smart building Articles

  • Model Build the Smart Way

    Wallingford Software’s InfoNet is used widely now as a data repository for collection systems and water supply systems, with a number of applications for managing, accessing, and displaying that data. However, InfoNet has other uses, including preparing input for model building, specifically the building of collection system models. Richard Allitt Associates (RAA) has developed a specific process ...


    By Innovyze

  • Powering Renewable Programs: The Utility Perspective

    When considering how to build out a renewable energy portfolio, there are a lot of factors and many points of view to consider. For purposes of this narrative, we will take the point of view of the electric utility itself. Your electricity providers are quite familiar with the concept of a “smart grid.” According to the Department of Energy (DOE), a smart grid “generally refers ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Free eguide explains latest changes to heat network UK regulations

    Community heating specialist Switch2 Energy Limited has published a guide to the latest legislative changes affecting the UK's communal energy and district heating schemes and what they mean for heat suppliers. Important updates to the ...


    By Switch2 Energy Limited

  • Application of nanostructured smart materials in sustainable buildings

    A case study of microclimate control and assessment in airplane cabin by innovative use of smart materials and airflow management is presented. The journey in a hostile environment, the limited resources and the effort of improving well being and comfort while preserving energies and materials consumption is taken as a metaphoric approach to sustainable development in architecture that can be ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Battery Storage will have a Profound Impact on Smart Buildings

    Often the best ideas are the most simple and elegant. If electric vehicles and consumer devices can have battery storage why can’t buildings? And if buildings can pull electricity from the grid at off peak times and store it in batteries, wouldn’t that save money? Since 2009, Stem based in California, have been working on these questions and disrupting the energy storage industry. ...

  • Smart grid and stupid buildings: Can this marriage survive?

    Smart grid is still in its honeymoon phase. Hardly a day goes by without fanfare in the news about how it will reform building energy use. Maybe so. But for the marriage of smart grid and US buildings to work, someone's got to change. Is the stupid building up to the task? “Wiring the Smart Grid for Energy Efficiency,' a white paper by Oregon-based Portland Energy Conservation Inc (PECI), brings ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • 100 Simple Ways To Save Water

    To improve water conservation install a rain sensor, it turns off your irrigation when it rains. Use a weather-based controller. The use of smart controllers can reduce water usage 24% a year on average. Learn about available rebate programs ...


    By Jain Irrigation, Inc

  • Adding Big Data and Analytics to the Smart Building Equation

    Continuing our series of articles on Innovation we talked to Dave Bartlett, Vice President, IBM Smarter Physical Infrastructure, about IBM’s vision for the Smart Building market and the key emerging technologies. There seem to be many definitions of ‘Smart’ Buildings. How do you define ‘Smart’ and what is IBM’s vision for this market? Is it just about reducing ...

  • Smart buildings: ten trends to watch in 2012 and beyond

    Buildings are becoming smarter through the deployment of intelligent and energy efficient technologies that reduce energy consumption while making buildings easier to manage and operate. Demand for efficient HVAC and lighting systems, as well as other types of hardware like controls and submeters, is growing as the value proposition for energy efficiency is proven again and again. In addition, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Smart Series-Odor Management

    Tackling odors at composting facilities is a manageable task made simpler by inventorying and treating all sources and tapping into technology advances. Perhaps one of the most difficult realities that had to be faced 15 to 20 years ago by the composting universe is that the phrase, “odor-free” - at least when it comes to composting - is probably an oxymoron. Feedstocks that biodegrade within the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Smart Grids – The Governmental Approach

    Scott Blake Harris is the General Council for the US Department of Energy, and has recently spoken out at the NGU US summit (hosted by GDS International).   He was nominated in the position by President Barack Obama in March 2009, and was confirmed by the United States Senate in May 2009.  He focused his address on the $4 billion investment into smart grids and renewables across ...


    By GDS International

  • Smart grid: How big is big?

    A Cisco executive attracted some eye rolling after commenting that smart grid could be “even bigger than the Internet.” But the statement isn’t farfetched when you think about what smart grid encompasses: a convergence of three industry giants: information technology, telecommunications and the electric grid, the world’s biggest machine. A report this week by Greentech Media made clear just how ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • State of the Smart Grid Business in 2013

    Smart Grid sales across the world in the last 3 years at installed prices have grown by CAGR of approx. 35% and climbed to $36.5 billion in 2012. Given the general global economic demise during this period these figures are remarkable. However they include a steady flow of refurbishment business that has for more than 10 years incrementally improved and smartened up the control and reliability of ...

  • Smart Infrastructure is Key for QA/QC

    Paperless, or more accurately integrated, labs enjoy streamlined operations with better data, while minimizing costs, validation and maintenance. Laboratories responsible for QA/QC are a sum of many parts, but no part is more important than data. Data is THE product, and the integrity of that data is more than critical to today’s pharmaceutical laboratories. So what happens when processes ...


    By Poplar Solutions, LLC

  • The Five Factors of Smart Laboratory Success

    The Five Factors Research organizations are under pressure to cut costs while maintaining or increasing throughput. To improve their operations, many laboratories are considering investments in data management or support and automation systems like ELNs, LIMS or Robotics/HTS. Whatever the change that is introduced, there are many pitfalls on the way to delivery, roll-out and ...

  • Fixing people, not just buildings

    Electric utilities operated under a rarified business model for decades. Their customers were captive so they rarely had to think about what motivated them to buy. New government energy efficiency mandates have changed that, and done so with an ironic twist. Now utilities must figure how to get their customers to refrain from buying. It’s not easy persuading people to stop using something ...

  • Green Buildings: Economics and Policies

    Introduction Green building has received increased attention over the past decade from both environmental economists and policymakers. While there is no single definition of “green buildings” or its related policy, researchers and organizations tend to emphasize resource efficiency in building and reducing the impacts of buildings on human health and the environment. ...


    By Oxford Journals

  • Sensors and Sensitivity - The need for smart environmental sensing technology

    With the rapid increase in technology, environmental sensors are required to perform for a multitude of systems and must also comply with the Internet of Things. Over the past 100 years, environmental sensors have mainly been used to forecast the weather. Over the past 10 years, these sensing technologies have spread tremendously and now help to optimize many industrial processes; important ...

  • Direct incentives for smart energy and sustainability projects

    Implementing actions to be more sustainable or to “go green” are shown to be economically beneficial in a number of ways (see my article on the 9 Purely Business Reasons to Go Green). One thing that holds back many companies from these programs, however, is the upfront costs. Although a smart sustainability program will make back that initial investment and more over time, some ...


  • Video Reveals the Truth About Smart Grid

    We don’t think about energy until something goes wrong, and this week things went wrong on an historic level. As a result, the public and pundits are again focusing on the fragility of big electric grids. Ten percent of the world’s population – more than 600 million people – lost their power in India on July 31, marking the largest blackout in history. India’s grid ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

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