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Facilities in focus: 3 pillars of a truly smart building
Facilities in focus: 3 pillars of a truly smart building
Innovation is changing our lives in every way possible. In the building and construction environment, innovation has morphed the landscape from early dwellings whose primary objective was shelter from a hostile environment to today's modern structures,...
Electric vehicles: Big benefits, big challenges
Electric vehicles: Big benefits, big challenges
Energy managers and facility managers should think about electric vehicles on two levels. The first is practical: How will the organization set up charging stations and handle the increased energy load that will result? In the longer term, companies n...
This wall can heat and cool a building without electricity
This wall can heat and cool a building without electricity
Indoor heating and cooling accounts for half of Egypt's energy consumption. And they're not alone. In 2011, the provision of hot water, space heating and cooling were estimated to account for roughly half of global energy consumption in buildings, and ...
Smart computer use hikes energy efficiency
Smart computer use hikes energy efficiency
The facility manager's job, of course, is to improve energy efficiency. In most cases, this involves HVAC and other elements relating directly to the operation of the building. But the specific activities going on within the building are vital as well ...
USGBC increases LEED energy performance requirements
USGBC increases LEED energy performance requirements
New projects registering for LEED 2009 must now meet a higher threshold for minimum energy performance. Projects must now earn at least 4 of a possible 19 points in Energy & Atmosphere Credit 1, Optimize Energy Performance. An energy savings of at leas...
Smart windows are a smart idea
Smart windows are a smart idea
Fenestration — roughly stated, the art of bashing holes in the sides and tops of buildings and putting various objects in those holes in an energy-efficient manner — is a big deal. Windows fill many of those holes, and smart glass is a big ...