintenance, air quality, and security are essential for implementing building operation improvement strategies.

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Building Management System vs. Building Automation System: What’s the Difference?

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Clint Bradford

Building management system vs. building automation system—is there a difference? 

Even seasoned facilities managers may be surprised to find that building management system (BMS) and building automation system (BAS) are largely used interchangeably. Both terms refer to computer-based control platforms installed within commercial buildings that control and monitor mechanical and electrical equipment, such as HVAC, electric power systems, lighting, ventilation, and other core functions.

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How Can Facility Management Improve Productivity? With Analytics and Automation

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Jon Schoenfeld

Whether you manage all aspects of your facilities or contract out maintenance and integration services, a fluid operation is essential to the success of commercial properties. This means attending to multiple, evolving, and, often, competing priorities—and compromised productivity can quickly have a negative impact.

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IoT Building Security Best Practices and Protocols

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Richard Miller

Deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in commercial buildings and the universal network connectivity of equipment is increasingly investigated and pursued by owners, facility managers, and contractors. Their impact on building automation systems can be significant, opening up opportunities for improved efficiency, better operational performance, and enhanced occupant comfort. But security concerns should be considered carefully to ensure the introduction of these technologies does not create new vulnerabilities.

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Common Building Management System Vulnerabilities and Solutions

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Richard Miller

In 2019, the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, issued a clear advisory about Optergy’s Proton/Enterprise Building Management System after finding that “successful exploitation of [specific] vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to achieve remote code execution and gain full system access.” 

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Reevaluating Buildings and Construction During #ClimateWeek

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Natalie Patton
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It's #ClimateWeek spearheaded by the United Nation's Global Compact and supported by such hashtags as #ClimateWeekNYC, #ClimateChange and #EnergyEfficiency.

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Congrats to 757 3rd Ave on their BOMA NYC Pinnacle Award!

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Matt White

Last night in New York City, our own Matt White was pleased to witness representatives from 757 Third Avenue accept their much-deserved Pinnacle Award for Operating Building of the Year in the 500,000-1 million sq. ft. category.

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What is a Master Systems Integrator?

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Clint Bradford

People who work in commercial buildings naturally have some idea how many systems are working together at any one time to make the building operate.

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